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Old 05-02-2010, 10:31 PM   post #1 of 26
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Hi, I have a Bolens ridemaster and I want to know what year it is. I looked over at sonys http://sonnys_bolens.tripod.com/identifythis.htm
but I am not matching up anything but a few numbers can anyone tell me the year from this image? http://www.tscyber.com/bolens/brm.jpg
Also anyone know what the original engine was? I know Wisconsin but was it a aks? I am finding a bunch on ebay but want to make sure its right.


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Old 05-02-2010, 10:40 PM   post #2 of 26
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Hello to another ridmaster guy.
I cant help much on the year but there is some other guys that should see your post and help you.
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Try the Ridemasterclub on Yahoo,lot of knowledge there.
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I cannot make out the full model number. Is it 35AB01? If so, it is from 1948-49. Mine is a 35AB01 and has the Wisconsin AKS engine. Bolens changed to the Wisconsin AKN at serial number R 4000 during the 35AB02 model run, most likely in September 1950, although documentation is sketchy and contradictory.

I have read that there is no significant difference between the AKS and AKN engines, but I don't know that from personal experience.

Sonny's listing of Ridemaster engines is almost completely incorrect. Don't know where they got their information, but it does not match the early factory literature. It may be that their listing came from a later replacement engine list from Bolens.
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I cannot make out the full model number. Is it 35AB01? If so, it is from 1948-49. Mine is a 35AB01 and has the Wisconsin AKS engine. The engine was changed to the Wisconsin AKN at serial number R 4000 during the 35AB02 model run, most likely in September 1950, although documentation is sketchy and contradictory.

I have read that there is no significant difference between the AKS and AKN engines, but I don't know that from personal experience.
Its 35AB02.
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As a 35AB02 before serial number R 4000, it should have the AKS engine.
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Good information on Wisconsin engines on this site:

http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?...pid=256080&ck=

Apparently the "S" suffix means higher speed and the "N" higher compression.

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Old 05-03-2010, 12:34 PM   post #8 of 26
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Thanks, So its a 1950 with aks engine? I am not seeing aks on that list of engines did you mean akn
2-7/8 X 2-3/4
6.2 @ 3600
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:27 PM   post #9 of 26
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The original engine was an AKS if your serial number is less than 4000 (and it is). Some other references to the engines used show the Bolens-authorized replacement engine (should the original fail for some reason).

And I did mean AKS as noted in an earlier post. According to the Bolens engineering change listing that I have Bolens began using the AKN engine at Ridemaster serial number 4000. Either engine will work just fine.
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:34 PM   post #10 of 26
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Ok thanks. aks must be hard to find but would like to have that then. I am finding akn. This looks like a good one if he will ship it. http://burlington.craigslist.org/grd/1715832377.html
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:33 PM   post #11 of 26
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According to the information that I have, Type 35AB02 ser. #R 3025 would be a 1949 model and as LPBOLENS said, it should have a AKS engine.
The front tires are 5:50Ox16. New tires of the correct size and lug pattern are being re-manufactured by the Miller Tire Co. ( they list them on ebay also )
The rear axle bar is welded to the center tube frame on this model.

LPBOLENS mentioned that documentation is sketchy and contradictory and he is certainly right about that.
The information I have shows that the engine was changed to the Wisc. AKN engine (Ser. 1273901) starting with ser # R 4300 per engineering change revision dated 3-21-50.
( I believe his information shows R 4000 for the engine change. )
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As Ray points out, whether the engine change occurred at R 4000, or at R 4300, your 35AB02 should have the AKS engine.

If you want to see a really beautiful Ridemaster, check out Ray's restoration threads here for his 35AB.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:06 PM   post #13 of 26
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Thanks, Yeah it has the 16 inch tires. If it was not for one finger sized hole in the tread I would keep the ones on it there not in bad shape at all for there age. Anyone have any leads on a aks engine? I want find something cheap to build myself.
I was also told that implements was tough to find is that true? I just want the grader blade and was thinking if I find a plow like one from these from a tractor I could make the bracket myself if I had to.
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Troy

I think the grader blade is probably the most sought after implement for the Ridemaster.

I bought a 53 Ridemaster a couple of years ago that was missing engine, engine cradle, both drive pulleys, gas tank and had the wrong rear wheels.
It did have the grader blade, garden plow and (1) cultivator disc.
I was not able to find the missing parts to restore the tractor so I sold the implements on ebay last fall.
The grader blade alone sold for 3-times more than I paid for the whole tractor.

By the way .. how about some photos of your Ridemaster ??
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:24 AM   post #15 of 26
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Yeah the guy I got this off of bought it just for the blade. I'll have to take some measurements and see if I can make one. If I can find a blade close I should be able to replicate the rest.
Yeah I posted some on me and my wife's site last night I may get started working on it if I can stop playing on it lol..
http://www.tscyber.com/bolens/ride/ridemaster.html
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