Unearthed Mogul Restored

| July/August 2000

15-30 Mogul tractor unearthed in Montana. the tractor now restored by Paul Stoltzfoos of Leola, Pennsylvani.

We no longer have the pictures to be able to show you how the tractor looked when still buried, but here are some parts before restoration began.

Back in our December 1989 edition, we carried the story of a 15-30 Mogul tractor unearthed near the Yellowstone River. The late Oscar Cooke of Oscar's Dreamland in Billings, Montana, sent the photos of the tractor which was to be restored by Jerry Shahan of Brasher, Missouri.

Jerry sold the tractor to Paul Stoltzfoos of 30 S. Groffdale, Leola, Pennsylvania 17540. Paul took two trips to go out and pick up the pieces, and by May of 1998, he had the tractor (in parts) in his shop.

The tractor was primed right after sandblasting. Engine parts came from John Tysse in North Dakota, the radiator came from South Dakota, and several parts came from Cattail Foundry and Dave Boomgarden of Chatsworth, Illinois.

A new carburetor was made by Mr. King, and Paul did his own machining. Air breather parts (top lid) were made, cylinder was bored and sleeved and some welding was required.