29729 Barber Rd. Trappe, Maryland 21673
In 1939 this Oliver 70 Row Crop was purchased by Oxford Boatyard. It was used mainly for hauling wood and pulling boats into dock. The boatyard used the tractor for approximately 35 years before it was sold.
When I purchased the tractor, it had been sitting idle in the woods for, I believe, about ten years.
After trying the tractor, I discovered that the engine and steering were both seized, and the back cylinder had two inches of water in it. I pumped the water out with an outboard motor suction hose, and then I started working on the seized engine and steering.
I sprayed penetrating oil in all six cylinders and in the steering joints. I then left it sitting for several weeks, after which I went back with a ratchet and socket set and attempted to free the engine by working the front pulley.
After a few weeks of unsuccessful attempts, the engine freed and turned over. I then cleaned out the carburetor and the fuel lines, and the engine started!
The next job to tackle was finding the missing parts to the tractor. Some of the parts were a lot easier to locate than others. The side curtains were one of the hardest items to find. I finally purchased a set from a junkyard in Pennsylvania after seven phone calls.
After putting the tractor together and having it repainted, I ran it in the annual Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Show, where it was on display and entered in the parade.
Of the five Oliver tractors I have restored, I am most pleased with this one!