Bear with me here....
Ok, Lil brother [he's older, I'm bigger] is not really into garden tractors. Mom dropped him on his head when he was small and now he plays with airplanes and micro-cars, leaving garden tractors alone for the most part. He has, however, always has always had a real soft spot for the early riders with round hoods. His all time favorite is the Bolens Ride-A-Matic.
Next door to his girlfriends house was a 1959 21HD-01 Ride-A-Matic in kit form and rough as a tractor can be and still exist. He has eyeballed this tractor for a dozen years or so but the old guy wouldn't sell.
There seemed to be a few generations of that family living with "grandpa" in that house.
Well the owner passed away not all that long ago and the rest of the family has very recently vacated the house. Brother was finally able to get the tractor bought and just got it home in the last couple of days.
Brother lives 2 hours drive from me but I was down that way for my job this morning so I dropped in for a close-up of this "Bolens".
My first reaction to seeing it was "it's RED!!.
Immediately I start thinking Western Auto Wizzard! We are near Kansas City afterall.
This tractor has very little of the original paint left but with a close inspection I see absolutely no trace of green paint on the tractor itself. The serial tag clearly says Bolens so I wonder what it is. He got most of the parts including a grille and gas tank but I'm not sure if they are red or green. I didn't find the grille or tank while I was there so I haven't seen them. He said the grille says Bolens. I forgot to ask the color of those parts. I think if they were green they came from a different tractor. He did NOT get a hood so no way to know if the grille and tank are Versa-Matic or Ride A-matic. If he had recieved a hood in the deal that said Versa-Matic then we'd know its not from this machine.
Being a good GTTalker, I fired up the camera.
Also included with the purchase were a few implements. Those implements are clearly Bolens green along with the usual surface rust. Some of you will drool on the implement pics so back away from your keyboard just a lil.
WHY WAS THE TRACTOR RED??
Edited by Gtractor, June 01, 2015 - 06:37 PM.