I was recently given the opportunity to buy a number of Bolens tractors from someone who is selling up. Most are in really bad condition but as any Bolens is rare in the UK, I hope to restore as many as possible.
When we were collecting the tractors we had a bit of a look around and started moving some wood in an old barn. When I moved a large bit of wood I noticed the words "Bolens" cast in the front of what could only be a Ride-a-matic. The tractor had a large rats next underneath and clearly the tractor had been home to the rats for a lot of years. I hate rates but that was not going to stop me digging the tractor out and bringing it home.
Everything on the tractor is seized and the spark plug was missing on the engine. The rats have been using the tractor as a toilet, including inside the engine.
Today I moved it into a better storage location waiting for the time that I can give it some attention and I realised that I do not know the age of this tractor. Can anyone help me with the age and give me some pointers on how to work out the age of the green painted Ride-a-matic's.
Thanks in advance.