Morgan, one of Charlie's best tractor collecting friends, can be seen starting
the engine at this event with the starting bar hooked on to the massive
flywheel. It takes a real man (or sometimes two) to get it running.
It has been rigged to start on gasoline and then switched over to kerosene
after it gets started.
likes to let the younger guys get to know the tractor too, and one of them
can be seen at the controls while the tractor is being worked on the dyno.
It doesn't show it in these photos, but the smoke really rolls out of the
stack when this huge machine starts reaching for more power under the increasing
load of the dyno. Charlie and Hobart bolted on some sliced terra
tires from a nitrogen spreader and bolted them to the steel wheels. This
allows them to take the machine to events with parades and not having to
worry about tearing up asphalt. Getting those tires cut was another complete
story in itself, but to make a long story short, as they say, the tires
were sliced with a heated machette. We might do a story on this some time
for those who have never heard of doing this.
As you can see, the tractor pulled almost 450 on the tachometer held against the wheel on the dynomometer.
The tractor is a Type X model, S/N X1651 and Charlie told me that there are not a whole lot of them around the country anymore. Charlie also has a 1929 Rumely "6" tractor (more to come on it later). Since the original posting of this page showing Charlie's Oil Pull, he passed away a few years back but his memory lives on in his tractor collection now owned by his son-in-law.