I found a relatively local G-14 which was reported to have a junk engine and not much more description. My other Bolens is a Husky 750, which has been a great machine but it has some design elements I'm not real keen on such as using an idler to cause belt slip instead of a clutch and a 3 speed without a locking differential, so getting one of the nicer 6 speed machines has been on my radar for a while now.
When I got there to look at it, I could see it had been abused. The seat was missing entirely, the fender pan has a number of large cracks in the sheet metal where the seat would bolt, a large gash in the fender pan where a hydraulic lift was once installed, missing PTO, the bottom of the hood was torn on both sides where the hinge is, and a "junk engine". It's in sad shape, so we talked as I looked it over and we settled on a price both were willing to accept and I loaded it up and set off for home.
My biggest concern was the condition of the transmission, so once it was in the shop my first task was to peel it open and ascertain the condition. The axle seals are leaking too, but that's to be expected.
A view of the front compartment
And one of the rear
Looks like there's not a lot of damage, some wear and a little loss of material, but nothing to turn it from potential tractor to scrap.
I'm not the best machinist in the world, but fabricating a part here or there is within my capabilities, my biggest shortcomming here is I usually stop short of right and settle on "good enough". Body work is something I'll deal with later, for now what I need to decide on is what I want to drop in for an engine. I've done engine swaps before, so mounting isn't a concern.
It had a Tecumseh HH140 in it that doesn't appear to have compression. The piston moves when I turn the flywheel and nothing appears broken on a quick inspection. I'm not a fan of these engines and it's in a non-running state, so I'm inclined to call the engine a total loss and drop in something else. Right now I am considering two choices, a LiFan LF190F-BDQC (15HP, 18 amp charging) and I am also considering one of the Yanmar 10HP diesel clones. Either of these is likely going to involve some modification of the hood. I'm interested in the diesel, but it's twice the price and it lacks features the LiFan has, electric start and an alternator. I could get by without the electric start, but not having an alternator to keep the battery charged is annoying (My 750 has no chargine circuit). I could cobble in an alternator, but having it built in is preferable. I may consider attempting to diagnose the HH140, but given parts availabilty and cost, I'm less inclined to do so.
Any engine suggestions or alternatives I haven't considered?
Input is appreciated, thanks!