LET'S CHAT


| September/October 1967



25-45 Rumely Oil Pull tractor

Courtesy of Emerson E. Downs, Milston, Ontario, Canada

Emerson E. Downs

1102 West River Road Battle Creek, Michigan 49017

The March-April issue of GEM rec'd and will say I find it to be more interesting as time goes on. Floyd Cook's article, very much so. Also want to thank T. H. Krueger for all the info on the Port Huron tractor. I have had a very interesting letter from Douglas A. McConnell of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. They at one time had two of them, and liked them quite well, did a lot of work with them. Alex Edgar of Ayr, Ont. says he has never seen one of them, though he has a book which lists them. McConnells had an Erd motor, I notice in later models they used a Chief. I may have been mistaken about the one I saw using a Waukesha. After all that was a long time ago and I never saw but the one tractor, may have confused it with the Heider, which did use Waukesha; a mistake like that after all these years should be excusable. Regarding the Auto Gas Power attachment which he tells of on Page 30, I recall a number of companies which built similar attachments. A couple of them were the Shaw Mfg. Co., Galesburg, Kansas, also the Geneva Tractor Co., Geneva, Ohio.

Taken at the 1966 STEAM-ERA at Milton, Ont., shows the same tractor after restoration. With me on the tractor is my 4?-year old grandson, Mark. This Type 'R' No. 62, 25-45 Rumely Oil Pull Tractor was bought new in 1925 by my father and was used by my father and myself for threshing, sawmill work, logging, grinding grain, crushing stone, etc. for 19 years, then sold it. For the next ten years it was used locally for land work and threshing. In about 1950 it was bought to drive a sawmill in Northern Ontario and after a few years was abandoned for more modern power, and the tractor was left to rust and settle into the earth.

In 1964, after much searching, I located the tractor in Northern Ontario and bought it back. I spent some 8 months restoring it to its original condition. At the. 1966 STEAM-ERA held in Milton in September it was awarded the trophy for 'Best Restored Tractor' among some 40-odd machines shown, of which I am very proud.

Also, there was on the market an attachment for the front end of the Model T consisting of a belt pulley and set of bevel gears so you could use the motor for belt work. Another type had a pair of pulleys on a long shaft, and the Ford was to be jacked up and these pulleys put into contact with the rear tires, a sort of a friction drive and belt power taken off this shaft. Also, there was a system using a pulley which could be attached to one rear wheel, which was jacked up. The wheel under these condition would run twice as fast as normally and the step up in speed being achieved thru the differential. I would imagine it would be a bit rough on the differential if much power was taken off. Several that I knew of cut off the Model T frame back of the transmission; used only the front axle which was set back under about the center of the motor and had the rear end of the drive-shaft threaded to take a saw mandrel. A pillow block was provided here for a bearing and about a 30 inch cut-off saw mounted here for sawing up cordwood. Speed regulation was accomplished by means of a Foot-accelerator set up where it would be handy for the man who operated the swinging saw table. That Ford drive-shaft always looked a bit frail to hold those 30 inch saws to me. However, we never had an accident of any sort. Another thing; I've heard somewhere that it was illegal and dangerous to use a saw direct connected like that. Still I don't believe it would be much different than using a belt driver saw with a 90 to 120 pound flywheel mounted on the shaft. All the moving parts of a Model T motor certainly would not weigh more than the fly wheel. (What do those of you who have done custom cord-wood sawing think about this ?) In those days I recall that some Dodge 4 cylinder, also one Willys-Knight sleeve valve motors were used for sawing that. One of the best I remember used a 2 cylinder motor from an old Maxwell (Built in Tarrytown, N. Y.) an old one indeed. These all were quite successful and gave satisfactory results.

This snap taken in November 1964, shows my 1925 25-45 Rumely Oil Pull tractor before restoration.