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Old 10-18-2009, 09:24 PM   post #1 of 31
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Any idea what this engine is?? HP? What it was from???? Thanks for any help!!!
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The engine is definiately a Wisconsin....... 6hp
the tractor looks like a Bolens ride a matic, may have more info in a little bit.....
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If by any chance you have the model # of the tractor in the pic, I can give you the year made. its the in 50's though
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There is a website,the unofficial Wisconsin website,that claims BKN Wisconsin engines were only built in 1955,if that is correct,they must have built a bunch of them.Also according to that website the BKN is rated at 7hp.
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The engine is definiately a Wisconsin....... 6hp
the tractor looks like a Bolens ride a matic, may have more info in a little bit.....
The tractor is a Bready. I just picked it up, and it has thisin it instead of the Briggs it had when new.

Engine is stuck. Dont know if its blown or not yet.
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There is a website,the unofficial Wisconsin website,that claims BKN Wisconsin engines were only built in 1955,if that is correct,they must have built a bunch of them.Also according to that website the BKN is rated at 7hp.
The Bolens service school manual shows BKN engine's being used from 1948-1958 all 6 HP except for 1958 when the BKN engine used was 7HP.
These engines were also used in the Bolens front tine tillers.
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OK. Is it a good engine? Parts out there for them? Manual???
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OK. Is it a good engine? Parts out there for them? Manual???
Wisconsin engine's have always been a very good engine. Not shure about parts though, these engine's are getting scarce......dont have a manual either
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OK. Is it a good engine? Parts out there for them? Manual???
Paul .. do a google search on Wisconsin BKN .. I looked last night and a few places came up with manuals .. hopefully someone here has one and can make u a copy ..

I have a few Wisconsin's, but nothing that old ... There is a place in Florida and a guy in Pa who sell lots of old Wisconsin stuff .. Both are listed in the bolens section under parts suppliers

If you cant find em ..let me know
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Cool. I will check it out.

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I see lots of them here at small engine shows/swap meets..AKN,'s,BKN's,and S&-d's,etc..even a few of the "Monster" 16 HP ones that look like yours after taking steriods,they are 2-1/2' tall!..

Wisconsins are a heavy duty engine,and are now getting harder to come by,but this year I've seen more than ever before,and they were selling for 100 bucks and less,unusual for them..I even saw one four cylinder one sell for 225 bucks recently that ran nice..

I bet yours will free up after a good soaking..probably rust in the bore,maybe it got left outside in the rain with no spark plug too long at one time..sometimes just condensation will lock one up too...I think some had a rod bearing like a car engine thats replaceable too..and a piston style oil pump in the sump..their magnetos will knock your socks off,so be careful if you spin it over if it frees up!..it has a spring that clacks loudly and it'll give you one **** of a belt it your touching the plug wire!..
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Ya, I had a old 16hp one on a log splitter my stepdad made ages ago. It was a HUGE monster!!! Fun to start for a kid in his early teens also!!!!!

This one had a plug in it. It broke when I was removing it, so I have to pull the head anyways. For now, i have the bore soaking.
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I have parts manuals,they're available from the Wisconsin website for free but I don't have a repair manual for a BKN.I have repair manuals for older AB,ABN and such and those engines are all very similar.I can send you that manual if you want.I've also noticed a lot of older Wisconsin engines at swap meets and auctions in the past year.I have 2 BKN engines that I really don't need,I'd part the one out if there is something that you do need.I'd pull the head off of yours and see how bad the bore looks,there is a possibility,like Tractor-Holic says,that all that is wrong with yours is the rings are rusted fast to the cylinder,in a case like that,some penetrating oil will usually break them free.One other thing that I've found is that the exhaust valves rust fast in the guide,usually the engine will turn over part way over and stop.If you get it to do that,don't try to force it to turn over,I had one engine that someone did that to and they broke the camshaft in half.
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Cool. I will keep that in mind.
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One trick I used to "unstick" a few engines that were seized up,was to remove the head,fill it with liquid wrench or similar penetrant,and set it next to my wood stove,and let it soak up the heat for several hours..after awhile it'll get almost too hot to hold onto for long,and they broke free easily..

A few guys I know drop the whole engine and submerge it in a barrel of kerosene or diesel and let it soak for weeks before attempting to free it up..
I put a few in the hot tank at the auto parts store too,that seemed to work well..

The warning about the stuck valve is good advice,I have snapped a cam on two on a rare engine by being too hasty about getting them freed up ,I thought if I rocked it back and forth the valve might break free,instead the cam broke!.. I found one to replace it luckily..

One guy I know tried the grease gun trick to "unseize" a stuck 6S Briggs on an old walk behind tractor--he kept pumping and pumping until he could barely push the handle down...then heard a loud "WHACK"!!..it still wouldn't turn over,so he took the head bolts off..and it came off in two peices!..after wiping off a ton of grease,he saw the top of the piston was caved in like someone bashed it with a ball pein hammer,and it was cracked at the wrist pin..I dont know if the rod was bent,he ended up tossing it in the scrap pile at that point!..lucky for him I had two of those engines in my shed looking for a new home!..
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