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Hi all,

I just joined this forum, mainly because I just became the proud owner of a Bolens 1886! Lugged it home on my trailer from North Carolina today in the pouring rain. Its not in the greatest shape, but that will change. Picture is attached - you see what I mean... Wheel Tire Vehicle Automotive tire Tread


I need a bit of help from ya'll though: I don't know where to look for the tractor serial number or the Kohler serial number. I suspect the Kohler number plate is gone, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong place. Any help?

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HI welcome GTtalk.

You engine ID tag should be on the tin work that has the hole for the filter. It looks to be gone.

The ID tag for the tractor would be under the hood located on the tin work that goes around the carb and under the air cleaner. Most of the time that tin work is missing from the tractor but yours looks to still have it.

Can you post more photos of your tractor?
 

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Welcome to the forum, Jim. Congratulations on the score. The 1886 is a great tractor, some say the best of the Bolens line. I'm afraid I can't be sure of where the tractor serial number is, but if it's like the HT-23, it would be on the heat shield top, above the engine. The engine serial number should be on the left side of the engine to the right of the oil filter. Someone will surely come along soon to confirm the s/n locations.

Thanks for the photo, we love photos here. Your tractor looks to be in pretty nice shape. Does it run and drive? Did you get any attachments with it?

You came to the right place for any kind of help you might need with your restoration. Good luck with it. I look forward to seeing your progress.

- Ed C.
 

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Welcome to GT Talk and congrats on Bolens ownership! The 1886 is a special model and it looks like you found a good one! Looking forward to seeing more photos when you get a chance. :thumbs:
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome from all and for the info on the serial numbers! I'll be searching them out as time allows (got family Christmas coming up, etc., so I need to sneak out to the barn as I can... :D

The tractor is not running right now. Battery was lower than whale poop, but I think it might charge. It has one flat and very rotten rear tire - i ordered a used Carlisle on eBay today, $56 including shipping, so I will pull the old one off tomorrow (I hope - time is limited - you know...). The Husky came with a 61" mower deck and looks to be complete. I'll need sprucing up and new belts, minimum.

I will be working on this project, as I mentioned, as I can. I also am working on a Cub Cadet 106 that is right now in the engine off, frame off state and I need it for spring mowing, so it comes first. I will post a few pictures of both - gotta love to show off old tractor iron!

Again, thanks ya'll, for the warm welcome!

Jim
 

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Okay, ya'll asked for more pictures - here they are from when I first rolled it into the barn. It's leaning right because of the flat right rear tire. The 61" mower deck is strapped to the rear of my 60" wide trailer for obvious reasons!

Pretty rough, but that will change with time...
 

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Whew, an early Saturday morning and too cold outside to work on the tractors (32 degrees - cold for SC, at any rate!), so I've been looking at GT Talk. Very cool forum! I'm glad I joined!

Being a VERY new Bolens owner (< a week!), I'm confused by the exhaust muffler. Most of the pictures I've seen show it horizontal, with the exhaust tip at the front of the tractor. Having been around large tractors since I was a kid (Farmall F-20, H, M, and now a Cub), this seems strange. Then I saw a picture of BlackJackJake's great looking Bolens and his exhaust is vertical, like a stack. Is this an option on the 1886?

Oh, and yes, when I transported my "new" 1886 200 miles to my home in the pouring rain, I did tape off the muffler tip with a plastic bag to keep the rain from being forced into the cylinders. An ounce of prevention...
 

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looks like your missing the piece that is needed for the Model # which of coarse its a 1886 but your serial number is gone too. Maybe the die hard 1886 guys could tell which model it is from your pics. I too am a beginner in the bolens as i got into the cubs a couple years ago.Since then i have purchased 2-1886's and a 1477 along with a 1455 . Starting to like these large frame bolens tractors alot. By the way, Congrats on the nice tractor score ! looks to be in pretty good shape and i bet it will look even better with a little scrubbing with some soap and water.
 

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Being a VERY new Bolens owner (< a week!), I'm confused by the exhaust muffler. Most of the pictures I've seen show it horizontal, with the exhaust tip at the front of the tractor. Having been around large tractors since I was a kid (Farmall F-20, H, M, and now a Cub), this seems strange. Then I saw a picture of BlackJackJake's great looking Bolens and his exhaust is vertical, like a stack.
The exhaust manifold is a square flange, the exhaust can be unbolted and turned 90°. As mentioned, it needs to be vertical for use of the loader because of clearance issues. They are mounted horizontal from the dealer for it's main use, mowing the lawn. That way you have clearance under branches and such.
 

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If you ever have the need or desire to have the muffler pointed up, make sure you provide a support brace for it. Being long and relatively heavy, it has a fairly significant moment (lever) arm. Abrupt changes in tractor direction could cause metal fatigue and eventually lead to something breaking. That muffler is hard to come by and expensive if you do find one. The manifold is a little easier to find, but why take a chance?

BTW: Your mower deck, which looks correct for the 1886, is actually 54", not 61". It also looks like your tractor has the desirable "floaters" (20" front tires w/10" rims). :thumbs:
 

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One other disadvantage of having the muffler mounted vertically is that the heat generated can melt the hood decal. Take a look at the photo in my previous post. Anyone else experience this? Mine was like this when I got the tractor and I know the PO had an FEL mounted, at one time.
 

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looks like your missing the piece that is needed for the Model # which of coarse its a 1886 but your serial number is gone too. Maybe the die hard 1886 guys could tell which model it is from your pics. I too am a beginner in the bolens as i got into the cubs a couple years ago.Since then i have purchased 2-1886's and a 1477 along with a 1455 . Starting to like these large frame bolens tractors alot. By the way, Congrats on the nice tractor score ! looks to be in pretty good shape and i bet it will look even better with a little scrubbing with some soap and water.
Welcome to GTtalk!
 
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