Truth or Fiction?

| February/March 1994

  • Pulling a tool cart

  • Pulling a tool cart

Route 4, Box 574 Keyser, West Virginia 26726

Pictured is my Atlantic Hill 'Rover'. Most of the basic parts were found in a briar patch near Keyser, West Virginia. I've restored it the best I could with whatever parts were available. It has a 5 HP engine, 4-speed Spicer transmission, belt, chain, and gear drive, semi-automatic posi-traction, and differential cruise control. Steering is accomplished by means of old-type horse lines. With electric and candle lighting, the 'Rover' attains a top speed of 18 mph, and has seating for two passengers and engineer. The 'Rover' weighs in at just under 1950 lbs.

I have inquired and questioned everyone in this area about its origin. One gentleman (who recently passed away at 101) said it was called a Farm Jitney. I have found a nameplate to that effect containing a serial number F.J. 12 stamped in brass on the tongue.

It seemed to be in this area shortly after the turn of the century, was called a 'Farm Jitney' and was used for light farm work such as hauling, pulling, hay shocks, pulling a wagon, sleds, furrowing out ground, transporting personnel to and from work area, and pulling a tool cart.

Also, I was advised they would jack up one wheel and use it to grind sausage, churn butter and run a blower for cleaning grain. This gentleman also told me a family bought it from an Italian contractor who used it when roads were mostly done by hand and it was used to transport the contractor from one end of the job to the other. It was also used to pull what is called a sheep foot roller. This machine is extremely powerful and will spin both wheels just idling. The brakes are better than air. The steering is very good except on rough terrain; it's very possible it may have some springs missing to assist this problem.

The Rover handles quite well on the road, is powerful, and has good brakes. There appear to be a large number of McCormick Deering parts on the vehicle.


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