Box 371, Middlebury, Indiana 46540
It all started at Polk's Auction at State Roads 6 and 15. I went to the auction with no thought in mind of buying a tractor they usually have mostly green and yellow. Well, to my surprise there was a Y-30-50, R-25-45, and a W-20-30. The R is only one fit to run, is what they said. I took a good look at the Y, not too bad. It looked bad the right front wheel leaned out about six inches. Well, the bidding on the Rumelys started after a long day. It started at $1,000.00well, I had to pay more than that.
When the auctioneer said, 'Sold!' I sent a buddy across the street to get a gallon of gas and a quart of oil. In less than 30 minutes we had it running and backed him out. You should have seen the people! But I had to go home and fetch the trailer.
I got it home, and after a bit of running, decided to pull the head. I completely rebuilt it: valve guides, seats, valves, and surfaced it. I put in wrist pin bushings, rings and had a nice running Y-30-50.
After a year I decided to sell it. I put an ad in GEM and got the first call before I got my magazine. I got 12 calls in two weeks!
Bill and his Rumely back home in Nevada just finished first place in parade. He says old gree did it.
One caller was more serious than some of the others. He called back in a day or so, and asked if I could send a picture and hold the tractor till he could see it. The next time he called, he had the picture in one hand and the phone in the other. When I heard his voice I knew it was sold. He said I'd have a check in the morning mail.
Bill Ramsden from Minden, Nevada, is the lucky, happy new Rumely owner. Bill and his wife Dorine came to Indiana in a new Ford diesel truck and bought a new gooseneck tandem du-all wheel trailer in Elkhart, Indiana. After a two-day visit we got it loaded and ready to head out. Bill said he'd never won a trophy, till now, since he had a real tractor. As far as we know, Bill has the only Rumely in Nevada. If there is any other, let me know.
Bill is very proud of this tractor and says it always starts on the second pull.