I went back out to mess with it today, but the engine would only try to run for a second. I decided to pull the Wisconsin AB from an old Bolens Gardener walk behind that I picked up last year. I knew this engine ran good, so I rotated the gear reduction unit, changed out the blower housing, gas tank, and throttle linkage. The clutch on the tractor is in real good shape, so I just installed it on the Bolens engine. I got it all back together and the engine fired right up. I took the tractor for a quick ride around the yard and everything seems to work fine. the leaking rear tire kept me from taking it for a longer ride.
I'm going to try to hunt down an AKN gear reduction engine to bring this tractor back to what it should be. The gobs of red paint preserved the metal on the tractor, and the rims are in great shape. I don't know what year this JR was built, since the original engine is gone. It's ugly, but at least it's not rusted away, worn out, and most of the key parts are there to restore it.
Edited by classic, August 27, 2016 - 06:13 PM.