I joined the Bolens club today. I think it's a 1959 Ride-a-matic. I have some other brands but this is my first Bolens. I've admired a couple at shows and this one was for sale only a couple miles from me so I took a chance. The seller got it from the original owner when he bought the house 20-some years ago. He said he mowed with it for about 5 years, until he broke his finger pull starting it and decided to get something a little more modern. It's been sitting in a shed for about 15 years, but unfortunately the roof leaked above it so it is pretty crusty in places. He thinks he scrapped the mower deck at some point, but the snow blade was stored in a part of the shed that didn't leak, and looks pretty darn good for it's age.
It's a neat little tractor for sure. I still need to do some studying to understand how the ride-a-matic drive is supposed to work. It doesn't run, but I've worked on K161/K181's in my other tractors, so I'm not too intimidated by the motor part of it. My biggest worry is the rear end. I didn't notice it until I got it home, but the axle tube welds are broken from the frame, so the whole thing rocks some side-to-side. The rear-end seals are shot, of course, but I will have to take it apart to see how much wear/damage there is from running it that way.
I've got a few other projects in the pipeline I need to get through first, but hopefully will get to this one before spring.
Edited by 77ddt, January 02, 2015 - 08:19 PM.