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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 07:00 PM

Got an old Briggs that I need some information on

First what year is the engine and what type of tractor did it come from

Did not have the camera today but the fuel tank says "Handi Man " I assume an old sears walkbehind?

 

Engine Numbers:

 

Type: 60675

Model: B

Serial: 11953

 

I had it running about 8 years ago, It has a Kingston carb and the magneto is a massive rectangular contraption! :D


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 07:33 PM

Your model B Briggs was made in 1937 and here is the coil you are talking about.

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 07:40 PM

Your model B Briggs was made in 1937 and here is the coil you are talking about.

 

Yep Thats the one!



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Posted November 01, 2014 - 07:53 PM

The Sears Handiman did come with a Briggs B. 

 

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 10:53 PM

a tractor with the B engine would have been the smallest in the line up. Like to see a picture of yours. I have a K with that carb on my 37.



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Posted November 02, 2014 - 12:37 AM

I thought they had one that used an A?


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 08:37 AM

Didn't sears use there own number system (500.xxxxxx)? I wonder if someone put the fuel tank on that engine.
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Posted November 02, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Didn't sears use there own number system (500.xxxxxx)? I wonder if someone put the fuel tank on that engine.

yes they did but that came in mostly in the postwar stuff


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 11:06 AM

I thought they had one that used an A?

There was a tractor with an A engine , but it was officially called the Handiman Jr. Basically it was the rebirth of the 1933 model, which would have had either an I or a K engine. This Jr model came out in the 1935 catalog first. The fuel tanks on the 33 and Jr models were mounted on a separate bracket behind the engine. For 1937 you could have bought a model Z37, C37,or B37, each with 4,3 or 2hp. The A37 is the Handiman Jr rehashed.

Lots of strange stuff in the early tractors, as at one time the tractor was called a Bradley Handiman, instead of Sears. You were offered basic models and it appears that you could alter them with larger wheels, and different engine sizes. In the 1935 catalog I have, it says you could get a heavy duty engine with more power, but don't say what that engine is. I also noticed that in the early days the tractors were shipped from Philly or Boston, instead of the Bradley factory named later. I saw a paper one time, that showed where Briggs built the gear cases for the 1933 model, so I don't know if that meant they built the whole tractor at one of there plants, or just the trannys and engines.


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 05:29 PM

Pictures!

 

Engine appears to be in real good shape, It would be nice to see a picture of a tractor this would have went on!

I tried to get it to run but she didnt want to start, I seem to remember having an issue with it not starting years ago but didn't have time to mess with it.

Seems to be out of time as it will only fire off once but never take off even with a shot of carb cleaner down the ply hole.

The thing has great compression for being 77 years old!

 

So... who's got a manual for this old girl? :D

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 07:11 PM

Timing is only controlled by point spacing and flywheel key.

 

What manual are you looking for?  .....Owner's manual, Parts manual, or Repair manual?

 

Points are under the black plastic cover.  .....Those #29656 coils are a known source of weak spark.  .....Do you have a nice strong spark?

 

Sometimes moisture would get inside those coils, causing weak/no spark.  ......We would dry them in a 150* oven for 45-60 minutes.


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 09:16 PM

this is what a 1937 Handiman would have looked like. A tractor with the smaller engine might have came with 26" wheels instead of the 32" ones.

 

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Posted November 03, 2014 - 03:04 PM

All the pre-war Briggs I've seen always had a brass tag. Now this one has the aluminum tag on it. Wonder why that is?

So are you going to repro the cast iron thumb throttle? I could use a few.

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Posted November 03, 2014 - 03:52 PM

All the pre-war Briggs I've seen always had a brass tag. Now this one has the aluminum tag on it. Wonder why that is?

So are you going to repro the cast iron thumb throttle? I could use a few.

I was wondering the same thing, and the tag is in a different place than normal. This picture shows where the tag is found on most Handiman tractors.

 

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