Nice job with the photos!
Every time I see it, I can spot something else you did!
I'll say it again, those beautiful wheel weights sure set the machine off, wow! I like how you kept the original patina, yet made several other aesthetic improvements like the tires, work light, foot pads,,,, the list goes on in WrenchinOnIt fashion! Not to mention the mechanical upgrades and reliability you added to it like all the new hoses, PS; it is the quite the machine. I would have liked to have watched you route the wiring for the light through the frame.
There is so much to look at. I never really realized that there is a 3rd pedal, an original Bolens one it appears too, that is connected to the normal treadle pedal. Neat that Johnson must've purchased those separately from Bolens to include with the kit which only made it look more factory instead of making their own generic. Kind of cool to think about. I like the battery hold down too and the decal perfect. It doesn't get any more mouth watering for the Bolens enthusiast. Yes, that one for sure is a keeper.
HaHa noooo , YOU NICE JOB WITH THE PICS !!
Thanks buddy it is a very cool machine IMO. I posted here when I bought it I always wanted one after seeing Sonnys back in the day on his website, in my collecting daydreaming I owned a 1477 like it and it would have power steering ... got fortunate and made it happen.
I sold it this spring to Dave M. from the UK he paid immediately and paid me to deliver it to Ohio , covid restrictionists a couple days later. My good buddy Rick was going to co pilot the trip but all non essentials were frowned upon. Dave was super he said let it ride he was good whenever I could deliver, it started to bother me, I had his money and his unit and only name recognition between us. I waffled, he persisted in no problem no worries, it was a good chunk of change and the not knowing of what the damned pandemic’s outcome would be I sent his money back, he again stated he’d rather continue on but I decided against it with the promise of revisiting the deal when things calmed down.
As luck would have it when I finally went to get it from storage it balked , I buried it in the mud, got the truck stuck, tore up my moms yard and so on. I shoved it back into the pole barn with the big tractor and waited till things dried out. Finally dried out , had to winch it onto the trailer as it was squealing some as it ran and I didn’t know the cause. Turns out it was low on hydro fluid ( on me , can’t see the lines on the dipstick well, thought the full line was the low line and well it was low). As I started using it the mast lift would act up sometimes it lifted fine others it didn’t. I figured that was an omen and I was happy I didn’t sell it to Dave as he’d of inherited this and it’d be in England and and and.
It was the last Bolens I bought while my wife was still alive , she “tolerated” my affliction, truly enjoyed are many road trip/sight seeing/getaways after them , but mostly she paid little notice to them ( other than “ you really need that many ?”) but she liked the forklift, my 11 year old daughter who hasn’t wrenched with me since her momma went to heaven was sad when I told her I had sold it... happy when I said I changed my mind. She actually buffed the tins for me and she likes painting the Bolens on the weights... almost like old times again, almost... Here it is and here it will stay, that, I have promised.
Edited by WrenchinOnIt, September 10, 2020 - 07:44 PM.