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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:18 pm

WOOHOO!!! bolens is back in the running! got my bearings on, now i just have to get them mounted to the plate, and slam everything back together! hopefully tomorrow we have a shop day in school, i'll drill everything. maybe scrounge up some bolts. then get home, fire up the salamander out in the shelterlogic (0degrees out) and get it back together Smile yall dont understand how bad i want to put it back on its wheels and go for a hardcore snow romp
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:35 pm

Those bearings look pretty rugged. They hold the driveshaft?
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:31 pm

yessir. they go right behind the pully. essentially a carrier bearing
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:08 pm

Well boys! got her running and driving again!!! started up OK, not the greatest, but all things considered, i cant complain. bombed it around in the yard some, around the trails, then i threw the belt....... i gota get a new belt, this one dont have much life left in it. got any tips on aligning the pullys? cause i think theyre off a bit. vids are uploading
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:15 pm

oh, also. SOMEONE *cough richie cough* talked me out of kenda bearclaws... and into executioners. for another 20 bucks, ive made up my mind. now im thinking carlisle X-tracs on the front
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:17 pm

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oh, also. SOMEONE *cough richie cough* talked me out of kenda bearclaws... and into executioners.  for another 20 bucks, ive made up my mind. now im thinking carlisle X-tracs on the front

guilty as charged Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:17 pm

heres the first test drive with the new bearings..

heres a little teaser screenshot i took.. sweet pic

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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:14 am

Love the old iron buddy!
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:36 pm

im liking the progress! Keep it up.
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:28 am

went for a romp yesterday. was giving it hell for about 10 mins, then it started backfiring, and surging when i didnt have any strain on the engine. it promptly died. took the bowl off, and there was some water, some rust and a fair bit of dirt in it. cleaned it, primed the system, and (about 50 pulls later) it started, died and did that like 5 times, each time, i had to squirt some gas into the carb. it eventually filled the bowl, and ran. still surging, and wouldnt idle for sh!t. turned in the low screw a bit until it would idle halfway decent, then put it to WOT and opened up the high screw until it coughed and smoked black, then back in a half turn. runs like a top now. fires right up, no coughing, i let it idle for about 20 mins while i brought groceries in and had lunch, went back out and it wasnt skipping a beat. belt is getting pretty floppy so i ordered 2 kevlar belts last night, from northern tool.

im also gathering a parts list for a new exhaust. so far, heres what ive planned

muffler, 90* input/output, pointed straight up.
step the 1-1/4 inch output to 1-1/2 or 1-3/4
bring it straight up for about a foot.
rain cap? -OR- cut a 90* in half and make a sick ass angle, off to the side?

the muffler is about 25 bucks on ebay, and the pipe will be under 20 bucks. so were looking at about 50 for this. what do yall think?

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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:30 pm

got 2 nice fancy blue kevlar belts today Smile now, about that fuel line
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:26 pm

test romp complete. replaced some of the fuel line. too cold to do it all, i just replaced the leaky bit of it. popped a new blue kevlar belt on, and it hooks up almost instantly. i love it
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:17 am

ok guys, keeping this thread out of the depths of the abyss. not much has changed. getting plans made for a new stack. possibly getting exectutioners before winter is over. carlisle x tracs on the front. got the driveshaft fixed so its running and driving again, got a few new kevlar belts.. all that good stuff. keep checking the build off thread for updates
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:22 pm

dose your g-10 have a flat head Tecumseh or a OHV, i was just wondering what yours had because my g-14 has a 14hp OHV Tecumseh

this is my 73 g-14 bolens that i do competition mudding at http://www.speedbowlpark.com/

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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:50 pm

sounds like its coming along good. Id probly put it at a 90* angle for it, other than that its looking great!
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:46 pm

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dose your g-10 have a flat head Tecumseh or a OHV, i was just wondering what yours had because my g-14 has a 14hp OHV Tecumseh

this is my 73 g-14 bolens that i do competition mudding at http://www.speedbowlpark.com/

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tecumseh HH100. 10 horse flathead. yours is the OH140 (i think)

just another quick update. found some exhaust pipe today. 1-1/2 inch steel from an old decrepit flag pole. should work pretty good. i plan on running it until spring, burning off all the paint, then sanding it with a flap wheel and painting it hi temp black, probably when i do all the body work

another quick update. ordering this-


for now, i just modded my current stack, to make it look a bit more appealing. looks kickass now, as long as you dont look at my bubblegum welds.. lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:19 pm

update- nothing to update. ive got snow up to my nuts, so much that i cant do much but get stuck. havent ordered anything or broken/fixed anything. basically at a standstill now, i need cash and warmer weather
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:19 pm

another update comin at ya- well, not really an update. just saying that you wont see any progress until spring now. f'en snow....





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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:25 pm

u can still get it done, you know itll run so thts good
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:31 pm

Same thing happened to my grandfathers tarp garage type deal yesterday. It happens.
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:32 pm

swiped a sawzall today, sliced up some of the tarp allowing me access to the snow, which i shoveled off and into the "parking lot" where it was snowblown into the yard. i was able to cut a big section of frame out, and it freed up my tractor *YAY!!!*  bounce  yall know i had to start it and take her for a quick rip-snot. everything went well. maybe i'll try for the ATV later in the week. i just wanted my baby out of there. the only damage to her is a bent in fender, but im only going to have to bend them again when i get tires
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:40 pm

cheers thts great!
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:19 am

well, not much has happened since the last update. i got some marvel mystery oil, treated both the oil AND gas. havent ran it yet, but its there when im ready. i also have to replace the fuel petcock, both actually. along with a fair chunk of fuel line. the 2nd petcock broke, and i tried closing the one on the tank, and that wouldnt close, so i pissed out almost half a tank onto the ground before i could get a can...   too cold to do anything. might order a muffler this week, and get the new stack built up. i need suggestions on this one. on my stack-
do i-
A) put a rain flapper on
B)cut it straight across
C)cut it at a slant
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D) put a 45 degree angle on the end...
let me know what yalls vote is
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:22 am

i say put a 45 on the tip and have it cut at a angle also
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:40 am

richie thomas wrote:
i say  put a 45 on the tip and have it cut at a angle also

thats what i ment, and thats what i was leaning towards
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PostSubject: Re: Willis's 74' Bolens (rolling thunder)   Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:31 pm

old iron I suggest flapper but make your own design thatd be cool!
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