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.
Very Nice RaM
So... I believe the electric start was an oem option, and Ive seen pics of RaMs with the battery just behind the steering column, did they have some kind of tray there to hold it in place? I chose to make the box I have because I let the grandkids drive this tractor I didnt think an exposed battery was a good idea.
Ive never seen another RaM in person but I have searched out alot of pics and info over the years so I have a fairly good idea what parts are fudged or missing, although I didnt realize the blower wasn't oem, whoever modified it did a pretty respectable job of adapting it, and it sure works well enough, throws snow nearly as far as the Cub 1862 I just sold a month ago.
Oh and a ?? Ive never been able to find an answer to... how much oil is suposed to be in the air filter? Ive always kept it about 1/2 to 3/4 inch below the screening material, simply a guess on my part thinking that any more it would be able to spill out.
and thx... appreciate the input