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Antique Miscellaneous Tractor: Silver King (Narrow-Front)

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These tractors used a Continental engine and were capable of road speeds up to 30 MPH - most likely the fastest tractor of the era.

Silver King (Narrow-Front) Tractor


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David Enochian wrote on Friday, September 16, 2011 (PDT):
  • We had a Silverking with the open wheels in the fron like a 9-N would. My wife had learned to drive on this tractor. I had heart surgery and decided I could not restore it so we sold it in about 2002 to a gentleman in Frordia. We live in Chardon Ohio near cleveland. The buyer came up from Fla. and with the halp of his son in Pa. bought it and took it to Fla to restore it. We wanted to keep track of it so that hopefully one day we can buy it back. Any help would be wonderful. Thank you. David
    stanberven berven wrote on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 (PST):
  • would like purchase a later model silver king tractor call 785 280 3197 or 785 263 7063 will pay top dollor for agood one
    David Printz wrote on Monday, October 18, 2010 (PDT):
  • I have a 1951 Silver King Tractor model 1942,my Dad bought new. need paint code,decals left head light any other information. Thank-You
    bart hough wrote on Friday, June 11, 2010 (PDT):
  • I wou I would like to join the silver king club, any information would be helpful. thank you
    Ray Jones wrote on Wednesday, February 03, 2010 (PST):
  • What is a 1948 Model 42 worth It in good shape.
    Jim Rodenberg wrote on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PDT):
  • I am restoring a 1941 Model 41 Three wheeler I am looking for a carbuator,and the cover for the steering. The carb is a marvel tsx 29. Any parts out there Thanks Jim
    JAMES L. MAC CAUGHAN wrote on Saturday, August 29, 2009 (PDT):
  • I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE PROPER COLOR IS FOR A 1945 MODEL42 IF ANYONE COULD HELP.
    Nathan Ritter wrote on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 (PDT):
  • we have a 1950 model 42 Silver King tractor. we have resently started some work on the water pump and while doing so we realized that the fan belt was the wrong size witch makes the tractor wine and the manual dose not mention its size.would any one know the correct fan belt size
    James Farber wrote on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 (PDT):
  • Am looking for a Plymouth or early Silver King in restored or good original condition.Jim Farber 707-894-4759 Thanks
    norris james Kannapolis NC wrote on Thursday, March 12, 2009 (PDT):
  • Have purchased a 34 plymouth tractor restored it is a eye atcher in this part of the country . They seem to be more in the northern states , People down here have never heard of them . It is different. 3-12-09 704-932-2423 retired farmer with toys. ha.
    Ed Lewis wrote on Friday, February 20, 2009 (PST):
  • Does anyone know of a manuel for the tractors 3 wheel FROM 1942--1954. OR A REPRODUCTION
    Joe Mallonr wrote on Monday, February 02, 2009 (PST):
  • Relative has a 1938 Silver King restored 3-wheel tractor. He wants to sell, would appreciate any comments on value. Thanks.
    Bob Turner wrote on Sunday, November 16, 2008 (PST):
  • I bought a new Silver King tractor in 1951, still have it, I m in the process of restoring it. The tractor was not painted the silver that is shown on most of the Silver Kings I have seen, it was more of a gray color. Would anyone know what color I m talking about
    Jim Farber wrote on Saturday, April 26, 2008 (PDT):
  • I would like to purchase a narrow front Silver King preferably an earlier one from the 1930 s and restored or good original,complete and running.Jim Farber
    daniel castaneda wrote on Friday, April 18, 2008 (PDT):
  • i need a engine crank for 1935 silver king please call at 818 8370082 or 3103509135
    Sandy Hodge wrote on Friday, March 28, 2008 (PDT):
  • Does anyone have a value book on the Silver Kings I am wondering what they go for in price now a days.
    C. Joyner wrote on Friday, January 18, 2008 (PST):
  • WANTED; Left fender with ribs for 1944 SILVER KING Model 42. Thanks. 919-934-7584
    C.Joyner wrote on Thursday, January 17, 2008 (PST):
  • WANTED; headlights, steering wheel throttle for 1944 SILVER KING Model 42. Thanks.919-934-7584
    ROLLAND WHIPPLE wrote on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 (PST):
  • I purchased a three wheel silverking recently and need a starterfor it If someone could help please call 219-863-0071
    Larry wrote on Saturday, December 01, 2007 (PST):
  • I would like to buy a S/K Model 42. Please contact at 618 569-3047
    Janet Pfeiffer wrote on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 (PST):
  • We are restoring a 1939 SK 3 wheel. We had the carburetor rebuilt. Engine turns free. We have spark however it will not start. Any suggestions. Also we are in need of a manifold ours has a small hole. Any help would be greatly appreciated
    ed botz wrote on Thursday, November 08, 2007 (PST):
  • i had a 1942 s k that was a state hi way mowing rig i used this tractor to power my irrigation pump that i mounted on the draw bar . i would drive it to the ditch throw the sucton line into the ditch start pumping i would leave it there all day and it didnt use mutch gas .i pulled drag harrow with it and some times i used it to pull a grain drill november 8 2007
    Jim Troska wrote on Wednesday, November 07, 2007 (PST):
  • Well I got everything loose in the trany but i cant shif the geares,the rust is in between the splines and it wont slide back and forth,i have it soking in diesel fuel an outomatic trany fluid but still wont slide,can anyone help me thank Jim
    Gary L. Roderick wrote on Sunday, October 28, 2007 (PST):
  • I have come across an Internatioal Model 125 C crawler and need to find out more about it. year it was made, where I can get an oweners manuall, how much it weighs, etc.
    JIM TROSKA wrote on Saturday, October 20, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have a 36 or37 sk,i need a starter i think itis a autolight #mz4165,all so the traney is locked up i have it soking in diesel fuel for about three weeks and it is still tite,how do i get it loose
    Charles wrote on Sunday, October 14, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have a 1947 Silver King Model 42. Can anyone tell me what the original tire size was for a 38 inch rim.
    Duncan Manor wrote on Thursday, July 19, 2007 (PDT):
  • Have 1947 Silver King Model 42 and looking for gasket kit, front/rear seals, steering wheel, and fenders. Any information would be helpful.
    Don Dolick wrote on Sunday, September 17, 2006 (PDT):
  • I am looking to purchase a circa 1940, 1941 wide front Silver King tractor and would like to know approximate values of these tractors in restored condition. Thanks!
    gary barenz wrote on Sunday, September 03, 2006 (PDT):
  • Looking for manuals,headlights,and any info on silverking model 41 S/N4188
    Nick spring wrote on Sunday, July 09, 2006 (PDT):
  • I am restoring a 1949 silverking model 42 and having some trouble finding a presureplate clutchdisk and throwout bearing any help would be appreciated.
    Dwight Hoover wrote on Saturday, May 13, 2006 (PDT):
  • my father is 80 farmed most of his life owned and ran many makes of tractors and machinery. he loved to grow corn and alfalfa for his dairy cows. his favorite tractor of all time was a 1942 silver king. it was the first tractor he owned when my mom and he started farming. if anyone has any info on where i could find one i would like to buy one for him thank you and keep farming dwight.
    Dwaine McCormack wrote on Thursday, March 30, 2006 (PST):
  • Looking for a steering wheel & center cap for 1936 SK model R66 I would appreciate any help.
    Zac Jancek wrote on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 (PST):
  • We've inherited a Silver-King A Model tractor and would like to know if anyone would be interested in purchasing it. It is not a narrow front; it has 4 wheels and we think it's from the 1940's. Wondering how to appraise this tractor also.
    Bill Ritter wrote on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 (PST):
  • I have a 1950 model 42 Silver King tractor. My grand father baught it in 1957 and used it on the farm. It was restored about 12 years ago by my dad . We then used the tractor on our farm making hay and other odd jobs. when we sold the farm the tractor went in to storage. Now i want to fix it up to look brand new. The tractor came with a frontend loader when my faimly bought it in 1957, but has been long gone. If any body can tell me where i can buy a loader for it i would appreciate it.
    David E wrote on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 (PST):
  • I am looking to buy a nice model 42 Silver King.Ifyou have one for sale, please call 1-765-459-8634 or email me.Thank you!
    rj wrote on Monday, September 06, 2004 (PDT):
  • silver king tractor wanted to buy
    Stumpy wrote on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 (PDT):
  • Robert, I drove a 1937 model 42 Silver King in an old homes day parade this past Sat. We drove from his house to the parade, it will definetly go 22mph! What a nice tractor to drive. Had a great time.
    Robert Wisner wrote on Friday, August 27, 2004 (PDT):
  • I grew up with a 1937, 1941, and 1948 Silver King. The 1942 models (made from 1942-1956)were much improved from earlier ones, especially in the brakes. They were confortable riding, easy handling, economical tractors. I have a restored 1946 and have a 1941 that I have not yet started working on. The three-wheel models typically had a top speed of about 22 miles per hour, while some 4 wheel models would go up to 30 miles per hour. Unique features on the '42 model included a patented limited-slip differential and a drawbar that anchored further forward on the tractor than most other makes. That provided extra traction. These features and the higher clearance allowed the tractor to go through mud that would stop other brands. We had one farm with large hills. Our Farmall M and John Deere A would raise the front end off the ground on a hard pull going up those hills, but I never had that happen with the Silver King, due to the draw bar attachment point. Silver Kings were made from 1934 to 1956. In their best year they made about 1,100 tractors. Most other years, they made less than a thousand. In the final two years of production,they were made by Mountain States Fabricating Company in Wheeling, West Virginia. Before that, they were made in Plymouth, Ohio by a company whose main business was making switch locomotives. Horse power of the Model '42s was about like a Farmall Super H.
    Keith Herman wrote on Sunday, June 27, 2004 (PDT):
  • Looking for paint numbers for 1942 three wheeled Silver King, can someone help me? Thanks.
    ed huston wrote on Friday, June 04, 2004 (PDT):
  • I need to find aplace to buy motor parts for a hercules motor in a r66
    Dave Cesan wrote on Thursday, October 30, 2003 (PST):
  • I'm looking for a rear rim for a three wheeled Silver King. If it needs a little patching is OK. Thanks!
    DAN GOODERL wrote on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PDT):
  • MY UNCLE HAS A 1949 MODEL 42 3 WHEEL SILVER KING. HE IS LOOKING A MANUAL AND WHERE TO GET A GASKET KIT. IT HAS A CONTINENTAL ENGINE.
    SK Tractor For Sale wrote on Monday, July 14, 2003 (PDT):
  • Silver King Tractor For Sale. Real basket case. tractor hasn't ran since late 70's, water got into exhaust, froze motor, dad took motor off, thought it would be a good project, hasn't touched it since. tractor is in pieces, some inside some out, has a front blade/plow with frame and duell rear wheels, had side PTO wheel, From looking at pictures on the web, it has the smooth rear fenders of a R38 but kinda looks like a 42, its a wide front end, has got headlights like yellow one in of the photos on silverkingtractors.com , seat and steering wheel are rusted off, this thing is just growing roots at dad's hunting cabin in Western New York. Most likely, looking for someone to take complete/total tractor. i don't really want to get into parting it out. E-mail if interested, ronp at broadviewnet.net
    tommy miller wrote on Friday, March 28, 2003 (PST):
  • I have a 1938 3 wheel, restored 1 year ago, very nice, would like to trade for good 4 wheel tractor.
    Carey Pettit wrote on Saturday, January 11, 2003 (PST):
  • Im restoring a Silverking and need to know wear to get parts
    Rj Scheller wrote on Friday, November 29, 2002 (PST):
  • any unwanted tractor for under 1,000
    jospeh wrote on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 (PDT):
  • Ah nice...................
    Sam Stephens wrote on Thursday, September 26, 2002 (PDT):
  • Best tractor ever made. I have 2 of them 1 is a 1947 the other is a 1948. I use the 1948 to bush-hog with a 8 foot littlestan mower, and have out cut a Ford 6610 with a 10 foot mower. Because most people don't know the SK has a 750 hpm powertakeoff that you can cut grass at 8 mph and do a good job.
    David Rogers wrote on Tuesday, May 28, 2002 (PDT):
  • Can you get a tractor for my dad? pleease we don't have a lot of money!!!!
    Robey Farr wrote on Monday, March 25, 2002 (PST):
  • I have a 1936-37 Silver King with a four cylinder Hercules IXB5 engine. I am in need of a governor, mag, and would like to know what to use for seals to keep the rear wheels from leaking oil. Any info would be appreciated.
    Don Grunewald wrote on Friday, March 15, 2002 (PST):
  • I am restoring a l944 model 345 Silver King. I have been told by one party that they were painted white during the war on account of the shortage of aluminum. Has anyone ever seen one like that?
    evelyn hobbs wrote on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 (PST):
  • have a 1940,s 3 wheel silver king for sale looks just like the one on the front page looks good and runs great
    jerry Langworthy wrote on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 (PDT):
  • the silver king is a neat tractor i have several 4 wheelers and three gues mabe 20 all tole i show them reg and have in my shed last silver king mountain state built in west verginia it is a 4 wheel
    Gary Wiltbank wrote on Sunday, May 27, 2001 (PDT):
  • My neighbor is looking for a rear wheelrim for a silverking. Contact me if you have one for sale ,enclose e-mail, and phone number.
    C.Dixon wrote on Thursday, April 19, 2001 (PDT):
  • Come visit the Silver King and Plymouth Tractor Web Page. Photos, links to the national club, a club message board and MORE. The Unofficial "Silver Kings of Yesteryear" web site. cut & paste this into your address bar; silverkingtractors.freehomepage.com or this link may work... Silver King and Plymouth Tractors Pages
    JAY THOMAS wrote on Saturday, March 31, 2001 (PST):
  • I have 4 Silver king tractors all are restored. I have a 1937,1938,1946,and a 1954. The 1954 is a Clarkburge tractor. If you have any question feal free to ask.I have some part tractors too.
    Tom Wright wrote on Wednesday, November 15, 2000 (PST):
  • I am restoring a Silver King Model 41 narrow front, and are looking for photos and information. Can anyone help.
    DAVE LIEBERMAN wrote on Sunday, June 11, 2000 (PDT):
  • I HAVE A MODEL 42 SILVER KING I AM TRYING TO FIND THE YEAR AN INFO ON IT ANY ONE CAN HELP PLEASE EMAIL ME THANK YOU
    Bryan wrote on Saturday, February 19, 2000 (PST):
  • Hey, have you guys met the "King of Silver Kings", Art Gruber of Marion, Ohio- he is gentleman and a great collector of SK's. I had the pleasure of seeing his collection last summer.
    Larry Wolfe wrote on Tuesday, January 25, 2000 (PST):
  • In response to John Bowen, the firing order is 1,2,4,3. Also, the wheels on tractor pictured would have originally been black.
    C. Dixon wrote on Monday, January 24, 2000 (PST):
  • I am looking for Silver King owners who have a web page, or would be interested in creating one for the Silver Kings of Yesteryear tractor club. Please note that you saw this on "YT". Thanks.
    jeff clawson wrote on Sunday, November 28, 1999 (PST):
  • I have a 1934 plymouth,1937 3-wheeled silver king, 1937 4-wheeled silver king, and a 1947 model 42 3-wheeled silver king. I have used these tractors for various chores and feel they were a very well built tractor for there time, they were just poorly marketed. I enjoy the time i spend on them.
    Dave Fritsch wrote on Sunday, October 24, 1999 (PDT):
  • Wrote on 10/24/99.I have a 1938 3-wheeler. I use it to rake hay once in a while and to run a 38' grain elevator.My thought is it is a dangerous tractor because you can't push in the clutch and hit both brakes at the same time!
    Al Smith wrote on Wednesday, August 11, 1999 (PDT):
  • Like the caption says, Silver Kings had road speeds up to 30 mph (at least). However, they didn't have adequate brakes to stop the load of silage corn I used to tow with it. It took lots of planning ahead to deal with the Silver King. I suppose it wasn't planned for towing since as I remember it didn't have much of a drawbar. I understand that it was primarily intended for highway mowing, etc. Comments from other users ??
    john bowen wrote on Tuesday, June 15, 1999 (PDT):
  • would like to know the firing order this tractor has hercules engine


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