Oliver Tractors by T Herbert Morrell Back in Print
Sep 06, 2012
Octane Press re-published Oliver Tractors on September 1. This first-hand account by Oliver's chief engineer T. Herbert Morrell, provides readers with intimate insight on how some of the most collectible Oliver tractors were designed, produced and sold.
T. Herbert Morrell (center) seated in the Engineering Department, Oliver Charles City Plant, while selecting Timken tapered bearings in 1961 with Ernie Williamson (left) of the Oliver Purchasing Department and Bob Morgan of Timken Bearing Co.
Photo by C.J. Gibbs
This hardcover book costs $50.00 and can be ordered at this website: http://www.octanepress.com/book/oliver-tractors
The best-known Oliver farm tractors were built between 1944 and 1970, including the Fleetline series—the model 66, 77 and 88. Author T. Herbert Morrell was among the chief engineers for Oliver from 1944 through 1970. He was a key figure in the development of the Fleetline tractors, the upgraded Super series, and the all-new 1600, 1750, 1800, and 1900 tractors. This book provides a behind-the-scenes look at how these tractors were conceived and built from one of their foremost designers. The text has appeared in the book Oliver Farm Tractors (Motorbooks, Sep. 1997), and this updated rendition includes additional supporting technical data.
This Oliver Industrial tractor equipped with dual rear wheels is preparing a roadbed. It is most likely based on the Model 50, a four-cylinder tractor built from 1937 to 1948 that was available only in the standard tread configurations.
Photo by J.C. Allen and Son