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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 01:10 AM

One of our members, Bolens800UK, asked me if I would help him get a tractor shipped from here to the UK.

 

He saw a nice looking 1962 600 on eBay that he liked the looks of and since it was very close to me I told him that I would be more than happy to help him out.

 

Since it was only 20 miles from me I contacted the seller and arranged to take a look at it.  I checked it out and took a spin around the barn yard and it is one SWEET tractor.

 

Andrew won the auction and sent me the $$ to pay for it, so I picked it up today.

 

One thing that he said in a PM was that maybe I could get a pic of it with some "Iconic American building(s).  So on the way home I stopped at my favorite overnight parking spot :D :D :D

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After I got it home I took a few more pictures:
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It's really nice and all original. The only 'wart's' would be the missing hood ornament, and it does leak some at the left rear axle.
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It came with a front blade and a mower deck..  The deck is missing the gearbox, but I'm thinking that it would not be too hard to find a replacement.  As you can see neither of them seem to have been used much at all.
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Something that was interesting is that the blade appears to have been green originally, and was painted over with gold.
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It also looks like it had a bit of a patch job done on it at one time.
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All in all a REALLY nice original tractor.  Starts on the first pull, just an amazing survivor.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


Edited by OldBuzzard, May 03, 2015 - 01:12 AM.

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 06:00 AM

Sounds like a fun day. Will you be helping to ship it over?


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 06:27 AM

That is one great looking 600. It's great to see members helping each other like this. Well done Old B!!


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 06:48 AM

Nice 600 tough little GT  missing grille screen


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 07:00 AM

Dave, I like your choice of an iconic American building.  :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:

 

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 07:01 AM

Sounds like a fun day. Will you be helping to ship it over?

 

Yes, I'll get it prepped and crated for shipment.

 

Andrew will be making that actual shipping arrangements.


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 07:07 AM

OH, something I forgot to say.

 

When I asked the seller if he knew anything about the history of the tractor he said no.

 

Turns out that he works at a scrap yard, and someone brought it in to be scrapped :(  :( :(  

 

He has a decent knowledge of old tractors and has convinced the owner to let him set aside items that can be resold rather than scrapped.

 

It's a shame that such a nice tractor was almost on it's way to becoming a Toyota.


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 07:09 AM

I believe this is the one that was on ebay, its a great find with those very early attachments

 

The blades that were used on these were from the walkbehind's which explains the green color. They made so many of those blades it makes sense they recycled a few and repainted them.


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 07:26 AM

I believe this is the one that was on ebay, its a great find with those very early attachments ...

 

Yep, it's that very one.

 

What was surprising about the auction is that no one bid on it other than Andrew, so it went for the minimum bit of $300.00.


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 08:42 AM

First, That is very kind of you, Dave, to help Andrew out !!!     :worshippy1:    :beer: .....Great pics, also! :thumbs:

 

Andrew:  You've got a GREAT tractor headed your way :thumbs: , if the ship doesn't sink.  :(   :wallbanging:

 

That blade is one of those #18531 attachments that is not easily found.  :dancingbanana:

 

When is crating to be done?  .....I may have the gearbox parts for the mower deck, if I haven't already given them away. ...I'll know tomorrow.  ...Is that an # 18440 mower deck? ....Does it have the rear hanger bracket (that attaches to the rear axle) for the deck?

 

Dave:  Would you mind posting the B&S engine numbers, as well as the tractor's numbers?  ....This info will be helpful, as I believe there is a mistake in some Bolens paperwork. 


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 09:04 AM

Nice looking tractor for the age,price was very decent,good job Dave,he's going to have a good one to restore


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 09:08 AM

Another strange thing I just noticed .... The hood decals are from a later 62' / 63' unit.

 

Could have very well been one of those transition things where they ran them out with the new decals, If the hood is original to the machine this will be the first early 600 with cast transmission hitch I have seen with these decals.


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 12:56 PM

Walmart really. You couldn't fine a old barn or something?
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Posted May 03, 2015 - 01:50 PM

Here are the numbers requested.

 

Engine:

Model: 143302

Type:   502830

Serial:  179801

 

Tractor:

Model: 180-01

Serial:  2376

 

Mower Deck: 18445  It does have the H shaped hanger and the PTO stub.  I just didn't take pics of those.

 

 

Brian, given the serial number I think you are probably right. 


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 02:08 PM

Nice 600 tough little GT  missing grille screen

 

Are you talking about the mesh?

 

If so, I took a good look when I was getting the engine numbers and I don't see where one was ever on it, nor provisions for something being mounted there.


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