Help with vintage mustang tiller

esemilio(Z5 WI)March 5, 2009

I am looking for information/parts diagrams for this tiller. I believe it is a Bolens' Mustang early sixties. According to the engine label (B&S) the engine was manufactured in 1962. The clutch is always engaged. I I had some diagrams it would make it easier for me to ake apart!

I have been trying to figure out (with no success) how to add a picture. When I figure it out I will post a picture. Any help with either subject is greatly appreciated!

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pictures--- If you open a free account at you can upload your pictures there. After you have your pics in photobucket you will notice a drop down window when you move you cursor on to the pic. For this site, move your cursor down to the "html code" line and click on it, Very quickly you will see a small pop up that says "copied". In your post here you just right click and paste the html line that you copied from photobucket. Some other forums use the IMG code line. When you come back to post you can preview your message and you should see the photo. You can change the size of your pics by choosing the size under the upload button before you upload the pics in photobucket

    Bookmark   March 5, 2009 at 4:01PM
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esemilio(Z5 WI)

Wallfish -- Thanks!
This is the picture of the mustang tiller I am seeeking information on:

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 5, 2009 at 11:27PM
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esemilio(Z5 WI)

I Finally got the picture!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 12:23AM
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canguy(British Columbia)

Parts and diagrams for that piece disappeared many moons ago. It is a very simple machine. Unbolt the engine and lift it off.
It likely has a cone clutch. A strip of brake lining in the cup engages a matching steel cone on the engine shaft. The linkage possibly is seized/worn out or maybe a previous owner defeated the system because he could not find parts.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 10:18PM
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esemilio(Z5 WI)

Thanks canguy. I am waiting for the weather to warm up here in Wisconsin before I pull it apart. I came across it at a yard sale and just could not pass it up! I "love" the looks of it! It has charachter!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 11:58PM
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Someone just gave me an identical tiller with the opposite clutch problem- mine doesn't engage. I pulled it apart (only 3 bolts hold the engine on) and the cone clutch material was burnt completely off. Out of sheer boredom, I wound a few wraps of duct tape around the male end of the clutch and bolted it back up. Believe it or not it actually dug hard for about 10 minutes before it burnt off- haha. I'm gonna try contact cement or something as parts seem non-existent (online at least).

    Bookmark   August 3, 2010 at 1:46AM
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Hi I've been searching the internet high and low for the operators manual to the Bolens Super Mustang Tiller model 2101-01. I don't care if it is a COPY of the original. If anyone here has a copy and can mail me one let me know how much. I can pay via paypal or send cash through the mail. Please email me at Thanks in advance.


    Bookmark   July 3, 2011 at 8:25AM
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I don't know if this will help at all, and I'm sure I'm bringing up an old thread, however, if you were to take drum brake padding (cut from rolls) and used *Might* solve the clutch lining problems... Clutch and brakes are made of the same material "back then"... I needed a clutch lining or my old Montgomery Wards Front Tine Rototiller, and I chose this option as to a $60 obsolete part from online - brake liner padding is approx $4~$24 per foot - depending on where you search. I hope this helps people in the future looking for a replacement clutch liner. My tiller starts with one easy pull. An eight year old can start it... She runs smooth as ever and purrs like a kitten. Vintage Monkey Wards Tiller...

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 12:12PM
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Please post detail pics of the clutch. ItâÂÂs possible we can spot it on other tillers or Etc..

Another option to adding pictures:

1. Use the âÂÂImage file to upload (optional):â show by selecting the browse option just below the option.
2. It should take you to MY Computer files showing Pics you have saved and where, sel the file to load that pic.
3. Brief but try it to get a feel and preview to see if its working or what did I miss??
4. Photobucket is good to send multiple pics in one post but a challenge if not used often IMO.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 10:10AM
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