I added another red Bolens to my herd. Since I now have three, I figured they were worthy of a thread. The latest is a 1966 192-01 1050 that was painted up like an IH Farmall. Mostly intact, and came with mower deck and snowcaster, but the TR-10D needs a rebuild. Not sure what I'll do with this one yet. Basically rescued it from a bad situation.
Prior to this I acquired a 1973 QT16 that appears to have been a fleet order. The paint job is high quality and looks old enough to have been done by the dealer. This one still has the knockout in the dash where the "standard equipment" hour meter would have gone.
Then there is Old Red, the Bolens that started my passion. This tractor might actually be one of the fabled "prototypes" that we hear about. I have a few reasons for thinking so. 1. It is powered by an Onan B43M, rather than the Onan BF/MS normally used. Looks to have always been in there and the well built driveshaft is obviously custom made. 2. My other five QTs all have ID tags riveted onto the pan under the seat. This one doesn't, and there aren't any holes from a tag gone missing. 3. My other hoods are all one piece stamped. This one is assembled and spot welded. Who knows?