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Posted November 15, 2011 - 06:36 AM

Hope all goes well with picking it up Brian. Looks like a great tractor :D


I just had to get it.... This is the first one I have seen locally here in that good of shape. Usually the ones around here Look like this LOL:

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Posted November 15, 2011 - 08:42 PM

The Versa Matic is now home :D

Its a 15FD-02 with a K90 kohler engine.

It appears this tractor was well taken care of as all the paint is original. Its in better condition than I originally thought.

While searching through the seller's garage we managed to find some pieces of the 1 bottom plow. We were unable to locate the plow share, but I left my phone number in case he finds it when he gets the garage all cleaned out.

Everything looks to be intact,So far the only thing I spotted was the flywheel nut is missing which is a little strange. The engine spins freely though so it does have potential.

I'm going to study the manual and hopefully get some time this weekend to work on it.

Here are the pics after I got it off the trailer :dancingbanana:



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Posted November 15, 2011 - 10:18 PM

I've recently run into a K90. They had an experimental Bosch ignition system, and that was the only thing it was ever used on. I may be off here, but the flywheel may have different from the normal magnets.

From my understanding, you can sub the flywheel and ignition system from a K91 if it becomes necessary. Here's hoping the spark is there without too much trouble.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 05:51 AM

That is a really nice find and in really great shape. I have been looking for one of those type for a while now. That is kinda strange that just flywheel nut is missing on the engine. Unless it didn't have spark or something and someone tried to disassemble it and only got that far. Are you gonna bring it to the Erie county fair next year? Would love to look that thing over. If you ever get tired of looking at it, just bring it over to my place. I never turn a Bolens away.

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Posted November 16, 2011 - 06:11 AM

That is a really nice find and in really great shape. I have been looking for one of those type for a while now. That is kinda strange that just flywheel nut is missing on the engine. Unless it didn't have spark or something and someone tried to disassemble it and only got that far. Are you gonna bring it to the Erie county fair next year? Would love to look that thing over. If you ever get tired of looking at it, just bring it over to my place. I never turn a Bolens away.


The only thing I can think of is the recoil starter cord came off and when the assembly was removed the nut may have been taken off by mistake.

I'm probably going to leave the tractor original and not paint it. I think the tires have calcium in them so that will need to be removed ....If all goes well, I probably will show it at the fair next year

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Posted November 16, 2011 - 06:23 AM

Congrats. That will look nice once it's cleaned up a bit. Good luck with it!

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Posted November 16, 2011 - 06:50 AM

I agree with not repainting it. It is the best condition I think I have ever seen with one that old. Will be looking for it at the fair.

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Posted November 16, 2011 - 06:52 AM

Congratulations Brian on such a nice find. Looking forward to updates.

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Posted November 16, 2011 - 08:27 AM

Everything looks to be intact,So far the only thing I spotted was the flywheel nut is missing which is a little strange.


Did you get the cup for the recoils starter? ....I suspect the cup broke, so the recoil and broken cup were removed. ......I think (CRS !) the recoil fit over the rope pulley. .....That would explain why there is no screen on the starter pulley.

Do you have a parts breakdown for that Kohler? .....If not, let me know the Spec number, and I'll check my Kohler info.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 09:02 AM

Bruce is correct, the cup was usually attached to the flywheel on recoils.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 08:35 PM

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This is all that I got of the recoil assembly.


I printed this manual from the manuals section: http://gardentractor...rts-manual-487/

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Posted November 16, 2011 - 08:42 PM

So it appears I am missing these parts :confuse: Untitled.jpg

I guess I can just get a nut to put on the flywheel and use the rope start method until I can find the parts.

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Posted November 17, 2011 - 06:10 AM

Nice!! Unlike my Power Ho tractors, it even has reverse, right?


Yes, this one does have reverse.

How many power Ho's do you have?

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Posted November 17, 2011 - 07:33 AM

So it appears I am missing these parts :confuse: [ATTACH=CONFIG]24934[/ATTACH]

I guess I can just get a nut to put on the flywheel and use the rope start method until I can find the parts.


I'll look, but I don't think I have any parts for that recoil assy.
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Posted November 17, 2011 - 12:57 PM

i dont how i miss most of this posting, but way to go man. You trwactor looks as good as the one my wife got back a few yrs. Every once in a while you find one that somebody loved and took care of.

I think but dont know for sure but your recoil looks like a Fairbank/Morse one. The db tractors, mostly the contentails used them. There was another brand of recoil the started with an S, but i dont remember the name. Great to score a Bolens with the kolher engine.

I may have plow parts here. I seem to remember some odd brand of 2 wheeler coming here with a Bolens plow bolted solidly to the rear. It has no correct hitching parts, but the bottom and coulter should be the same. I bleieve at the time that we Id' it as one fitting a 12b tractor. Ill have to go look this weekend and see if its still sitting on the shelf in the back shop.
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