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#1 BobHufford OFFLINE  

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Posted August 13, 2016 - 09:03 PM

New to the forum and Bolens garden tractors (other than my Grandpa had one years ago).  I was mushroom hunting and found this unceremoniously dumped on a new logging road. 

 

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I wanted to drag it home, but my wife balked at the idea.  She was out of town at a wedding this weekend so...

 

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It appears to be mostly original (Wisconsin motor, Zenith carb, Delco-Remy generator).

 

I already had a Bolens dump cart from about the same time frame.  I need this as an accessory for the cart.

 

Guess I have a new hobby!  Looking forward to making it functional again and leaning on this forum for help.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Bob


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Posted August 13, 2016 - 09:22 PM

Welcome to the forum. Good luck with the project and the wife. That will teach her to leave you home unsupervised! :smilewink: There should be a manual for your tractor in the manual section and we have a lot of good Bolens guys here that are always willing to help.


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Posted August 13, 2016 - 09:46 PM

Welcome to GTT. Nice find. The only downside I see is that  she may make you go with her next time. When you get to needing parts, check with our sponsors on the Home page. Once you get that runnung right you will love it. Then to make peace, get her one too. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 13, 2016 - 09:50 PM

The first pic certainly gets your attention. :D

 

Congrats on the new to you Bolens. Thanks for saving it and be sure to post the resurrection here. :thumbs:

 

Welcome to the club! :-)


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Posted August 13, 2016 - 10:28 PM

Hi Bob. Some people rescue dogs or cats, some of us rescue Bolens. I'm new to the hobby myself as well, but in my experience it won't take the wife too long before she just shakes her head while you do your thing. Thanks for the pics and keep us posted on the progress. Finding it the way you did it'll be especially rewarding to get it back to tip top shape. Can't wait to see it with your cart.
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Posted August 13, 2016 - 11:26 PM

Nice find. You will love that thing and your wife will learn about the addiction. She will get use to it? The guys here will help with most all the parts you will ever need. Have fun with your new project. Hope you keep us informed on how your restoration goes.
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Posted August 14, 2016 - 07:42 AM

Welcome.    

 

What kind of mushroom is that? 

It's certainly not a morel.

And it doesn't look edible.  :D     

 

Hope you can save it.  Good luck on the resto.       Rick


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 08:15 AM

That is a great find. You adopted a feral tractor! Welcome to the forum. 


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 08:24 AM

New to the forum and Bolens garden tractors (other than my Grandpa had one years ago).  I was mushroom hunting and found this unceremoniously dumped on a new logging road. 
 
28831379865_36565fba7c_z.jpg
 
I wanted to drag it home, but my wife balked at the idea.  She was out of town at a wedding this weekend so...
 
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It appears to be mostly original (Wisconsin motor, Zenith carb, Delco-Remy generator).
 
I already had a Bolens dump cart from about the same time frame.  I need this as an accessory for the cart.
 
Guess I have a new hobby!  Looking forward to making it functional again and leaning on this forum for help.
 
Thanks in advance,
 
Bob


That there is a great start of a new addiction I have a feeling!

Congrats on the wonderfully priced machine, and welcome aboard;)
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Posted August 14, 2016 - 09:24 AM

Welcome aboard,as others have said,nice find and great save,keep us posted with more pics as you get started on it


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 09:27 AM

Biggest mushroom I've ever seen !

Nice, glad you chose to save it and welcome aboard, good bunch of folks on here :thumbs:


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 09:57 AM

Cool find, wish I had Bolens growing in our woods! Get her going and more will follow
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Posted August 14, 2016 - 10:43 AM

That doesn't look too bad at all really. It looks to be complete and all original including the seat. Welcome aboard and good luck with your rescue.
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Posted August 14, 2016 - 01:33 PM

When you find fine classic antiques left for you like that, what can  you do? You sure came to the right forum for Bolens.

 

Your wife?     . . . they're all balky.


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Posted August 14, 2016 - 01:47 PM

I usually tie mine up in a tree so the forest critters can't nibble on them.

Thank goodness they didn't gut and field dress it.

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