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Antique Oliver Tractor: The General

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(Cleveland Tractor Co.) This picture shows a 1939 version. If you have information on this tractor, please submit it via e-mail to tshed@tractorshed.com

The General Tractor


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Dick Curwin wrote on Monday, May 14, 2012 (PDT):
  • My Mongomery Ward General by Avery/Cletrac stopped running. Investigation showed BOTH contact points had become seperated and were laying on the bottem of the Mag. Do I need a new mag or will new points solve it.
    Jason Stock wrote on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (PDT):
  • To all,expectly Phil Wright; I have alot of information about the general gg tractors. Most of the information about the general gg tractors and replacent parts are available. It just takes a little bit of research. To my knowledge they were produced from 1939 to 1942. They were also made for four other comapnies or distributor s that sold this tractor at the time period. The Cleveland Tractor Co. made the tractor in Cletrac orange, the Wards twin row also the same general gg tractor was in napa red, they also made the general gg tractor for Massey Harris Co. for only two years and only sold them in Canada,the government also wanted these tractors and ordered them in a green color, the Co-Op B1 tractor was also in red but only sold in the Southern Indiana region and no where else. I own an original Co-Op version and do not know how many were manufactured or the paint codes. This Co-Op version was made in 1941 only and no other years. I can get decal replacements, part replacements, and paint codes for all other general gg tractors. The decals and paint codes for the army and Co-Op version I am still working on but very close. I can tell you that the complete rear axle including the gears and housing is the same as a Cockshutt 20 made by Jackson. The original carburetor on mine is a Marvel Schreiber and all other components on my tractor can be replaced or rebuilt. I still have the original hand crank and magneto on this tractor and though the mag has been rebuilt and recharged it runs extremely well. When I bought it, it had sit in a barn for 32 years and I only put 7hrs. on working on it to get it running. Since then it starts on half a crank. I have info. on good places to have the mag s worked on and more info. on the replacemt parts or about the tractor itself in general. That includes the company before the general gg and after the general gg.
    Jason Stock wrote on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (PDT):
  • To all,expectly Phil Wright; I have alot of information about the general gg tractors. Most of the information about the general gg tractors and replacent parts are available. It just takes a little bit of research. To my knowledge they were produced from 1939 to 1942. They were also made for four other comapnies or distributor s that sold this tractor at the time period. The Cleveland Tractor Co. made the tractor in Cletrac orange, the Wards twin row also the same general gg tractor was in napa red, they also made the general gg tractor for Massey Harris Co. for only two years and only sold them in Canada,the government also wanted these tractors and ordered them in a green color, the Co-Op B1 tractor was also in red but only sold in the Southern Indiana region and no where else. I own an original Co-Op version and do not know how many were manufactured or the paint codes. This Co-Op version was made in 1941 only and no other years. I can get decal replacements, part replacements, and paint codes for all other general gg tractors. The decals and paint codes for the army and Co-Op version I am still working on but very close. I can tell you that the complete rear axle including the gears and housing is the same as a Cockshutt 20 made by Jackson. The original carburetor on mine is a Marvel Schreiber and all other components on my tractor can be replaced or rebuilt. I still have the original hand crank and magneto on this tractor and though the mag has been rebuilt and recharged it runs extremely well. When I bought it, it had sit in a barn for 32 years and I only put 7hrs. on working on it to get it running. Since then it starts on half a crank. I have info. on good places to have the mag s worked on and more info. on the replacemt parts or about the tractor itself in general. That includes the company before the general gg and after the general gg.
    Jason Stock wrote on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (PDT):
  • To all,expectly Phil Wright; I have alot of information about the general gg tractors. Most of the information about the general gg tractors and replacent parts are available. It just takes a little bit of research. To my knowledge they were produced from 1939 to 1942. They were also made for four other comapnies or distributor s that sold this tractor at the time period. The Cleveland Tractor Co. made the tractor in Cletrac orange, the Wards twin row also the same general gg tractor was in napa red, they also made the general gg tractor for Massey Harris Co. for only two years and only sold them in Canada,the government also wanted these tractors and ordered them in a green color, the Co-Op B1 tractor was also in red but only sold in the Southern Indiana region and no where else. I own an original Co-Op version and do not know how many were manufactured or the paint codes. This Co-Op version was made in 1941 only and no other years. I can get decal replacements, part replacements, and paint codes for all other general gg tractors. The decals and paint codes for the army and Co-Op version I am still working on but very close. I can tell you that the complete rear axle including the gears and housing is the same as a Cockshutt 20 made by Jackson. The original carburetor on mine is a Marvel Schreiber and all other components on my tractor can be replaced or rebuilt. I still have the original hand crank and magneto on this tractor and though the mag has been rebuilt and recharged it runs extremely well. When I bought it, it had sit in a barn for 32 years and I only put 7hrs. on working on it to get it running. Since then it starts on half a crank. I have info. on good places to have the mag s worked on and more info. on the replacemt parts or about the tractor itself in general. That includes the company before the general gg and after the general gg.
    Jason Stock wrote on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (PDT):
  • To all,expectly Phil Wright; I have alot of information about the general gg tractors. Most of the information about the general gg tractors and replacent parts are available. It just takes a little bit of research. To my knowledge they were produced from 1939 to 1942. They were also made for four other comapnies or distributor s that sold this tractor at the time period. The Cleveland Tractor Co. made the tractor in Cletrac orange, the Wards twin row also the same general gg tractor was in napa red, they also made the general gg tractor for Massey Harris Co. for only two years and only sold them in Canada,the government also wanted these tractors and ordered them in a green color, the Co-Op B1 tractor was also in red but only sold in the Southern Indiana region and no where else. I own an original Co-Op version and do not know how many were manufactured or the paint codes. This Co-Op version was made in 1941 only and no other years. I can get decal replacements, part replacements, and paint codes for all other general gg tractors. The decals and paint codes for the army and Co-Op version I am still working on but very close. I can tell you that the complete rear axle including the gears and housing is the same as a Cockshutt 20 made by Jackson. The original carburetor on mine is a Marvel Schreiber and all other components on my tractor can be replaced or rebuilt. I still have the original hand crank and magneto on this tractor and though the mag has been rebuilt and recharged it runs extremely well. When I bought it, it had sit in a barn for 32 years and I only put 7hrs. on working on it to get it running. Since then it starts on half a crank. I have info. on good places to have the mag s worked on and more info. on the replacemt parts or about the tractor itself in general. That includes the company before the general gg and after the general gg.
    Hayden Stone wrote on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 (PDT):
  • We have a General GG that my father purchased new and I put many hrs. on it as a kid. We Farmed 220 acres and it did most of the tillage work. I am redoing it again and need a drive shaft universal if anyone has one let me know.
    William Smith wrote on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 (PST):
  • I bought a GG GENERAL with numbers 2FA654 could anyone help me with year and color or where to find out
    Phil Wright wrote on Saturday, September 25, 2010 (PDT):
  • Who can tell me more about the B-1 CO-OP built by Cleveland Tractor Company Where one is,I am rebuilding one now and need more info. thanx!
    bennie tharp wrote on Saturday, July 10, 2010 (PDT):
  • I need fenders and front grill for my gg general
    Mike Ohlhaber wrote on Sunday, November 29, 2009 (PST):
  • Looking for a grill and air cleaner for a GG General. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks
    Garland Berger wrote on Sunday, July 12, 2009 (PDT):
  • I have a fully restored 1939 General that looks identical to the one in the picture except the wheels are red. I won it in a lottery conducted by the Lake Region Pioneer Threshermen s Association, Dalton, Minesota. It was a real show stopper as I travled home to Vancouver, Washington. Every gas station, motel, historic site or rest area we stopped at brought comments, inquiries or tractor stories. I had no idea so many people were interested in old tractors. It runs great Always starts with one crank! and I enjoy showing it at events in Washington and Oregon. I have now joined a local group of old iron enthusiasts; Fort Vancouvr Antique Equipment Association.
    alberto noruega wrote on Monday, February 18, 2008 (PST):
  • necesyto saber sy ahy respuestos para tractor oliver modelo 1650 ysaber el diametro del piston
    Dan Hayman wrote on Thursday, October 26, 2006 (PDT):
  • At the age of 12 or 13 I was doing all the work with The General. It pulled a 16 inch Avery plow and a disc. That was the extent of the equipment. I wanted my dad to cut the long tongue off the wagon and mowing machine, but he said the horses needed to work. I was in 7th Heaven working The General. One time the front wheel became loose and I had to finish plowing a field with the horses. I had to replace the left wheel brake once. My neighbor had a Ford tractor and we hooked the drawbars together, I killed his engine in 3rd gear, he killed my engine in 2nd gear, and we both set and spun the wheels in first gear. I loved that ole tractor. Thanks...
    larry overton 11 859 336 5003 wrote on Sunday, July 03, 2005 (PDT):
  • Ive got a general cletrac serial #1A129 i need info on this tractor
    Harvey Balicki wrote on Monday, July 19, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have a GG General 1939 and a Versatile 300 FWD 1974, maybe coming up for auction. I wondered if someone could give me an idea of value ? Phone 306 922 6171. Any information would be apprciated.
    Ed Dumm wrote on Friday, July 02, 2004 (PDT):
  • Just got a tractor manufactured by The Cleveland Tractor Co; The General Model GG Serial # 7FA456. We would appreciate any information as to year of production and availability of parts. We like a challenge but may have met our match with this one.
    Laury Spink wrote on Saturday, June 05, 2004 (PDT):
  • My Dad recently bought one of these to restore. Can anyone tell me where I could get decals for it? Thanks
    Zach Cotton wrote on Thursday, February 19, 2004 (PST):
  • Is this tractor a Harr-parr they were the tractors before oliver
    Dale L. Wallace wrote on Saturday, September 27, 2003 (PDT):
  • I Have a General Tractor that I bought at an Auction sale this summer. I had it painted safety orange thats as close to the color that we could find. It's about a 1939 model with a single front tire and runs real good.
    Mike Sitton wrote on Sunday, August 11, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have a General tractor my neighbor gave me, in Mississippi. It has one iron lug wheel and one rubber tired wheel on the back. Anyone close to have one?
    Charles Milton wrote on Tuesday, January 08, 2002 (PST):
  • My Father owned the General Tractor in the 1940's I remember it was a brownish orange in color. My father bought it new from Massey Harris dealer in Milton Ontario.
    Bob Dodge wrote on Monday, August 13, 2001 (PDT):
  • I have a Cleveland tractor (crawler) about a 1920. It is in very good shape and I would like to find out info. on it. Also would like to sell it. Any interest ?
    Ray Mohler wrote on Thursday, June 21, 2001 (PDT):
  • I have a 1940 General "GG". It was purchased new by my father.It has a manual lift,16in. plow. the Owners Manual lists the paint as Cletrac Orange [Standard], part no. 48000. I remember it as being a brownish orange. Other colors were chestnut brown, black, and buckskin. Sorry I cant offer a source for the paint.
    Dick Curwin wrote on Saturday, June 16, 2001 (PDT):
  • Just bought a Cletrac/Avery/Montgomery wards General wheeled tractor rusted but pretty complete(I think) Does anybody know that coler this tractor was when sold my Montgomery Wards. THX Curly.
    justins wrote on Monday, April 30, 2001 (PDT):
  • I liked the restoration job. if it was tested at nebraska, can i get results on pto and drawbar tests?
    papab wrote on Monday, April 23, 2001 (PDT):
  • first tractor i drove in my life at the age of six . my grandfather purchased it in 1950 .inow own it and am restoring it . im from sask canada .keep up the good work
    Ernest Peters wrote on Monday, November 20, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a friend who is restoring a 1939 General tractor. Are there any books with color pictures, etc available to get the original color paint?
    Eric Severance wrote on Saturday, July 15, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have recently restored a 41 General , and have several spare parts from the three parts tractors I bought . Zimmerman Oliver-Cletrac in Ephrata , PA. is a good source for anything that is the same as the HG crawler . Send me an e-mail if I can help out .
    kerry fegley wrote on Saturday, July 01, 2000 (PDT):
  • I HAVE A MODEL GG WOOD LIKE TO NO WERE TO GET PARTS IF ANY WERE
    chuck cook wrote on Monday, September 13, 1999 (PDT):
  • I HAVE A CLETRAC GG MODEL# 212 I'M LOOKING FOR MORE INFO ON IT. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED DRASTICALY . ITS VALUE AS A COLLECTOR TRACTOR IS PROBABLY TOTALLY GONE,BUT IT DOES HAVE A PERSONAL VALUE TO ME . I USE IT TO SKID LOGS, PULL STUMPS, BUSHHOG, PULL WOOD WAGON, AND HOPEFULLY THIS WINTER,PLOW SNOW. ANY INFO ,PICTURES WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.


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