Advice on Basket Case HT20
Posted January 02, 2018 - 12:29 PM
I am looking for guidance on my first dive into heavy garden tractors, I recently picked up two Bolens tractors a HT20 and a GT 180. The GT 180 is not an issue and will run with minimal work I do realize it is not really a garden tractor. The HT20 has been used pretty hard but I really like the looks of it and want to restore it to a useable condition. The problem is the Sunstrand hydro is disassembled in a 5 gallon bucket. The original owner passed away and the hydro has been disassembled for years and all the parts have surface rust on them. The parts seem to be complete but I don’t know enough about them to tell why it was taken apart in the first place. I do know that the pumps have very tight tolerances that are going to be hard to achieve with surface rust.
I guess my options are
1. Clean and polish what I have, put it together and see what happens.
2. Continue looking for a used hydro of unknown condition.
3. Put the tractor in the back of the shed and keep my eyes open for another HT and make one out of two?
In the past, I have been known to put more money into something than it is worth and I would rather not keep doing that! My question to everyone is would you attempted to fix a tractor knowing that you basically don’t have a hydro?
Thanks for reading this!
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 01:06 PM
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 02:01 PM
I have spent more money then my project is worth many times. A few times I wish I wouldn't have and others I am glad I did. I try and look at the end and figure out what my time and cost would be on the said project and then evaluate if I really want or need it that bad.Sometimes we need to put in a lot to get what we want and a lot of times if your trying to stay under value it cannot be done. I have invested more money into a few of my tractors then I would ever get back out of them, the only ones that were worth it are the ones I am keeping.
My biggest project and most costly one was a 1990 Volvo station wagon, I invested 5 times more then what its worth and I do not care. I got the car I wanted and thats that. So if you really want something just ask yourself what is it worth to you and is it going to make you happy all said and done.
We also put a lot into my wifes sears hydro tractor I am sure I could never get back what I put into it, but again I don't care we love it and it makes us happy.
If you want it go for it! if your hesitant , think about it some more.
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 02:18 PM
The HT20 is a Bolens Large Frame(LF) tractor. Once you have played with a good running LF, you won't want anything else. They are great tractors. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 02:43 PM
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 04:30 PM
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 04:52 PM
I would look for another HT20 with a blown engine you can pick up for a little of nothing.
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 06:23 PM
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Edited by dropped82, January 02, 2018 - 06:24 PM.
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 07:15 PM
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 07:27 PM
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 08:08 PM
The other pictures are from the GT 180, it is a little dirty and missing the side panels but it is in remarkably good shape. I will not bet my life on the hour meter but it hasn’t seen much use.
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 08:25 PM
The rear axle have any rust in it? These rear ends are know to have bull gear problem. If the rear axle is not all rusty inside it probably still be a good idea to take a look at the bull gear if your taking the time to put a pump in it.
The rear axle is good Sams bolens could have a good used pump for you...
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