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#1 antiquetractors OFFLINE  

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 11:37 PM

First off I am new to the forum, I just got my first bolens and I must say that it was love at first sight. It's a 1958 deluxe ride a matic with a mower deck. She looks rough right now but I think she will clean up good. Nothing is locked up but the gas tank will need cleaned and sealed. This is a very fresh barn find. I always dream about finding an original untouched "things" in barns but I have never come across that until now. I bought this from the original owner who says it's been sitting in there for over 30 years unused. Behind it was a 1953 power ho with original wheel weights and a plow that I bought as well. My plans for the ride a matic are a full restoration but the power ho is in great shape so just a mechanical restoration is all I will do to it. The power ho still had the sticker on the inside of the wheel from the dealer.

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Posted October 06, 2011 - 03:57 AM

:welcome:antiquetractor, Glad to have you with us. Loads of Bolens info to be had here and a great bunch of enthusiast. So don't be shy with any questions or pic's:beerchug:
Great score on the Ride a Matic and power ho
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Posted October 06, 2011 - 04:27 AM

antiquetractors,welcome to the forum.
Glad to have you with us.

That Bolens looks in pretty good condition.
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Posted October 06, 2011 - 05:32 AM

Welcome to the Forum!
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Posted October 06, 2011 - 08:41 AM

Great find! Enjoy your hobby!
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Posted October 06, 2011 - 11:26 AM

Welcome antiquetractors. Nice barn find. Glad you are here to share with us.
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Posted October 06, 2011 - 12:49 PM

You just have to love making finds like that. Welcome to the Forum!
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Posted October 07, 2011 - 11:10 AM

Welcome! Let's see some pics of the Power Ho, too.
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Posted October 07, 2011 - 11:12 PM

Thanks everyone for the welcome and kind words.

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Posted October 07, 2011 - 11:41 PM

Nice find, or should I say finds! Welcome good to have another bolens junky.
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Posted October 08, 2011 - 12:05 AM

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As I found it in the barn

bolens 8.jpg What is this sticker?

Just cleaned off the dirt with soap and water and a lot of pb blaster

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I think I should be able to get a good paint match from this. Does this look like the factory color?

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Posted October 08, 2011 - 04:21 AM

Thanks for sharing those photos with us.
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Posted October 08, 2011 - 07:14 AM

Thanks for the pictures!

That paint looks to be original to me, so I think it would make a great match
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Posted October 12, 2011 - 11:45 PM

Thanks!
I haven't been around bolens before so I wasn't sure if that is the original color because I don't have much to go off of.

Thanks for the pictures!

That paint looks to be original to me, so I think it would make a great match



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Posted October 13, 2011 - 10:57 AM

Congratulations on your find. Good looking tractor. Thanks for sharing the nice pics.




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