I like the looks of the Bolens Ride A Matic tractors and would like to learn more about them and possible acquire one to restore.
I'm just putting the finishing touches on restoring a Wheelhorse 1985 312-8 for my son to use, and I have a 1979 WH C-161 in mid restoration. So, I'm beginning to look for an older tractor for my next restoration. The WH RJ's are cute, but I want something a little bigger and possible with a PTO shaft (to drive something fun at tractor shows)
I have never seen a Ride A matic in my area, so I am trying to learn more about them. What kind of PO setup do these have to drive a mower deck, rear tiller, or other attachments. I seen pictures of PTO shafts and belt drives. and have looked through some manuals, but haven't got a good picture of their PTO setup.
Are the PTO's the same or different as they went from the 1956-57 round nosed RAM to the 1958- 61 square nose RAM, then finally to the 1961-62 boxy art deco tractor?
if anyone could point me to some literature that describes the PTO setup, or share some pictures of their tractors PTO setup I would appreciate it.
P.S. if anyone has a Ride a Matic they would like to sell (especially if your in or near Texas) I may be interested.
Marble Falls Tx