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Greetings from NorCal! (New Bolens Owner Here.)


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#16 HJR OFFLINE  

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Posted February 01, 2015 - 04:03 PM

Thanks again guys, looking forward to spending some time with the new tractor. Here's the pictures; you can see I have some electrical work to do:

 

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Posted February 01, 2015 - 04:09 PM

Not bad at all!

Going to take a little time and money to get her back up to operating shape but a solid un molested machine!


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Posted February 01, 2015 - 06:16 PM

Hi! " Norcal" is a big area. Can you narrow it down any?
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Posted February 01, 2015 - 08:59 PM

Got to work on it a little this evening. Drained the old gas and rinsed the tank out with fresh. Fortunately the old gas has only begun to sour; it smelled bad, but had not gelled or left residue yet.

 

Tackled the wiring, and wow, another reminder that some people do not belong working on electrical systems. Apparently they were just hooking things up at random in hopes it would work. The ammeter was wired to the coil instead of the regulator and the ignition switch wire that should have gone to the coil was just sitting next to it not hooked to anything. The wires that were hooked to the regulator did belong on the regulator, but not the terminals they were on.

 

The good news is the harness is pretty much undamaged. It still has all the proper ends on the wires, no splicing or taped up connectors, and the only thing cut is the disconnect system.

 

So, got all the topside wires straightened out, but I want to check the wiring at the relay before I put power to it and it's dark out now so maybe tomorrow.


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Posted February 01, 2015 - 09:33 PM

Hi! " Norcal" is a big area. Can you narrow it down any?

 I'm way north, near the Oregon boarder.

 

Why, you visiting? :smilewink:



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Posted February 01, 2015 - 09:38 PM

Hi! " Norcal" is a big area. Can you narrow it down any?

  

I'm way north, near the Oregon boarder.
 
Why, you visiting? :smilewink:


He's been known to have multiple hiding spots lined up, if you're in a remote enough area.
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Posted February 01, 2015 - 09:43 PM

  
He's been known to have multiple hiding spots lined up, if you're in a remote enough area.

 

LOL, Nevada's the place for him then. :watch_over_fence:



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Posted February 01, 2015 - 09:50 PM

LOL, Nevada's the place for him then. :watch_over_fence:


He might be there right now, we have no way of telling. He is trained in Interstate travel and no one (No One!) knows whats in the mayonnaise jar under his porch. It's been there since noon, yesterday.

Sorry, went a little Carnac there.

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Posted February 07, 2015 - 10:14 AM

Spent a little time on this, but between bad weather, bad health, and w*rk, not as much as I had hoped.

 

I still have electrical problems, no power to the ignition switch, and power to the field wire on the generator as soon as the battery is hooked up. Key off, even ignition unplugged. I've studied the wiring closely and I've got it hooked up right, I'm wondering if the PO might have fried the regulator when he was monkeying with the wires. Seems like something is fused inside as it's not distributing power properly with power going to it, but not to the ignition. I'll have to open it up and inspect.

 

I jumped the 'starter' and it turns over nicely, smooth and no unusual noises, but understandably no spark either. Back to it as soon as I can....


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Posted February 07, 2015 - 10:40 AM

You know, now that I think about it, it sounds like the field and ignition terminals on the voltage relay are reversed. The power the ignition should be getting is going to the field on the generator. Hmmm.....


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Posted February 07, 2015 - 06:40 PM

Okay, a little bit of sunshine and time and I made some good progress today. My speculation up there regarding the regulator was correct, the wiring diagram shows the field terminal on the left, battery in the middle, and ignition on the right.

 

Fortunately the terminals themselves on the regulator are marked, and the field is on the right and the ignition on the left.

 

So, got that straightened out and solved the issues, no more constant hot to the field and power to the ignition switch.

 

Then a new problem showed up, as soon as I plugged in the ignition switch the inline fuse blew. Upon diagnosis I discover the PO had replaced the ignition switch with a universal riding mower switch that has a ground terminal that mates up with a hot lead! (And had prongs that happened to align perfectly with the OEM Bolens plug.) No doubt what caused his issues with all the wiring in the first place.

 

So, leaving the switch out of the loop I jump the proper wires on the plug to feed the ignition then crank over the starter. My starter is weak, even with a new battery and a booster it didn't turn over very fast. But it did start!! Carburetor leaks, badly, so it runs for 30 or so seconds then floods out.

 

Think PO liked RTV?

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Posted February 07, 2015 - 06:57 PM

Glad you are figuring it out! That carb is nasty!


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Posted February 07, 2015 - 07:01 PM

Glad you are making progress. I have the OEM switches for these but they are  a bit pricey.

 

Did someone use silicone to seal that carb??!!!

I would take all the jets out and let that baby soak overnight.


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Posted February 07, 2015 - 07:47 PM

Yep, he not only sealed it with silicone, he darn near filled it up! It was in the bowl, the passages, over the jet....

 

I think for now I'm going to make this universal switch work, but I don't want to hack up the factory wiring so I'll make an adapter plug to join the factory to the universal.


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Posted February 08, 2015 - 07:06 AM

RTV is for those applications where duct tape just doesn't seem right!
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