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#1 rumbleseat OFFLINE  

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Posted February 25, 2015 - 10:08 AM

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. 

 

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Posted February 25, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Welcome to GTT! :wave:

Nice looking 800!

 

The engine is a factory replacement , originally this would have had an S7D.

Can you provide the model and serial of this engine?

 

The clutch and steering are on the same shaft so its normal for the petal to rock back and forth a bit when steering. There are bushings that do wear out though on both the petal and chassis housing. The bushings are a little harder to replace on these older models but can be done.

 

 

If you have any questions let us know, lots of Bolens guys here.

Also if you need any parts let me know, I'll be able to help you out.


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 10:44 AM

Here is the label with the engine numbers:

 

Model: S-8D  Spec: 296748  Serial: 5205293

 

 

 

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Posted February 25, 2015 - 10:55 AM

This S8D was manufactured February 1973


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 11:13 AM

That's a great looking tractor. I love the farm yard look myself.
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Posted February 25, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Welcome to GTT. Check out our manuals section for the manuals for the tractor. There is a big shop manual for the tube frames. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Wow she's in pretty good condition.She should paint up really nice.


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 11:22 AM

This S8D was manufactured February 1973

Cool, thanks all and thanks for the engine info.


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 12:14 PM

Hi welcome to the forum. Here are a few pics of my 800 and it's battery hold down. I'm not sure if this is the correct one. I'll be restoring this one after some other tractor projects are done. It's sort of apart now.  Mine is about 64-65, I think yours may be around 63. Best of luck with it. I've got the owner manual and parts manual if you need them. They may also be posted on our manuals section of the forum.

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Posted February 25, 2015 - 12:22 PM

:welcometogttalk:


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 01:03 PM

If you restore it like you did the Craftsman for your dad, it will come out nice. You do excellent work.


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 01:23 PM

I pressured washed the mud, gravel, grease and wasp nests off of it today. Someone has sprayed it silver long ago. The pressure washer took a lot of that silver off. I took some denatured alcohol and with a light scrubbing/wiping with a towel, that silver disappeared and more of the patina and orignal paint came back. Here are some photos from before and after. The left side panel (photo #1 is before, #2 is after) that encloses the battery had silver paint runs all over it, after wiping, they are gone. I then moved to the front grill / hood area. I only cleaned the nose of the hood and the right side grill upright. You can see (photos #3 & #4 are before, the last photo is after and look at the outside grill upright) the white paint and oxidation show back up. What do you think? Clean the silver off and leave the body paint original while respraying the wheels and seat or repaint instead?

 

 

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Posted February 25, 2015 - 01:27 PM

That cleaned up nice!

If your going to use it as a worker tractor you may be better off keeping it as is.

If it was mine I probably would paint the hood,seat and rims white again and leave the rest as is.


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Posted February 25, 2015 - 04:27 PM

Okay fellas, I want to change the oil in the rear end/transaxle.  What oil do I use?  I can't find the answer anywhere.  Thanks again.



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Posted February 25, 2015 - 04:29 PM

Okay fellas, I want to change the oil in the rear end/transaxle.  What oil do I use?  I can't find the answer anywhere.  Thanks again.

 

You will need to use 90weight mineral gear oil, Do Not use a synthetic blend!

 

When you remove the plug and drain most of the oil, remove the bottom case plate to clean out the gunk that built up over the years.


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