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Posted November 16, 2014 - 02:53 PM

Hi Doug,

We were told this gas tank was a drop tank.

Do you think it is an original to the Bolens?

Drop Tank-as in the tank went bad and we dropped this one in there??  :smilewink:  It's nothing I've ever seen on a Bolens. Of course there's always a first. One thing I've learned about the early stuff is never say never! If you do a search for the Bolens price sheet thread and you should find the price sheet for these machines. I've got the ad catalog somewhwere too but it might be awhile before things slow down to do any scanning.


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Posted November 16, 2014 - 03:04 PM

The never say never thing applies to almost all GT's, sometimes even stuff they pictured wasn't built that way or even built at all. You just have to gather all the facts from pictures of existing machines and carefully study them to see if something is a mix and match of parts from model to model.


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Posted November 16, 2014 - 03:32 PM

Sometimes its a mix and match right from the factory. Thy may have published that a certain change happened on X date but if they ran out of the new part and had the old laying there, I'd bet they were put on and shipped. There's been too many years and too little info left on this stuff that makes it a challenge to figure out. Talking with oldtimers 40 yrs ago was probably some of the best sources out there. Those guys that lived the era in real life are getting fewer every day.


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Posted November 16, 2014 - 05:01 PM

Did you happen to get the mufflers for the tractors? I haven't been able to find one for my model D. There was a guy selling repros on eBay but is out of them and didn't know if he was going to have more made. The ones he sold weren't exactly Mike what I've seen on other tractors. That's why I was wondering if you had them.

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Posted November 16, 2014 - 05:55 PM

Did the D take the same one as the A or was it just the standard Briggs PB style muffler?



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Posted November 16, 2014 - 06:12 PM

Bolens # 2 should have this color scheme I believe

This is a pic of one thats in the Wisconsin Historical Museum. It may have been restored by the folks at Bolens as I have seen this one in a few Dealer video commercials I have.

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Posted November 16, 2014 - 06:46 PM

I'm not sure of the red paint on the tank. The majority were green. Wonder if that was a certain year thing?


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Posted November 16, 2014 - 06:47 PM

I'm not sure of the red paint on the tank. The majority were green. Wonder if that was a certain year thing?

 

I've seen red on alot of the early tanks.

I don't think it was on every model though.


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Posted November 16, 2014 - 07:42 PM

Did the D take the same one as the A or was it just the standard Briggs PB style muffler?


I think its the regular Briggs PB one. You wouldn't happen to have one would you? Mine runs but I don't want to run it much with out a muffler.
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Posted November 16, 2014 - 07:53 PM

I've seen red on alot of the early tanks.
I don't think it was on every model though.

The model D had a green tank and green drive wheels. The whole engine was silver not just the shroud and cooling fins. No red on it from what I've found.
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Posted November 18, 2014 - 10:20 PM

Most certain I am no help from one direction but my Briggs PB engine #15392 (from August 1926) still shows a bit of runny silver paint on the shroud. No fooling. You guys prompted me to go look.

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AHA! This is where that little engine came from! I didn't know. I guess I was a Bolens guy even before I knew it.

 

Thank you gentlemen.

Carry on.

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Posted November 19, 2014 - 12:54 AM

I think its the regular Briggs PB one. You wouldn't happen to have one would you? Mine runs but I don't want to run it much with out a muffler.

There used to be a guy close to me that made them. I'll have to see if he still is.


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Posted November 20, 2014 - 08:13 PM

That is the top of the Dolaldson/Bolens air filter Does anyone know if they used this on any non Bolens applications? Excellent find! Thanks Chuck

Yes you can find them on early briggs motors I have one that isn't marked bolens just Donaldson these air cleaners are very hard to find im still short two air cleaners I have four donaldsons now The plain Donaldson I got the brass tag is on the top not on the side like yours
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Posted November 20, 2014 - 08:17 PM

Bolens # 2 should have this color scheme I believe
This is a pic of one thats in the Wisconsin Historical Museum. It may have been restored by the folks at Bolens as I have seen this one in a few Dealer video commercials I have.
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That tractor pictured is a DJ the tank would have been green originally I have seen the motors both ways either black or silver. I know on the DQ the motor would be silver I had a original DJ the motor was black traded that off The current DJ I have has been repainted
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