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.
By 'show time' 1998, the job was not quite finished. The old frame and front wheels were replaced by John Tysse, other parts were borrowed and copied. New valves and a fuel pump also came from Dave Boomgarden. The cooling pump was in pieces and was mended together.
The cab was rebuilt and a new canopy was put on. Finish date was January 1, 1999. The restored tractor now resides at Rough and Tumble Engineers in Kinzers, Pa. That's a long way from the Yellowstone River!