That Old Oliver

| January/February 1992

  • The Oliver Tractor

  • The Oliver Tractor

5-1291-18 Wauseon, Ohio 43567  

The owner said, 'Yes, I'll sell all three for a price, but I should tell you that old Oliver over there under that tree has water in the oil and a cracked block from hard water (frozen). It isn't worth much.'

So I went home, kind a talked to my wife, Nancy, about the tractors, then went to see my banker (Dad). My dad was a salesman for an IH dealership back in the '50s, and he likes talking tractors. He started a new IH dealership in 1966 in Archbold, Ohio, which he managed until 1974. He officially retired in 1987. The IH dealership that Dad worked at in the '50s and early '60s sold Olds mobiles also, so we always had an Olds around. Five years ago we found a 1955 98 Olds that we bought together.

Anyway, we went back to look at the tractors. There was a 1938 F-14 that was nice. It had been painted a few years back and taken to a show. The seller also had a 1936 IHC 10-20, all there, with straight hoods and nice tin work, but that old Oliver caught my eye.

When we walked around that rusty old girl, I knew I had to own it (like a lot of things I see). The brass plate on the engine said 18-27 Standard Row Crop Oliver Hart Parr Serial #106706, a 1935 model. It had rear steel with rubber front tires. Later, I changed the rear to rubber also so that I could drive her in parades.

On the way home, Dad told me about the F-14 and 2N Ford that he and Mom farmed with when they got married back in '46, but that's its own story.