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Early 70’s C161 with front loader bucket and homemade box blade, non-runnin K321?
i purchased this tractor a year ago. It ren for an hour and then stopped, with no compression it had a K341 in it. I replaced the motor with a spare that came with it, now it has died as well.
We we made a mount and winch set up to use the 3’ box blade. The front bucket/hydraulics work well. I’m in Carson City NV.
I also have a mower mower deck and a tiller but I do not know their condition.
Thanks for looking.
With a front end loader for these tractors how important is a ladder type subframe? Does the cross piece in the front have to connect where the towers are? Can the frame where the towers are just mount to the frame and go back to the transmission or is that cross piece critical where the towers mount? Could it be set further back with the same effect or would it not be the same? I know it is important to go back to the transmission so if you hit something you don't snap the frame, but how critical are the cross members?
A year or two back I purchased this with a Bolens 1886 and a GT10. I don't know anything about Bolens tractors, I own three Kubotas. I thought that I would modify the loader to fit a B6000 that I own, so my son would have a small tractor to 'work' with me. It's also large enough to squeeze onto my B7100, and the specs compare to the B1630. But I had second thoughts once I discovered how rare it is to find one in this condition that is purpose built to fit a Bolens.
The loader and tractors were in a barn under cover, so apart from expected surface rust, everything was in great condition. I sold the tractors, but kept the loader. The loader is missing the four front pins and the lower mounting beam that I know of. There might be other parts required for mounting to the Bolens and another tractor. I'm including the manual which has good drawings and lists all the parts in case something needs to be fabricated.
The loader is a Workhorse Model 14 (nearly the same as Model 24). The specifications are posted on the booklet photo. It has v-belt driven pump that turns and feels like it's still pulling/pushing fluid, but I haven't tested it. The hydraulic lines were full of clear fluid, and all the cylinders are fully functional and tight. I had my son work the spool valve so that I could push/pull the cylinders, and they moved with difficulty like I would expect, but smoothly without any binding. No obvious signs of any leaks on the spool valve or at the cylinder seals, or hoses. However, I did notice one pin hole leak in one of the steel hydraulic lines on running across the support above the bucket when I worked one of the bucket cylinders. Other than that, the hoses actually look pretty good, although there are a couple of gashes in the rubber covering here and there. The pins on the lift cylinders hardly show much wear at all, and all pin bores are concentric and tight. I think it's safe to say the loader wasn't used much. The bucket has a high carbon cutting edge that shows very little wear. The bucket was primed when I got it, and it does have a bit of rust scale and shows pitting through the primer from where scale was removed before priming. It's still rings really solid. Spool valve operates as expected and I had to have my son operate it so I could push the cylinders in and out the take the pictures. The cylinder rods are in great shape, no evidence of rust or wear in the seal travel zone on any of them. There is some surface rust outside on the ends near the pins as shown in the pictures. The loader frame looks rusted, but this is nothing but surface rust, it's obviously made of good quality steel.
I'd like $1500 for the loader as shown with the manual. I have many additional photos, but the site limits the number I can post here. I'll likely post the loader to other sites, and advertise locally as well. I should be able to ship the loader on a pallet to your locale Fastenal, for $125-200 depending on your location. Or, you are very welcome to come to Portland, OR and pick it up in person. conrad503(AT)gmail(dot)com is my email address, and that's the best way to contact me.
Didn’t get to swap the loader out for the 44” 2-stage snowblower and cab on the 520-H before the Christmas Day storm. I had the engine out to redo the top end (decarbon, clean and reseat valves, New gaskets, New fuel pump, tubing, filter, plugs and properly seat camshaft Welch plug) so no time to switch over before storm. It’s just another excuse to use the loader! Merry Christmas everyone🌲🎅🏻