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Posted February 28, 2011 - 09:33 PM

:wave:Wow what a find. And welcome to GTtalk, The home of the GOOD OL BOYS

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 09:34 PM

The more and more I look at it, it's a 600 with the hood and dash tower for Wards. You can get fenders from a 600, 800 and others with the round type fenders.

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 09:36 PM

The closest thing for a parts list would be for the Bolens 600. The tranny's and driveshaft are the same.

Its a fairly rare unit as I have only seen 3 other ones. I would fix her up to the original colors and use it :thumbs:

Here's a link to the 600 parts list

Bolens 600 - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

I will do some searching around for you to see if I can locate any info/literature

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 09:37 PM

The more and more I look at it, it's a 600 with the hood and dash tower for Wards. You can get fenders from a 600, 800 and others with the round type fenders.


Yep thats basically it. The only difference would be the sheet metal and clutch petal is a different shape

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 09:44 PM

The same guy has a Ride a Matic thats be repowered with a modern motor, and painted red and black. He wants $150 for it with new tires. He also has a Wheel horse with the motor up front and another with the motor in the middle. I didnt ask the price. Then theres a Cub and 2 of the big 16 hydros with Wards names on them. Should I look ant any of these?

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 09:46 PM

Have any Pictures of the ride-a-matic? I dont know what it is about Bolens but people always end up repainting them funky colors

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 09:50 PM

I didnt get a picture. He had 13 or 14 machines in all. Some little bitty riders with tiny little 2 stroke motors on them.

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 10:15 PM

I keep coming up with Early 1965 Montgomery Wards but no model numbers.
They were only made for 1/2 a year before Gilson/Wards released the Garden Mark from 1965-1968? The Years are not clear in my scanned manuals.
If you can find a Model Number on the body I'll find you some info on it.

It's basically a Bolens 600 with different steering column and hood.
It has the Belt position Hi/Lo pulley setup by the looks of it.

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 10:19 PM

Wards are rare I have seen 4 and one is a tractor of a member of MTF.
There was one on ebay a year ago.

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 10:20 PM

Made for half a year? Maybe after the garden is in I should start the restore. Wonder how many units were sold? I love the thing. When I got it Sunday morning it was in boxes. By noon it was riding, and by 2 pm it was plowing. I cant beleive that the 7 hp will out pull my 2011 cub with a 19 hp. I just need to find some fenders now.

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 10:44 PM

Yep 1965 was a transition year for Montgomery Wards.Gilson ended up making most of there tractors till the late 70s.Then they contracted Gilson and several other manufacturers such as MTD and Murry.

Try putting the belt on the next slot back.That's mowing gear or Hi range.
Just hold the clutch in and jump the belt back.You also have to jump it back on the bottom pulley.

You'll loose a bit of power but it will move 2 times as fast.

Thanks for saving that machine.It's a good old tractor.

The Monkey Wards 16 hydros are Beasts but I can almost guarantee that the frames are broke on both of them.
They break just behind the engine and just in front of the tranny.They have Eaton 12 Hydro trannys with Hi/lo range.
The ones with the 18hp twin had a heavier reinforced frame.

I've had a 15 gear,2 16 hydros and 2 18 twin hydros.They're extremely front end heavy with the plow on them.They like to sit and spin in the snow even with 200+lbs of loaded tire and weights on the wheels.

Edited by EricFromPa, February 28, 2011 - 10:58 PM.


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Posted February 28, 2011 - 10:53 PM

i was think it was built by bolens made for a knock off brand or made in another country but i didnt know if bolens did that or not

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Posted February 28, 2011 - 11:02 PM

On Sams Bolens pictures on his website he shows this model. They say its a 1955 wards by Bolens. There are not many around. I almost hate to put a 3 point on it. Buy I dont need a collector model, just a work horse. I do have a second tranny for it though. Dont know wether to sell it off or keep it.

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Posted March 01, 2011 - 08:44 AM

On Sams Bolens pictures on his website he shows this model. They say its a 1955 wards by Bolens. There are not many around. I almost hate to put a 3 point on it. Buy I dont need a collector model, just a work horse. I do have a second tranny for it though. Dont know wether to sell it off or keep it.


I would keep it. I wouldnt sell it. Its a great work horse or a great show piece. Or both

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Posted March 01, 2011 - 10:19 AM

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Ok here ya go.


In picture number 6 can you tell us what numbers are stamped on that Steering column? If it starts with 171- its a giveaway its a Bolens part.

Forgot to mention this yesterday, but the foot rests are different as well.

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