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Some More Developments Into The Bolens 800 188-01 -7 Mystery


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#1 Bolens 1000 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 23, 2014 - 07:31 PM

I dont know which thread this was in but a member on here has a Bolens 800 188-01 with an extra 7 stamped into the model.

 

There was some speculation on what this may mean but I came across an older post from another site and this is what it says:

 

 

HOWEVER, there was a Bolens Letter issued to dealers explaining that some 800's were shipped from the factory with an S7D in place of the S8D.

I don't remember the reason why - possibly a shortage of S8D's. ...These tractors were identified with a "-7" suffix added after the tractor model number.

Also, Bolens production did not always match what was shown in the brochures. ...Even production info published by Bolens has numerous errors.

I, too, worked in a Bolens dealership while these tractors were being sold new. ...I do not recall ever seeing a 1964 or 1965 Bolens 800 with the S7D installed at the factory. ....That is not to say that a different dealership (or distributor)could not have received a batch of the 800's equipped with the S7D.

 

 

 

I have to say this does seem to be legitimate as the tractor in question is indeed equipped with the S7D Wisconsin engine!

 

 

 

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Posted July 23, 2014 - 09:17 PM

Yeah, I remember the speculation about that.

 

Just another one of the 'odd' things Bolens did at times :D :D :D


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Posted July 24, 2014 - 11:08 AM

And the brochures are indeed not always accurate. They show my 1556 with a brown grille in the advertisements.



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Posted July 24, 2014 - 03:37 PM

Bolens did what they had to back in the day...



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Posted July 24, 2014 - 08:14 PM

And the brochures are indeed not always accurate. They show my 1556 with a brown grille in the advertisements.

 

The 1556 was made in 1972 and should have a brown grille......



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Posted July 25, 2014 - 07:45 PM

I have an 1556 01 with a white grill.......decals and paint appear to be original




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