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'47 model 88

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05-28-2003 05:50:17

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I was working on my 1947 Oliver 88 serial number ****130 yesterday and I noticed some things about it that has me wondering.

1. I noticed that there was no shift pattern plate on the dash and no holes that indicate it even had one. I am going to have to replace the dash so I was wondering if I should weld up the holes that are in the later model dash or was the shift plate an "option"?

2. The front frame casting has no raised rib that runs across the front and down the sides. MY 49 model has that rib as does my 50. I know the later ones have the rib left off. Probably a cost issue.

Does anyone know if the first few of the 88's did not have the rib or is it more likely that the front frame casting has been replaced at one time?

Thanks guys.

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05-30-2003 18:09:38

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 Re: '47 model 88 in reply to JerryB, 05-28-2003 05:50:17  
I also own an early '48 oliver 88 (old style). Mine does not have the raised rib around the front frame where the newer ones are painted yellow--mine is still painted red. As to the shift plate I would have to check mine to see if it has one. Does the one you own have the old style sheet metal or was it changed over??

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06-04-2003 14:43:30

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 Re: Re: '47 model 88 in reply to KirkN, 05-30-2003 18:09:38  
Mine has the original sheet metal (or at least some of it). I purchased all the original still metal for an early 88 about 1 year ago hoping to build a "clone". One day last summer a guy came by my shop and wanted to know if I wanted to buy another Oliver. Told him I would take a look at it.

Went the next day to take a look. Pulled up at his house expecting to see a "normal" 88. There sat an oversized 70. Couldn't believe what I was looking at. He told me what he wanted for it and I paid him so fst he didn't have time to change his mind.

The engine isn't stuck and some one had painted it with a brush several years ago and that preserved the metal quit nicely. Have some of the parts at the metal stripping place now getting them derusted.

All I need I need now is an intake/exhaust manifold setup and I can hear it run. The manifolds crumbled when I touched them.

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05-31-2003 20:56:48

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 Re: Re: '47 model 88 in reply to KirkN, 05-30-2003 18:09:38  
I checked my 88 and there is no shift plate & no holes for a shift plate. My 88 has not been cobbled with much so I belive that it must not have had a shift plate. I would leave it original & leave the plate off.

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05-30-2003 09:17:37

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 Re: '47 model 88 in reply to JerryB, 05-28-2003 05:50:17  
Hi Jerry,

I don't know the answers, but I can look at mine and get back to you. I'm pretty sure it does have the dash plate though. Mine is an early '48.

Enjoy, Joe

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