1045 Village Green Drive, South Baldwin, Florida 32234
In the August 1998 GEM, Billy Reynolds of Granbury, Texas, told us about making a John Deere D Model out of a garden tractor. The article really intrigued me, as I have always wanted a Rumely OilPull, but never had the money for one. The more I thought about the article, the more I thought I could make a Rumely model.
I had an old Wheel Horse with a hydrostatic rear end and a motor from an old Sears roto-tiller. My son Larry, said, 'Dad, you have got to have steel wheels!' For my Christmas present he made the rear wheels out of 22' bud wheels. While Larry was making the rear wheels, I had steel rolled and made the front wheels.
The flywheel is an 18' line belt pulley in which I had to have a sleeve made and pressed into it. The radiator was made by a sheet metal shop using my drawing. I designed and made the rest of the sheet metal parts. Also, the steering linkage had to be rearranged to make the sheet metal fit and for things to work correctly.
After the model was all painted, I took the radiator to a sign shop and had 'OilPull' painted on the sides.
I am a member of the North Florida Antique Engine Association. We have shown the model at local shows and it has drawn a lot of attention.
I would like to thank Larry Corwin for the rear wheels and Ray Farnesi of Lake City, Florida, for doing the work on the flywheel. Both Larry and Ray did a great job!