Hello all!!! My name is Jarrett. I am NEW to all of this ...all of this meaning.. restoring a tractor and to the forum. My short explanation is we acquired this Bolens Husky 800 ( 64'-65') with a Wisconsin s-8d from what i found out from my research and engine plate. we got this tractor from its original owner who was a neighbor/ friend of mines grandpa who sadly passed this year. He gave us the bolens along with the blade deck( needs some work) , snow blower and plow attachments around 10-15 years ago. We would use it every so often to push some snow , move some things around and to aerate the lawn with holes. We really didn't use it much and it ended up sitting for a while. Every coupe of years we would start it back up use it once or twice and let the same thing happen again. Its been a dream of mine to restore it ( not to the point of show but just to keep this master piece going for as long as i can and to use). We haven't started it in at least 3 years. So finally i made the move. I pulled it out of the outgrowing woods with vines that stated to wrap around it and cut the beauty free. I drained out the gas and added fresh gas , a new spark plug and starter belt/generation belt? if thats what its called. i had the oem one that was broken so i went to napa and got another oem one for it. Next i hooked up a battery to try and jump her and she turned but wouldnt turn over. Years ago my father was telling me the carb was sucking some air so my thinking is that gasket is shot after sitting for so long and the fuel isn't getting up to the plug (the plug seems dry for the most part after i try to start it. My first move is i ordered a carb kit (LQ52) to see if that's it . Anyhow my plan is to get this bolens up and going like a everyday tractor. I will not let it go sit back into the woods anymore. i have a few questions that you guys might know the answers too. i apologize for my lack of knowledge but i'm willing to learn everything there is.
1. Cleaning the Air cleaner/filter. How? i can take it off unscrew the top yes but is there a way to take the get to the mesh? that metal piece stops because of the lip and it seems like it doesn't come off it just spins.
2. The muffler ( WD64) how do i remove it ? it unscrews basically until the end but then stops like its hitting something but there is nothing to untighten or to unscrew. i was told its probably just rust thats stopping it from unscrewing all the way but it really seems like its hitting something inside to make it stop.
3. Changing the oil. we have never changed it since we owned it sadly. now that its in my hands i will be doing that before i try and start it as well. i got Sae 30 non detergent. the manual says 2 pts..is this correct ? im assuming yes but i just want to double check.
4. The clutch 3 years ago would grind when you shifted. it would go into gear but it would always grind first. is that an adjustment most likely? or warn gears? whats the best way to find out?
Thank you all for taking your time to read this and i hope to hear from you guys soon. i want to tackle this thing head on but the right way. i will be active and take everything in.