Why so few (or are you just exaggerating on that number)? How many are estimated that Bolens actually made and/or sold of the G11's? Did a lot of them just not make it, despite still being durable tube frame tractors, from that era because they were late 1970's and everyone wanted the older 1960's tractors, so a lot of these ended up getting scrapped? [/quote]
I think that the G11 may not have been a big seller because it was only 11 Hp, and it was gear driven. By 1978 people were wanting more power, and the hydro transmissions were getting popular. It's also possible the Bolens didn't make all that many of them as well. However, since Bolens never released production numbers, we will probably never know how many were built.
[quote] How in the bloody hell did the front axle just "fall off" of his G11? Talk about abuse, must be, since I'd think it would be very difficult to hurt one of these tube frames like that... [/quote]
If you abuse a tube frame with the front blade attached long enough, it can happen
And how much was too much, may I ask? I know the front axle is broxen off and/or missing, but if they are as rare as you say (only 7-10 at most still surviving), maybe they are worth more money, even for parts? I know most of the parts in a G11 should interghange with any other model tube frame (except for maybe the PTO brake?), but still... Unless maybe he thought the sunset decal was made from real gold or something?[/quote]
There are probably a lot more than 7-10, they just haven't surfaced. It wasn't too long ago that they were thought to be just a myth.
I forget the exact amount, but the guy that has/had it is that young guy in PA that is well known for wanting way too much for anything that he has.
Edited by OldBuzzard, January 10, 2013 - 02:27 PM.