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#1 fonz3482 OFFLINE  



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Posted October 24, 2015 - 09:20 PM

Hello everyone, after several months of searching and tons of help from Bolens 1000, I finally got myself a RAM that was close to home, and in my tight budget. I had a lot of offers on several machines, but after some unexpected problems my RAM fund got depreciated. I struggled to save money up again, So after a few months and a patient seller I made the deal today. It's in decent shape, but the carb possibly needs a rebuild because if you leave the gas on it leaks gas out of the bowl after a few minutes, and reverse seems wierd. When you put it in reverse you have to pull the handle down all the way and keep it yanked down and it takes a few seconds for it to get going. If you don't keep it all the way down hard, it slips and barely moves. But other than that, and it being JD colors, it seems to be all there and came with the rear cultivator attachment. The cultivator even still had the tag on the wheel. So here are pictures! Enjoy!

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Posted October 24, 2015 - 09:27 PM

VERY NICE!!!   :worshippy1:



That Bolens 1000 is allllll-riiiiiiight!  I don't care what everyone says about him.  :poke:

Edited by Gtractor, October 24, 2015 - 09:28 PM.

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#3 Austen OFFLINE  

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Posted October 24, 2015 - 10:14 PM

Nice tractor! Congrats!! :thumbs:

Edited by Austen, October 24, 2015 - 10:21 PM.

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Posted October 24, 2015 - 10:15 PM

Nice buy,even has the belt guard,sounds like the reverse disk is bad

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Posted October 24, 2015 - 11:59 PM

Congrats! Overall it looks to be in nice shape. Are you gonna leave it as is and use it or repaint/restore?


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 01:07 AM

497.JPG 499.JPG 503.JPG In my opinion the 57 super RAM is most fine, I'm very happy for you to have found one with the everything, and the doc, he da man. Also you are supposed hold the lever down all the way for reverse and the noise could very well be the bearing is worn and needs to be changed. That's a guess on my part. Hank

Edited by HANKG, October 25, 2015 - 01:33 AM.

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Posted October 25, 2015 - 02:41 AM

Nice looking unit and has all the covers.  That is a big plus.  If that is going to be a working tractor I sure would not worry about what shade of green it is.  Now if you planing on a restoration you may want to do some changing.  Put a new disc on it and make sure the two are lined up when you pull the lever back and you will be in business.  Mine is noisy too in reverse, I think that is kind of the nature of them.  Fun little tractor.

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Posted October 25, 2015 - 03:39 AM

Congratulations! That's a lovely find. I would love to have a RAM from that era.


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Posted October 25, 2015 - 06:09 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments. I bought it because I always wanted one. It won't really get worked, so someday I'll restore it and show it with Doc's collection. I'll have to check into the reverse disk. Doc is the man! He gives great advice, and he made sure I got a RAM with the guards and original. I will have to put it aside till spring though because I have so much I have to finish before snow falls. But atleast I have it!
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Posted October 25, 2015 - 08:18 AM

From your title I was expecting to see a very long goat.

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Posted October 25, 2015 - 08:19 AM

Glad you got it home safe and sound!

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Posted October 25, 2015 - 09:13 AM

Nice looking RAM! It looks like the tool bar on the cultivator is up side down. Congrats on the purchase. I'm sure you will have a lot of fun with it.

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Posted October 25, 2015 - 09:14 AM

From your title I was expecting to see a very long goat.

Yea, I had to learn the abbreviation too. 1st time I saw a post that said "I picked up a RAM today" I thought what the heck is this guying taliking about, and I had to click on it and check it out LOL!

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Posted October 25, 2015 - 10:08 AM

very nice there are 2 more tractors I am looking for and that's 1 of them.

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Posted October 25, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Nice! Good find, especially with the belt guard.

If you've been moving forward, there will be a brief pause between pulling it into reverse, and the tractor to move back. There is is quite a bit of play to be taken up between the chain, sprockets, and gearbox, plus the pawls in the rear hubs have to switch direction and lock in to drive backwards.

It does sound like you may need a reverse disk, but they're available from at least one of the site sponsors.