1953 Oliver 99

Diesel Tractor RESTORED


| September/October 1988



Oliver 99 Diesel tractor

Homestead Farm, 9176 US Rt. 36 Bradford, Ohio, 45308

I have received only two issues of Gas Engine Magazine and I think it is a very fine magazine! Here are some pictures of my 1953 Oliver 99 Diesel tractor.

I found this tractor in western Ohio by the Indiana line. It had been in the 'bone yard' for two years, and looked very bad because it had been a stationary power plant in a sawmill for years. So, you can imagine what a mess it was in. Even the front wheels were gone so that there would be no interference with the drive belt. It had spun a rod bearing because of all the dirt it had run in. But, I bought it anyway. I didn't know it was rare, I just wanted this big Oliver.

Well, when I got the 99 home I put it on jack stands, pulled the engine, all tires, hubs and everything above the frame rails was removed. All metal was stripped down to bare metal. All the wiring was removed and thrown away.

I repainted this tractor with epoxy primer and acrylic enamel paints. It has a complete automotive finish.

I also completely rebuilt the engine. Oliver calls the six cylinder diesel a 302 but actually it is a 195 DLC Waukesha engine (Note: most all Olivers were powered by a Waukesha engine except for the 70, S44 and 440 which have Continental engines in them and the models that used Detroit Diesel engines). The 195 DLC has a 4' bore and a 4' stroke.