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#1 Lance Skene OFFLINE  

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Posted November 29, 2013 - 05:36 AM

Hi all, new here so just having a look around, I have a '57 Super RaM, not 100% original but it still has the original engine and it is still a working girl, I just finished fall maintainance and put the snowblower on, couple new belts and bearings, ordered new rear ags but they havent come in yet so theres a set of Ford rims with turfs on it right now, I tested the blower last weekend but with turfs I spent more time behind it pushing than I did in the seat. I did grab a pic tho so....

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Posted November 29, 2013 - 05:42 AM

Welcome to the forums! Nice looking RAM.


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Posted November 29, 2013 - 05:44 AM

Welcome again! That's a good looking tractor you have there!



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Posted November 29, 2013 - 06:16 AM

Welcome to GTTalk. That's a fine looking tractor you have there. I haven't seen one of those before. Get some chains for those turfs and some weight on the back and you won't have any traction issues. I find turfs are actually better with chains than AG's.


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Posted November 29, 2013 - 06:43 AM

Thx guys, lots of ppl on here late in the day, or early for some I guess, I work a night shift so I get home at 2:30 am, little over two hrs ago right now.

 

I actually will never put chains on this tractor again, I blew the rear diff out of her about 20 yrs ago using chains, I have weights and the new ags on order. I still use chains on hydro tractors but I prefer ags or atv lugs on gear or chain drive tractors, its just become a personal preferance. .


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Posted November 29, 2013 - 07:06 AM

Pretty RAM you have. Not many of the blowers from what I've seen.
The Ags will help, but probably you would gain the same or more with a good set of chains on the turf tires.
Even after I put AG style ATV tires on my rig and 200# in wheel weights, she still spun until I put on the chains again.
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Posted November 29, 2013 - 07:20 AM

Very sharp looking tractor!  I didn't know a Ride-a-Matic could come with lights!

 

Ben W.


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Posted November 29, 2013 - 07:54 AM

Welcome to the forum! Thanks for posting pictures! Nice looking well taken care of Bolens! Neat to see these old GT's still working after all these years.

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Posted November 29, 2013 - 08:25 AM

Neat looking setup there Thanks for the pics :welcome:  :welcome:  :welcome: :welcome:  :welcome:  



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Posted November 29, 2013 - 08:32 AM

Welcome aboard.  Nice looking Ram you have there.  Bet that snowblower has got to be a little rare of a piece.



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Posted November 29, 2013 - 08:58 AM

Welcome to the forums!  It is always nice to see the old RAMs still working! Very nice tractor! :thumbs:



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Posted November 29, 2013 - 08:59 AM

Welcome to GTT :wave:

 

The snow Blower is not original.......



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Posted November 29, 2013 - 10:10 AM

Very nice looking piece of GT history you have there!

 

1957.....I still have a couple of years on it though! :bigrofl:


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Posted November 29, 2013 - 01:13 PM

Thx all, and no it isnt 100% original, but it is original 'unrestored' condition, I doubt it has ever spent a night outside. It already had lights when I got it in '87ish, the switch, wiring, and regulator appeared to be 'period' correct and the regulator has a terminal with a stamped label 'Lights', but my uncle was a mechanic so it wouldnt surprise me if he added them, it also had homebuilt fenders and a plywood/plexiglass cab and a differant battery box under the seat. Ive never thought much about the blower because it appears to be correct as far as the way it mounts to the tractor, I also have a dozer but it has an original Bolens sticker on it so Im pretty sure its original. The paint has been touched up several times over the years before and after I got it and its slightly darker than the original colour. Since I blew out the rear diff I know thats not original, its actually from one of those 3 wheeled ATVs, I had to cut apart both the original diff and the atv diff to make repairs so that I could keep the original brakes, these tractors are hard to find in canada and when you do find one ppl think they are made of gold, theres one advertised near edmonton right now for $2000 and it doesnt appear to be any closer to original than mine is. So lacking original parts Ive maintained it in working order as best I can and I like to keep it 'looking' period correct. Its a fun tractor to own, slow enough that without the blower in the summer we can send the grandkids off to wood pile with the wagon behind it. I'd luv to find another one closer to original condition but honestly I wouldnt trade this one to get it, I'd be real happy if I could find more attachments tho, especially the front mount reel mower, ne1 knows of one let me know ;)

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Posted November 29, 2013 - 02:08 PM

The blower is definitely not original.

The 1957's did not come with a battery box either.

Not sure what the brand of that blower is but it looks like someone may have used some mounts from either the sickle attachment or plow to adapt the blower to the frame.

 

Here's a pic of mine to give you an idea of what an original is like.

 

 

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