Volunteered to work today as both runs the bosshole had just happened to go right by an estate auction of a fellow I knew that collected engines.
The family was buying back most everything to the point people quit bidding. I picked up these Bolens wheels/tires and with the drive gear mounted to one it looks to be from a Hi-Boy. Several years ago I saved a Hi-Boy from the grinder that doesn't have wheels or tires but I doubt thats where these will wind up going.
Son-n-law of the deceased started the pile of three tires with wheels at $1.
I bid $2.
Son-n-law bid $3 and when the auctioneer came back to me I bid $10 and that was all she wrote!
These tires have virtually no weather cracking! The matching pair are 400-12 Firestones with the old style continuous tread.
The other tire is 600-12 Firestone Champion that is just as nice - although the rim is toast from both rust and modifications. Someone has cut the five bolt center out and welded in a three bolt center. That rim is also rusted out badly around the valve stem hole.
My only other purchase was a Continental engine like used on the David Bradley two wheelers except it has a wind vane governor. Supposed to run but been sitting for several years and needs points filed. Gave $11 for that one. Co-bidder was son-n-law.
I spent exactly two hours at the auction so I wrote "2 hour lunch" on my time card when I got back to the office.