Photo Page 345
Thought I'd send some photos of my recent addition.
It's a 1969 Bolens Sprint 620.  Has a 296cc JLO engine.
I am looking for an original airbox for it if anyone has one lying around.
Darryl. - darryl34@telus.net
Thanks Darryl for the great Pictures and restoration info!
I picked this sled up in mid august as I was looking for a project sled to give me something to do.It turned out to be a fair bit more of a project than I figured. The sled is a 1969 Bolens Sprint Model 620. Powered by a JLO 296cc engine 17.5 h.p. This is the first year of production for the Bolens snowmobile. Ended in 1972.
When I first went to look at this thing, (I will call it) I knew it needed alot of work but at the same time thought it was different and a little rare especially up here in canada there are more hus ski's and diablo's if anything re:Bolens. The engine had very good compression and plenty of spark, a good starting point. As you can see by the photos though it looks like quite a junker and most probably would junk it .
The track rubber was in pretty good shape but I noticed a couple of cleats were broken. After getting it home, It turned out to be 7 in total. Two of the bogie springs were broken as well. This would be a task in trying to find new ones, I ended up needing four all together. The front set of bogie wheels had a broken mount and the previous owner had drilled new holes and move them up about 2". This would have to be fixed as the track was only about 2" from hitting the tunnel on the inside.

The fuel cap was missing and had a copenhagen can for a cap. Tank was fairly ugly inside and had no filter on it. The carburetor ( tillotson HR28a) was missing any type of breather / filter and was sitting outside like this forever and would need to be torn down and cleaned at the least.

The hood was in quite good shape minus a few scratches.  The wiring for the headlight was dangling inside burnt from the exhaust .The seat foam was in quite decent shape, suprisingly, as it was sitting outside as well with no cover. I ended up making a new cover for it myself.

The skis are good and steering all work well, no serious play in any of it although one of the rods was removed to be straightened and steering re aligned. Looks like someone went headlong into something and bent the bumper up as well as one of the steering arms.The all steel body has no rust what so ever and is in really decent shape.The belly pan is in need of slight attention on a couple of dings.

I had no plans of making this sled a complete resto but just a good original/reliable trail rider. It was quite a task considering the info available out their on Sprints. I'll bet you I sent out 50 emails and cruised every vintage sled site looking for info and parts on these sleds. I ended up coming across Stephen down in Washington state who's dad was a Bolens dealer back in the 1960's.He was very good in helping out with questions and literature. Continued on page 346

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