Oliver 70

| January/February 1990

  • 1937 Oliver tractor
    1937 Oliver Hart-Parr model 70 Orchard tractor

  • 1937 Oliver tractor

980 Peavy Road, Howell, Michigan 48843.

This is my 1937 Oliver Hart-Parr model 70 Orchard tractor, Ser. #301438.I purchased the tractor from Mr. and Mrs. Pratt of Scottville, Michigan in 1985. Mrs. Pratt's father was the original owner. The factory owner's manual was with the tractor. Mrs. Pratt sent me some photos of the Oliver and I started to gather information for a ground-up restoration.

The original decals were under several coats of brushed paint jobs. I carefully stripped the paint as best I could and sent the short hood sides to Mr. Lyle Dumont in Sigourney, Iowa. He made the Orchard decals and did a super job. Lyle also supplied the paint numbers for the correct colors.

Being in metal work all my life, I fabricated new sheet metal parts, fenderpoints and spacers, battery box, floor boards, and skirts. Now four years later, the Orchard Oliver 'lives again'. Many thanks to all who helped to bring this very unique and scarce Oliver back to its original condition!

Some will say the grille should be white. My grille had no paint other than yellow on front and back. I feel it is the correct color. The orange stripe is as it was when I purchased the tractor, as is the painted '70' on the front. Serial numbers in Mr. King's book show 234 Standards were produced. Orchards were made from Standard components. That brings to mind-how many Orchard tractors were there, and how many are left?