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What color did MM use for primer?

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10-15-2012 09:49:48

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Iv been working on my 1865 Oliver and have noticed alot of yellow paint under the green. This was not unexpected to me as it is really an MM tractor. But it is not a bright yellow. More like a dull yellow primer. I do think that this tractor came off of the assembly line green and was not painted green after the fact like some others I have seen. The yellow that I have found has all been in inconspicuous spots like the inside of the frame rails and the nooks and crannies. The only thing that is an obvious green over yellow is on the hydraulic controls for the remotes. That is a bright yellow and the green is peeling off from it easily. So I guess my question is what color did MM use for a primer? I will get some pics tonight. Thanks

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10-16-2012 18:52:30

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 Re: What color did MM use for primer? in reply to agcodick, 10-15-2012 09:49:48  
Here are the pics of some of the yellow spots. After looking closer it seems that alot of the platform related parts are all green over energy yellow the rest is the dull yellow.

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10-16-2012 06:49:08

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 Re: What color did MM use for primer? in reply to agcodick, 10-15-2012 09:49:48  
Worthless tid bit of information. both my 1850 and my 1955 olivers have a sort of olive green primer under the paint and the 90 and 94 series case tractors that have a olive green primer in the rear main case were cast at the oliver plant in charles city iowa.

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10-15-2012 11:56:00

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 Re: What color did MM use for primer? in reply to agcodick, 10-15-2012 09:49:48  
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Now that you mention caterpillar yellow this yellow is exactly like Catepillar yellow primer. We use a lot of it at work and this is exactly like it. A very dull blah yellow. Maybie Oliver green paints better on a yellow primer. Some paint colors do require yellow primer.

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10-15-2012 09:59:44

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 Re: What color did MM use for primer? in reply to agcodick, 10-15-2012 09:49:48  
I have observed Red Primer on most MM Tractors & implements, but also some of the yellow you describe, kinda like Caterpillar Yellow, not a "chrome" yellow as the MM "Energy Yellow" of the era was.


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Alan K

10-15-2012 10:52:50

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 Re: What color did MM use for primer? in reply to maj-mm, 10-15-2012 09:59:44  
Ive seen mostly red primer also, but am wondering if Oliver used some of the "yellow" primer as I believe I have seen some of that color on Oliver parts on the 50 series and some 55 series....or maybe Im just seeing things lol.

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10-15-2012 15:25:03

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 Re: What color did MM use for primer? in reply to Alan K, 10-15-2012 10:52:50  
That is my assumption, the Yellow Primer I have seen is on A4T's, Red 50 series & newer, as well as the Green "Oliver" MM's, as well as some implements of the same vintage.

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