Jamie Bowman's 1945 Model 42 Silver King
1945 Model 42 Silver King was purchased new by the late Mr. Ray Bowman.
His son Richard drove it to the family farm in Lattasburg, Ohio from
Plymouth, Ohio. As of this time,
Mrs. Ray Bowman, who is the original buyer’s wife is still living at the age
of 102 years.
tractor was used on the farm on a daily basis until the early 1970’s.
From this time until March of 1999, it was inoperable, as its many years
of use had taken its toll on the little Silver Tractor.
March of 1999, the tractor was trailered from the farm in Lattasburg to the
workshop of Richard’s grandson, Jamie just outside of Wooster.
For the last 2-1/2 years, a considerable amount of money and many hours
of work have gone into the tractor that is on display today, with the
restoration being done by Jamie.
entire restoration process has had many interesting issues to deal with.
For example, only 8700 Silver King tractors were built.
Therefore, any parts that were needed for replacements had to either have
been made from scratch or retrieved from one of the few donor tractors that are
whole project would not have been possible first and foremost without the
financial support of Grandpa Richard and the patience and understanding of my
wife Wendy. Additional appreciation
and thanks also go to my father Dave for providing the battery, front tire and
the paint. Also, Uncle Gary for donating the replacement engine from an old road
roller, as the original engine was beyond repair. And, Jeff Mills for his assistance in preparing all of the
sheet metal for painting. Thank-you
SilverKingTractors.com would like to thank Jamie Bowman for submitting his story, we are looking forward to his next!
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