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Posted March 15, 2011 - 05:58 PM

Since bread320i got his 800 Running I decided to put the hood and dash on the 63' 800 to see how it looked. :D :thumbs:


I still cant get over how nice this tractor is. To the best of my knowledge all paint is original from the factory.
All the parts are there. I still got a box full LOL Just have to put it together and throw a engine in her. The hub with the freewheeling pin is also rusted in place.

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Posted March 15, 2011 - 06:17 PM

Definitely looks like original paint. Looks good. I still can't get over how many different colors and decals that Bolens used over the years. Here I thought all the Bolens 800's had brown frames LOL

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Posted March 15, 2011 - 06:31 PM

Definitely looks nice Brian. It does look to be in good condition. I know you'll keep us updated on your progress.

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Posted March 15, 2011 - 08:15 PM

Yeah the 63' 800 was sort of the transition Bolens from the previously all Gold Bodies they used.
The 800's were made for 3 years and the decals changed 3 times.

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Posted March 15, 2011 - 08:20 PM

Here is a pic of each 800

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Posted March 15, 2011 - 08:28 PM

I guess dad's is the one all the way on the right. That is one of the things that dad and I talked about a couple times is why Bolens couldn't use a consistent color scheme. They got a lot of other things right but make our lives difficult when it comes to trying to restore them.

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Posted March 15, 2011 - 08:45 PM

I'll agree with you on that one LOL.

Things changed the most rapidly during the early years. Seems like once they really established themselves with the Brown and white in 64-65 things sort of stayed the same color for a while

I believe yours is the same as my 64' 800 (188-01)

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Posted March 15, 2011 - 10:35 PM

That's a great looking 800, Brian :thumbs::thumbs:

Thanks for sharing the pictures

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Posted March 16, 2011 - 04:36 AM

I did not realize there were 3 different looks for the 800,I had thought there was only 2.

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Posted March 16, 2011 - 04:06 PM

they really established themselves with the Brown and white



Actually, Bolens never referred to their color as "brown." ......They called it "cordovan."

I'm not 100% certain, but I think they called the square-hood (650,750,850, 1050, 1250, etc) white, "ivory."

I'm not bustin' on ya, Brian! ......I'm just interjecting some history.

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Posted March 16, 2011 - 06:14 PM

I like the 800. Hope the engine goes in easily.

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Posted March 16, 2011 - 08:23 PM

Actually, Bolens never referred to their color as "brown." ......They called it "cordovan."

I'm not 100% certain, but I think they called the square-hood (650,750,850, 1050, 1250, etc) white, "ivory."

I'm not bustin' on ya, Brian! ......I'm just interjecting some history.


Thanks for bringing this up Bruce
I did know they used cordovan, but I always forget to call it that LOL

The paint bulletin I have calls the white "Beige (Off-White)"
Then after 65' it just says Beige.

Then it mentions the color shade change in the Beige up to 1969 (thats as far as the list goes)

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Posted March 16, 2011 - 08:33 PM

Now that you mentioned paint...
Another thing I want to know is did Bolens paint the underside of their mowerdecks sort of a silver/metal color? I seen a few decks like that.

The body of the 800 also has this same silver like color under parts of it.

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Posted March 16, 2011 - 09:56 PM

Do you have a motor for it. What would have been in it from the factory?

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Posted March 17, 2011 - 07:33 AM

Now that you mentioned paint...
Another thing I want to know is did Bolens paint the underside of their mowerdecks sort of a silver/metal color? I seen a few decks like that.

The body of the 800 also has this same silver like color under parts of it.



I never saw any mower decks from the factory that were a different color underneath. ......Of course, I never saw every one ever made!




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