A Tricycle-Style RUMELY DOALL


| November/December 1994



Rumely doll tractor

The tractor 'as received,' right side, January 1994.

Carolyn Brown

Photos by Carolyn Brown, 12201 Vermillion Road, Longmont, Colorado 80501

It's not often I experience a coincidence of any significance. You know the kind I mean an incident you look back on and wonder just how all the pieces came together. This is a story about such an occurrence; it is also a request for information from you collectors.

In early 1991 I ordered a publication called Farm Equipment Oddities, written by Daryl Miller. It arrived March 8th, 1991. My wife and I both browsed through it and found it interesting, although there was nothing in it even remotely resembling anything I own. This was on a Friday. How do I remember that this little publication arrived on Friday, March 8th, 1991? Because Saturday, the day after receiving it, we went on a previously planned outing in rural eastern Colorado to check on a farm where approximately 20 years before I had seen some rundown old tractors silently rusting away. This had been years before I was involved in collecting antique equipment, and I didn't even know what kind of tractors I had seen there, but I was sure I remembered the location of the farm. My memory was good and we drove right to the place, and found it to be abandoned. We drove around behind the shed, and sure enough, there were two old tractors still sitting right where I remembered them.

I immediately recognized one of the two a Twin City model KT. The second tractor was very unusual I couldn't identify it. I had been collecting and restoring old iron for about five years at that time, and had attended a number of shows, accumulating books and magazines and so forth. I felt I was relatively knowledgeable about old tractors.

But here I was stumped. The tractor was incomplete; the hood and radiator were gone and much of the engine was missing, all of which may have made it more difficult to recognize. (I now know that had the tractor been whole, I still wouldn't have been able to identify it). I found casting numbers on many of the parts, but no manufacturer's name was to be found anywhere.

There was a slight resemblance, at least in the front, to an early Case CC similar gooseneck steering with gear sector and pinion on the pivot, and cast front wheels having broad, somewhat flat spokes. My wife Carolyn said, 'It looks just like one of those tractors in that book we got yesterday.' In my authoritative, tractor-wise way I replied, 'Nah.'