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Antique Miscellaneous Tractor: Oil Pull Rumley 20-30

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This was the last of Rumely's "lightweight" series. It had the same size engine as the old 15-25 "L", but would run 95 revs faster at 825 RPM. It was built from 1928 to 1930 and weight 6,776 pounds.

Oil Pull Rumley 20-30 Tractor


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gary bowen wrote on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 (PDT):
  • I read this on another web site; If an Oil Pull has the old Du4 American bosch mag on, be sure it is safe and has a good winding and good impulse. You could be killed outright with a bad impulse on an old Du4 or a Du2. You can replace these with the new MFR or a MJA-c American Bosch magneto. How can it kill you Thanks gb
    jim blough wrote on Sunday, August 18, 2013 (PDT):
  • looking for 16 30 oil pull air cleaner
    Dave Cambray wrote on Friday, April 26, 2013 (PDT):
  • I have in the uk a 1928 20-30 model w. i would like to know what the correct mag would be and where to get one from and also how i could perhaps trace its history. thank you all in advance.
    Dave Cambray wrote on Thursday, April 25, 2013 (PDT):
  • I have in the uk a 1928 20-30 model w. i would like to know what the correct mag would be and where to get one from and also how i could perhaps trace its history. thank you all in advance.
    Weeks wrote on Saturday, April 28, 2012 (PDT):
  • You got a gem there. My uncle floyd estate sold his 30-50 for 20K and that was about 20 years ago. I suppose there s a limited market but would be interested in what you find and get. good luck!
    Harland W Wood wrote on Monday, February 13, 2012 (PST):
  • New at This, Need to learn ! the 20 - 30 in picture is very nice looking , However I am not sure what I am looking at , I know this is a fine piece of history, Where is the best place for me to learn about these tractors because one day I will Own one and I want to make the right Choice. Thank you
    Dave wrote on Thursday, February 24, 2011 (PST):
  • We own a Rumely Model W from 1922, in good running condition with all original parts. Does anyone know what it is worth
    Raymond Frey wrote on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 (PST):
  • Looking for a brake mechanism for 1920 Rumley heavy weight, horsepower 1630. Thanks, Ray
    todd stowell wrote on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 (PDT):
  • i am looking for an old rumley parts tractor. what i realy need is iron tires front and rear for a 1924-1927 Rumley 20-35 type M the old boy that had this converted it over to 32 rubber tires and now i can t find replacement tires so i realy would like to put it back iron. that s why i am looking for a parts tractor. thanks todd
    Brad Noble wrote on Tuesday, December 01, 2009 (PST):
  • I have two perfect never used Light-Weight Oil Pull tractor pocket watch leather FOB s. On the back it says Advance-Rumely Power Farming Machinery - La Porte, Indiana. Any interest in these The strap is leather and the badge is at least gold colored plated perhaps . Very nice condition.
    Ervin Grove wrote on Thursday, November 26, 2009 (PST):
  • Looking for supplier of engine parts etc for 1928 Rumely 20-30 W Liners, Rings, Bearing, Valves etc . New or used. Thanks.
    Bob wrote on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 (PDT):
  • I borrowed an old Rumley that a neighbor had buried in his barn to build a dam in my pasture. It sure wasn t the light weight . It compacted the dam very well and it is still there. I used it in about 1956-7. I have a picture of one like it threshing oats in Renton. Wa. in about 1980.
    Joel Wilson wrote on Sunday, May 31, 2009 (PDT):
  • Hello. I just joined an antique tractor club out of Strathclair Manitoba. Our project this year is an advance Rumely oil pull 2030. Were having trouble trying to find sleeves, pistons and a gas overhual kit. If there is anybody that could help me find a supplier it would be greatly appreciated. Joel Wilson
    Perrin Hayes wrote on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 (PDT):
  • Am looking for spark plugs for a mid 1920,s lightweight Oil Pull. Do not have any part numbers.
    Jason J. Snudden wrote on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 (PDT):
  • Have been left in charge of my grandfathers 25-45 X . This is one of my favorite of his collection. I enjoy running it every year at the Rock River Thresheree. Does anyone have time to chat about running the old girl. I generally dont have any problems starting her, when she is cool or shaded, thanks Mr. Standish for that info, I was wondering if the heat of the day was a factor, and I do think it is . Just looking for some fine tuning or general operational information, thanks.
    David Mann wrote on Monday, July 16, 2007 (PDT):
  • Looking for a water tank and an air filter for a 16-30 Model H Rumely.
    ZEEMAN BOTHA wrote on Saturday, June 23, 2007 (PDT):
  • I am Zeeman Botha from Brandfort in the Freestate South Africa I am restoring a Romley w 20/30. Can sumbody help , i am having problems starting the tractor. Where can i obtain a workshop manual
    michael gwyer wrote on Thursday, June 07, 2007 (PDT):
  • Wanted; pulley brake and assembley for 2030
    Dennis wrote on Thursday, September 21, 2006 (PDT):
  • would like to know where you can buy any of these rumleys
    John Van Prooyen wrote on Monday, July 10, 2006 (PDT):
  • What is a 20-30 that runs good and is decent shape worth??
    Kathlyn wrote on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 (PDT):
  • Hi. I am looking for a picture (good one) of a 1922 Rumley Oil Pull 20-40 Model G. We have restored one and want to know exactly which decals are correct and where they go. Thanks to anyone who can help.
    BERNIE wrote on Sunday, April 30, 2006 (PDT):
  • LOOKING 4 MAGNETO FOR RUMLEY ,OWN 1929
    Homer H. Kurth wrote on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 (PST):
  • In the summer of 1938 I pitched many bundle of wheat into a threshing machine powered by a Rumley Oil Pull. Tom, the owner of the Rumley, was rather careless when filling the water tank of the Rumley. He simply dipped water out of stock tank and filled the supply tank. Sometimes he might get a grasshopper or two or perhsps some moss in with the water. That meant that on occsion as we were thresshing wheat, the Rumley would lose power because somehing had plugged the water line. The result was that the Rumley would overheat, since it was not receiving water with the fuel to cool the engine sufficiently. So we pitchers would get a rest until Tom got the grasshopper, or whatever else might have plugged the line, out.
    Larry wrote on Thursday, February 02, 2006 (PST):
  • wanting to buy a rumley to be restore,if you know of one please e-mail me
    Farrell Jensen wrote on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 (PST):
  • I just acquired a nice 20-30 W. It is a nice running tractor.
    Ray Nuggli wrote on Friday, November 18, 2005 (PST):
  • I have what I believe is a 15-25. It's in good shape but I will need a few parts for it, like a exhaust valve and some magneto parts. I am new at this so if someone can me direct me to a parts source I sure would appreciate it.
    Doug Tallon wrote on Saturday, November 05, 2005 (PST):
  • Looking for a radiator for 20-30 1928 rumley oil pull Same rad sa the 15-25
    James wrote on Sunday, October 09, 2005 (PDT):
  • Sure would be nice to see pictures of OS4 McCormick Deering 1950 and up. Thank You.
    Greg wrote on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have my dad's old Rumley put the valve cover is gone so I don't have the serial number. It's a light weight model put I don't know the model number. Is there another way to determine the serial number and model of this tractor?
    james b. wrote on Monday, September 12, 2005 (PDT):
  • I have a rumley oil pull 25-45 lightweight. I love this old tractor it runs good but it blows a little oil out of the righthand cylinder it seems to have good compresion so i don't think it is the rings. Any infomation or where to get parts would be greatly appretiated. My phone # 413-268-8255
    Phyllis wrote on Monday, September 05, 2005 (PDT):
  • I attended the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt Pleasent Iowa, I saw an oilpull tractor with the name Reeves on the side. I didn't get a chance to talk to the person who owned it but my brothers name is Reeves and I was wondering if anyone can tell me who or where these were manufactured?
    DonHahn wrote on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 (PDT):
  • I would like to know if anyone has a Magneto, good one, that they would sell for a 20-40 model G Rumley Oil Pull.and what price.
    Garry Rusnak wrote on Sunday, April 10, 2005 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a magneto cover for A 1928 OILPULL 3520 typeM. Also a primer pump for the same model
    David Flaherty wrote on Wednesday, December 29, 2004 (PST):
  • Have a small shed on a recently purchased farm site which we where told at one time had been from an old tractor. They thought it was a Rumley but not certain. Can anyone tell me where any type of confermation or identifying markings may be? Roof has shaped arch with metal over wood shingles.
    Dennis Walker wrote on Thursday, December 16, 2004 (PST):
  • My name is Dennis Walker Iam from Campbell River B.C. Canada . The people that had my tractor before me took it apart and lost the four rockers and bushings that go with them. So Iam in dire strates for a set of these.The tractor is a 1927 modle L Rumley oil pull,the rest of the tractor is there and in real nice shape. So if any one reading this can help with any leads or parts I would realy appreicate this. My phone is Nites and weekends area code 250 923 2865 or e mail at the above email address. thank you very much.
    Jerry Wonsey wrote on Sunday, December 12, 2004 (PST):
  • My father has oil pull tractor small model.The handle for the fly wheel is broke, we are looking for a manual or possibly handle for the fly wheel.
    Ivan L. Cohen wrote on Friday, November 19, 2004 (PST):
  • I talked on the phone to gentleman in Nebraska a while back about the Rumley Paper weight in my possesion and I have misplaced his name and address. Hoping to locate him again. THANK YOU ILC
    smurf wrote on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 (PDT):
  • coolpicture!!!!
    BILL STANDISH wrote on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 (PDT):
  • I OWN A 20-30.FOR MANY YEARS HAVE RUN A 28"THRESHER AT THE SPOKANE INTERSTATE FAIR AND A IHC HAY PRESS.I DISC MY 8 ACRES IN NORTH IDAHO WITH IT.A GREAT TRACTOR.CAN BE A TOUGH TO START WHEN WARM.
    Lyle Asher wrote on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 (PDT):
  • I drove a bundle wagon in a threshing ring here in Indiana when I was in high school. They used a Rumley oil pull for the seperator. I don't know the model but as a high schooler it SURE LOOKED BIG. Happy memories.
    shannon wrote on Thursday, May 06, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have 3 Rumley oil pull tractors that were my grandfathers, I need some help in finding parts and would also want to know any value. if anyone can help me i plan on getting the model # this weekend. i would appreciate it
    jay wrote on Saturday, February 14, 2004 (PST):
  • I would like any information on the paint schemes for a 1927 model 25-45 rumley.
    Pah wrote on Tuesday, December 09, 2003 (PST):
  • My Dad used three different Rumleys as a boy. One was a 15-30, and I don't remember the number of another Rumley that had a detachable front axle, but the third one was a 30-60.
    Bob Nixon wrote on Saturday, December 06, 2003 (PST):
  • I also own a 20/30 Rumley. I also painted mine the light grey color like the one shown in the picture. I have been showing mine at the Pioneer Park Days in Zolfo Springs Fl. for the last 10 years or so.
    Cecil wrote on Thursday, November 06, 2003 (PST):
  • There is an oil pull Rumley on display in the town of Miles, Texas which is in SW Central Texas. It is at the entrance to the town and fronts on US Hwy 67N. I think it belongs to a family named Schwertner, but am not sure. The local tractor/trader type in Miles is Wendell Arrington and I am sure he could tell a person anything they might want to know about the tractor if they would call him or write him at PO Box, Miles, Tx 76861.
    fredmichels wrote on Thursday, November 06, 2003 (PST):
  • please contact me about a March 23,2003 Advanced Rumvley 6 that was for sale. Neew to know if available, mostly; looking for parts. Where is this runley 6 located? The
    Ivan L. Cohen wrote on Friday, September 19, 2003 (PDT):
  • Dad had a 20-30> Iused to start it the machine shed just to hear it run. This my Sunday afternoon entertainment. I also have paper weight of a Oil Pull Rumley
    Hubert MAWET ( Belgium ) wrote on Tuesday, January 07, 2003 (PST):
  • i own the same model W OIL PULL sÚrial # 99 , i bought this tractor over 5 years ago in South Dakota originaly the tractor ha's worked in Canada , it is a very powerfull small tractor , i enjoy it on each show here in Belgium very few came over to Europe only 3 are known 1 in Belgium , 1 in Spain , and 1 in UK but this one is a L 15/25? we call the OIL PULL tractors the ROLLS ROYCE of the tractors
    Curt wrote on Sunday, September 08, 2002 (PDT):
  • they cool with oil instead of water!!
    Curt wrote on Sunday, September 08, 2002 (PDT):
  • they cool with oil instead of water!!
    dennis alchin wrote on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 (PDT):
  • i have a magneto du4/2 ed34v1 no4u32290 1906 could any one tell me whot model this came off or if it is off rumley oil pull thanks for your time dennis
    Gregg wrote on Sunday, July 29, 2001 (PDT):
  • I would like to get the original color specs on a 1928 20-30 Rumely. Also the decals and additional painted areas. Thanks, Gregg
    Eric wrote on Saturday, October 21, 2000 (PDT):
  • I am searching for blueprints/schematics for oil pulls. I plan to offer a casting kit for a running 1/8 scale model. please email me if you have any info on blueprints / schematics, or if you are interested in one of the kits. thanks!
    lori wrote on Monday, November 15, 1999 (PST):
  • I've been looking for pictures of the detail paint on rumley's from the year 1914 to 1928. Ild really like original photo's from magazines, but anything would work. If you can help me ,i'ld really apprieciate it. Thanks, Lori


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