Okay, so sorry it took so long for me to finally get some pictures uploaded here. Like I said before, it was raining too much when I went to pick up my latest find to take any pictures of it before or while I was loading it. However, I ended up having to pull over at a rest area on the expressway anyways to readjust and tighten the ratchet straps as a couple of them came loose while driving, so I managed to snap a few pictures of the tractor then as it had let up raining at least for a little bit. But, before I get to the pictures, let me give you a little back story on this tractor.
I found this tractor last week up for auction on eBay. The seller was asking $300 for the tractor as is. He said that it didn't run currently but that it did run before about 4 or 5 years ago when it was last moved. Three out of the four tires were flat and wouldn't hold air anymore. It had been sitting for a long time and he just needed it gone to clear some room. So, I watched the auction and I waited. No one had bid on it all week, so when there was 1 or 2 days left on the auction, I E-mailed the seller and told him that I was interested in this tractor. I said that it looked like it would need a LOT of work to get running again though, so I could only offer him around $150 for it. He responded back to me saying that the lowest he would go on it was $200, so I replied back saying that I was okay with that price and I could be there Saturday to pick it up. He sent me his address and I headed out Saturday morning to go pick it up. The seller lived way up north in the Adirondacks about 2 hours away from Albany, just a bit further north of where Ticonderoga is, but not that far east.
When I finally got there (after some delays and a couple of issues that came up with my truck on the way up there), I saw that he had already pulled the tractor out of the back and had it sitting up by the road for easy access to load it right up onto the truck. He showed me around the tractor to check it all out. He had even already found a battery to put on it before I got there and he sprayed some ether in the carburetor, jumped the solenoid, and the starter turned over and the engine slowly sputtered to life! He ran the engine while I was there for about a minute or so and then shut it down. I said, "SOLD!", lol! Then I got to talking with him about Bolens tractors for a little bit and I told him about some of the other tractors that I own currently, so then I asked him if he happened to have any other Bolens stuff lying around at all. He said that he had a 1050 tube frame tractor that was in fairly decent shape (or at least better than the tractor that I was buying...), but it was just the tractor only as he didn't have a mower deck or any other attachments for it. I decided to pass on that one though for now since it was buried and I didn't feel like making him dig it out for me in the rain. However, he did say that he had a big red snow blower as well, but he wasn't sure if it was even a Bolens attachment or not, let alone if it would fit the tractor I was buying, but he said I was welcome to take a look at it.
We walked around to the back of his yard to a three walled shed where he showed me what looked to be a big red Bolens Sno-Caster attachment that was made exactly for the tractor I was buying! I would guess that it is an 18044 42" Sno-Caster made for the early Large Frames. I told him that if I'm buying that tractor, then I have to have this to go along with it, so I told him I would have no problem giving him the $300 he was originally asking for the tractor, so long as I get this Sno-Caster with it as well. He was fine with that, so I payed him 3 large bills for everything and we each picked up a side of the Sno-Caster and walked it to the truck. (On a side note, he also had a few other cool toys in the shed, including a really old looking gas engine powered reel mower that looked pretty neat. I asked him about it and he said that he thought that it was around a 1945 to 1947 reel mower with a Clinton engine on it. I asked him if it ran, but he said that it didn't and it was missing some parts to make it work. Still, pretty cool and not something you see every day. But anyways, I digress...) I loaded everything up onto the truck in the rain, strapped it all down, and was headed back on my way home in less than an hour, pleased as could be with my latest acquisitions. I arrived back home around 6pm, unloaded everything really quickly, got cleaned up, and then headed out to the movies around quarter after 8pm or so.
In any event, I'm sure NONE OF YOU care about the story at all, but I just wanted to share it anyways and to make you all work for the pictures, lol! So, without further ado, here are the pictures of the tractor I bought after it was already loaded onto the truck while I was stopped at a rest area on I-87 South in between the raindrops:
In case you haven't guessed it by now, I ended up buying a 1969 model year Bolens 1250 Large Frame tractor. One of the primary reasons I was interested in this tractor wasn't even that it was a Large Frame though. I have just always wanted a Hydrostatic Bolens tractor as every other Bolens in my fleet right now is a stick-shift tractor. The fact that it also has a hydraulic attachment lift rather than a manual lift lever is a nice selling point as well. The seller told me that this tractor has a 14HP Wisconsin engine on it, but I would have figured that Bolens would have put a 12HP engine on this model tractor. (The model numbers don't always match up with the engine used on the tractor, but still like my 850 has an 8HP Wisconsin on it, a 1050 has a 10HP engine on it, so a 1250 should have a 12HP engine on it, right? But then again, both the Bolens 900 and the 1000 have 8HP engines on them. Hmmmm...)
I spent most of the day today trying to move around a big, heavy tractor with flat tires on it, checking it all out, and starting to do some work on it in the hopes of getting it working again. I forgot my camera when I was working on it today, so I took some pictures with my phone instead. Once I get them off my phone and edited, I will post up the progress I made on it today. But it is late now and I'm exhausted as I've had a hell of a long weekend, so time for bed now as I have to get up early to go to work to-morrow.
Edited by MailmAn, July 11, 2016 - 07:00 AM.