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#1 slf-uk OFFLINE  

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Posted September 04, 2015 - 12:34 PM

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. 

Iain

 

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Posted September 04, 2015 - 01:17 PM

I'm no expert but looks like a 1959 like mine and shares a similar model number (230-01). That other one is cool though - almost a hybrid of two years! Great find!


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Posted September 04, 2015 - 01:51 PM

That is a beauty. What else did you get? Check out our Galleries for pics of similar GTs and Manuals Section for 3 free downloads per day. Good Luck, Rick

I couldn't find it but somewhere there is a chart that lists all Bolens by model number and gives the year manufactured.

Here, I found it: Attached File  Bolens Tractor Models and Specifications.pdf   1.25MB   25 downloads

Edited by boyscout862, September 04, 2015 - 02:04 PM.

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Posted September 04, 2015 - 02:29 PM

Looks like you have a lot to work with there,not in that bad of shape,glad you could save it
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Posted September 04, 2015 - 02:39 PM

Iain, that's a great find! As you say, Bolens are thin on the ground over here in the UK, especially the RAMs.

Certainly worth restoring that one.

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Posted September 04, 2015 - 03:35 PM

Thanks for the replies and information. That chart is really useful I have not seen that before.

 

Looking at the chart that would make the tractor a 1960. I was really hoping it would be a 1960 as it makes it the same age as me. Now if I could find out what month it was made and that turned out to be October I would be even happier.

 

The really good news is that I have the belt guard which is not currently fitted. Within the rats nest I also found a few parts which I think belong to it. I will post some pictures when I get started on the tractor.

 

When I get the chance I plan to give it a diesel bath and let it soak for a while before hitting it with the pressure washer. I might end up cleaning it sooner than rather than later as it's previous use as a rat toilet is making my workshop smell.

 

I ended up getting 11 Bolens tractors including this RAM. I am very busy at the moment but I will post pictures of the complete haul at some point.

 

Iain


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Posted September 04, 2015 - 04:58 PM

Yes your tractor would be a 1960. 


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Posted September 04, 2015 - 06:36 PM

That chart seems to a year off from everything I have read in the past. I seem to remember that the 231 & 232's were 59's and the 233 & 234's were 1960. And that bolens switched to the gold and white paint scheme in 1960. I do beleive also that the rams of 1960 had the high, low and reverse transmission.

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Posted September 04, 2015 - 06:45 PM

That chart seems to a year off from everything I have read in the past. I seem to remember that the 231 & 232's were 59's and the 233 & 234's were 1960. And that bolens switched to the gold and white paint scheme in 1960. I do beleive also that the rams of 1960 had the high, low and reverse transmission.

 

 

The 1961 and 1962 had the trany you could shift.  

 

230-01 was 1959.

 

231-01 and 232-01 were 1960.






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