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lennart 440025 136 Oldtimer Volvo BM's either
Oldtimer Volvo BM's
When we are at our customers we often see old Volvo BM's both standing in sheds and working. I have pictured some of them, and I will continue when I see anyone.

First out is maybe the finest, it is a BM 473 Bison Industrial with a Livab dumper trailer. Built in the beginning of the 60's. 4 cylinder 5.04 liter motor with 73 hp. The owner of this one has more Bison's - hope to get more pictures some day!
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This is a BM Boxer 350 from mid 60's. With wide Trelleborg Twin 600-38 tyres. 3 cyl motor with 3.8 liters and 56 hp.
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the yellow one is still in verry good shape.
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Our trainee's BM Buster 320 from late 60's. The first BM with a motor bought from an outside company - a Perkins 3 cyl 2.5 liter 37 hp.
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A Buster 320 (or 400?) seen on a small farm with an old potato planter.
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jdeere - you're absolutley right. The whole set shines like it is new, and it is still used and in full function!
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The last version of the Buster - Volvo BM 430 manufactured from 1970-1978. This was the most popular tractor in Sweden in the beginning of the 70's. The same engine as in Buster 320 and 400, but now 45 hp.
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This is a BM T600 - the modernised Boxer. manufactured in late 60's. Last modells got an tight and isolated cabin. This one is in god shape and is used for lighter work at one of our customers farms.
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From the other side. The roller is a Väderstad.
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Lennart wrote:
A Buster 320 (or 400?) seen on a small farm with an old potato planter.


It's a 320. Nice pictures
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As always nice pics Lennart! Interesting to say about the 473 is that it has 5 forward and 5 reverse gears instead of the standard 5/1 box in a 470. The 471 had also the 5/5 gearbox. That's also a simple way to see the difference between a 470 Industri and a 473. The 473 is longer because of the reverser between the clutch and gearbox, so more space between the steeringwheel and the fueltank. I think there aren't many 473 / LIVAB DD15K couples left nowadays, at least as nice as this couple,
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The BM 600 above parked in the shed.

Kjetil: Thanks, i also thougt it was a 320 but the rear wheels looked bigger on this one than on the first 320.

RVM: Thanks, you are right about the Bison's, and I can promise that the owner of the 473 is a pedant! I understand your big intrest for VBM and Valmet - how did you get this?
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Lennart, it all started for 16 years ago. In mai '91 my dad bought a restored BM 350 Boxer. ( before we only had a 30hp Güldner tractor ) By that time I was a little boy and didn't know a thing about Volvo, Bolinder or what so ever. I started with collecting some brochures and while visiting oldtimer-shows I was more and more focussing on the Volvo's. a couple of years later ( mid-90's ) we were looking for another BM, first we were interested in a 470 ( by that time very rare in Holland ) but later on in a brochure I found a pic of a T814. That looked like a great tractor to me and after seeing a very nice T814 on a show in summer 1998 my dad and I definitely wanted a T814. Meanwhile we got internet at home so surfing on the net I got more and more information about the brand. After seeing a lot of T800, T810 and T814's for sale, finely in january 2001 we bought our T814 imported from Sweden. in 2003 and 2006, myself I bought a BM 470 and T810. I also had a 2654 but sold it again. By now I have about 290 different brochures of BM up to Valtra. And at one point you realize you are a BM-maniac nowadays.
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Lennart, it all started for 16 years ago. In mai '91 my dad bought a restored BM 350 Boxer. ( before we only had a 30hp Güldner tractor ) By that time I was a little boy and didn't know a thing about Volvo, Bolinder or what so ever. I started with collecting some brochures and while visiting oldtimer-shows I was more and more focussing on the Volvo's. a couple of years later ( mid-90's ) we were looking for another BM, first we were interested in a 470 ( by that time very rare in Holland ) but later on in a brochure I found a pic of a T814. That looked like a great tractor to me and after seeing a very nice T814 on a show in summer 1998 my dad and I definitely wanted a T814. Meanwhile we got internet at home so surfing on the net I got more and more information about the brand. After seeing a lot of T800, T810 and T814's for sale, finely in january 2001 we bought our T814 imported from Sweden. in 2003 and 2006, myself I bought a BM 470 and T810. I also had a 2654 but sold it again. By now I have about 290 different brochures of BM up to Valtra. And at one point you realize you are a BM-maniac nowadays.
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Even if Volvo BM T650 and T700 are VBM's most manufactured model, and the most sold tractor ever in Sweden we don't meet a lot of them at our customers. Here is one T700 with Quicke loader. With rust in the fenders/cabin - their big problem.

When T650 was introduced 1970 it was a dream of comfort. Integrated cabin at that time was not common. 4 cyl 4.2 liters - 78 hp. T700 with turbo - 90 hp.
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Nice to hear your story, RVM!

We had a history of BM's on our farm as you maybe seen on earlier treads, with BM 31 (before I was born), 36, 350 and 430, and now the Valmet 2005. I have also driven a lot BM 650 and 814 type 1 in a cooperation with a farm nearby.
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Here a T814 that was for sale a couple of months ago. Went for a visit. tractor had a restored engine, but there was a lot of work about this tractor. The cab was bad ( rusty ), Hi/lo was worn, fuelpump leaked everywere it could leek. But I did like it esspecially because of the extra fuel-tank and the adjustable rear-rims. After all ( and more important than my enthousiasm about it!! ) it just was to expensive.
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Yes, this one looks used. Those rear rims have I never seen before, never heard of the possibility to get this option, is this homebuilt, or?
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Lennart wrote:


Kjetil: Thanks, i also thougt it was a 320 but the rear wheels looked bigger on this one than on the first 320.


Yes, You are right, I have only seen 320 with 12.4-28 rear wheel, and I don't think 12.4-32 even was an option on this model, so this tractor seems to have it's bigbrother 400 rearwheels (12.4-32) I believe 6.00-16 was standard frontwheels on both 320 and 400.

Here is my Buster 400, and You can see the difference between 320 and 400 on the rearaxle hubs/center, location of the battery, which is one 6V battery in front of the rearaxle, at the left rear fender, and one 6V battery on the right side of the clutch housing on the 320, and on the 400 the 2x6V batteries are hidden between the dashboard and the fuel/oiltank. The 320 haven't got any hood over the fuel/oiltank behind the air intake, but as You see, the 400 has, where the "Buster 400" decals are. The rest of the hood is the same on them, but over the front grille, the 320 has a "320" decal, and the 400 has a "VolvoBM" decal. This is the exterior differences, They have the same reliable Perkins A3-152 engine (same as Fordson Dexta, MF 35/135),but the rearend of the two models haven't got anything in common: 320: drum brakes and only 5+1 gearbox without high/low level, and 400: disc brakes and 8+2 gearbox. The 400 is similar to 430, with just minor differences
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Thanks again, Kjetil, I see the differences, but the picture is taken on long distance and some details can be "modified" by the user of the tractor. I still think the wheels are big on the 320, but that can also be modified.
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Lennart: I will post a picture of a nice 320 for You... 1963 320 without any sort of cab, and with only 1600 hrs. on the clock !!! On the same small farm since new, always stored inside, never repainted ... just charming patina on the paint :-)

I just have to take the picture first :-[
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I think it’s a 320 because of the outside battery, on the 400 I mean that it is in the cab. ( I am sorry for my IH mark, I am also a great Volvo fan)
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A very interesting collection Lennart :-)
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Iemand die ik ken heeft ook een Volvo BM Buster 320. Zie je verdomd weinig op oldtimershows, ik heb er tot nu toe nog ma 1 gezien;-)
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Lennart, those rims were originally made and delivered as option on the T800 series tractors in this area of Europe. I think about 75% of the newly sold T800, T810 and T814 in Holland, Belgium and France have those rims. On the above picture you can see a '73 T810 with the same rims but now in their smallest position. You can see too that this T810 has the rear fenders of the first T800's You won't find that in Sweden too. Those tractors where sold especially in southern part of europe and middle east.
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