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Posted January 31, 2017 - 07:24 AM

I want to extend a special thanks to everyone whom has helped me with this project. This is more than likely the last Bolens I will ever restore. I will certainly not do any other types or makes. I have a few parts new and old left and if anyone wants a specific item please PM me and I will see if I have such. The Bolens has certainly been worth restoring as they are a very well engineered tractor. I will still be around the forum just to see what is happening.
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Posted January 31, 2017 - 07:09 PM

Great job! Thanks for taking us along!



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Posted February 01, 2017 - 06:05 PM

I am sure that I am opening a can of worms here, but I contend that the air cleaner that I have on my Ridemaster is correct for this time period and the AKS engine. I do believe that the angled air cleaner came later when the Wisconsin engine had the Zenith carb which had the high speed jet in the front of the carb bowl. This can be clearly seen in post #90 the second pic.


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Posted February 01, 2017 - 06:16 PM

This was one of the earliest factory photos known I believe which shows the special air cleaner

 

jerome will have more info when he sees this

 

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Posted February 01, 2017 - 08:34 PM

I am going to keep researching the air cleaner until I know for sure . The magneto on that engine looks different than on mine.


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Posted February 02, 2017 - 01:29 AM

I believe my Ridemaster dates to 1948, although it could be 1949. It has the correct AKS engine, and has a straight intake tube off the air cleaner. There is a strut made out of flat stock that bolts to the tube and the engine to support the air cleaner. I even double-checked that this afternoon.


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Posted February 02, 2017 - 04:57 PM

The air cleaner used on all AKS or AKN powered ridemasters were the same as seen on the first ridemaster off the line. (see photo)    

Only changes were how long the neck was on the part that holds the oil bowl.  

 

 

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Posted February 02, 2017 - 06:07 PM

If that is the first one then a lot of you fellows have the decal on the wrong end of the gas tank. I was under the impression it went on the other end. At least that was the way mine was when I got it and I have no reason to believe it was ever changed.



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Posted February 02, 2017 - 07:10 PM

Decal goes on both side of the tank... 

That is number one. That photo is right out of the newspaper article about it being the first ridemaster off the factory line.  Its dated June 1948.


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Posted February 02, 2017 - 09:12 PM

I wonder why then that "Click it and Stick it" only put one decal in the set I ordered from them. What is different about that rope pulley on the front of it? There seems to be so many variations of the early Ridemaster's. Thanks Jerome for the newpaper article.


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Posted February 02, 2017 - 09:34 PM

I wonder why then that "Click it and Stick it" only put one decal in the set I ordered from them. What is different about that rope pulley on the front of it? There seems to be so many variations of the early Ridemaster's. Thanks Jerome for the newpaper article.

 

You should have got two in the kit, I helped create that kit along with wilberj.

There were two different pullies, one was regular rope start the other was a special cast iron pulley that had an extra groove to run the sickle bar


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Posted February 03, 2017 - 06:53 AM

I just noticed something interesting in the pic that Jerome posted. The man sitting on the seat does not have his foot on the foot rest. He to probably found it at an uncomfortable position.

 

    I just looked again at Vintage Reproductions and it list (1 ) fuel tank decal in the Ridemaster kit.


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Posted February 03, 2017 - 05:42 PM

I just noticed something interesting in the pic that Jerome posted. The man sitting on the seat does not have his foot on the foot rest. He to probably found it at an uncomfortable position.

 

    I just looked again at Vintage Reproductions and it list (1 ) fuel tank decal in the Ridemaster kit.

 

His foot looks to be on the foot rest to me.   That is odd they only list one the decal should be on both side of the tank.  


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Posted February 03, 2017 - 08:20 PM

His foot looks to be on the foot rest to me.    That is odd they only list one the decal should be on both side of the tank.  

 

 

I stand corrected



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Posted February 03, 2017 - 08:40 PM

I stand corrected

 

But I can understand the uncomfortable position my short legs make me put my feet on the tool bar alot. lol


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