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Re: Olivers at Polk's auction

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ollie gm

03-26-2014 20:46:57

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In my experience, what brings out the big bucks is these tractors having the original 2 valve GM engine. These old engines are getting a little hard to find and really make the complete restoration.

The 4 valve DD engines are plentiful and do make some more power. Most true Oliver collectors reduce the tractors authenticity when they see the DD badge cast on the block rather then the original GM badge.

After hearing this I am glad I didn't toss my old engine when restoring my 990. I really think I spent a lot of unnecessary extra cash and time rebuilding a 4 valve DD. I only use my 990 for pulling so the repower was needed.

Very nice tractors by the way.

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larry duda

03-27-2014 05:00:21

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 Re: Olivers at Polk's auction in reply to ollie gm, 03-26-2014 20:46:57  
I also kept my old engine. What catches my eye a lot more than what block the engine has is the half a--ed restoration job that 95% of the ones I've seen had done on them. I have never seen a nice restored one with DD block at any auction sell. I have seen a quite a few of the ones with the gm block sell for 6 to 20 grand. When I go to shows and auctions I always take a close look at the one that stand out, regardless what color.

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ollie gm

03-27-2014 14:29:14

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 Re: Olivers at Polk's auction in reply to larry duda, 03-27-2014 05:00:21  
I agree with you as to the extent of the restorations out there. The 990 Oliver is my favorite and I really pick them over when checking them out at auctions and shows. I also personally put a high value on farm fresh tractors that have been taken care of their entire life.

I notice you have the optional seat back on your rig. Did you have to hunt that down or did it come with the tractor? I just can't seem to find one anywhere. I am also looking for a belt pulley attachment for the pto.

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larry duda

03-27-2014 17:37:39

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 Re: Olivers at Polk's auction in reply to ollie gm, 03-27-2014 14:29:14  
I had to hunt the backrest down. Very hard to find. Took a year to find. The one I found had set out and froze and split. I had to pull it back together and braze up the seam. I then gave it to my body man buddy and he worked his magic on it. I seen anotherone at an auction on a junk seat. I quit bidding on it at $80. They are great to grab onto for getting on the tractors. Larry

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