.... well maybe just one more ....
I still have one Bolens Ridemaster that isn't restored yet and I picked up a sickle mower for a ridemaster that isn't restored yet also.
I have a Ridemaster that does not have the correct implement on it and I want to put the sickle mower on it instead.
The sickle mower is complete except for missing one mounting bracket so I'm still hunting for that.
Last Saturday the 14th, as I'm searching thru Ridemaster listings on ebay in hopes that by some miracle the bracket I need is on there, I happen to notice a garden tractor on the right side of the page in the column where ebay shows other similar items.
I clicked on the listing and it showed about 45 minutes left on the auction so the first thing I did was check to see where it was located.
... If we were still living up in northern Michigan, this would have been too far away for me to consider but since we are now living in southern Indiana, it's within reasonable driving distance so we can make the trip there and back easily in one day.
The next thing is, I have no idea what it should be worth. At the time, two bidders had already bid a couple of times against each other to drive the price up to $320.
I decided to bid on it and did not really expect to get it for the amount that I bid so I was very surprised when I ended up being the winning bidder and we made arrangements to pick it up the next weekend.
The seller said that the tractor was really hard to move so he would have his dad there to help us load it.
I know absolutely nothing about these tractors so I got on the internet and talked with a guy that has some of these tractors and he said that the first thing I need to do was to remove the drive chain from the rear axle and the tractor would roll freely.
Here we are with the tractor jacked up and trying to get the master link off the drive chain.
Once the drive chain was removed, it was very easy to move the tractor around and line it up with my loading ramps.
I hooked the cable to the front and started winching it up the ramps.
The mower deck got hung up at the top of the ramps so they had to lift the rear of the tractor a little to get it all the way onto the bed of the truck.
Here she is all ready to be tied down and head back home.
Edited by jdcrawler, November 22, 2015 - 12:15 PM.