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#1 Austen ONLINE  

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Posted July 20, 2016 - 04:39 PM

My question has to do with the brown grill color on the 1886 model. Out of curiosity purposes, was this limited to certain production runs? It seems somewhat split 50/50 between the original machines that I see which do have the brown insert while others that are color matched. Was it limited to particular production runs or a factory option? It's always something I've kind of wondered about and thought I'd see if there was any rhyme or reason to it. :-)


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Posted July 20, 2016 - 05:47 PM

I can offer this , the grills on my 01's were brown they came to me with the original paint from original owners , I repainted one and omitted the brown, I had put a K532 in it so it's not original and the brown grill doesn't matter to me. I have another O1 from the original owner that he taped over decals and the brown grill and painted the tractor gray, it still wears the brown grill. Last I have an 04 from the original owner , it too has its original paint but doesn't have the brown grill, or the wood grain dash. 3 of the 4 are depicted in the gallery.
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Posted July 20, 2016 - 05:47 PM

Don't quote me on this but I think the brown grille was limited to one year only. I think it was 73 but could have been 72. I had an 853 with the later paint design and it also had the brown grille.


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Posted July 20, 2016 - 05:49 PM

It came around 1971 to 1972 , I think the early models from 71' came without them which is why you see some without the painted grille


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Posted July 20, 2016 - 07:59 PM

The 1477-01 and the 1886-01 had the brown grill.  


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Posted July 21, 2016 - 05:44 PM

Thanks guys. It was a neat styling characteristic. :thumbs:


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Posted July 21, 2016 - 06:32 PM

My 1886-01 and 1886-02 have brown painted grilles.
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Posted July 21, 2016 - 07:41 PM

My 1886-01 and 1886-02 have brown painted grilles.

 

Thanks! Yeah, I've seen some of the -01s with and without the brown grill. If you do some Google searches, you can see examples of them both ways.


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Posted July 22, 2016 - 10:50 AM

My 1886-01 has a brown grill. It's funny when you look at the catalogs as it shows my 1556 with a brown grill but I have yet to see any 1556 with a brown grill from that one year. 


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Posted July 22, 2016 - 11:16 AM

My 1886-01 (1971) came wearing blue paint and a brown grill. I have since repainted off-white and kept the brown grill. (looks neat to me). However, now that she is going to get a new kohler 23.5hp engine, my son wants to go back to the blue paint and brown grill. So, if anyone knows the paint codes for the blue they used back in 71, let me know!!


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Posted July 22, 2016 - 11:21 AM

My 1886-01 has a brown grill. It's funny when you look at the catalogs as it shows my 1556 with a brown grill but I have yet to see any 1556 with a brown grill from that one year. 

 

Do you think it was an option?

 

 

(looks neat to me)

 

Agreed. :thumbs:


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Posted July 22, 2016 - 11:32 AM

Do you think it was an option?

 

 

No, I don't. I believe that they used some  of the same pictures in their catalogs for other tractors. I think that ad should have had an off white grill like the tractor. There is another ad in a 1971 catalog that adversities an 1886 but shows an 1886 with an S14-D engine in it with the low side exhaust. I think they just used pictures and doctored them up to fit what they needed to do. It even shows the 853 with a brown grill. 


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Posted July 22, 2016 - 04:31 PM

My 1886-01 (1971) came wearing blue paint and a brown grill. I have since repainted off-white and kept the brown grill. (looks neat to me). However, now that she is going to get a new kohler 23.5hp engine, my son wants to go back to the blue paint and brown grill. So, if anyone knows the paint codes for the blue they used back in 71, let me know!!

 

 

Bolens never used blue to paint there tractors.  



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Posted July 22, 2016 - 04:32 PM

Ok so the 1477-01, 1886-01 and the 1886-02 had it I never seen a good photo of a 1886-02 to tell if those did.    



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Posted July 22, 2016 - 05:17 PM

 

. It even shows the 853 with a brown grill. 

 

 

The 853 with the brown grille is real, I've only seen two of them though. Everyone says the G11 is so rare but there are many more of them than there are 853's.


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