My First Two Bolens - Would Like Some Info...
Posted May 03, 2011 - 07:46 PM
The 1050 is a one owner machine, with very little use. It was part of an estate liquidation and the story goes that that guy was having the carb rebuilt by a mower repair place that went out of business. He never got the carb back and the tractor has been sitting for close to 25 years. The hood and fender pan show some very mild orange rusting as a result of sitting, but there's no "rot" or prickly rusting. The rims, tires, underneath, shift knobs etc. are all in amazing shape. It's super dirty, but with a good detailing should look great. I also was able to locate a carb which should be now on its way. Along with the tractor, is a super solid 48" deck and a NOS snow cab. The roof and one side panel got chewed by mice, but the doors were still in the Bolens boxes. I'm not quite sure what the plans are for it. I'll have to wait and see how it runs.
The Ride-a-Matic just got here today from Ohio. Its an original machine with factory Bolens sickle bar. Supposedly it "runs" but only on choke. It has the original Kohler K161. I haven't had a chance to fiddle with it or clean it either.
I have no idea on years etc. for either and am hoping I can get some info. If anyone knows, please feel free to chime in.
1050: (Model 1 02) (serial 40197)
Ride-a-Matic: (type 220 01) (serial 35570)
- Nascar3244888 said thank you
Posted May 03, 2011 - 08:01 PM
Posted May 03, 2011 - 08:06 PM
Posted May 03, 2011 - 09:02 PM
I hope you got them for a decent price, they're in great shape!
Posted May 03, 2011 - 09:41 PM
The 1050 (Model 192-01) was manufactured in 1966. 1050's were sold for the 4 years from 1966 through 1969. 1967-69 were Model 192-02.
The Ride-a-Matic (Model 220) was manufactured in 1958. Model 220 was a single year tractor. The next year the Ride-a-Matic was Model 230.
Posted May 04, 2011 - 04:51 AM
Looks like the 1050 is a 1969 model.
As Doug said above the ride-a-matic is a 1958 and that retailed for around $490 then.
Posted May 04, 2011 - 05:00 AM
Posted May 04, 2011 - 05:10 AM
If you get the serial #'s off the engine we can know for sure.
Posted May 04, 2011 - 07:12 AM
Posted May 08, 2011 - 07:51 PM
It also comes with a super solid mower deck and NOS snow cab. The cab doors were still in the tattered Bolens boxes. The roof of the cab has a few tears from improper storage, and the front filler panels have some minor chew marks from what must have been mice. The doors are really sweet though less one small crack in one of the side windows. It is what it is.
And I also have an extra u-joint and few miscellaneous NOS parts in the original Bolens packages.
I'm asking $550 as it sits and might be a little negotiable. If I don't get any activity and have to invest time to rebuild the carb etc. then I'm probably going to sit firm and/or maybe try to get a little more. I'm a fair guy though, so if you're interested, lets talk. The tractor is in Rocky Hill, CT, which is about 10 minutes south of Hartford.
Here are some additional pics after a quick bath.
- Nascar3244888 said thank you
Posted May 15, 2011 - 01:47 PM