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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted December 28, 2011 - 12:45 PM

I've seen it posted on a number of occasions and that the 1977 G10 has; 1. A controlled differential, 2. A hi/lo transmission.

Now, I have a G10, that I've been told is a 1977, based on it's serial number.

It has neither of the aforementioned features. It has a single belt that you manually move from one set of pulleys to the other for hi/lo range, and no controlled differential.

My question is, Has ANYONE ever actually had or even SEEN a G10 as described in the first paragraph?

I'm beginning to think that the G10 with controlled differential and 2 speed transmission is a mythical beast, based on misinformation from the Sonnysbolens site.

Here's my data tag. Based on what we see here is it a 1977 1055-04 or not?

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Posted December 28, 2011 - 04:20 PM

I have wondered that myself. I haven't even seen many G-10s period, not to mention one with those options. Mine is just like yours as far as the drive train; 3spd and non adjustable rear diff. Does yours have a Techumseh or the Briggs? From what I can gather on the Sonny's site is the 76' and 77' G-10 had the Briggs engines with the 76' using the Bolens 3spd and the 77' using the 3spd with H/L range box. They didn't list any serial numbers on that site and without knowing the breaks between years it's hard to say.

The real unicorn may be a 77' with a Briggs, 6spd and those high flyin' rainbow Bolens decals. I wonder if any of those exist?

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Posted December 28, 2011 - 05:01 PM

I have the Briggs engine.

And yes, the "Rainbow Bolens" does exist. It is the G11.

It had the same transmission/belt setup as the G10.

This one had a bad transmission, so he used a 1050 2 speed trans in it.

http://gardentractor...hed-waxed-8417/

Here's a vid as well. Jump to the 9 min mark to see the G11.


Edited by OldBuzzard, December 28, 2011 - 05:17 PM.


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Posted December 28, 2011 - 05:18 PM

The 1977 G10 with 6 speed transmission Does exist.
I have seen a few of them over the years.
Who was the one that Identified it?, I dont think I have ever heard of anyone Identifying a Bolens tubeframe by its serial # :confuse:

Do you have a picture handy of the G10 you have?

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Posted December 28, 2011 - 05:35 PM

Supposedly, the 04 in the serial number says that it's a -04, which should make it a 77. At least that what they told me when I was on the phone with someone at Sonnys.

If you meant pics of mine:

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Posted December 28, 2011 - 05:41 PM

Yours does look to be all original.... I'm wondering if yours may have been an early production run in 77' and then a short time after they decided to go with the 6 speed tranny.

I think we all are aware that Bolens was famous for making changes many times during production runs


Any chance that briggs engine you have in there is not original to the tractor?

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Posted December 28, 2011 - 05:51 PM

I'm pretty sure that it's original. I was 'deep into it' when I was adding the hydro lift, and it looked like all of the bolts/etc. (including the engine mounting bolts) that I was removing had never been off before.

... I'm wondering if yours may have been an early production run in 77' and then a short time after they decided to go with the 6 speed tranny. ...


I've had that same thought. Who knows. Sure wish that Bolens would have kept records, or that if they did, that they were available to us. Sure would clear up a lot of confusion

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Posted December 28, 2011 - 07:10 PM

I have 2 G10's my self I'll have a look at them and see what I can come up with.




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