Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

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Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby Jim in SC » Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:48 am

Got this harrow about 6 months ago for $25. Fella I got it from thought it was a Deere, but I was pleased to find it was an old Oliver modified horse drawn harrow. It had been previously modified for use with a tractor, and had some minimal welding repair. I had to modify it further for use with my Cub, primarily the attachment shaft. Unknown what the model or year is, but guessing its around 1910 or so.

I took it apart, stripped it, painted it, and here it is. Taking it out today for it's first real field test. Pics of that will follow in a few days.
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Arrival at the barn...pretty rough looking.
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Disc gang shaft supports have grease cups and wooden bearings!
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Disc gang shaft support - cast iron with "Oliver" lettering
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Right gang after restoration
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Back of harrow after restoration. It looks lopsided because its on uneven boards...
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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby Jim in SC » Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:56 pm

Took the Oliver harrow out and disc'ed my neighbor's 1/4 acre garden. Did it four times as it was pretty weeded up. Harrow did great - lost one shoulder bolt on one gang (wasn't tight - my bad), but I had a spare, and after a 5 minute field fix, I was off again. I had a couple of cement blocks in the weight boxes, which helped the cutting, but his field really needs a plow (my next project!).

Only adjustment I think I need to make is to figure out how to reduce the length of chain by moving the attachment point closer to the rockshaft lift arm. It did fine in the dirt, but was a tad low when transporting it. Here's a picture of the field trial.
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1951 Cub and 1910 (?) Oliver Disc Harrow
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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby Scrivet » Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:02 pm

Looks real good. :{_}:

That's an awful lot of disk when it's sticking that far out to lift though. Shortening up the hitch some would make it easier to lift and raise higher. If you haven't already, take a look at the Cub L-38 disk (non fast hitch version) and that could give you some ideas.

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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby Jim in SC » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:54 am

Yep - you are exactly right! I think I will shorten the tongue by about 6" and maybe move the attachment point in a few inches and see if that helps. Right now the hydraulics have to strain a bit when raising it, plus it barely clears the ground when raised. I also discovered that I for sure need the front wheel weights!

Thanks for the advice!

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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby Scrivet » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:22 am

Six inches is a start, I was thinking like a foot and six inches. Maybe that's all that you can because of the levers hitting the seat though. Here's a picture of the L-38 and a link to the full manual in Rudi's Manuals above. http://www.cleancomputes.com/Cub/Cub%20Implement%20Manuals/Cub-L%2038%20Disc%20Harrow/index.html
Notice the tongue slips under the tractors horseshoe shaped drawbar and hooks to an A frame in front of the horseshoe drawbar and the horseshoe drawbar is unbolted and allowed to pivot.
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Clicking on the picture makes it bigger. If you're using microsoft then holding CTRL and hitting the + sign (shift and a couple keys to the right of 8,9,0) will zoom it every time you hit +
This is also an intelligence test :D If you are the type of person that just "does things" then eventually you'll come to the point when you want it back to normal.
Or are you the type that thinks ahead and realizes before you try this, how do I get it back to normal. :lol:

Either way CTRL and 0 (that's a zero not an oh)

And if you really think ahead yes CTRL and - (minus) will make it smaller. (Just in case you have an annoying coworker who isn't computer savvy) :wink:

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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby Jim in SC » Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:16 am

Point taken. I just went out to the barn and looked at it. I can shorten the tongue at least 6", maybe more, it is what it is. I know that I will bring it in as close as I can. I really appreciate the recommendation and the link! Thanks!

I'll post more pics after I do some cutting on the tongue!
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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby Jim Becker » Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:05 pm

You need to shorten it up much more than 6 inches. Not only will the lift work better, the front wheels will stay on the ground much better.

Try reversing the drawbar or moving it forward, or both. Reverse the levers (or should I say unreverse?) to get more clearance at the back of the tractor.

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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby OliverFarmall » Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:41 pm

beautiful rectification job !
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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby ricky racer » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:48 pm

Nice job on the restoration!! That was probably built in South Bend, IN just a few miles from where I live. The first tractor I ever did a restoration on was an Oliver Hart-Parr 70.

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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby Jim in SC » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:47 am

Ricky, that is an AWESOME Oliver 70! Bet it's tough on the asphalt roads though!

You could be right about my Oliver disc harrow being made in South Bend. I kind of like to think it has ties to the Charles City, Iowa Oliver plant though. I grew up on a farm about 12 miles from Charles City. We had Farmalls - an M, an H, and a F-20. Would love to see a picture of your Regular.
Always admired Oliver's though. One of the best tractors made!

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Re: Restored Oliver Disc Harrow

Postby Jim in SC » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:55 pm

Well, I managed to shorten the distance from the disc's center of gravity and the tractor's rockshaft. I took off a little over a foot distance and what a difference that made! I think this lash-up is going to work now, just in time for getting the garden ready for fall! On to another project now (trying to get a JD L100 garden tractor running. Looks like it had a bad brake switch - I hope so! If not, I'm kicking it to the curb and starting to look for an early model Cub Cadet to work on...

I have the 193 Moldboard Plow project to keep me busy this winter too...
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