I try to tell myself stop buying something you already have you dont have any room! Well that dont work when I good priced HT20 turns up a hour from home in the area of another bolens bud of mine. Glad he stop buying them I know he would of been all over it. So went to go get her made the deal on her the guy handed me the books and we loaded the tractor plus deck. Along the way to get the HT20 we spot something we knew we would have go back to look at. It turns out to be a HT23 but owner was not looking to sell and she was in some ruff shape. It would of been great to finally add a HT23 to the fleet but that one was not the one ment to be.
So the fun starts when we get her home. After a hour of getting the 1000 hickory nuts out from around the flywheel we went to work to make her run. New fuel lines, new fuel pump, change the rusty tank out for a spare we had was just a start. Then removing the heads, decarb them, sanding them back flat, free the stuck valve, add new head gaskets and put the heads back on. Onto cleaning the carb, new point and condenser new air cleaner, change the oil, and that's done. New spark plugs, wires and she is about ready to run! Did I forget to say she got a trip down to the car was for a good hot bath. Now onto adding gas and seeing if she will run!
Well she ran and I have say she is smooth as can be in the hydro and engine. I think her name is now hickory also because of all the nuts.
Hope you guys like the video sorry for the shaky ride along.