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#1 Hammerhead OFFLINE  

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Posted February 09, 2013 - 12:35 AM

I bought this at an auction a few years ago. The seller figured it would sell for at least $500, but I told him no way, it may hit $300 if you are lucky. He didn't believe me and I won the auction for $250! He was kind of bummed out about that but he was happy a collector got it. He thought it was a 1957 and I knew it was made in the 1960's at best with the tube frame. Turned out to be a 1962 Model 600 with a 6 hp. Briggs engine. Not many people know it but these have a High and Low Range on them. You have to move the drive belt from one pulley to another one with the machine off. Pretty high tech for 1962. This entire tractor should be painted Bolens Gold, what ever color that is? I swapped the hood off a 1964 Bolens 600 so that is why it is that color. As soon as my tractor boy Grandson saw this thing, he claimed it and I couldn't refuse the little guy! He grew up riding this thing all over our 5 acre property. Good times and good memories for us both! KJ108-2.jpg105-2.jpg


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Posted February 09, 2013 - 02:00 AM

It looks good with Ags on all 4 corners. Have any attachments for it?



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Posted February 09, 2013 - 05:52 AM

That is a nice looking little bolens. My son has a 1000 that we put the metal seat and round fenders on and dropped in a wisconsin tra12d. He loves it!

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Posted February 09, 2013 - 08:52 AM

Nice Machine!

 

Glad you and your Grandson are enjoying a fine piece of Bolens History :thumbs:

 

Do you have a picture of the clutch petal and closeup of the  dash panel on the tractor?

 

I see it has the cast rear hitch which indicates early 62' but the throttle and choke controls are pointing to late 62'-65'

A pic of the clutch petal & dash panel area would help determine if the steering column was swapped at some point.



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Posted February 09, 2013 - 11:17 AM

I would also like to see close up photos of the dash area around the choke/throttle area and the clutch side with the PTO engagement rod. :wave:

 

Thanks for posting and I'm glad to hear your G-son is enjoying this great little 600 !! :thumbs:



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Posted February 09, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Nice Machine!

 

Glad you and your Grandson are enjoying a fine piece of Bolens History :thumbs:

 

Do you have a picture of the clutch petal and closeup of the  dash panel on the tractor?

 

I see it has the cast rear hitch which indicates early 62' but the throttle and choke controls are pointing to late 62'-65'

A pic of the clutch petal & dash panel area would help determine if the steering column was swapped at some point.

 

62 was also gold right? :D



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Posted February 09, 2013 - 05:36 PM

That's a neat story and a nice looking little Bolens.  Thanks for those great photographs.



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Posted February 10, 2013 - 02:05 PM

I'll have to get some pics of the dash and clutch pedal. These early models were painted all gold like the Rideamatic's of the same year. Last year for that color. Thanks...KJ


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 06:20 PM

011-6_zps46733ac9.jpg010-7_zps9ff92087.jpg015-4_zps30c13903.jpg013-9_zps9efa1054.jpgHere is some pics of the clutch pedal, dash area and the Id. Tag with Model Number. Let me know what you find out about it. You can see the original gold paint under the other colors, like on the steering shaft. Thanks guys! Hammerhead


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 06:30 PM

Going by the Clutch Petal, Location of the throttle/choke controls and the Model number you have a Late Model 1962 just like mine :D .

 

Here's a Pic of mine.

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Posted February 10, 2013 - 06:59 PM

Thanks alot Dr Bolens!! I like yours as well, you just don't see these tractors very often in the gold. Cool black mower deck too, never seen one before. I have a green mower deck that didn't come with the tractor but would fit it if needed. I picked up another 600 once,  it was laying on it's side, off the side of the road with some other trash somebody dumped years ago! Some how I lifted it into the back of my truck with the deck on it! Ahhh the younger years! It's amazing what you can do when you just HAVE to do something like that! It is a 1964 version so it had the green mower deck. Thanks again! KJ  


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 07:23 PM

Going by the Clutch Petal, Location of the throttle/choke controls and the Model number you have a Late Model 1962 just like mine :D .

 

Here's a Pic of mine.

 

 

Think mine is a early 1962



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Posted February 11, 2013 - 08:07 AM

Think mine is a early 1962

 

If I remember Correctly I think it is.

Got a pic? :D



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Posted February 11, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Is the 180-01/181-01 a later model the in the one here in the photos. The parts manual I just downloaded shows a different clutch pedal setup. The one in these photos here are just like my clutch setup.

 

Hammerhead, Can you post a close up photo of the PTO decal? It looks a lot like mine also, what's left of it.



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Posted February 11, 2013 - 11:01 AM

Is the 180-01/181-01 a later model the in the one here in the photos. The parts manual I just downloaded shows a different clutch pedal setup. The one in these photos here are just like my clutch setup.

 

The 180-01 & 181-01 were both Early 62' Models, the only Difference between the two was the 180 did not come with electric start and the 181 came with electric start.

 

Here's a link to an old thread that shows a good representation of the 181-01 600.

Note the Clutch petal and throttle choke cables

 

http://gardentractor...s 600#entry2196


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