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#1 vtbolensfan OFFLINE  

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Posted February 16, 2016 - 06:02 PM

Thus past weekend I went on a long roadtrip to pick up 2 bolens to ad to my collection. Do I have too many now? Could be, this is number 7 and 8. Anyways, I picked up a HT20D and a Eliminator 1600. The guy I got the HT20D from used it for the last 4 years mowing his yard. It Was warm today, 45ish, so I tried to start it. It started for about 5-10 seconds, but stalled , now it won't start. Has white smoke puffing from the muffler. I am not very knowledgeable about the diesels. Does anyone have and suggestions as to what to look at or do/check to get this gem running?


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Posted February 16, 2016 - 06:03 PM

It was last run this past august

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Posted February 16, 2016 - 06:14 PM

It needs to crank fast.
Put the battery on a charger.
If the charger has a crank setting use that.

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Posted February 16, 2016 - 06:25 PM

The HT20D is definitely a cold natured beast. :D :D :D

 

Like Rock Fames said, it does need to crank fast.

 

You want the highest capacity battery that you can get for it and have it fully charged.

 

The white smoke says that it's trying to start but just not quirt getting there.

 

Also you might want to set the throttle close to 1/2 open as well.

 

On mine, a PO added a pair of glow plugs that help quite a bit.

 

Here's a pic of where they are located:

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They are connected to a spring loaded toggle switch on the dash. I toggle it on for 30-45 seconds which it helps a lot in cold weather.


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Posted February 16, 2016 - 06:42 PM

The HT20D is definitely a cold natured beast. :D :D :D

Like Rock Fames said, it does need to crank fast.

You want the highest capacity battery that you can get for it and have it fully charged.

The white smoke says that it's trying to start but just not quirt getting there.

Also you might want to set the throttle close to 1/2 open as well.

On mine, a PO added a pair of glow plugs that help quite a bit.

Here's a pic of where they are located:


They are connected to a spring loaded toggle switch on the dash. I toggle it on for 30-45 seconds which it helps a lot in cold weather.



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Posted February 16, 2016 - 06:43 PM

Very nice. How do I ad the plugs if I decide that they would be a good additon to mine?

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Posted February 16, 2016 - 07:14 PM

Well likebibsaidbon FB u can sell e the engine an wheel weights an put another engine in it
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Posted February 16, 2016 - 07:35 PM

Congrats on your finds,we need pics


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Posted February 16, 2016 - 07:50 PM

There was also a "calrod" heater that was available when the HT20D was a new tractor. FYI-- a "calrod" heater is kind of like the heating element on an electric stove or oven. It ran on 120V, so you would plug it in and keep the diesel engine warm so it would start with no drama. I saw one for sale on eBay within the last couple of weeks. The seller even had the engine shroud that it was installed in.


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Posted February 16, 2016 - 10:52 PM

I sold a NOS Bolens 18120 Cold Start Kit a couple months ago. I took a little time to study it before I sold it. It is an air intake manifold pre-heat system, consisting of a 12V thermostart glow plug and a fuel primer. It works by heating up a coil element in the thermostart thus igniting a small amount of diesel fuel in the intake allowing for more consistent cold starts. Many older, larger diesel engines use this set up rather than traditional glow plugs. 

 

A basic 12v thermostart glow plug can be bought for $15-$25 (eBay, Amazon). I have attached a copy of the Bolens 18120 Cold Start Kit Installation Manual with parts list and pictures. With a little bit of work, I'm sure a simple kit could be built.

 

 

Another alternative others have had decent success with is a simple 120v magnetic block heater kit. These can be obtained through most auto parts stores. 

 

 

 

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Posted February 16, 2016 - 11:01 PM

That is great info, ClassicBolens! Got any more of those kits?



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Posted February 16, 2016 - 11:04 PM

That is great info, ClassicBolens! Got any more of those kits?

 

Unfortunately, no.



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Posted February 17, 2016 - 07:09 AM

There was also a "calrod" heater that was available when the HT20D was a new tractor. FYI-- a "calrod" heater is kind of like the heating element on an electric stove or oven. It ran on 120V, so you would plug it in and keep the diesel engine warm so it would start with no drama. I saw one for sale on eBay within the last couple of weeks. The seller even had the engine shroud that it was installed in.

I believe I got one of them with the tractor in a box



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Posted February 17, 2016 - 08:09 AM

Ok , here are a few pics of my treasures last weekend. They are covered with salt , so they look whitish. Had some rain yesterday so they look better now. I will get a few more pics.

 

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Posted February 17, 2016 - 11:26 AM

Very cool,check with Bobs lawn and garden,he's a sponsor here,I think he has a correct muffler for your HT20D


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