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My First CL Find

So today I entered the low end of the fix'er upper pool. I would say restoration, but that might be going a little far and an insult to a few really talented guys around here.

I have been searching CL for about a month now and finally pulled the trigger today. I bought what looks like a 20+/- year old Bolens 322. According to the owner it hasn't been started in 3 years. The woman was asking $50, but after it wouldn't start in her driveway, even she thought that was crazy. I initially offered $10 for it, but she said at that price she would give it to her Veteran neighbor for parts. However, her neighbor quickly lost out when I offered $20. It didn't take long.

The first thing I did when I got home was to add some fuel laced with Sea Foam. After pulling the cord a few times and playing with the choke, I got it started. It definitely wasn't smooth, I had to play with the choke even after it was running for a few minutes, but in the end it was RUNNING!

I posted some pictures below. There is definitely some rust, but not much. I think the biggest thing is just the carburetor; it obviously needs a good cleaning. I've never cleaned a carb. before, so any tips would really help. Also, if anyone notices anything from the pictures, offer it up.

If anyone can help me out with how old it is and where I can find a manual, I would really appreciate it. Here's the information I have:

Bolens 322
Production Lot: 601906
Serial: 0301807G
Date Code: 11G

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Can't help you on Identify year or manual. But my advice is check out donyboy on youtube. Also be very careful and attentive on disassembly and assembly of carb. Don't rush it. Depending on model there can springs, seals, and other small pieces that can easily go missing without even you noticing. Good luck and congrats on the new to you machine.

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Are you married? If so, is she cool with this?
I'm just warning you that it always starts out by just picking one snow blower up from CL because it seems like a good deal. That was my story also, and many others here. After I picked up my first one I just kept monitoring the ads to make sure I really got a good deal, then you find another. It only needs a little TLC you say...and I can probably sell the first one for a good profit now thats its all up and running...
I'm just warning you that it starts out like this.
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Hold on.
Is this a 2 stroke?
Did you mix oil with the gas/seafoam you mentioned?
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Good point bout the 2stroke! Your neighbor down the block can help you. Too bad he doesnt know where you are. Hmmmm if only there was some was of displaying that information.
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Hold on.
Is this a 2 stroke?
Did you mix oil with the gas/seafoam you mentioned?

Yes, it's a 2 stroke.

It was a gas/oil mix with a bit of Sea Foam. It's fine, don't worry.


dbert....I know exactly what you are talking about. I recently purchased a "new to me" Simplicity Prestige. I bought it because I've always wanted a top of the line tractor but knew I could never really get "the boss" to agree to the expense. Well, to make a long story short, after only putting in a few hundred dollars, I put it up on CL for a dream price. I had some interest, but then decided to pull it down because I really like the tractor. I probably could have made about $1K on it fairly easily.

This single stage is certainly going to help satisfy that urge in me to tinker started by that Prestige, and if I decide to sell it, great. If I don't, then I'm going to call it my "Voice Controlled" snow blower.....as in I'm going to have my 13 year old son get first crack at using it.
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It was a gas/oil mix with a bit of Sea Foam. It's fine, don't worry.
Ah, ok, good.
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I'm going to call it my "Voice Controlled" snow blower.....as in I'm going to have my 13 year old son get first crack at using it.
I had one of those. I still do, it just doesn't seem to work as well as it did when he was 13.

I'm not finding much on that Bolens.
Get some pics of that 2 stroke when you get the cover off.

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Rare engine there, it's a Briggs and Stratton 2 stroke. Not too many of those made it very long they had issues with the cylinder bore and pistons scoring due to the plating of the cylinder failing. Briggs gave up on them after afew years.

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The second best kept secret of carb repair/cleaning:



Run you about $10 and will fit just about any orifice in any carb on the planet. Doesn't show too good in the picture but the wires are all spiral knurled, really gets the junk out of there.

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Ditto on getting one of those carb cleaning tools.

Your camera will be one of your best friends too. Take pictures of the carb set up before you start taking it all apart from the engine. That way you've got the pictures to refer to when putting it back together. We've all read the posts by folks who forgot where things go when it comes time to put it all back together.


Most importantly...have fun.

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