Bill and Margaret Whiticker
1940 Silver King High Clearance
In August of 2002, my wife, Margaret and I went to the Silver King Tractor Show in Plymouth, Ohio. Dave Wahlberg, a member of the Silver Kings of Yesteryear tractor club, had his 1940 Silver King tractor there. I admired it and started thinking that I would like to have one. A few weeks later, I called Dave and asked him if he knew where I might find one. He told me about Glenn Hoffman in Halifax, PA. He said that Glenn owned one, but doubted that he would sell it.
When we got to Glenn's farm, he had it hanging from a backhoe - no motor, no rims - just a stripped down hull. We spent the rest of the morning talking tractors. We got home on Sunday despite the snow and wind.
I worked months on this tractor. I tried to replace all parts as originally as possible. By the time I got it all put together and painted, it was July 2004. That's when I took it to Adams, TN to the Threshing Show. it was the only Silver King tractor there. There were lots of positive comments. But there some people who had never heard of a Silver King tractor.
We decided to take it to Greenville, TN to their annual tractor show in October of 2004. Our son-in-law's grandparents live there and the grandfather has always been a major organizer of that show. Again, we had the only Silver King there.
By the way, this tractor does not actually belong to me. It belongs to our grandson, Ethan, who is now 20 months old. In fact, that's the only way that I could get by with buying it. I had restored a 1952 Ford 8N tractor for my oldest grandson, so, naturally, I had to restore one for the second grandson.
The Picture above were taken at the 2004 Silver King festival in Plymouth,Ohio Shown on left Bill's tractor, and on the right Dave Wahlberg's high clearance model which can be seen at the Models page of this web site. These tractors finally re-united at home after over 60 years!!
SilverKingTractors.com would like to thank Bill and Margaret Whiticker for submiting the story of their tractor. Bill is looking forward to buying his next Silver King, and we are looking forward to seeing it as well in the future.
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