So, en route between my place and my parents place, I noticed a yard of old tractors. Mostly from the outside, it all looked like Craftsman and other box store tractors, but I thought I should stop and peak over the fence to see if there was anything worth looking at. Sure enough, there sits a 1556. I love my 1556 and would love to have a "back up". So, I got in touch with the owner and we took a walk into the graveyard. The 1556 is a little rough, but worth picking up for the price. It also has a tiller, which will make 5 now...I need some mowing decks! I'm excited about getting her home and maybe getting the pressure washer out and cleaning up the rest of the tube frames with it.
So, as I looked around, I noticed a Ride-a-Matic sticking out of the blackberry bushes. Looks to be there minus the belt cover. He may have the cover, but he doesn't want to get rid of it and I didn't want to push it, because he mentioned that when I get the 1556 he's going to give me some other older Bolen's he has in a shed somewhere... ....PUMPED!!! The fact that I don't know what they are, makes it even that much more exciting!
Here are a few pictures of what he had for Bolens. How hard should I push for the Ride-a-Matic? The blade looks good...unfortunately it's hard to tell what the rest looks like due to the darn berry bushes...but after seeing Brians restoration and others on this site, I think they are pretty cool. And it looks like original paint?...just faded from weather. The green on the blade looks good though.