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Just picked up a '55 Baird Beaver tractor and Bolens Husky Gardner.


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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted September 20, 2015 - 06:38 PM

We just got back from a long day of running around. Both of these machines were pulled out of a barn where they sat for many years unused. I had a great conversation with the women that sold them to me. They cleaned the barn out last spring and the machines have been sitting outside since. The kids use to ride the Baird tractor around the yard until it was stowed away. She said that it was driven to where it was parked in the barn way back when, so I had high hopes that it would run again. The tank was clean, but the gas in the sediment bowl smelled horrible and was varnished up. I didn't have time to clean the fuel system, but the magneto put off great spark and the engine ran for a short time on starting fluid. With the fuel system cleaned, the tractor will run again. The hood is missing for the Baird, but repros are available. They had the 3 gang reel mower years ago, but it is long gone. The Bolens has compression and the magneto clicks, but I haven't checked it for spark. I will tinker with both machines a bit tomorrow.

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Posted September 20, 2015 - 06:48 PM

Here is the Gardner. I just went to pick up the Baird Beaver and noticed the Gardner sitting by the barn. The implements were in a junk pile and it was all going to go to scrap. The engine is a Wisconsin AB.

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Posted September 20, 2015 - 06:56 PM

Nice save!


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Posted September 21, 2015 - 05:43 AM

Wow... the Beaver is really cool, and deserves a full on resto I hope that's the plan I can picture it !


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Posted September 21, 2015 - 06:58 AM

Thanks Hank, I'm going to clean up the Baird and see what it looks like. I stayed up late to clean up the fuel system. I removed the bowl from the carb and the bowl was clean and dry. The passages in the carb look nice and clean, too. The sediment bowl was lined with gummy varnish and the passages were clogged. The sediment bowl screen was so plugged up that I just replaced it. The gas tank is clean inside, but the pipe from the tank to the sediment bowl was clogged. I got everything cleaned up and back together and I'll be starting it this morning. I'm going to change the oil, too.

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Posted September 21, 2015 - 07:38 AM

That BB looks niiiiiiiiice. I'm a big fan of clean, original and she looks it. Nice score there, congrats!


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Posted September 21, 2015 - 07:57 AM

Glad you could SAVE both machines


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Posted September 21, 2015 - 08:12 AM

Great find for sure.  You have some nice attachments for that Gardener.  Is that sickle mower for the Gardener or a DB?  The The plate that mounts on the tractor looks like it is for a David Bradley?    What motor is on the Gardener?  Have fun with your projects.


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Posted September 21, 2015 - 09:46 AM

YEE HA! the Baird Beaver started right up. I let the engine warm up, changed the oil, and changed out one front tire. I drove it around a bit and everything works fine, what a neat little machine this thing is. I think I'm just going to clean it up good and leave it as is.
I don't know much at all about the Bolens Gardner. I never had one and I haven't done much research on it yet. I did read a little about them last night. The cone clutches were slightly stuck from sitting, but I tapped on them and they freed right up. Once I get the engine running and some tires on it, it should be alright. The attachments were just laying there in the junk pile and I don't know much about them. The sickle is for the Bolens and has a Snap-hitch on it, and I'm assuming it's correct for the Gardner. The gear box is free, but I can hardly rotate it because the cutter bar is froze in place. Once I free it up it should be fine.
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Posted September 21, 2015 - 10:15 AM

A short ride.


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Posted September 21, 2015 - 10:31 AM

That sounds smooth!


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Posted September 21, 2015 - 10:43 AM

It runs really well and doesn't smoke! I didn't even pull the magneto cover of to clean the points or change the spark plug. The muffler was broken off the baffle, but I have another on the way. I also found an original manual, parts list, and warrantee tag, and those may arrive today. Just took it for another ride.

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Posted September 21, 2015 - 10:52 AM

Ahh yes, nothing like riding the Beaver. Glad you are going to keep it original for now. They are only original once and this looks like a nice one. It's a shame you couldn't find the hood there somewhere.


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Posted September 21, 2015 - 11:10 AM

There are far too many jokes revolving around the name of this tractor, and I've been trying to refrain myself, HA! I asked about the hood, and the woman said she never remembers it having one. They bought the tractor used and in great shape many years ago. She had a hard time recalling too much about it, since it was buried and forgotten about so long ago.
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Posted September 21, 2015 - 11:21 AM

chieffan, the engine on the Gardner is a Wisconsin AB.




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