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Antique Miscellaneous Tractor: Silver King (Wide Front)

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This tractor was produced by the Fate-Root-Heath Company in Plymouth, Ohio.

Silver King (Wide Front) Tractor

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Pat wrote on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (PDT):
  • We are restoring a 1938 wide front Silver King and need a steering wheel. Any source for info will be appreciated. We did find a site ebay or amazon store that had John or John s store, but now cannot find it. Please! Any help!
    Pamela Drlica wrote on Friday, January 27, 2012 (PST):
  • I am helping my neighbor Who has a silver king1937 on rubber/cast wheels 40horse hercules engine, needs the book and imfo on the mower deck ...please call 9893482545ask for Bob.ty
    Cedric Abbott wrote on Thursday, February 04, 2010 (PST):
  • I,m rehabbing my grandfathers R-38 and need one of the rear wheel cast centers, the one with nuts and clips ti hold the rim on. Also need a rear pto shaft.
    Nathan Ritter wrote on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 (PDT):
  • This past week my weve been working on a 1950 silver king model 42 3 wheeler and the fan belt that was on it was not the right size and we cant find the messurments for it dose any one know the correct fan belt size
    Richard Coulter wrote on Sunday, December 09, 2007 (PST):
  • On the silver king web sitethere are two silver king tractor brochures displayed The lower or second displays a 3 wheel model with only horizontal structure in the grill. when did this manufacturing change take place What significance is this in determining the year and model. i am woking from a picture only and do not have the serial number. can you help me determine the age of my father s silver King in my picture
    roy cool wrote on Sunday, October 29, 2006 (PST):
  • I have a wide frontend Silver King. It has spoked wheels. I'm told this is a 1938. I need alot of info. on this because I want to restore this to original as possible. Any pictures of one would be great. I have a picture of a 1940.
    Dave wrote on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 (PST):
  • I am looking for a model 42 three wheeler to buy ,would like to have a nice one. Doesn't have to be running.Call 765-459-8634 or e-mail. thank you,Dave
    scott wise wrote on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 (PDT):
  • looking for parts and or help with a 1934 plymouth. need rear & FRONT RIMS. GASS TANK, OR METAL WHEELS?
    rj wrote on Monday, September 06, 2004 (PDT):
  • look ing for a seliver king for sale that runs or turns over
    sam sorrell wrote on Thursday, November 06, 2003 (PST):
  • i have 2 silver kings 1936&1938 both wide fronts 1936 has wire uncle also has a 1937.i like these tractors because not a lot people have them
    SK tractor for sale wrote on Monday, July 14, 2003 (PDT):
  • Silver King Tractor For Sale. Real basket case. tractor hasn't ran since late 70's, water got into exhaust, froze motor, dad took motor off, thought it would be a good project, hasn't touched it since. tractor is in pieces, some inside some out, has a front blade/plow with frame and duell rear wheels, had side PTO wheel, From looking at pictures on the web, it has the smooth rear fenders of a R38 but kinda looks like a 42, its a wide front end, has got headlights like yellow one in of the photos on , seat and steering wheel are rusted off, this thing is just growing roots at dad's hunting cabin in Western New York. Most likely, looking for someone to take complete/total tractor. i don't really want to get into parting it out. E-mail if interested, ronp at
    Frank Carlson wrote on Sunday, June 01, 2003 (PDT):
  • We are looking for our 2 silver kings that were traded in years was the small 4 wheeled,crank start, and I believe a hand clutch. The other was a larger 4 wheeled model,with the rounded nose. How can we find these? Frank Carlson
    Frank Carlson wrote on Sunday, June 01, 2003 (PDT):
  • We are looking for our 2 silver kings that were traded in years was the small 4 wheeled,crank start, and I believe a hand clutch. The other was a larger 4 wheeled model,with the rounded nose. How can we find these? Frank Carlson
    Keith A Jenkins Cummington Ma 01026 wrote on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have a 1937 R44 Engine#404485 of my stepfathers it is all origal and in very good running condition with a side mower I am trying to get a value on it to sell for my mother;
    Artie Siegel wrote on Friday, April 11, 2003 (PDT):
  • I have 1944 or 1945 three wheel Silver King with Continental engine # f162-36846 can I cross reference this # with the tractor serial #, also does anyone restore the steering wheels. Engine is original, never replaced, thank you for any info.
    Bill Tankersley wrote on Friday, March 07, 2003 (PST):
  • My son (Rick) and I purchased a 1937 Silver King model R44 Oct 2002.Tractor was not runnig.Cleaned the carb, point ,installed new plug wires. Runs great, no somke.Do have a problem with the clutch. Can not get the tractor in gear.Have not worked on it due to the cold weather.The sheet metal is in very good condition, was keep in a barn.It is very tight I don't think it has many hour on it.Has original rear tires with diamomd tread, very poor condition.This was an estate sale and the man son claims his father purchased the tractor in 1950. He used it to pull a set of gang mowers.I also got the plow with the tractor, 16 inch one bottom. I need a drawbar for the tractor. I want to replace the rear tires and use the tractor to pull at the area shows.
    Rj Scheller wrote on Friday, November 29, 2002 (PST):
  • if any one has this tractor i wood want to buy it
    Joe Kelley wrote on Sunday, September 15, 2002 (PDT):
  • I have a 1938 Silver King under restoration...Does anyone repro the muffler for the Silver King? Also does anyone have a source for the rear hubcaps? Thanks Joe Kelley
    ED ROGERS wrote on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 (PDT):
    Bobbie Coles wrote on Saturday, September 23, 2000 (PDT):
  • Looking for any orginal literature to purchase
    Robin Mabrito wrote on Tuesday, May 30, 2000 (PDT):
  • we are also looking for a set of rear rims
    Robin Mabrito wrote on Tuesday, May 30, 2000 (PDT):
  • We are in the process of restoring a wide front end silver king and am looking for a schematic of the tractor
    C.Dixon wrote on Monday, January 24, 2000 (PST):
  • Am looking for Silver King owners who have a web page, or are interested in creating a page for the Silver Kings of Yesteryear tractor club. Please note that you saw this on "YT". Thanks.
    Mike DS wrote on Saturday, January 15, 2000 (PST):
  • The "Plymouth" tractor was first built in 1934, the name was later changed to Silver King,in 1935. Walter Chrysler had just introduced his automobile Plymouth, in 1928 and was not to happy with a tractor with the same name,Altho it's not known whether the name change was forced upon them?? The Plymouth car was very good with hydraulic brakes for and economy car in the 1930's to bad the name is sceduled to be dropped from the Chrysler line in 2001 model year.The Plymouth tractor remains a very rare collectable tractor today, with the Silver King being more commonly found.
    C. Dixon wrote on Monday, December 06, 1999 (PST):
  • I am the proud owner of a 4 wheel 1937 model R-44, (the "R" stands for rubber tired, and the numbers are the tire width). "She" has been restored in and out, but is not all original, has traction bars and weight brackets to play in 2500# antique class. Unfortunately there is very little info on Plymouth or Silver King tractors to be found on the web just yet, but you can contact the Silver Kings collectors club by mail; Silver Kings of Yesteryear, 4520 Bullhead Road, Willard, Ohio 44890
    Lynn wrote on Monday, December 06, 1999 (PST):
  • we just got me one of these(a R-38?)!!! have been trying to find out what modle she is, and what color she was painted! She was used in Portland, Oregon area to mow the highways. Mine is a 1940, by serial no., but friend said her grill may be a 1941, go figure! Anyone out there with info can get back to me to.
    Al Deemer wrote on Sunday, October 03, 1999 (PDT):
  • October 3, 1999 Needed; Starter for 1938 IXB Hercules engine for 1936-38 tractor. Al
    Tracy Carlson wrote on Tuesday, May 11, 1999 (PDT):
  • My father may have the smaller brother of this tractor. It also was made by Fate-Root-Heath, but it actually carries the "Plymouth" marque. It's about a 1932, still on original rear rubber, and has a Hercules engine. We've been trying to find info on his, and yours may be the best lead-in I've come across.

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