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Silver King unknown

Silver King unknown in As Dreamers Do, Movie, 2014 IMDB

Class: Others, Farming vehicle — Model origin: US

Silver King unknown

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


mike962 DE

2019-06-10 21:51

:hello: lightninboy

mike962 DE

2019-06-10 22:05

they look like FERGUSON


Link to "www.tractordata.com"

-- Last edit: 2019-06-10 22:08:13

lightninboy US

2019-06-11 02:51

Silver King. Hard to determine the model.

Maybe more likely a Plymouth.

-- Last edit: 2019-06-11 04:41:59

mike962 DE

2019-06-11 11:34

lightninboy wrote Silver King. Hard to determine the model.

Maybe more likely a Plymouth.

hmm indeed


Quote Silver Kings were manufactured by the Fate-Root-Heath Co. beginning in 1933 in Plymouth, Ohio. Initially they were called 'Plymouths.' According to historians of the brand, J.D. Fate arrived in Plymouth in the late 1880s to begin building clay-extruding equipment for the manufacture of bricks. In 1909, Fate organized the Plymouth Truck Co. for making Plymouth trucks and sightseeing buses, and in 1910, a Plymouth car, but in 1915, the company closed.

In 1919, Fate joined with three Root brothers - John, Percy and Halse - and Charles Heath to build locomotives and reel-type grass mowers, also in the same city. Following the 1929 stock market crash, Heath urged his partners to begin building tractors, too. The company's first tractor was a three-wheeled Plymouth 10-20, powered by a 20-hp Hercules 1XA four-cylinder motor with a 3-inch bore and a 4-inch stroke. The four-speed transmission included a speed gear that topped out at 25 mph.

Silver Kings were reportedly designed for use with rubber tires, although they came with steel wheels as standard equipment; the buyer had to pay extra for the rubber tires. The tractor also was among the first to have an electrical system, including starter and lights, and it quickly gained a reputation for being easy to repair. By the mid-1930s, company engineers were working on a three-point hitch, live hydraulics and a complete hydraulic transmission.In 1934, when the low, stable design of the four-wheeled Silver King R38 was introduced, the tractor began to attract more attention. It sported lights, a horn and a top road speed of 45 mph with its governor removed. From 1934 to 1937, the tractors were built and marketed mostly for highway mowing; each tractor came with its own 5-foot Oliver sickle-bar mower.

In 1936, the company was able to build four to five tractors a day, and in 1937, records show, 1,000 tractors were actually sold.

-- Last edit: 2019-06-11 11:36:01

dsl SX

2019-06-11 14:11

mike962 wrote https://www.farmcollector.com/tractors/history-of-silver-king-tractors

Continuing to read that link....

"According to Cars, Trucks and Buses Made by Tractor Companies, by Bill Vossler, the Ohio-made Plymouth tractors turned into Silver Kings after Walter Chrysler, of Chrysler Corp., Detroit, sued Fate-Root-Heath in 1935 to keep that firm from continuing to use the 'Plymouth' name. Rather than fight an extensive court battle with a large corporation, the Ohio firm settled out of court and switched the tractor's name to 'Silver King.' ...... From 1933 through 1954, Fate-Root-Heath manufactured 8,600 Silver King tractors in Plymouth; between 200 and 300 were made before Chrysler's suit forced the name change. In 1954, the Fate-Root-Heath Co. sold its tractor division to Mountain State Fabricating Co. in Clarksburg, W.Va. From 1955 to 1957, 75 Silver King tractors, beginning with the 5000 Series, were made by that firm, but then production halted, and in 1960, Mountain States closed." (there's more to read but not needing a full quote here)

So tractors were 1933 onwards, with only 2-300 as Plymouths then from 1934 over 8000 made as Silver Kings??

lightninboy US

2019-06-11 22:21

dsl wrote
So tractors were 1933 onwards, with only 2-300 as Plymouths then from 1934 over 8000 made as Silver Kings??

It sounds like it.

Anyway, it would be confusing to call it a Plymouth tractor on IMCDb.

-- Last edit: 2019-06-11 22:30:08

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