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Finalized the deal and traded for the 1220,Lots of pics and some questions


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#1 Reed Breneman OFFLINE  

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 10:18 PM

Here she is ,traded my home owner sized (Bull dog)cement mixer for it,I  will have to remove the starter and check it out,doesnt work well,I think its a cool little tractor,Real heavy built .I do have a couple of questions on it though.The lift mount for the snow blower looks like someone fabbed it to make the snow blower work and If you look close at the lift arm it looks to have only an inch of travel before the mount would hit the front axle,Is this right?Is it the correct blower for that year?It looks like the lift bracket is not original to me ,Really poor weld.????You guys see anything amiss on the tractor.I do plan on restoring it so I expect to have to find a few parts for it and do they make the decals for ti anymore or should I do some very careful taping or maybe not repaint the hood as the paint is pretty good on the hood?

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 10:25 PM

here is some more

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 10:59 PM

What do you mean the starter doesn't work well? If you are saying that it turns slowly then I would say that is common on older bolens. Not sure if you are familiar with them but both my old bolens turn really slow but if adjusted right and charging system is keeping the battery in top shape they will fire fairly quickly. Good luck!
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Posted September 05, 2016 - 02:12 AM

Nice grab on this 1220.

 

Tecumseh HH120 is the motor and should have a rope start pulley on the front of that motor. Set your key to on and try starting it with a rope. If it pulls hard then your starter may not be the problem.


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 04:04 AM

The starter decided to quit working,doesnt do anything at all the solunoid clicks and power is going thru it to the starter but the starter isnt doing anything ,it was working fine  but now nothing,I know the battery is good and fully charged and full voltage registers thru the solunoid when you turn the key according to my tester,so I was going to remove it and disassemble and clean it and its mounts and see what I find,with any luck it is a minor issue,I have a couple other starters I can use for parts if needed so maybe its fixable otherwise I will get a new one



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Posted September 05, 2016 - 05:14 AM

Nice buy, looks like they added an extra tab to the caster, dont know why they would do that.

 

What type of gauge is on the dash panel near the choke cable???


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 06:06 AM

Nice buy, looks like they added an extra tab to the caster, dont know why they would do that.

 

What type of gauge is on the dash panel near the choke cable???

Its a temp gauge to tell you how cold you are when your snow blowing :D


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 07:01 AM

Nice find! looks to be a decent tractor. Got a few minor modifications, but that is quite common with older stuff. Nice that it's still quite complete and straight and has the hydraulic lift option.Your first Bolens?  I predict you will like it a lot when you get it up and going. Just ask questions, lots of very knowledgeable people on these forums. I just recently brought home a 1220 with a blown motor but in decent shape. Plan on it being a future project. Tucked it away in the barn and forgot to take any pics. When I get time I will get some pics and and tell my road trip-treasure hunt story.


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 09:37 AM

I think you did well.

 

I noticed a few things:

 

Make sure the gas cap is vented.  ....That one doesn't appear to be.

 

It appears a portion of a clutch facing may be missing - hard to tell from picture.

 

Motorcycle (?) battery may be too small to provide good cranking?

 

Creative wiring to non-original type of solenoid.

 

The holes in the sheet-metal cowl on the left side of the steering column appear to be factory made, as that is where a push-button starter switch was located on earlier (prior to 1966)  tube-frames.  ...However, the 1220 was introduced in 1969, and did not have a push-button.  ....However, the decal on the cowl appears original to the 1220.  .....Maybe Bolens experts can clarify this for me.


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 09:52 AM

I think you did well.

 

I noticed a few things:

 

Make sure the gas cap is vented.  ....That one doesn't appear to be.

 

It appears a portion of a clutch facing may be missing - hard to tell from picture.

 

Motorcycle (?) battery may be too small to provide good cranking?

 

Creative wiring to non-original type of solenoid.

 

The holes in the sheet-metal cowl on the left side of the steering column appear to be factory made, as that is where a push-button starter switch was located on earlier (prior to 1966)  tube-frames.  ...However, the 1220 was introduced in 1969, and did not have a push-button.  ....However, the decal on the cowl appears original to the 1220.  .....Maybe Bolens experts can clarify this for me.

 

 

The dash hole should not be there but it does look well done.  


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 09:58 AM

I just have it sitting next to my bike in the shop,I actually used the battery out of my truck that is stored in the shop



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Posted September 05, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Looks like a pretty nice 1220 overall. The starter is a Tecumseh part # 33835. These were fairly weak starters to begin with and prone to failure. The OEM starter is now NLA, but plenty of aftermarket options available. Try to avoid the cheapest ones from China though. Avoid cranking the engine for more than 30 seconds at a time, and allow a cool down period between cranking. The hole in the dash of could been anything from a push button ignition that was added at some point in its life, to a cigarette lighter.
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Posted September 05, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Not a bad looking tractor,with a little work you will have it back in shape,aftermarket decals are out there,different prices depending on quality,good luck with it
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Posted September 05, 2016 - 04:35 PM

Nice 1220!. The hydraulic lift is a neat Bonus. I've been trying to find or stumble across a tractor with the factory hydraulic kit and nothing has popped up! Good find.


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Posted September 05, 2016 - 05:42 PM

Possible bad earthing???? Had similar problem with my G14 when I got it. Cleaned up all earths and added additional ones along with a new battery and spins and starts a treat now.

 

The earthing system on my small tube as originally wired seems insufficient hence the addition of additional ones.


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