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#1 Halz0848 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 04:38 AM

I came across an ad in the desert where I live and didnt know what it was. Thanks to google and many posts in the forum here I am making an "uneducated" guess that its a '63-'65 Bolens Husky 800? I have been wanting to build a project, car, bike, VW, something or anything for awhile and just came across this. I have zero experience or knowledge of tractors, but its something mechanical, right? The Lady says its in her yard, asking $400 but negotiable (I'm thinking thats because she thinks it antique and must be worth something). I've read threads of guys picking up running and fair condition Bolens for $150. So I was thinking of offering her $40 to get it out of her lawn. From the looks here does anyone think this is even worth my wild to take a swing at rebuilding?

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 05:50 AM

Hi, welcome to GTtalk.

 

Looks like a 800 to me but Doc should know more to really tell you what it is.   $400 is out of line for this tractor in that shape with nothing with it.    I say your about right on with the $40.


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 05:56 AM

Welcome to GTT. If you are just starting out try something real simple first. You can learn the mechanical basics without spending much. Pick up a free lawn mower and fix it up. Then find a free rider and fix it. Then look for a GT that you may have to pay for. That Bolens is pretty rough. The parts may be expensive. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 06:13 AM

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 06:26 AM

SHE'S DREAMING ABOUT THE 400 MAYBE START WITH SOMETHING IN BETTER SHAPE NOTHING WRONG WITH LEARNING AS YOU GO WELCOME ABOARD
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Posted April 24, 2014 - 06:30 AM

Welcome.  GTs aren't a hobby, they are an addiction.  


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 06:46 AM

Welcome to the forum. For someone who is just starting out that Bolens looks like a bit of a rough start. I'm also going tot suggest you looks for something in better condition.  There are lots of good restoration and repair topics here for the various brands. You can get a good feel for what issues you are likely to face when rebuilding a given model.


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 07:05 AM

Its a 1963 Bolens 800

 

She's pretty toasty

 

At this point the guy should be paying you to remove it off his lot!


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 08:12 AM

Thanks for the warm welcomes! I am not a mechanic, but I do know my way around an engine and some mechanics and work mostly on my own vehicles and motorcycles inside and out. I just havent done a restoration and this one definatly would be a full resto. Not knowing the engine, I wasnt even sure it could be brought back to life without completely swapping major original parts and the amount of rust even for the desert where I currently am leads me to believe its been there awhile.

 

When I initially saw the ad i thought maybe I came across one of those awsome deals for antiques. That was until I found this forum and learned better. No biggie, it's not a must have. I'm already addicted to getting into the garage and tinkering, replacing toys, breaking apart electronics and switches or radios from cars and just generally trying to clean up and fix things and refurbish them as they are without replacing too many of the original parts. I have a desire to restore something, and this looked like an easier and more inportantly cheaper project than say a VW Beetle, my concern would be cost of parts and finding parts for something like this. Seems unique to me and I am intrigued, but if its easier to find a better starting point Im game for that too. I am moving from Mohave Desert in California to Phily PA in July so ideas where to shop around are appreciated. Sorry for the long winded post, just wanted to get my thoughts out there!


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 08:25 AM

WELCOME!
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Posted April 24, 2014 - 09:38 AM

The desert would seem to be the place to find a classic car without the typical northern rot. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 12:19 PM

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 02:27 PM

I am moving from Mohave Desert in California to Phily PA in July so ideas where to shop around are appreciated. Sorry for the long winded post, just wanted to get my thoughts out there!

 

Location is a big deal.  Lots more garden tractors in the east than desert Southwest.  Try craigslist Philly or look inland a bit towards Lancaster, farm country out there.  Plus you won't have to haul it across the country


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 03:45 PM

Welcome.  GTs aren't a hobby, they are an addiction.  

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Posted April 29, 2014 - 09:41 AM

Shipping across country isnt a problem, I am military and get my houshold goods shipped for me. I am keeping an eye on the listing and looking around, but only half hearted. I have alot of competing interests going on right now (closing on a house in Florida this week, trying to find a house to rent in PA, will have to drive cross country with 6 kids in the cars, spring cleaning before the movers come to my house to pack everything) Alot of finances fluctuating right now. I thank all of you for the advice and comments! I have favorited this site and will definatly update or ask questions as I shop around as to what is going on. Thanks again!


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