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Postby aftermac » Fri Nov 30, 2007 10:28 am

For those that haven't seen one here is what a Bolens Ridemaster looks like:

(This isn't my wife's... just one I found on the Internet. I'm currently at work, so I'll post a picture of my wife's this evening or tomorrow morning.)

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It's unique to say the least. :)

Pete1941 wrote:Okay guys since no one else has mentioned it, is that white paint showing on the hood front and rear and also on the front axle, etc????????? Could be another demo, post serial number please.


Pete, I'm not sure if that's paint or just dirt and wear, and I've been working on the tractor. :)

I'm going to my grandpa's to work on the tractor again on Monday. I'll check the serial number then.
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Postby Jim Becker » Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:09 am

Pete1941 wrote:Okay guys since no one else has mentioned it, is that white paint showing on the hood front and rear and also on the front axle, etc?????????
Looks to me like a layer of dust.
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Postby brianJ » Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:00 pm

Hi aftermac
Welcome. That is one nice Cub. You will have a great time restoring it and using it.
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Postby JimT » Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:46 pm

Welcome aboard aftermac.

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That Bolens Ridemaster is one nice looking machine. I think it would be neat to ride on one, at least once.
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Postby aftermac » Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:58 am

brianJ wrote:Hi aftermac
Welcome. That is one nice Cub. You will have a great time restoring it and using it.
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Thanks, Brian! I can't wait to actually hear it run!

JimT wrote:That Bolens Ridemaster is one nice looking machine. I think it would be neat to ride on one, at least once.


Thanks, Jim! It is quite a lot of fun to ride, if for no other reason than it is SO different.

Here are a couple pictures of my wife's Bolens from August of 2000.

The first is of her and her uncle putting a few finishing touches on the tractor before the Buckley Old Engine Show.

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The second is of my wife driving through the Buckley Old Engine Show parade.

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Postby Barnyard » Sat Dec 01, 2007 10:05 am

That Bolens is a neat piece. It's good that your wife shares your interest in tractors. Or is it you sharing her interest?

I noticed that her uncle has the same lighting system in his garage as I have in my "Big Ol' Barn" (Bob). :lol:
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Postby aftermac » Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:40 am

Barnyard wrote:That Bolens is a neat piece. It's good that your wife shares your interest in tractors. Or is it you sharing her interest?

I noticed that her uncle has the same lighting system in his garage as I have in my "Big Ol' Barn" (Bob). :lol:


Ironically, it is mutual interest that we both inherited from our grandfathers. Unfortunately, my wife's grandfather passed when she was only 7. Working on the Bolens with her uncle was an extremely special time for her, but I know she wishes it could have been with her grandpa. He was one of the first ~30 members of the Buckley Engine club when it was created in the 1960's. My wife has attended every Buckley show since 1980 when she was 4 months old.

Some, of my best memories as a kid are riding with my grandpa on his tractors. His Ford tractor, "The Road Grader" has a standing platform with a steering wheel and front tires mounted in front of the tractor. Whenever he used this tractor, he let me sit on the Ford tractors seat and "steer" from the back. Kinda like a child's car seat with a toy steering wheel, only this was much cooler. :)

One of my favorite pictures from my childhood was sitting on my grandpa's lap while he was driving his John Deere 60, when I was about a year old. He also took me several times to the annual engine show in Mason, Michigan.

Attending the Buckley show with my wife the past 9 years has certainly reinvigorated my interest in tractors. This is something we hope to pass down to our kids (when we have them :) ) in the future.

Barnyard, those lights are extremely handy, I need to put one in my garage too. :)
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Postby Jackman » Sat Dec 01, 2007 5:37 pm

Aftermac, Thats a nice lookin Cub after ya give a bath post another pic I got an idea that under that grease is some well preserved original paint and I bet it looks good , nothin like that barn fresh look 8).........
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Postby grumpy » Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:12 pm

I love that Bolens. Never saw one before and now I WANT one. Maybe after a few brews I'd get befuddled on the operating technique but what a blast I could have with that. Gotta start savin my $$$ GRUMP
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Postby Buzzard Wing » Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:50 pm

Nice Cub and surely a great project.

Of course the others gave you good advise.... so I will just say hello.

Are you in Detroit? I grew up in that area.

Best wishes on the Cub...

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Postby aftermac » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:34 pm

Jackman wrote:Aftermac, Thats a nice lookin Cub after ya give a bath post another pic I got an idea that under that grease is some well preserved original paint and I bet it looks good , nothin like that barn fresh look 8).........


Thanks! The hood is pretty rough, but drivetrain might have some original paint left. Unfortunately, it's not gonna see a bath for quite a while... it's too cold right now. :)

grumpy wrote:I love that Bolens. Never saw one before and now I WANT one. Maybe after a few brews I'd get befuddled on the operating technique but what a blast I could have with that. Gotta start savin my $$$ GRUMP


Good luck finding a Bolens! There's a few them around, but not too many.


Buzzard Wing wrote:Nice Cub and surely a great project.

Of course the others gave you good advise.... so I will just say hello.

Are you in Detroit? I grew up in that area.

Best wishes on the Cub...

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Thanks! I'm here in south-eastern lower Michigan, about 20 minutes southwest of Detroit. I've lived within a 5 mile radius my whole life.
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Postby Bugler » Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:15 pm

Welcome aboard,,,,, I don't think you will have any rust problem,,,nice cub. :D :D :D
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