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#1 antiquetractors OFFLINE  

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 12:41 AM

I don't know what it is about my little 58' RAM but I have become so attached to that tractor that I haven't used any of my other tractors. This Bolens has changed my entire outlook of my collection lol.

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 05:22 AM

Have you got a photo of it?

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 08:01 AM

yea we need a photo.

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 08:25 AM

That's what this hobby is all about. Glad to hear you have become attached to your Bolens. Interestingly, I have a friend who had a Bolens-Iseki diesel tractor that was small like a tube frame. I may be mistaken on the tube frame because it was a long time ago. He felt the same way you did about that tractor and when he moved to the west coast he gave it to his daughter and son in law in order to keep it in the family. So I think you are right. For many people there is something special about a Bolens.

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 09:21 AM

:wewantpics:

Glad to hear you are enjoying your Bolens, it wont be long until you find yourself purchasing another one... Once you get one you cant seem to stop buying them LOL

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 10:52 AM

... Once you get one you cant seem to stop buying them LOL


:yeah_that:

In June 2010, I inherited an 800 that had a 42" plow, a round back tiller, and a Brinly dump cart.

Now, 1 1/2 year later...well, just look at my sig, which doesn't have the Large Frame tiller listed yet.

These danged Bolens, especially the Tube Frames, are like a disease :D:D:D

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 01:07 PM

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I will take some new pics soon with the plow on. I literraly dug this out of the barn, took it home and put a new spark plug points and condenser and she fired up after sitting for over 30 years. I then put a new magneto from marks magnetos and she is still running great.

1958 bolens deluxe ride a matic restoration - YouTube
See it run for the first time in 30+ years

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 04:56 PM

Glad it was a simple start after 30 years. Nice video, thanks for posting it.

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 04:59 PM

Thanks, I was ready to do a comlete tear down when I pulled it out tof the barn. It was just for kicks and giggles that I wanted to see if I could get it running before restoring it and amazingly the previous owner turned the gas off so everything was fine.


Glad it was a simple start after 30 years. Nice video, thanks for posting it.



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Posted December 27, 2011 - 05:00 PM

Glad to see it was saved!
Is that front grill Aluminum or cast iron? Looks like the cast iron one to me.

Looking forward to seeing the updated pictures of it.
Did you get that power ho I see lurking in the background also?

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 05:03 PM

Yes ans Yes. The grill is cast and I bought the power ho and several other tractors from the family at the sale. The power ho came with wheel weights and a plow. I purchased another power ho off ebay a couple months ago to go along with the others.


Glad to see it was saved!
Is that front grill Aluminum or cast iron? Looks like the cast iron one to me.

Looking forward to seeing the updated pictures of it.
Did you get that power ho I see lurking in the background also?



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Posted December 27, 2011 - 05:09 PM

You can't tell but if you look close you can see that the tractor came with a mower deck that was covered in dirt.

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 05:10 PM

Yes ans Yes. The grill is cast and I bought the power ho and several other tractors from the family at the sale. The power ho came with wheel weights and a plow. I purchased another power ho off ebay a couple months ago to go along with the others.


The cast iron grilles are rare, you got a great machine there
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Posted December 27, 2011 - 05:14 PM

Oh really, I didn't know they made a alum front. I know these tractors in general can be hard to find but I haven't been able to find a lot of info on the old bolens tractors online.
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The cast iron grilles are rare, you got a great machine there



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Posted December 27, 2011 - 05:17 PM

Oh really, I didn't know they made a alum front. I know these tractors in general can be hard to find but I haven't been able to find a lot of info on the old bolens tractors online.
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The majority of the riders and walkbehinds used an aluminum grille, The cast iron grill was used only for a year or two I believe.

Do you have the model # of your tractor?
There are manuals for just about every model in the manuals section if you dont have a manual for yours yet.
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