After reading Dr Bolens great article on tubeframe tractors and a brief conversation with OldBuzzard, it has got me thinking about my G12.
I picked it up at auction a few years ago to add to my collection without giving it too much thought. After talking to someone in the UK I realised that it is a bit of a rare beast and especially rare in the UK because all Bolens tractors are rare. To add to the rarity it has the hydraulic lift option fitted.
I am unsure if it is totally original or has some parts from another tractor, and perhaps some of you experts can help. It has the clutch and drive shaft arrangement like a G10 but the 6-speed rear axle and diff lock like the G14. The clutch and drive shaft look original but it is possible that a different rear end has been fitted. In it's current configuration it has 12 forward gears and 4 reverse from the high/low change lever and the manual belt change. What do you think?
Howard, the UK importer of Bolens added a "Howard Bolens" decal on the top of the original Bolens decal on all tractors, which you will see from the picture.