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#1 jdslednut OFFLINE  

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:05 PM

My FIL helped me round up a trailer load today not too far from his place and as it turns out, from a former neighbor of my parents.

I remember complaining to either on a post or in the chat room about a bunch of Bolens' that got away from me at an auction a few years ago. We had just learned we were having twins and my hands were firmly planted in my pockets that day. Complete tractors were going for $40-$50 a piece and there was one guy there buying them up and spray painting his #12 bidding number on them.

Turns out - I own three of them now - and for less than I bid on them 3-1/2 year ago. His #12 is still evident on the seat of one of them.

I thought since there were 3, we'd have our kids sit on them for a good photo opp.

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From what I can tell, I have a 1050 (don't know the year), 1225 (1969?), and a 1257 (1970?). Am I assuming that I am correct with the years on the 1225 and 1257 seeing that the chart only has 1 year listed for each. Is there a good way to tell the year of the 1050? Can't read the model/serial sticker.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:10 PM

Cool score! Kids look like they are enjoying them! Gotta change the signature now!

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:13 PM

Good things come to those who wait, boy i wish I had come up with that one. Congratulations..

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:17 PM

Very nice find. Always nice when thinks like that happens. And the photo op looks like a new clan of bolens nuts.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:30 PM

I assume they've each claimed one. Great score, thanks for the pics and the backstory.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:47 PM

From what I can tell, I have a 1050 (don't know the year), 1225 (1969?), and a 1257 (1970?). Am I assuming that I am correct with the years on the 1225 and 1257 seeing that the chart only has 1 year listed for each. YES.
Is there a good way to tell the year of the 1050? Can't read the model/serial sticker.


Bolens1000 will be along shortly, and he can help you get closer on the year of the 1050. ....They were made 1966-67-68-69.

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 01:05 AM

You know if you need a place to store them I got a big shed with plenty of room. :orangecool: Nice score! What did the wife have to say about your new toys? From what I know the 1966 1050s had a TR-10D Wisconsin in them and the later ones had TRA-10D engines. 1966 model number was 192-01 and 1967-69 were 192-02. I haven't found a serial # break down yet to figure the later model years. I'm sure someone on here has one.

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 05:24 AM

Well, becoming a Bolens collector puts you in with a lot of good company. I would like to join that club as well some day and hope to do so with as sweet a deal as you got there. Congrats and enjoy!
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Posted July 03, 2012 - 06:29 AM

Congratulations on the 3 new Bolens!
Looks like you also have 3 future Bolens collectors :D

You are correct on the Models you have, I have the 1050 Narrowed down to 1967-1969, If the numbers on the engine are still readable you can find out when it was made.

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 07:03 AM

That sure is a handsome bunch JD, and the tractors look nice too! It looks like the tractors aren't in too bad shape and should make for some nice tractors to have around. Of course I doubt that you'll get to spend much time on them now that they've been claimed. I'm glad that you ended up bringing them home in the long run :thumbs:

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 07:19 AM

Isn't life strange. You picked up something later that you wanted back then. That is a neat story and I'm glad you came out the winner. Those are a nice group of tractors with a great bunch of riders on them. Congratulations.

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 08:41 AM

Another gold mine saved. Congratulations on you latest haul!

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 11:08 AM

Well done sir.

Good to see that the old girls are getting a new lease on life.

Especially that 1257. I wouldn't mind having one of those for my 'herd'.

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 03:46 PM

You know if you need a place to store them I got a big shed with plenty of room. :orangecool: Nice score! What did the wife have to say about your new toys? From what I know the 1966 1050s had a TR-10D Wisconsin in them and the later ones had TRA-10D engines. 1966 model number was 192-01 and 1967-69 were 192-02. I haven't found a serial # break down yet to figure the later model years. I'm sure someone on here has one.


She didn't say too awful much as long as they don't make it to the Winthrop area anytime soon. Must be a later 1050 seeing it has the TRA-10D in it. I can't read the model decal enough to decipher it?

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 04:46 PM

She didn't say too awful much as long as they don't make it to the Winthrop area anytime soon. Must be a later 1050 seeing it has the TRA-10D in it. I can't read the model decal enough to decipher it?


The model Number on the ID tag wont help much. if you get the serial number on the engine that can tell you the year.




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