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Rumely Oil Pull L 15-25 Parts and Advice Wanted


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Old 06-06-2015, 08:04:24 AM
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Default Rumely Oil Pull L 15-25 Parts and Advice Wanted

Hello smok stak friends. I am new to this site. This looks like a good way to get and share info about our hobby. I recently purchased a Oil Pull model L 15-25 that does run but needs restored. It will only run from the small fuel tank on the fender as the main fuel pump needs rebuilt. I plan a total restoration so any help is appreciated. It was missing the entire air intake system, but I did get the air filter canister, the hoop bracket to support it, and the support bar for the top stack. I still need the top stack and cap, the two clamps to support it, and the cast pipe with choke lever that goes to the carburetor. This tractor has the cooling oil tank sitting in front of the exhaust-radiator stack. Is this correct? Most I have seen are back by the engine. I think it is a 1926 as the serial # is 3175. The fenders may need replaced or a lot of work. I Would appreciate help with parts and any info to get this old piece of history ready for shows. I will keep you posted on the progress. Thanks!
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Still have not heard from anyone on my parts on this post, but I have talked to some people at the Portland Ind. show who gave me some great info. The cooling oil tank was moved up by the exhaust stack for oil expansion reasons. Odies Rumely was at the show who told me this as well as how to clean the radiator and lots of other stuff. I got my head and exhaust gaskets at the show as well as the clutch discs and decals. I was told I could make the air intake stack and cap, but I still need the cast iron pipe from the carb to the air filter. If I can not find one then will have to have one cast from a fellow collector who would let me borrow one. I sent some pictures so you could see what I have. They are from when I just got it home from Pennsylvania, ( still on the trailer ) and some of the top of the carb and the parts I already have. There are also some pics on my other post, John Deere D carburetor troubles. Anyone with parts, information or just wants to share something, please reply. I will be tearing into this tractor over the winter and will need help from you experienced Rumely people out there.
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Default Re: Rumely Oil Pull L 15-25 parts and advice wanted.

His stak name is Bubbles and he has an ad in engine ads right now for fuel pumps.
The radiator is a time consuming piece to rebuild/repair. Take pictures and mark or take note each pieces orientation when you pull it apart (you'll be thankful upon reassembly).
Any water that gets in the radiator sections rusts pin holes in the bottoms and dirt collects around them sealing them off. When you clean the dirt out between sections you'll usually developed a nasty leak. Just my experiences with oilpulls
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Default Re: Rumely Oil Pull L 15-25 parts and advice wanted.

Yes, I have heard about the radiators on these. Most people out at Portland told me to pull it out of the frame, gently clean it and test it with no more than five # air pressure. Odies suggested to take it to a caterpillar repair shop because they know best about low pressure testing. I will not pull it apart unless needed. Another thing that is going to have to be taken care of is the shaft and belt pulley. It must have ran loose for a long time as the key between these is wore out and the holes where it fits wore too. I have friends who have a machine shop and are able to fix that along with any other problems. They have a Rumely W. I am sure there will be a lot to learn along the way.
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Welcome to the stak! That is one beatiful tractor you have right there, lots of nice original paint too, hope you'll do like Craig A. says and "leave the paint in the can" when you restore it. I've got a really rough L that came from near the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, wish I had something as nice as yours to start with.

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Please do not paint it.
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Sorry guys, but this old tractor is going to look as close to coming out of the factory as I can. Some like the keep it the way it is look, but I like a nice painted one. I know it will be hard to keep clean as it is an oil puke.
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Best idea I can think of it get 2-one to make look like new outta the box-and this one to leave as is! a lot of us would about kill for an original like that.....you just don't find many of them that nice.
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I'll second Mike, originals are getting less and less these days and once you paint it then you'll never get it back , here's some original decals that are still on my 20 30
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Default Re: Rumely Oil Pull L 15-25 parts and advice wanted.

Barth it is your iron,

But if you paint it then it wil never be Rumely factory paint from the time your Rumely was made.

The paint these days is more syntatic and harder then it was then.

Take the time with think for this one.
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Default Re: Rumely Oil Pull L 15-25 parts and advice wanted.

VERY nice looking L you have there!I believe i'm going to jump on the bandwagon with this one.Consider leaving it original.I found an original John Deere 40-C early this year.Rusty,touches of paint here and there,original decals still showing.I can't tell you how many people told me to "leave it alone".Many collectors said they would love to find one like that.It got more attention than my painted up D.......directly beside it.The "original look" is very big in the antique car AND tractor world these days.In alot of cases they fetch more money at resale.
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Default Re: Rumely Oil Pull L 15-25 parts and advice wanted.

Coming back on this subject.

You askted Advice Wanted.

We are in the middle of an coople horse sleigh restauration projects
Those are most made of wood and gos back sometimes 6 til 8 generations ago 1700, 1800, 1900.
The rotting proces on those ones have to be stopped including the woodworms.
Have been reading some books about restauretion carriage experts.
They told original on those ones almost not exist specialy with wooden items always stayed in wet carriage shets and halls.
And most of the old horse sleighs have been throwed away or burned.
You have to be retored those ones otherwise the last ones also wil fade away.
Wel we try to use natural old products on those ones like waterbased paints and the leave gold.

With old steel tractors it is an way different.
Try to save to old original ones with there old patinas from 100 years ago.
And there are enough ways to keep them in perfect condition including to stop of rust or rotting.

That is my advice.

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That looks like a great tractor to start with, regardless of the direction you go with the resto. I prefer the original look myself, but to each his own. In you one picture looking at the top of the engine, it looks like the pre heater on the left hand exhaust manifold would suggest it is to have a Bennet style air cleaner, not the Donaldson "bee hive" style like you have in one of your pics. I've seen a number of different variations. Who knows for sure what they did, when, and for how long? I am not home right now, but will take a few pics and post them when I get home. I have 2 W's. One with the Bennet and one with the Donaldson.
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To Caleb, Mike, Tim, Brothers, Jon and Thresher. Thank you all for the nice comments and advice. I know what you mean about keeping the original look. I can appreciate this as I have seen some great machinery left as is, but I lean more towards a nice clean and shiny one. This one has no paint left on it, at least none that I have found yet. There must be some down there somewhere. I will probably find some during tear down as I am going to go deep. Engine will be gone through completely, clutches, cooling system, oiling system with new brass lines, check the transmission, build up wore shafts, replace all seals and gaskets and anything else needed. I have always wanted an oil pull since I was a kid going to shows with my grandpa. Might have to sell a couple of my other tractors so I can rebuild this one, but I finally got my dream tractor. I will be thinking of not painting it but I like a nice looking one and am going to keep this one till the Lord takes me home. Also rubber pads will be added so it can be run in parades. Thanks again guys! Chris
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These are of the Donaldson style on my W.
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Here's the Bennett style, like I suggested yours might be, on the other W. Both tractors are 1st year, 1928's. the one with the Bennett has an earlier serial # than the one with the Donaldson. don't know if that means anything? Hope these help.
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Thanks Jon for taking your time to get these pics to me. Very interesting. Now you have me wondering what it takes! Mine is a 1926 and I have no idea. If it does take the set up like yours with the Donaldson, then I will need the pipe with the valve going to the exhaust. But mine does have a valve ( that has been broke ) down on the manifold where the pipe threads in. Anyone know about these?
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I noticed in the pics of Jons model W,both types of systems had the bolt on pipe to the carb. My L has no bolt holes for a pipe, so looking at other pics of model L tractors I think that mine takes the Donaldson beehive type. Of course I could be completely off as this Rumely experience is new to me. Any other comments from you Rumely pros are welcome!
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You need to go by the parts list book. It will list the correct air cleaner for the serial number ranges.

I think Jon is correct or your exhaust may have been changed.
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Here's a pic I found of a friends L. It's a good shot of the elbow and how it slips over the carb top. The heat exchanger is like the one i posted earlier with the donaldson. It's good for a raft of casting numbers too.
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