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#16 Bolens800uk ONLINE  

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 01:07 AM

Thanks for everyone's input; much appreciated.

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 10:18 AM

1253 not sure which one but thats what i am thinking looks like mine


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 04:57 PM

Here is a picture of the 1254-06 dash and controls from the owners manual. I'd say it was certainly a 1254 originally.

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 10:45 PM

After scrutinizing a number of parts manuals and photos and comparing them to the tractor in question, it probably is not a G12, as I originally thought, but the G12 and the 1254-06 are very similar. I'm quite sure that it is not a 1253, though. Although the G12 has a Tecumseh engine, it also has dual rear lights, rubber hood (bonnet) hold-down straps, and the newer style steering wheel, so it's unlikely that someone would have made all of those mods.The best scenario that I can come up with is that it must be a 1254-06 with a Tec transplant engine from a 1253, probably an -01, if the starter and fuel tank are original to the engine. Of course, better and higher resolution photos would have helped, but this is the best I could do.

 

The biggest mystery is the obviously custom-made exhaust coming out of the left side of the engine bay. The exhaust port on the Tec HH120 engine is on the back side of the engine, so it is conceivable that with the use of an elbow fitting, the exhaust could be routed to the left, rather than the way it is normally routed to the right.

 

See the feature comparison chart that I came up with here.

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Posted May 14, 2016 - 12:37 AM

Thanks everyone for thier time to identify the tractor. Really interesting and the chart is very helpful.

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Posted May 14, 2016 - 02:55 AM

The big difference with a G12 is that it has a belt clutch like a G10 and not a friction clutch. The brackets for a belt clutch are attached to the peddle and visible. Looking at the pictures it does not have a belt clutch which I believe rules out a G12.

 

In the past I have owned a number of cars that were either the last of a production run or very early new models and it is surprising how many parts they had fitted from the next or previous model. Is it possible that it was a very late 1253 or early 1254 and Bolens had some left over engines and put a Tecumseh engine into the frame of a 1254 and badged it as a 1253 or a 1254.

 

My reasoning for suggesting this is that if it was an engine transplant into a 1254 it has been very well and appears to use all the Bolens tin and brackets. It could just be my personal experience but I have also found that in my tractors Wisconsin engines appear to have lasted the test of time better than Tecumseh, which possible suggests a 1254 engine fitted to a 1253 is more likely but clearly not the case for this tractor.

 

This is a very interesting topic and we need someone to buy the tractor and do some more detailed examination.

 

Iain


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Posted May 14, 2016 - 01:32 PM

That's a very interesting thought Iain. As you say it's common practice amongst car manufacturers back in the 50s/60s and 70s to use up their stock in between models. Hopefully whoever buy it will appreciate it for what it is; an essentially solid tractor with an interesting colour choice.




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