I recently picked up a Bolens 800 off of a fruit orchard in Colorado. The guy there said he has owned it the last 20 years and that the original owner he bought it from was in Nebraska. I will be fixing her up for me to keep and putt around the house on. The seller was pretty proud of the fact that he "just had the starter rebuilt" and showed me the receipt for $107 on the rebuild....it was dated 1995. Time sure does fly. It's a pretty solid little tractor, runs and drives but I have noticed a few things wrong:
When I push in the clutch/brake, the steering will move. It looks like the brake pedal rod bushings are shot and instead of just allowing the rod to rotate, the play allows it to move vertically and it just nudges the steering gear. How hard are those bushings to replace?
The next thing I noticed is that the wiring scares me, looks rushed and is sporting a "BLEM" battery that I don't trust. I will be rewiring it as well. There is no hold-down for the battery, does anyone have a picture of what it looked like?
There is no high speed belt on it and doesn't look like there has been one for quite some time as the pully position has surface rust on it. The engine is a S-8 and does start and run, no smoke.
It will be a slow process. I did a Sears at the end of last year for my dad and it came out great. This is my first Bolens and I will be learning as I go. Any suggestions are welcomed.