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#16 BolensChrisUK OFFLINE  

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Posted August 14, 2016 - 04:17 PM

How on earth did it ende up like that there??

 

Fallen off a pick up??

 

You will find more along the way now & your wife will love you :smilewink:  :D


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 01:46 PM

Thanks everyone for the welcome!  The tractor is home and stored awaiting some winter free time.  I thought I would add pics of the dump cart I mentioned.  Model 16459-04.  Can someone put a date to that?  Pre-1967?

 

I'm having great fun reading up on this 1254 and many other Bolens models.  I've starting looking in craigslist and have almost made a few phone calls, but thought better of it.  I don't need three non-running tractors at once (I don't think).

 

This is a great forum.  Happy to be part of it.

 

Best,

 

Bob

 

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 02:11 PM

Welcome aboard glad to have you. What a great story you have with this find. It does look good & the cart is nice as well. I recently rebuilt my first Bolens an H16 & love it. Keep us posted & any help you need just ask. Would also like to see pics of your other two. Congrats

Edited by Sawdust, August 21, 2016 - 02:12 PM.

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 02:28 PM

Would also like to see pics of your other two. 

 

Sawdust -- Thanks for the welcome and sorry for the confusion.  The other two were Bolens (a '67 1050 with mower deck for $250 and an H-16 with deck, tiller, plow, cultivator, sickle mower and dirt scoop for $450) that were in the classifieds and I *almost* called.  Both were non-running (but cranked over).  One project at at time...I guess...unless you all think I should.   :D


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 03:53 PM

Sawdust -- Thanks for the welcome and sorry for the confusion. The other two were Bolens (a '67 1050 with mower deck for $250 and an H-16 with deck, tiller, plow, cultivator, sickle mower and dirt scoop for $450) that were in the classifieds and I *almost* called. Both were non-running (but cranked over). One project at at time...I guess...unless you all think I should. :D

I think it would be tough to pass on an H16 with all those attachments (dirt scoop = FEL?) at that price. Running or not. But go at your own speed (or as fast as your wife'll let you.)

Edited by Clevis, August 21, 2016 - 03:59 PM.

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 04:39 PM

Being partial to the H16 & with all those implements I would pull the trigger on that one. As for " one project at a time" your not in this until you have to label all your parts so you'll know which GT they go on.


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 08:37 PM

There is no photo of the dirt scoop that I could see (unless what I thought was the cover for the tiller is the bottom of a scoop).  The implements look like they have been in the weather and weeds for a couple of decades or more.  Here is the ad:

 

https://semo.craigsl...5740964009.html

 

This is the 1050 ad:

 

https://stlouis.crai...5723030561.html


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Posted August 22, 2016 - 07:40 AM

Have to agree with Sawdust,I would persue that H-16 for sure,that sickle mower doesn't look to bad at all,its worth half or better of the asking price if its not froze up,good luck with your curent project,also that cart looks real good

Edited by blackjackjakexxix, August 22, 2016 - 10:26 AM.

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Posted August 22, 2016 - 08:23 AM

  I thought I would add pics of the dump cart I mentioned.  Model 16459-04.  Can someone put a date to that?  Pre-1967?

 

 

 

 

 

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I believe the #16459 carts were painted red from 1964 to 1972.  ....For 1962 & 1963 the #16459 carts were painted gold.

 

I think for 1973, the color was changed to black.  ...Someone else can confirm that.

 

Perhaps someone who has production change info (wilberj ??) can tell which years the 16459-04 cart was built.


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Posted August 22, 2016 - 10:54 AM

Thanks everyone for the welcome! The tractor is home and stored awaiting some winter free time. I thought I would add pics of the dump cart I mentioned. Model 16459-04. Can someone put a date to that? Pre-1967?

I'm having great fun reading up on this 1254 and many other Bolens models. I've starting looking in craigslist and have almost made a few phone calls, but thought better of it. I don't need three non-running tractors at once (I don't think).

This is a great forum. Happy to be part of it.

Best,

Bob

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Don't feel bad, the count doesn't stop at 3, atleast not for any of us here. I have 9 tractors, 7 run, and drive, 1 dont run, and 1 is completely torn down waiting for me to finish redoing it. Heck, I think (Brett) the organizer for Garden Tractor Daze show here in Wisconsin said he's around 300 tractors, but cant keep count. Lol

I had mentioned the tractor bug possibly getting ya earlier in the post, well, just may have been bit!!! ;)

PS Id be all over that H16.

Edited by stiemmy, August 22, 2016 - 05:31 PM.

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Posted August 23, 2016 - 02:18 PM

Wow, looks like someone pulled one hell of a wheelie with that tractor out in the woods and got it stuck, so they just left it...  I guess they underestimated the power these Bolens tractors have...  :smilewink:

 

Great find (how come cool stuff like this never happens to me?  lol...) and best of luck getting it back running again.  Hopefully one day it will be wearing the proper colors again too...

 

As for myself, I'm not quite as lucky to have THAT many running Bolens tractors.  :(   I have a total of 6 Bolens tractors myself with about 10 or 12 attachments for them, but right now I only have ONE working tractor.  It has been an uphill battle trying to get (and/or keep) more than one of them running at a time...  Hopefully we will all get there eventually!


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