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Hello Bolens Guys

I am the proud owner of a 1963 model 600 tube frame Bolens tractor and need some advice from the experts on the board. The tractor has been a great work horse for me and always tried its best even when I tried to have it pull/plow too much stuff.

It has a few problems though. The main one is the 8hp Briggs engine (about a 1972 model) on it has blow its head gasket and prior to that was blowing some smoke so probably needs repaired/replaced. It also never came with the mower deck - prior owner said some of the gears died or something - but originally I just wanted it for hauling and plowing stuff. It does have a heavy duty bolens snow/dirt plow on it that has withstood all the abuse I have given it with out any damage.

My question is what to do with it now. I don't need it around here cause I picked up a full sized tractor (1941 Case SC) to do any log skidding and pulling chores. I have a couple Two wheel Gravelys with snow plow and snow blower for the winter.

I hate to junk it cause it has lots of good parts like new back tires (I put on 6-12 ag treads on it) plus the original wider tires and rims (don't remember the size). It is also one of the toughest little tractors I have ever seen and as you guys already know if you own one.

I need some suggestions on how to best find it a good home either whole or in pieces. any suggestions would be welcomed and I can get some pics if needed.

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Andy
 

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I'm sure you already know the 600 is the first tube frame. The wheelbase is a little shorter than the rest so a few attachments are not interchangable.

To sell it as is, not running, needing an engine, and only a snow plow(which should fit all the tubeframes) you could maybe get $100 on ebay. If you were to part it, you could get much more. The new rear tires on rims might bring $75-$100 alone. Maybe another $45-$50 for the clutch assembly. The snow plow should bring $50-$75. Then you would still have the steering wheel, steering column, front tires/wheels, front axle, drag link, center link, pto, dash, cables, wiring harness, tranny, and you could sell the hubs seperately. In parts, you may see $500+

Unless for sentimental reasons you'd rather see someone restore it. But even then you have no way of knowing what really happens to it.
 

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I might be interested in it. Right now though a lot of things depend on where I'm going to be living. I also have a history of being cheap. I've spent a total of $435 to acquire five tube-frames so far.

Sixchows has a point. Parting these out on ebay will bring more money. I haven't paid attention to how much the early tube-frames bring complete, but I would dare say it's more than I would be looking to spend.
 

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Actually the early tubeframes usually don't bring much on ebay. There was an 800 a few weeks back which was previously restored, had a snow cab, blower,plow, deck, chains, wheel weights, etc. Even the attachments were restored. Didn't sell as he couldn't get it past $400-$500. And the 800 were only made for one year 1963.
 

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I kinda thought they drew less attention than the '66-up tractors. It surprises me though. I would think the early tractors would be more collectable.

Really I think ebay is driving the prices up on a lot of things. The tractors I bought locally for $100 or so would go for two or three times that on ebay.
 

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:ditto:

I would agree with both points. But the 66 and up have headlights, more hp and seat backs. I really like the hood on the early tubeframes and the fiberglass rear fenders were kinda cool!
 

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Yeah, buying a ring is one thing, but buying a tractor is serious stuff! I'd think long and hard about that. I just bought one for my wife and we've been married almost 9 years:D
 

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Sixchows

Thanks for the advise. Iwas thinking that it would be worth more as parts but wanted to give the TF guys a shot at it first. Maybe I post somthing in the classified section and see what happens.

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Andy
 
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