Ok update for the day. Taking all the info I got today from the fine young gentlemen at the Portland show that I talked to, .I decided to find out if these safety switches are working. I took the battery out and the battery box. Did some house cleaning and found the switch to the PTO and the clutch. I unhooked them since they just slide over 2 brass nipples. Tried to start the mower, no go. I took a wire and made a connection to each side of the switch. I called it a loop, hooked up my battery to jumper cables and the cables in the mower. turned the switch and . she cranked over. 3, 4,5, 6, times in a row. problem solved? well hear is what happened next. I pulled the loop out cut the wire to the switch and wired them together. tapped up my new connections. and hooked the jumper cables up to the battery and guess what. All I got was a clicking from the solenoid. Not every time, just once every 3 or 4 turns of the key. Ok so now the solenoid comes out, and I am back on the net looking for a replacement with out a part number. I find a 100 page manual for all bolens models it seems . I come across a test for the solenoid, run back out to the shop, perform this test which said my solenoid was in good working order. . I put it back ion cleaning it up, hook everything back up and wahla, I have a key that turns over the engine. . I think my problems were poor grounds, switches that were bad, jumper cables that did not give me the current I needed to start the mower properly ect ect ect.
Next I checked for spark, none tried 3 spark plugs. ordered a coil and condenser set with points. Will let you know when I get spark
The bolens sign was for sale at Portland 200.00 asking price. loved to had bought it.