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#1 Warmsteel ONLINE  

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 05:05 PM

Greetings from a new member with a story to tell


I have found myself lurking in these forums for some time lusting over these wonderful little tractors that would be a pleasure to own.

My lusting came about when my wife and I took an allotment, then a 2nd and a friend brought his Ransom crawler to help rotavate the 2nd plot.

My wife thoroughly enjoyed the Ramson driving it around the allotment with such glee I thought how perfect it would be if she could have a little machine of her own like that.


Anyway, for some time I lurked in the background of these forums thinking how superb it would be if I could just happen to find such a little tractor but though it would be impossible especially as we live on an Island in the middle of the Irish Sea, The Isle of Man.

Then one day, we went to look at a Howard Gem as this would be suitable for our allotments and whilst at the Gentleman’s premises he showed us around and we walked passed a little tractor and I jokingly commented to my wife “that is what you need” and we moved on.


The time came to decide whether to purchase the Gem and my wife commented to me “it is your decision since you know about machines”. I pondered a little and then the gentleman said, “I’ll do you a deal the Gem, the tractor and all of its attachments for an amount".

I was taken aback as I was surprised that he would let the tractor go as he was initially adamant that he would never sell it but perhaps the fact that it was sat out in the rain and not used for many years convinced him to let it go.

Still, as it was now dark and I hadn’t really had a good look at the tractor I wasn’t sure but felt that this is an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down and so I agreed to acquire the Gem and the tractor with all of its attachments.


We returned the next day to collect our purchases and I began to inspect the tractor, everything was free and turned apart from the rear wheels, but I realised the pin was still engaged, and the rust wasn’t that bad. The plough looked in decent shape as did the dozer blade, the cylinder mower, second set of rear wheels and rotary mower along with the PTO shaft.

Not only that but the original engine, I am told,  was also included even though at some point it had been dismantled and a replacement fitted. The attachments and original engine were shipped away for storage and the tractor and original engine cowling were brought to my garage.

Looking up the original engine numbers Model S-7d, Serial 3534005, Size 3 x 2 5/8, SPEC 218981 with electric starter/generator, all points to this little tractor as being a 1963 Bolens Husky 800, would anyone care to confirm this?


During the past week I have done much research and pondered “where to start”. It is the wrong colour, there is a fair bit of rust about so I could go for a total rebuild and repaint or I could repair and just get it going as this is how I found it and it reflects its life.

Either way, I still can’t believe that I have actually found just the very tractor that I have been lusting over and never thought I would ever find.


Since this is an American produced tractor I have noticed a small following here in the U.K. but how big is that following? How many people in the U.K. have Bolens tractors and how rare are the Bolens in the U.K.


So, I am pleased to have become a member of GTtalk and hopefully to share my Bolens with you whether that be a full strip down and rebuild or an oily rag restoration.


All the best




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Posted October 01, 2017 - 05:17 PM

Welcome to the forum, John. i'm sure you will get lots of Bolens help here. I know we have a few UK members with Bolens.

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 05:21 PM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! The Bolens folks on your side of the pond will chime in shortly! Have fun with your new tractor!

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 05:36 PM

Welcome from Washington state. If you have any questions you will get answers here.people here very helpful
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Posted October 01, 2017 - 06:30 PM

I would say you got that machine just in time. Pretty rough! It will be a pleasure to follow a thread of your rebuild.

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 06:34 PM

Welcome , That is a good machine with lots of potential. Sounds like you will really enjoy it!

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 06:49 PM

Welcome to GTT :wave:


That is certainly the 63' Bolens 800 and should have a white color hood and metallic gold chassis.




The motor is non original to the tractor , it has the modern walbro conversion carburetor on the motor so would guess that motor is late 70's early 80's but the serial number will tell for sure.



Tractor looks to be in decent shape for one in the UK, they always seem to get so rusty there!

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 07:26 PM

Thanks for stopping in and telling your story. Good luck with your project. 

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 07:29 PM


Hope to see lots of pictures as you enjoy getting it running and using it.       Rick

Used to never miss reading about the Isle of Man TT in my younger days.

Edited by CRFarnsworth, October 01, 2017 - 07:32 PM.

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 09:34 PM

Congrats on your score, and welcome to the fellowship of Bolens owners!  : ) 



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Posted October 01, 2017 - 09:38 PM

Welcome aboard,  John.  :wave: :wave:

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 09:50 PM

Welcome aboard,alot of good guys here to help you out
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Posted October 01, 2017 - 09:53 PM

Welcome aboard!

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Posted October 01, 2017 - 10:33 PM

Welcome to GTtalk!

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