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#16 Austen ONLINE  

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Posted September 14, 2015 - 07:06 PM

Very cool, Dan!! Glad to see ya got a Bolens! :thumbs:


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Posted September 14, 2015 - 07:14 PM

No time to tinker on the Bolens today.  Went to "Grandparent's Day" at school at noon, then chain sawed cedar trees from a fencerow.  Then I weedeated around the house to finish the day.  



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Posted September 14, 2015 - 09:24 PM

I sprayed the key switch last night with PB Blaster.  The key switch now works fine!  

I love that stuff (liquid wrench is a close second). They both work even better with vibration. If you soak down the steering, then fire it up and let it idle for 15 to 30 minutes, you will probably have it freed up. My father in law wanted some work done on his 88 GMC, including changing the fuel filter, which was threaded fittings and seized up tight. I soaked the threads with liquid wrench (we did not have PB up here at that time) then fired it up and drove it home from Hamilton to Guelph (about 45 minute drive). I parked it and let it sit for about  a half hour to cool off and the filter unthreaded like it had just been installed. Amazing stuff, makes wd-40 look like water.

 

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Posted September 18, 2015 - 01:56 PM

Got caught up enough today to steal some time.  Pulled the deck off the 600 so I could get at the bottom of the column.  The steering wheel shaft was seized at the bottom causing the near impossible steering.  Got that freed up nicely, then moved to the carb.  I got a throttle cable put on, but the engine's throttle plate must not be OE, as the throttle has to work opposite what the throttle decal says.

 

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Then I adjusted the deck, checked the gearcase oil, then mowed.  It does very well!  That said, I'd hate to mow long with it, as lots of heat comes back off the engine.  I still have many things to do to it, including a good carb cleaning, other little adjustments & the like, but it's a runner/driver/mower!

 

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Posted September 18, 2015 - 02:37 PM

looks good. Cuts nice for an old machine. Yea they can get alittle toasty behind the wheel. I noticed that on the 1000 we mowed several acres with at some family property.   I'm not sure on the throttle plate. Never really looked at or saw a 600 around here. Someone will have a picture for you!


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Posted September 18, 2015 - 02:42 PM

Maybe the throttle cable mounted on the front of the carb?


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Posted September 18, 2015 - 03:17 PM

Maybe the throttle cable mounted on the front of the carb?

That would require a long looped cable and usually gives issues. I'm just leaving it as is for now. Working fine this way. Still gotta fix a new choke cable. The gt battery I'm this thing is 6 years old and after charging a while starts this tractor! I figure it won't after sitting overnight though.
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Posted September 18, 2015 - 04:58 PM

Looks like it cuts great!

It is normal for the heat to come out the hood on these when your going full throttle

 

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Posted September 18, 2015 - 07:18 PM

Glad you got the steering loosened up! Looks like it does a good job mowing!


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Posted October 01, 2015 - 04:10 PM

I drove the Bolens out of my shop to my open shed almost 2 weeks ago.  The battery that came with the 600 is 6 years old by the date stamp melted into it's case.  I just knew the charge would be gone in a day or 2, but I was shocked that today she fired right up!  A 6 year old GT battery that still works is amazing!


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Posted October 01, 2015 - 05:33 PM

That is amazing!


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