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#1 fonz3482 ONLINE  

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 04:56 PM

Hello everyone, I've been searching for a decent Bolens ride a matic tractor for awhile now and still haven't found one locally. Bolens 1000 had some info on one but it turned out to be way to rough, and the owner was asking to much money for it. I attached photos of the tractor so everyone can see how rough it is. So back to the drawing board once again! If anyone knows of a decent one at a decent price near or around buffalo ny, I'd appreciate the info. I'm willing to drive to surrounding states also if need be to get a good machine. Any help would be great,Thanks everyone!

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 05:04 PM

I went to a garage an hour ago that has 5 of them, 3 of which are complete and running. Two with original tires and all the guards. I did ask which one was the spare one. Jim's response was a Level 3 glare.


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Posted August 21, 2015 - 05:27 PM

I was at an estate sale a few years ago looking to bid on a HT20 LF. Well I checked out the ht20 and then walked in the garage and there was a restored ride a matic sitting in the corner. It went for $425. I'm still pissed I didn't bid and take that thing home!
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Posted August 21, 2015 - 05:48 PM

Been looking for 1 too. That one doesn't look too bad is it for sale. I am attracted rusty crusty project tractors.
I know where 1 is sitting rotting away but had no luck contacting the owner of the property. It sucks seeing it out there sitting in the woods

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 05:58 PM

Yea it's for sale. The guy bought it from an auction and then left it outside on the pallet.

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 06:17 PM

There is a '59 ride a matic (square hood) coming up for auction on sept. 26 in Lykens,Pa.
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Posted August 21, 2015 - 06:19 PM

What is that guy asking for his RAM?

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 06:31 PM

He won't take any less than $100 for it.

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 06:42 PM

I went to a garage an hour ago that has 5 of them, 3 of which are complete and running. Two with original tires and all the guards. I did ask which one was the spare one. Jim's response was a Level 3 glare.

I think this guy needs to share!!

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 06:43 PM

I just bought a 1960 Ram for half that in better condition, but with the wrong engine. $100 wouldn't be an unreasonable price for that one. But it would take alot of work to get it restored.

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 06:57 PM

I just bought a 1960 Ram for half that in better condition, but with the wrong engine. $100 wouldn't be an unreasonable price for that one. But it would take alot of work to get it restored.

Yea, by the time I put 4 tires on it, straighten the rear frame area, find and buy a new gas tank, sandblast everything and hope there is sheet metal left after, go through the whole motor, go through everything else on it, buy all sorts of parts and paint it, etc., etc., I'd be better off buying a restored tractor that's done.
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Posted August 21, 2015 - 07:30 PM

It is also missing the rear attachment lift.

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 07:34 PM

Looks like the bottom of the grill is busted out too. That is a version of the ride a matic that I don't have, but the wife said "no way are you going to drag home another one"

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Posted August 21, 2015 - 07:49 PM

Fonz, is that your add on Buffalo craigslist?



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Posted August 21, 2015 - 08:08 PM

I would buy for it a hundred bucks




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