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#1 Austen ONLINE  

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Posted May 25, 2015 - 09:04 PM

Some of you know that I've been on the search for a Bolens LF for a long time. Well, I am more excited than I could ever express in words here that my long awaited dream has finally come true. More importantly, it was absolutely worth the wait.

I became passionate about Bolens over a decade ago when a neighbor of mine bought a 1220. The unique bold styling immediately drew my attention in and promised myself that I would one day own one. Since then, I've researched everything that I can about them and continually looked for the right one and off (as life allowed) for several years. The west coast is typically pretty slim pickens as far as OPE goes like vintage a Bolens. In fact, type in "Bolens" in the local CL section here and you'll be lucky if you find even one and usually when you do, it is often way overpriced. It is why I expanded my search nationwide over the years. While I've come across several in the past that were close to what I was looking for, there was always some kind of fairly large compromise in one way or the other and I'd feel compelled to look further.

Recently I noticed a rebuilt Johnson loader in the classifieds of a different forum and was kind of kicking myself as this would already be in the garage if I had a Bolens. I sent him a message about it but what I wasn't expecting was to be offered his refurbished 1886-01 with the Johnson loader, Gannon Earthcavator and a tiller. This was it and was more than I could have asked for in many different ways. That long awaited search was worth it tenfold.

I've enjoyed following the member's resurrection threads and updates on the tractor over the years and have always been impressed with his work. One of the things that I appreciate the most is the time and effort that he put into areas and parts (many of which he made himself) that could be upgraded over a stock design to extend longevity and improve durability. It is very tastefully done. I'm looking forward to being the next, proud, caretaker and finishing it with the final touch of a new paint & decal job. It will always be kept in a very appreciative, enthusiast's, caring hands and mindset.

I'm also thankful that I had the opportunity to acquire one from a forum member. As Jay Leno has said in the past when it comes to classic car collecting, "buy one from a club member who has done it up right and knows the car inside and out." I think there's a lot of value in that aspect and applies to our hobby of vintage GT's and OPE too. fing32.gif

The plan is to take delivery sometime later next month and you can bet there will be plenty of photos when that happens! In the meantime... I better begin making space in the garage! eNl1Bdv.gif

 

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Posted May 25, 2015 - 09:08 PM

AWESOME, You'll like it.... ALOT ! Congrats!
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Posted May 25, 2015 - 09:20 PM

VERY  nice setup!!  :thumbs:


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Posted May 25, 2015 - 10:31 PM

Very nice,congrats


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Posted May 25, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Phenomenal setup and :thumbs: on your perseverance paying off.
I can't wait for the pics and the low down on how handy this GT is.
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Posted May 26, 2015 - 04:01 AM

Looks like a very nice GT & loader!


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Posted May 26, 2015 - 08:56 AM

All good things come to those who---- work on making a dream happen!  Congratulations.


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Posted May 26, 2015 - 09:16 AM

Delayed gratification works if you just have patience. Congrats on an awesome find.
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Posted May 26, 2015 - 09:35 AM

Congrats Austen.....awesome buddy!!!!!!!!  :thumbs:


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Posted May 26, 2015 - 09:42 AM

Very nice,,, and clean looking machine there...    Congrates..


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Posted May 26, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Austen , congrats , nice looking machine ......your gonna love that Johnson loader with the scraper/boxblade , it will be a dirt moving machine . I use mine for everything from dragging my gravel driveway to stirring my huge compost pile . I've almost retired my wheel barrel . LOL

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Posted May 26, 2015 - 01:58 PM

Thanks guys! I'm really excited and couldn't be more thrilled. :) There are a couple of small things that I'll plan on changing right off the bat like the current muffler/exhaust setup to something less pronounced in appearance. I'd like to get a 48" mowing deck as well sometime down the road.

 

 

AWESOME, You'll like it.... ALOT ! Congrats!

 

I can't wait!!

 

 

Very nice,congrats

 

Thank you!

 

 

Phenomenal setup and :thumbs: on your perseverance paying off.
I can't wait for the pics and the low down on how handy this GT is.

 

It was definitely worth the wait! Lot's of pics to come. I already know the first job that I'm going to use it for. icon7.gif

 

 

Looks like a very nice GT & loader!

 

Thanks! She's definitely a "resto-mod" in a lot of ways.

 

 

All good things come to those who---- work on making a dream happen!  Congratulations.

 

Thanks! There were times that I second guessed myself after I passed on a particular machine but I was confident that ultimately what I was looking for was still out there. :thumbs:

 

 

Delayed gratification works if you just have patience. Congrats on an awesome find.

 

It's not easy but is worth the wait. Thanks!

 

 

Congrats Austen.....awesome buddy!!!!!!!!

 

Thanks Dan!!! icon7.gif

 

 

Very nice,,, and clean looking machine there...    Congrates..

 

Thanks! It will be nice starting out with a clean slate.

 

 

Austen , congrats , nice looking machine ......your gonna love that Johnson loader with the scraper/boxblade , it will be a dirt moving machine . I use mine for everything from dragging my gravel driveway to stirring my huge compost pile . I've almost retired my wheel barrel . LOL

 

Love your setup!! Thanks for posting the photo- very cool. It is pretty much my dream setup. Loader work and grading are my favorite tasks to use a tractor for other than mowing. I agree, you definitely don't need a wheelbarrow anymore. :thumbs:

 

Thanks guys and for sharing the excitement!! icon7.gif


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Posted May 27, 2015 - 12:12 PM

As we say in London, UK 'Lovely Jubbly'.

A great find and well worth the wait. Well done and enjoy it.
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Posted May 27, 2015 - 12:14 PM

Congrats, and all the best with it, my friend!


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Posted May 27, 2015 - 02:00 PM

 

As we say in London, UK 'Lovely Jubbly'.

A great find and well worth the wait. Well done and enjoy it.

 

Thanks!

 

 

Congrats, and all the best with it, my friend!

 

Thanks Ellis!!


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