-1st off we have my Bolens HT20 with mower and its story-
This is a long winded story, but its a good one!! So here we go! I went outside to reorganize the garage and back barn. So I pulled out the 800, and the mutt bolens from my front shop so I could move all the attachments, and the 55 gallon barrel bolens out into my back barn. I also had my truck still hooked up to the trailer with the 4 Bolens resting on top of it sitting next to the shop. Next thing I know a blue f250 pulls into my driveway and A guy jumps out and is kinda looking at the 4 on the trailer. Im figuring he wants to inquirer about one of the machines on the trailer or one of the others outside. So I come out of my shop and say hello, He introduces himself as Jeff, and says he's noticed numerous times while driving by that I collect or repair Bolens. I explain that I do collect them, and I try to restore them in my spare time. Well he then says, "Are you interested in buying another one." I kinda laughed and explained to him that I'm currently in the dog house with my wife and my dad because I have spent alot of money this past week on 5 Bolens tractors, so I'll entertain the offer depending on what it is. Jeff said he worked at a local driving range as a equipment repair man and he has been maintaining this bolens for years. He said it had 2 new rear tires, a new starter, a big motor, hydrallic lift, hydro trans, and large mower. He pointed at my 800 and said its bigger than that, and then pointed to "the mutt" and said it was also bigger than that. Then he looked in the garage and pointed at my 1050 and said its that size. So I was confused and asked if it had a tube frame. He said he didn't really know what it was. So I asked what was wrong with it, he said the deck was shot because the mower keeps throwing the belt, the ignition switch was bad so he wired in a push button under the hood, it has no battery, so I could run it, but he said it ran great when he parked it last year, and the tractor has been sitting for a year outside because the owner(Paul) of the driving range bought a new reel type mower for the grounds. I then asked what Paul was looking to get out of it. Jeff said probably a couple hundred bucks, but heres the Paul's number. So I thanked Jeff for stopping and he went on his way, I gave the owner Paul a call and asked if I could come and check the machine out, and how much he exactly was looking to get for it. He said he was gonna consult Jeff and we could discuss the price when I look at it, Paul was worried because he just sold off a golf cart for $300 without consulting Jeff and Jeff told him he gave it away. I explained that Jeff was the one who said it was worth a few hundred bucks, but the owner wanted to call Jeff anyway. So I quickly packed up all my stuff, unloaded the 4 Bolens off the trailer and gathered all the money I had left to my name in my toy fund, and started heading over to the driving range. I pull in the lot, and there it is up against the driving range fence, The one Bolens I always wanted, but could never afford, A LARGE FRAME!!! I go around and get greeted by a worker running the driving range. He said the owner and wife had left, but he would help me. I check it over, and it turned out the the worker that was helping me used to run the machine all the time. I asked him if there were any problems with it. He said it always worked great, but the deck would constantly throw the belt off. So the owner Paul got sick of messing with it so he bought a new machine, and set the bolens outside. So I called the Paul, and he changed his mind on price. He now wanted $350 for it. I told him without atleast hearing the thing run, I was scared to jump on it for $350. He then stated he wouldn't go any lower than $300 for it. I told the Paul that the most I could do was the $200 we orginally discussed because thats all I brought, and thats all I currently have to spend without getting a divorce. Paul said he would just part it out then. So I told Paul that I would have to pass then and I sadly hung up. The worker asked what Paul had said. So I told him, and the worker said "let me talk to him, I dont know what his problem is." So he called Paul and then came back over to me. He said Paul wants me to negotiate with you, but I'm not going to bother. Bottom line, give him $250 and its yours. I then pulled my wallet out, and emptied my pockets, to show the worker that I seriously didn't have that kind of money, I counted every dollar I had in front of the worker, and all that I came up with is $218. I told the worker I would love to buy it for $250, but I have no more money, all I have is $218 left to my name. He said " sorry he said 250, so I thanked him for his efforts, and said I just couldn't swing the money. So I sadly began my sad walk to my truck, trying to figure out if I wanted to push my luck and ask my dad for more money, or even tell my wife that I needed more money to buy tractor #6 of the week, and #7 of the last month. I decided it would not be a good idea to try either route, and just to forget about it. So I jumped in my truck, took a last final look at it through the windshield. Fired the truck up and was about to pull away,when the worker ran out and waved me down as he was on the phone with somebody. He hung up his phone and said, I got Paul to take the 218. If you want it, its yours.I said deal! We then had to figure out how to get it all the way out and around the range and up on my trailer. It wasn't rolling at all, and it was way to heavy for 2 of use to man handle all the way out to my truck. So we went into the range shop and borrowed the battery out of the reel mower, and hoped the Bolens would fire up. I hooked up the battery, and spun it over. A few rotations of the motor, and vroooom!! it fired up. I sat on it and drove it all around the range, and up onto my trailer. I payed the worked the $218, thanked him about 18 times for helping me out, and drove off to meet my wife for dinner! Man am I a happy camper!!
-Machine # 2 is the "Mutt" Bolens. Its getting some work, but started out ugly!-
I found this machine locally on Craigslist. The guy had it listed for $150, then he knocked it down to $100. I spoke with him on the phone and He said the tires would hold air, the deck was solid and all it needs is the flywheel put back on. Well when I showed up the deck had a few holes by the discharge chute, and the front tires were shot. So I asked what he would take and he said the lowest was $75. He said the starter/generator alone was worth $50 on ebay, and I could part the thing out and make money. I told him that my intentions were not to part it out and sell things, and in its current conditon I cant test anything on the machine to see if it even works. I said im here, I'll give you $50. He thought about it and called his son out to help push it up onto the trailer. Hoping i made a good deal, I tore into the tractor and named the project "the Mutt" because the machine appears to be several different bolens tractors made into one. I am going for a hot rod/ puller look, or just plain mean looking when I'm done! Here "the mutt" is before and in its current state. I got it running, and moving. I just need to mock up a few more pieces before I tear it down and make it pretty.
I have some pictures of the ht 20, and the mutt, sorry they all kinda mixed up. Thanks everyone!! And enjoy the UGLY!!
Edited by olcowhand, September 11, 2012 - 06:41 PM.