Hmmm. Having read the Forum for a few months now, I've seen a number of members bemoaning that collecting Bolens tractors is addictive. I've read their posts with interest, but didn't really put much stock in the syndrome. But...
Yep. I guess that "bug" has bitten me too. Either that or I just couldn't stand to see my 1886 sitting in the barn with only a Farmall and a Cub Cadet for company (I ignored the JD in the corner - it's just a lawnmower). So I found a companion for my 1886. I saw the ad on CL last Sunday and picked up my "new" 1253 Saturday!
It's really in pretty good shape. Obviously needs a new headlight, plus a battery (by the way, any suggestions on what kind of battery? Any suggestions that don't cost more that the tractor did?). It looks like it has the original rubber all the way around (with only minor weather checking) and it has the original seat (with only one small tear). Not much in the way of mods (someone did weld a rigged up tow bar to the rear hitch - that can be replaced easily). Guy i bought it from (for not much $$$ - yay!) said it needs a starter - I'll be checking that today. It also looks like it has a broken off drag link that was rigged with a bolt and drilled hole. I need to check a parts manual to locate a new one.
So. What's the opinion? Good find?
Oh - this find will have to wait until next winter for restoration. I've GOT to finish my Cub Cadet and my 1886 first! It'll eat at me, but I've gotta wait... Well 'cept for a few small things...
PS: It came with a 42" mowing deck, which looks to be in really good shape as well
Edited by SC Farmer, April 03, 2016 - 05:04 AM.