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Posted September 24, 2011 - 11:42 AM

I'm going to say you have a 1966-1967 850, judging by the magneto ignition system.

What's the serial number on the engine?

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Posted September 24, 2011 - 11:45 AM

yeah the motor is a s-8d......and all thats left on the frame tag is serial# 7798?......its really hard to read but the white on the hood says Bolens 850....iy took 2 days before i even realized :smilewink:.......also....it was made in jan '66.....so maybe a '65...dont know:rolleyes:............another thing....the headlights are just lenses with no wiring or bulbs....is that normal?........sheetmetal is perfect....just needs paint....the guy just painted the white bits black


Lights were optional equipment on the 850. If you didnt want to pay the few extra dollars for the lights the dealers would just put in the "dummy" lenses

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Posted September 24, 2011 - 07:25 PM

atleast bolens wasnt like some companies where they put a nice ugly decal across where the lights go.

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Posted September 25, 2011 - 08:14 AM

serial # is 4067768.....size=3 1/8 x 2 5/8............spec= 25501.........ive gotta get a cushion for that seat! :D

I'm going to say you have a 1966-1967 850, judging by the magneto ignition system.

What's the serial number on the engine?



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Posted September 25, 2011 - 08:46 AM

I'm 99% certain you got a 1966
After looking at the pictures again the steering wheel is another indication of the year.
The 1966 steering wheels did not have grips on the sides.

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Posted September 25, 2011 - 02:28 PM

Lights were optional equipment on the 850. True.

If you didnt want to pay the few extra dollars for the lights the dealers would just put in the "dummy" lenses


The tractors came from the factory with the dummy lenses. ....The #18721 Light Kit was an accessory and could be installed by the owner or the dealer.
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Posted September 25, 2011 - 02:40 PM

I see that it has the "helper spring" on the attachment lift. You will appreciate that if/when you use the tiller.


The spring mounted to the lift lever was actually for use with the mower deck ....It was supplied with the mower deck, and its main purpose was to allow the mower deck to "float." ....There was a hole part way down the rod for a hairpin clip. ....The hairpin would hold the spring in its compressed position and not allow "float." .....For mowing, it was best to pull the hairpin clip to allow full floating action.

While it may possibly help a little to lift a heavy implement, it is not as effective as the #18520 Spring Assist Kit. .....The #18520 kit used a larger spring with much greater tension.
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Posted September 25, 2011 - 02:50 PM

The spring mounted to the lift lever was actually for use with the mower deck ....It was supplied with the mower deck, and its main purpose was to allow the mower deck to "float." ....There was a hole part way down the rod for a hairpin clip. ....The hairpin would hold the spring in its compressed position and not allow "float." .....For mowing, it was best to pull the hairpin clip to allow full floating action.

While it may possibly help a little to lift a heavy implement, it is not as effective as the #18520 Spring Assist Kit. .....The #18520 kit used a larger spring with much greater tension.


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