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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 04:48 PM

The restoration on this Ridemaster was started back in April, 2012 but I had to set it aside to work on other things and I can now start working on it again.
My other Ridemaster restorations have been posted in the "Bolens" forum but I decided to post this one here to let others see it that don't fallow the Bolens forum.
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..... This is information that I have been able to find on the history of the Ridemaster tractor:

In the mid-1940s, the Bolens Company was purchased by the Food Machinery & Chemical Corp. of San Jose, Calif.
FMC produced the Bean Cutler garden tractor in 1946.
Here is a photo of a FMC Bean Cutler.

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After FMC perched Bolens, they modified the Bean Cutler design a little and brought it out as the Bolens Ridemaster in 1947.
These 1947 model Ridemasters were produced in the California FMC factory and then the production was moved to the Bolens factory in Wisconsin starting with the 1948 model.

They were used a lot in nurseries, produce farms and pine tree farms.
They were also very popular with anyone that had a large garden.

Here is a brochure that shows all the implements that were available for the tractor.

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The only difference between the 1947 and the early 1948 models of the Ridemaster was the identification tag.
The 1947 Ridemaster has a tag that looks like this.

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The tag design was changed starting with the 1948 Ridemasters and this new design was kept thru out the Ridemaster production until it ended in 1958.
Here is the design of the 1948 thru 1958 identification tag.

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The Ridemaster frame has been stripped down and is set up on blocks.

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After the frame was degreased, I started sanding the paint off to the bare metal.

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Then the frame is painted with rust resistant red oxide primer.

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Here is a link to the work that had been completed back in April.


1- http://gardentractor...-47-ridemaster/

Edited by jdcrawler, November 21, 2012 - 08:59 AM.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 04:57 PM

I knew you wouldn't be idle for long. Here goes another great restoration. Thanks Ray!
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Posted November 20, 2012 - 05:06 PM

Looking great Ray, keep it up.
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Posted November 20, 2012 - 05:35 PM

I am glad to see you are back at it again Ray! It is going to be worth the wait!
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Posted November 20, 2012 - 05:52 PM

Looking forward to watching this restoration come together.
You do excellent work
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Posted November 20, 2012 - 05:57 PM

Looks very nice.
My wifes brother-in-law has a couple of the Ridemasters. The 1st one he found belonged to his father that bought it new in 1948! He has restored it and another one just like it for his son. Lots of history with these machines.
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Posted November 20, 2012 - 06:03 PM

looks excellent!! great job....those bolens sure are neat machines....
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 03:10 PM

Getting some of the parts painted.

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 03:14 PM

Looking Good!

Is this a custom mixed paint or something "off the shelf"
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 04:14 PM

Is this a custom mixed paint or something "off the shelf"

I use the old Oliver green paint.
I have found it to be a really closes match to the original color.

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 05:09 PM

She is on her way! Is it going to be at buckley next year?
Ray I read somewere the bean cutler was made in early 47 aswell and the first ridemasters came out in late 47...
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 06:34 PM

Great looking paint Ray, It's really starting to shape up.
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 08:23 PM

Looks like a good way to spend your time on your birthday, Ray. Shop time. Looks good from here!
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Posted November 22, 2012 - 08:57 AM

She is on her way! Is it going to be at buckley next year?
Ray I read somewere the bean cutler was made in early 47 aswell and the first ridemasters came out in late 47...

It will be at Buckley, Jerome.
That information could very well be right about the Bean Cutler being built in early 47 also and then switching to the Ridemaster in the later part of the year.
It wouldn't have taken them very long to make the changes in the production line and switch over to the Ridemaster.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 07:57 AM

The rear wheels are sandblasted.

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Then they are primed.

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Masking them off for the final paint.

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Here are the finished wheels.

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