Yes, we are here!

In times like these our hobbies become lifesavers. At GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE and FARM COLLECTOR, we have been tracking down the most interesting and rare vintage farm machines and collections for more than 80 years combined! That includes researching and sourcing the best books on collectibles available anywhere. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-888-9098 or by email. Stay safe!

Well, At Least There Ain't No Dust!

| June/July 1995

  • Rumely trucks
    One of three known surviving Rumely trucks, 1918 half ton four cylinder model.
  • Rumely Oil Pull road roller
    One-of-a-kind Rumely Oil Pull road roller, factory converted on a model F 15-30 Oil Pull.
  • 'Heavy' lightweights 30-60 S and 40-60 Z
    Two 'Heavy' lightweights 30-60 S and 40-60 Z.
  • 8-16 Rumely Ideal-Pull
    8-16 Rumely Ideal-Pull all purpose tractor.

  • Rumely trucks
  • Rumely Oil Pull road roller
  • 'Heavy' lightweights 30-60 S and 40-60 Z
  • 8-16 Rumely Ideal-Pull

Rumely Collector's News 12109 Mennonite Church Road Tremont, Illinois 61568

One thing I've learned through years of attending antique farm machinery shows, is that the folks there tend to look at the bright side of things. The people who attended Rumely Collector's EXPO II in Canandaigua, New York, were no exception. Standing in the exhibitor's tent during one of the frequent downpours, packed elbow to elbow with other soggy show-goers, one fella summed up the general mood when he said, 'Well, at least there ain't no dust!'

Dust was one scarce commodity alright, but the show was no rainout either. There were enough breaks in the drizzle for Expo-goers to take in what might be a once in a lifetime collection of some of the rarest pieces of Rumely machinery in one place! On Friday, the one rainless day, a 15-30 model F OilPull kicked things off with a plowing demonstration. How many times have you seen that? And a walk around machinery row encircling the big Expo tent was like the feeling archaeologists must have had when they opened King Tut's tomb!

Some of the treasures included one of the two surviving (of only two manufactured) Rumely Line Drive tractors. The experimental Line Drive was Rumely's brief entry into the 'woo-'em away from horses by sellin' a tractor that drives with reins' business, and it sure wowed the crowd by backing up, snaking around OilPulls and turning on a dime. The Rumely 8-16 Ideal-Pull All-Purpose tractor also got its share of stares. This odd looking three-wheeler sported a swiveling driver's seat and gear lever so it could be driven from either direction! One of three known Rumely trucks, a 1918 1 ton model, navigated the muddy roads, reminding the old timers of trips down the wagon-rutted lanes to town on Saturday morning with a load of egg crates and milk cans.

A 12-20 OilPull with chain drive was another rare bird thought to be the result of an after-the-sale factory add-on. Perhaps the rarest of all was the 15-30 Model F OilPull road roller! This tractor was specially converted with a roller attachment to do work in the LaPorte factory yards. A 20 HP Rumely-Falk engine and 18 HP Rumely-Olds engine harkened back to Rumely's attempt to expand their line ala International Harvester. A rare Rumely Gas Pull, a former Advance-Thresher Co. product, drove over the grounds at a stately two MPH.

A bit more common, but rare pieces in their own right, were almost 50 Rumely OilPulls, '6's and Do-Alls that crowded the grounds! On hand were seven 25-40 Xs; three 30-50 Ys; two 40-60 Zs; two 20-40 Gs; six 20-30 Ws; two 15-25 Ls; three 25-45 Rs; one 30-60 S; one 20-35 M; two Rumely 6s; two Rumely Do-Alls; one 14-28 H; six 16-30 Hs; one 25-45 B; one 30-60 E; one 15-30 F; one 18-35 F; one 15-30 F Roller; three 12-20s; one 12-20 chain drive; and one 25-40 Oil Turn skid engine.


Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Facebook YouTube


click me