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Nominations Now Being Accepted for Featured Tractor of the Month for August 2011!


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#1 NUTNDUN OFFLINE  

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Posted February 01, 2011 - 11:02 AM

We are now taking nominations for featured tractor of the month for August 2011. The theme for this month is "Best original / survivor month". Your garden tractor must be in it's original condition and not restored at all.

I also can't emphasize enough to please provide at least 2 paragraphs for the description of you tractor. Your tractor is going to be featured on the front page of GTtalk, this is your chance to shine and let everyone know about your tractor.


Here are the rules:

  • Tractor being nominated must not have been a featured in the last 12 months.
  • Please give at least a two paragraph description to tell us about your tractor.
  • You need 2 photos attached to your post as attachments, not linked from another site, the year make and model, and a brief description of your history with the tractor and what you use it for most.

We will accept up to 10 nominations, this thread will be closed after the 10th nomination. Once 10 nominations are made we will start a new thread for the voting. Voting will run to the end of the current month and on the 1st of the following month the winner will be featured on the GTtalk Home Page and in our Featured Tractors section.

Rules subject to change to better work for everyone. Good luck!

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 07:21 AM

I'm going to nominate My 1963 Bolens Husky 800.

I picked this tractor up earlier in the year from a guy down in Wellsville NY.
When I got there I couldn't believe the condition of the tractor. When I talked with him on the phone he said it was in almost "pristine condition" I figured It must have been repainted at some point, but upon further inspection The paint appears to be all original from the factory. The only thing that is not original is the engine and the color of the seat. It came without the S-7D wisconsin, so I had a TRA-10D laying around that I put in it.

I mainly use this tractor for mowing and also riding it around LOL. With it having narrow tires on the rear you are kind of limited to what you can do in soft or muddy conditions.

Out of all the different Bolens decals that were made over the years, I think this is my favorite decal/ color scheme.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 08:11 AM

Ill nominate my 1253
As long as re assembly does not count as a restoration I bought this last year The
guy told me it was in pieces! Well I thought maybe the engine or some tin had been removed. I was wrong it was literally in pieces see pictures. So I put it all back together the day I picked it up. I did need to replace the ignition switch. Later in the week I got it fired up and running really well.
I do not use this tractor alot but some times i take it out to pull the kids or lawn roller around it mostly decorates one corner of the shop.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 08:17 AM

Can I nominate a tractor that I do not own anymore?

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 12:02 PM

I am going to nominate my Toro here after bit.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 12:19 PM

To help keep things moving right along, I'm going to put up a 1948 Bolens Ridemaster that is defiantly a "survivor".
The old guy that I bought this from was still using it to work up a small garden until about two years before I got it.

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This still has some of the original factory paint and you can still see some of the original decals on it.
The paint is pretty much gone from the back half of the tractor because of the dirt being thrown up from the implements.

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It has a unique old 40's or 50's spinner on the steering wheel.

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and a genuine "farmer equipped" toolbox hanging under the seat.
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Posted July 03, 2011 - 12:56 PM

I will nominate my Bolens 1980 HT20D Diesel

I had seen this tractor sitting behind a house 2 years ago and would drive by it all the time. No one lived there and i would stop and leave a note about the tractor all the time. One day i drove by and someone was there cutting grass so i stopped to ask about the tractor.They said they would sell it and but had to talk to there family first. So i left my phone number and he said he would call me later that night. So night came and went and know call. About two weeks later phone rang and they said come and get here and now she is here.

The tractor has a WD2-860 2 cylinder diesel air cooled wisconsin. The muffler is not orginal from the factory as Bolens had a problem with these tractors. They had a recall on the tractor with how it ran. The muffler was the suspect and was changed by Bolens to what you see on it now. This came with a 54 inch deck which still has the orginal belt and blades and a 33 inch tiller.

Now this tractor will come to be redone some what with some new paint at some time and new filters and fluids as all are still the orginal but will stay the same as you see it now but will get a loader and backhoe added at some point.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 01:03 PM

I am going to nominate my Toro here after bit.

Bad news, no good pics of the Toro on my camera cards and it's trapped in my shop. Either someone else took two good pics of it at Cochranton Plow Day or pics will have to wait til I dig the Toro out for the local show this upcoming weekend. With that said I am going to go ahead and post up the description and then edit the pics in later.

This is my 1967 Toro 10 HP Tractor. It was built the very first year after Toro bought Quick Manufacturing, so it used all the same parts. It has the original Kohler K241 (the 10 HP) and that is the best starting and smoothest engine I have. It will start up at a low idle and run and move the tractor at that same speed. It makes top gear feel like the granny low gear LOL. I bought this tractor a couple years ago from a friend of mine who I met online. He wasn't a big fan so for what he had in it and a trip to PA it was mine. He had done a few minor service things like new muffler, fresh grease, and use it.

The only thing that has been done to the tractor other than my shining up the fiberglass some with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is the grill was replaced. The original grill would have been fiberglass, and the one on it is cast iron. I suspect the original grill broke beyond repair in which the at the time owner located an alternate. The current grill was originally on a Montgomery Wards version of the Springfield and has traces of gold on the inside, but the outside was repainted to match the tractor's color better by the same owner that swapped it on. I have thought about changing to the correct grill but I probably never will because it will change the history and look of this awesome tractor. Only other thing on it not original are the FMC Bolens wheel weights, but the wheel weights were left in their original patina lol.

I love having the 4 speed Peerless with the granny low gear, great to have that extra torque, and low speed. I would love to give the machine a nice coat of paint but chances are I won't because there are too many others that need way more attention. I still have yet to re-repair the brakes from the Plow Day where I got really lucky to find the brake drum that fell off! Again lol! makes about the third or forth time that has happened between my buddy and mine's ownership of the tractor. I have a permanent fix to that issue, but have yet to do it. I think the Toro has had no brakes longer than it has had brakes in the last 3 years LOL.

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Here is a pic that Steve took at plow day (I cropped it a little lol). I will get another pic later on though. I wanted to "Autocorrect" the brightness and contrast but I opted not to since when I do it the hood and fenderpan look like the sun LOL. Only tractor I can't "Autocorrect" lol.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 01:19 PM

Looks like we got alot of surviving Bolens this month LOL :D

Get those nominations in Guys!

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 01:47 PM

I would like to nominate my 1963 Bush Hog T-63. I bought this 12/16/10 off ebay for $300 & drove 520 miles round trip to bring her home. Great addition to my Bush Hog collection. Rare model with Wisconsin S7-D engine. Delco starter/generator. Direct shaft drive to 2 speed trans, with hi-lo range for 4 fwd speeds, 2 reverse. Automotive style plate clutch. with sleeve style rear implement lift. Equipped with a M-32 mower deck. She runs great & I've mowed with it as well! A true survivor at 48yrs old! Even still has the original tires AND all the lights work!
A previous owner welded the pto clutch "on" full time, but I can roll the belt on & off easily. It will start with deck engaged anyway for when I want to mow with her.
I will be looking for an OE pto clutch to put her back to prime. So glad I found & won this auction!

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 05:05 PM

I know you saw this tractor last month, but it's too nice not to re-enter. This is my Montgomery Wards Hydro 12 made by Gilson Tractor Co. We think it's a 1968, but are not sure of year yet. It has 12 hp. Briggs in it and also has hydraulic lift. The hub caps and the Sleeve hitch are both factory original.I thought about restoring it, but it is in too nice of original condition to mess with right now.

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I got this tractor from my buddy Matt in north TX. on a trade we did a couple months ago. It runs like a champ and pulls as good as any other 12HP tractor I've owned. Up until 3 or 4 months ago, I didn't know a thing about these machines, but they are nice tractors. She looks great in her original work clothes. Someone thought it needed a push bumper, I guess, I am going to take it off one of these days.

Good Luck to everyone !!!!

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 05:49 PM

I'm going to enter my Sears SS12. It's either a 1969, or 1970. I'm still researching
that. I picked this up a week ago. Put a battery in it, and it fired up. No choke
required. It is all original except for the wheel weights. Solid state ignition on the
12hp Tecumseh. The front tires are Sears tires. It came with a snowblower, and a
Sears sickle bar mower.

So far, Ive only put about 2 hours on it, just cruzzing around, but I'm really
happy with how well the old girl runs. My plan is to fix up the neglected sickle,
mount it back on this survivor, and dedicate it for that use. I will do something
about the seat, and just give it standard maintenence.

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 05:52 PM

Can I nominate a tractor that I do not own anymore?


As long as nobody else has any objections with it I am alright with it.
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Posted July 03, 2011 - 06:06 PM

Hey George, Did you happen to take any good close ups of the Toro at Plow Day this past April?

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Posted July 03, 2011 - 06:18 PM

Hey George, Did you happen to take any good close ups of the Toro at Plow Day this past April?


You can check the gallery under 2011 FVAEC events. If I took one it will be in there.




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