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#1 Paulgo ONLINE  

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Posted March 03, 2016 - 11:12 AM

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.

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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.

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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?

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Posted March 03, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Like the little "H"


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Posted March 03, 2016 - 12:36 PM

You could always just put Troybilt stickers on them and call it a day! That's what Troybilt did.... LOL
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Posted March 03, 2016 - 02:26 PM

Nice fleet,

 

concerning the last one, I'm not sure what the built order with Bolens is, but, the lettered (BF/BG/NH) engines were (I believe*) the original releases, ie, sold 1st, then after some years, they were renamed with the number for displacement , ie B43 or B48. And finally later still they were renamed again as the Performer series, ie, P216, P218.    

 

IE, if the tractor was normally powered with a BF, anything with a B43 would be later.

 

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* by original I mean the 1st names given to the aluminum block engines. They were in use when I started there in 1975, so I don't know if there were any predecessors. Prior to the aluminum engines there were the CCK series, all cast iron blocks.  

I also don't if either the BF or BG was released 1st and/or when the NH was released, relative to the BF. 

 

 

 

It is powered by an Onan B43M, rather than the Onan BF/MS normally used.

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Posted March 03, 2016 - 02:54 PM

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.
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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.
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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?
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As most of us suspected it was just a matter of time until a Tube Frame entered the mix... EBolensia ?
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Posted March 03, 2016 - 03:22 PM

As most of us suspected it was just a matter of time until a Tube Frame entered the mix... EBolensia ?

Way too funny! Had a feeling you might say something. :poke:   :wave: 


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Posted March 03, 2016 - 04:48 PM

I seen that on Facebook

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Posted March 03, 2016 - 05:22 PM

You could always just put Troybilt stickers on them and call it a day! That's what Troybilt did.... LOL

Funny! And so true!


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Posted March 03, 2016 - 05:36 PM

Looks like the Bolens Bug is still biting people - you are going to need a bigger storage area.  Thanks for sharing the 1050 picture - I will never stop being amazed at what people will do to a lawn tractor to make it look like a different brand.


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Posted March 03, 2016 - 07:06 PM

Least not Green and Yellow!  But Red seems to be the second common color.  I paint mine MM Yellow many times, I'm Guilty too! But plenty of Red in my garage also, Speedex and PK's.


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