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PostSubject: Bolens Build   Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:20 pm

I recently got a Bolens ST110 for free from a buddy along with another mower that he wants me to help him build. The bolens has a briggs 11 horse flatty but im not sure if it runs yet. It feels like it has low compression as of right now. But that might be just because im used to building high performance high compression engines. lol. Only time will tell. Here are some pictures of my build!
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:52 pm

just a heads up, your pics didnt load. about that compression, my tecumseh flatty on my bolens feels the same way.. idk if it actually does have low compression, but it runs good. thats all i care
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:46 pm

I cant seem to get my pictures to work?
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:26 pm

What problems are you having?

http://www.atltf.com/t1525-image-posting-for-new-members refure to this, its step by step. Cheers!
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:32 pm

if youre still having problems, photobucket is easy. thats how i host all my pics. as simple as uploading to PB, then copy and paste the "img" one
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:56 am

Thanks I think i got it now!  


Welded the front axle solid

Five inch engine pulley

Did the spindle mods so the larger 18 inch tires and rear rims would fit

This is what the mower started out as
i fixed the pics for ya~willis923


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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:53 pm

[img][/img]Thanks for the help! This is what it looks like as of right now. Shoupld have more pictures to come tomorrow. Motor has the potential to run some starter fluid so i need to get some of that gold we call gas and hopefully can take it for a test run. It has a 5 inch front pully and a 6 on the back. id imagine that is a pretty good ratio. wont be super fast but wont be gutless either. I plan on puttin a rack on the back of it and a stack or sidepipe. Maybe a snorkel. And a gas pedal. Im leaving the governor hooked up so the engine hopefully last me a long time.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:10 pm

Hey guys here is kind of an update!

Put the deck raise/ lower lever as a stack, going to put a larger diameter pipe after the bend so its not such a popping loud and is more of a deep engine sound.

The mower sat for 9 years before I got it so a carb clean was needed, It was pretty bad with the varnished gas and the water corrosion in the bowl so i sanded it out.

All clean and put a coat of rust paint on the bowl.

Had to tak her out for a test run. All is good!

Hood just sitting on it test fitting wiht he exaust.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:39 pm

Hey hey! You aren't too far away from Stretch and I (Mansfield area). We should get together sometime and romp, talk shop, etc.

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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:23 pm

That would be awesome! Its about an hour or so from here. once i get mine dont we might have to do that
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:38 pm

i have the same tractor. those 11 hp briggs have a habbit of losing compression. the cause is the cylinder wearing out.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:53 pm

UPDATE! I built my gas pedal from a dirtbike brake lever that was broken. It kind of worked but my foot couldnt really get enough leverage on it to push it easy.
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So i drilled two 1/4inch holes in it and welded in two bolts that i cut the heads off to a steel pedal and bolted it to the lever. Works way better. Also added a return spring that ended up being too strong.
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Then I took off the original small stack and cut it after the 90 degree bend. Then i sut 4 slit into the end of a pipe thats like 1 1/2" and smacked the ends with a hammer until it fit pight on the smaller pipe and welded it all solid. Then I cut another piece with two angles and welded it on to pint out like a tractor. Sounds better and redirects the exhast from my face. lol

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Also installed my hood and stuff!

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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:58 pm

@thatrandomguy wrote:
i have the same tractor. those 11 hp briggs have a habbit of losing compression. the cause is the cylinder wearing out.
It seems to run really super strong. I think i was just used to my perforamance flathead that I have and nout used to a stock one. lol
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:18 pm

Hey guys sorry I havent done an update ive been rompin! Ive dont quite a few changes/ mods sinve ive been gone. I put 23 inch tires on the back, I cut and welded hubs into The larger wheels. Took the original 20 inch tires and put them on the front. The 18s i had were too wide, it looked stupid with my narrow rears and plus it didnt steer very good. Now it handles like a champ and slings mud everywhere. Totally badass.




I also installed brake lights/tail lights and headlights. The brake ligts are from a trailer my family had and got rid of a long time ago. Dual filament bulbs so i wired it just like a car. when the headlights are turned on the taillights come on and when the brake is pressed the brake lightrs come on. Pretty sweet if you ask me.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:26 pm

Dude that's TOTALLY RAD you took that thing from looking so small and wimpy looking to something big and AWESOME looking!
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:56 pm

that thing is *exploitive* AWSOME! thats some pretty slick welding on the hub. FCAW? or GMAW? i really like it.. gotta get some atv tires on it now, even ags
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:57 pm

Love the MTD seat.. round here we call that seat the fat man chair.. lol The one ranch king had flexed back like a recliner...
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:19 pm

Thanks man. Its a hell of a tractor. Still have plans for a rack on the back and bumpers front and back. maybe swapping in an 18 hp oppy i have. who knows!
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:21 pm

@willis923 wrote:
that thing is *exploitive* AWSOME! thats some pretty slick welding on the hub. FCAW? or GMAW? i really like it.. gotta get some atv tires on it now, even ags
Well i was gonna keep it a secret, but i have a set of ags in my garage ready to go on! And honestly I have no clue about the welder. its just a 90 amp flux core from harbor freight.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:33 pm

i love it.. and btw, FCAW= flux core arc welding, GMAW= gas metal arc welding (mig)
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:06 pm

Welp boys now I did it.. Fudged the tranny ups! Input shaft was all dickered up and some of the theeth on other gearsa were chewed up so i took a geatset out os a 930 and swaped em in plus the bevel gear. The input shaft needs to be shimmed to make contact with the bevel gear but i put it back together and mounted it before I noticed I forgot to do so. I just left her there for the night gonna fix her tomorrow after I put a slave cylinder and radius arm bushings on dads truck..
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:25 pm

Well guys Im back on the build.. Painted my rim gloss black, not that youll be able to see it very long. Very Happy



Also was testing some stuff and made a glasspack style muffler for it..


Drilled a bunch of holes in my exaust pipe. ( 1.5 inch or so)


Then bent the holes so they kinda grab the exhaust flow


Then wrapped the holes with steel wool and slit 2 brake cleaner cans over the steel wool with an interferance fit. I then installed it to my exhaust in place of a straight pipe. Makes a huge difference. I also coated it with some silver paint. Dont have a picture yet it gets dark to dang early..
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:39 pm

Cool glass pack. i hope it works out for you. i saw someone take a screwdriver to each of those holes and bend the screw drivder over, so the holes had little holes to pick up the air flow better, like little scoops
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:44 pm

@redlinemotorsportts wrote:
Cool glass pack.  i hope it works out for you. i saw someone take a screwdriver to each of those holes and bend the screw drivder over, so the holes had little holes to pick up the air flow better, like little scoops
Yeah thats what i meant when i said i bent the holes to trap the exhaust flow. it works great.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens Build   Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:21 am

@MoWheeler wrote:
@redlinemotorsportts wrote:
Cool glass pack.  i hope it works out for you. i saw someone take a screwdriver to each of those holes and bend the screw drivder over, so the holes had little holes to pick up the air flow better, like little scoops
Yeah thats what i meant when i said i bent the holes to trap the exhaust flow. it works great.
Oh, I didn't notice my bad lol.
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