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#1 C130A Flight Engineer OFFLINE  

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM

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My latest acquisition. 1964 Bolens 900.

My moto is: "If it isn't old and broken or rusty, I won't buy it!"

Glad to be here, met MANY nice folks. I'll be looking for a good steering wheel and center if any be available.

The plan is to get the ole girl running for the summer and perform a restoration over the winter. Currently it is not running due to ignition problem. Fortunately nothing on these great old Made in the USA machines is difficult to troubleshoot.

My reasons for buying it mean I probably need to see a psychiatrist. My Grandfather had a 900 and I spent 1000's of hours on his knee riding that tractor in Minnesota back in the mid/late 60's/early 70's. He had his 900 from 1964 until 1976 when Grampa and Grandma sold their property and moved to my Uncles farm in Wisconsin. The tractor sold with the house and 3 acres of property. I think that old 900 must have mowed close to 20,000 acres of grass and blown a million tons of snow. He had the Haban Sickle Bar Mower attachment for it, if anyone comes accross one please PM me.

Good lord, the tractor is almost as old as I am. Now all I have to do is move it from the right coast to the left coast. ROAD TRIP!

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 08:36 AM

Congrats on your acquisition, and welcome to GTT !! ......Your memories of the past with a 900 and your Grampa sound like reasonable justification for ownership !!!!!

I believe there are many others here that deserve to see a psychiatrist before you. ....In other words, "Get 'n line!" LOL

There is lots of info available here for your tractor & attachments. .....If you don't find it in the manuals section, just ask. .....Most likely, someone will have what you need.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 10:41 AM

Congrats on the new tractor. I find that the first tractors we enjoyed when we were kids are still compelling when we are older. I hope you can get it restored to original condition and maybe share it with another young person who will remember it fondly the way you remember your grandfather's tractor . For me it was an MF10 and when I get my current projects completed I'll be looking for one to restore.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 12:04 PM

Welcome and congratulations on your Bolens 900. It's a great tractor! My family's first garden tractor was a new Bolens 900 we bought back in the early 60's. As the oldest boy in the family (about 9 or 10 back then) it was my job to mow the lawn and plow and till the garden. To me this was like getting my first car with a 6 speed transmission. I couldn't wait to get home from school just to drive the Bolens and do something with it. The 900 didn't have a hydraulic lift so I really had to throw my whole 60-80 lbs into lifting up the plow, tiller and front blade attachments. It took both of my hands and a full body torque to lift these things at the end of the run plus keep driving the tractor at the same time. I soon learned instinctive driving techniques and how to best position the equipment to change and hook up all the implements. Our 900 had a deck mower, tiller, small homebuilt plywood trailer, heavy duty roller, pull behind lawn sweeper, turf aerator, electric garden sprayer, pull behind fertilizer spreader, double row 4'-5' wide disc, front blade, and a plow. My Dad traded the 900 in on a new Bolens 1254 in April, '73. He paid $1615 for the new 1254 (with hydraulic lift but no attachments) and was credited back $615 for the Bolens 900 trade-in. I inherited the 1254 and still have all the original attachments except the disc and front blade. I'll try to find photos of the 900 in action back during the 60's and post them here. I'm anxious to follow your rehab of your 900. Keep us posted as you move along! We'll be here to help if we can!:thumbs:

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 12:05 PM

Welcome to the form,glad to have you with us.:welcometogttalk:

I am sure you can make a tractor out of that 900.:thumbs:

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 05:08 PM

:welcome: to GTTalk! Nice new tractor. Now you have one to make new memories with.

I am guessing by your handle that you may have been or are in the Military?

Edited by MH81, May 25, 2011 - 05:40 PM.


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Posted May 25, 2011 - 05:21 PM

Glad to have you. Lots of wild and crazy people here who share your motto.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 05:52 PM

1964 Bolens 900 Parting Out (Pittsburgh)

Date: 2011-05-24, 10:52PM EDT
Reply to: sale-qerhc-2401154237@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


8 hp Wisconsin Engine, oil bath air cleaner, locking rear differential, tube frame, complete tractor.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 07:13 PM

I am today in my 30th year on the C-130 Hercules. I was only 18 when I started out in the USAF as a Engine/Prop Mechanic. To borrow a kind of quote from Richard Henry Dana's "Two Years Before The Mast", I have worked on Herks, flown Herks, built Herks and now I own Herks. My partners and I own 4 of them but we only keep one active as that's all we can find work for and that's barely enough to live on. I fly as a the Flight Engineer (it takes 3 people to fly the legacy Herks). They burn 700 gallons of jet fuel an hour x $6.00/gallon (today) so it's over $4K an hour in fuel alone. Now you know why I want to play garden tractors.

:welcome: to GTTalk! Nice new tractor. Now you have one to make new memories with.

I am guessing by your handle that you may have been or are in the Military?



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Posted May 25, 2011 - 07:31 PM

In need of a steering wheel and center cap and the complete choke control assembly that mounts to the column.

1964 Bolens 900 Parting Out (Pittsburgh)

Date: 2011-05-24, 10:52PM EDT
Reply to: sale-qerhc-2401154237@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


8 hp Wisconsin Engine, oil bath air cleaner, locking rear differential, tube frame, complete tractor.

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PostingID: 2401154237



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Posted May 25, 2011 - 07:48 PM

:wave: C130A Flight Engineer Welcome to GTTalk! Very good to have you on board! Looks like you've found a very nice prospect for a restoration! It's great that it's the same model that you grew up on. Thanks for sharing the story and a little about your livelihood. Hope to hear more from you soon!

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:03 PM

Looks like that 900 Has a lot of potential.
Congratulations once again on the purchase!

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 07:54 PM

Welcome to the forum! that 900 sure looks familiar... :D I'm looking forward to meeting you when you come out to pick it up.

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 01:46 PM

Thanks Jason. And I just bought a Haban Flail Mower for it to!

Welcome to the forum! that 900 sure looks familiar... :D I'm looking forward to meeting you when you come out to pick it up.

Jason



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Posted May 29, 2011 - 02:35 PM

Nice tractor. It still has the fiberglass rear fender which is probably quite fragile by now. Hope to see you get good use out of it.




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