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Posted October 27, 2015 - 08:39 PM

1716216 seems to be the long standing part # for the cordovan in the rattle can from '64 on up. Quart and pint part numbers stayed consistent as well through those years. 

 

I'm thinking they would have changed part numbers if the paint changed correct?

Could it be the whole series of cordovan was metallic and like the Ride-a-Matics it faded over time and we missed it?


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Posted October 27, 2015 - 09:35 PM

That would make the most sense, as they changed part numbers for the red, green and beige as they changed slightly over the years. Unfortunately I don't think we'll ever know with absolute certainty. Even on some NOS parts, I've seen what seems to be both.
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Posted February 29, 2016 - 06:56 PM

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So far I've got the cordovan metallic used on machines from 1964-1967 

 

Who has 68' and 69 models they can test?

Anyone have a ID tag their planning on ripping off for a restore? :D Thats the best place to see the true color.



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Posted February 29, 2016 - 07:06 PM

BUMP

 

So far I've got the cordovan metallic used on machines from 1964-1967 

 

Who has 68' and 69 models they can test?

Anyone have a ID tag their planning on ripping off for a restore? :D Thats the best place to see the true color.

Are you thinking that the Cordovan Metallic was used on the 1967 1250? And then 1968-69 1250's were not metallic?



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Posted February 29, 2016 - 07:30 PM

Doug,if I get a chance tomorrow I have a couple 1250 frames laying around,just not sure of the years of them,I'll see what I can find out

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Posted February 29, 2016 - 07:34 PM

Are you thinking that the Cordovan Metallic was used on the 1967 1250? And then 1968-69 1250's were not metallic?

Have not seen enough large frames to say for sure , I would love to see any samples you guys have



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Posted February 29, 2016 - 08:45 PM

I am hoping that Bolens used that Corral Cordovan Metallic through the 1250's. That is so much better than plain old brown.


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Posted February 29, 2016 - 08:56 PM

I sure hope my 67 1050 shows me some sign of the metallic when I go to restore it. Which I am hoping can happen next winter! Might have to go that direction regardless if you are sure they used the metallic in 67.

Awesome find, I love all of the information you history hunters provide!

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Posted February 29, 2016 - 09:07 PM

The part number for the paint stayed the same those years so that makes me believe it was that metallic, normally even slight changes to the color they changed the part number.

 

Definietly have to do more research but for sure 1964-1966 (90% on 67')


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Posted March 07, 2016 - 05:23 PM

I think the color Cordovan remained the same throughout!

 

Paint bulleteins all show the same part number and if a change was made it was noted, the white has notes so you would think cordovan would as well if it changed. It took us about 15 years  but I think we have our answer!

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Posted March 24, 2016 - 05:54 PM

I'm quite certain we are good to use this Metallic Cordovan on the entire series

Just went out to look at both my 66' 1050 and 1969 850 and found spots to clean and sand down and sure enough with a bright light I was able to see the metallic flake come through. I think being metallic it faded to a light brown much like the metallic green of the Ride-a-matic


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Posted March 24, 2016 - 06:30 PM

When David Brown tractors wanted to export the new selectamatic range to the USA, they signed up with the national equipment dealers association, neda liked the tractors but not the red paint, as neda had a good go with Bolens they suggested DB to paint them in Bolens colours so they ended up orchid white and DB chocolate brown, this was in 1964 i gather, i wonder if this is the same paint ?

Uk dealers liked the colours so the new white and brown DBs became the standard a year or so later.


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Posted March 25, 2016 - 04:55 AM

Better start over on all them, lol! Great job! What auto part let you stand around and look at paint books for 3hrs? Most places around here don't even know what a book is anymore. All computers now! and most the workers that don't know about what they are selling, only know how to push the computer buttons! Man, I asked for a set of rear shocks with the part # and the kid couldn't help me because I needed to tell him what car or truck they were from! I went to the wall of shocks and found them myself!

have to agree on some people at parts stores...lol... if it's not in the computer then they are lost..



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Posted March 25, 2016 - 06:57 AM

This is great news and research. You really have me wondering if my 1967 1250 may have used this metallic paint. It's been beautifully restored by someone else when I got it so I would not go in and change it. Chances are the 1965 900 would have been the same metallic color as well. This is pretty big news in the Bolens collector world thank you for your research on this subject.



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Posted March 25, 2016 - 07:09 AM

I wish we would have found out sooner before we all painted ours the wrong colors! :wallbanging:






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