Oliver 550 model changes

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Oliver 550 model changes

Postby Terry Buelow » Wed Sep 18, 2002 5:23 pm

I attended and really enjoyed my first HPOAC meet in Cedar Falls a few weeks ago, but I came away with more questions regarding a 550 that I have. It's serial # is 121433 (perhaps a mid-year 1962). The tractor has a later model hood (no side indentations for the Oliver logo) and a fiberglass checkerboard grill. Mr. Larry Gay's book "A Guide to Hart-Parr, Olliver ....." p 42 states "For the 1963 model year the 550 changed to a checkerboard style of grill". Do any of you know when Oliver would introduce a "Model Year"? Is there any way to tell just what hood and grill this 550 should have?
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Oliver 550

Postby Frank Dodson » Sun Sep 29, 2002 7:46 pm

The last serial for the 1962 models was 123699 which makes yours one of the late models. I guess the late 62's could have been changed to the new appearance. The pictorial book by P.A. Letourneau shows a 1962 Oliver with the checker board grill on p61,62. The tractor has the plastic oval over the grill that spells Oliver. I think about 1963 this plastic oval was replaced by a metal oval with just an Oliver emblem
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