| May/June 1985

  • 1919 Rumley 16_30 Model H,S,N'

  • 1935 W.D. 40 S.N. 547 Tractor

  • 1919 Rumley 16_30 Model H,S,N'
  • 1935 W.D. 40 S.N. 547 Tractor

#15, 2nd St. S.E., Cut Bank, MT 59427 1919 Rumley 16-30 Model H, S.N. 4430

1919 Rumley 16_30 Model H,S,N.4430

This tractor belonged to a rancher by the name of Mike Jarni. His place was about 18 miles west of Dupuyer, Montana right close to the Rocky Mountains and for two years I tried to buy this old tractor every time I saw him. He'd say, 'One of these days I'm going to start her up and drive her right into town.' Well, when I finally bought it and hauled it to the shop, I sure got a surprise. Even though the engine would still turn, it was a wreck. One of the wrist pin set screws had come loose and got down between the #2 rod and the bottom of the crank case resulting in a bent rod and a hole the size of a Softball in the crank case and I found the rest of the tractor in about the same shape. After about 300 hours spare time work I have a nice tractor. It won me a blue ribbon at our Lewis and Clark parade in 1983 and 3rd prize this year. I took it to the Montana State Tractor Pull at Ft.Benton, Montana, Labor Day weekend and made a full 300 ft. pull on the sled that they use for the super mini Modifieds and they have 500 and 600 horse engines! The sad part of the story is that Mike didn't live to see it restored, but his neighbors who have seen it find it hard to believe it's the same tractor.

1935 W.D. 40 S.N. 547, 3 Speed

This tractor was given to me by Tom and Marty Nielson of Cut Bank, Mt. They farmed their dad's farm about 45 miles northwest of town. It was bought new right here by Ferguson and Weiss and it broke up most of the band they now farm. Tom and Marty's dad bought the farm and machinery from Ferguson and Weiss many years ago. The two boys grew up on this tractor. It has plowed so much wheat stubble there are notches worn in the bottom of the front axle. I have the original steel wheels that came on this tractor but I don't have a picture of it on steel. The wheels in the picture are off a 1938 W.K. 40. I put them on to run in the 1984 Lewis and Clark parade. Oh yes, I almost forgo tit won 1st prize.

I also took this tractor to the Montana State Tractor Pull at Ft. Benton Montana and it did real well. I pulled the big sled a full pull of 300 feet. I sure did enjoy that.


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