This what I could find...
"Albertamike, Reguarding your question about Rockol tractors,They were actually built by the Harry A. Lowther Co. in Shelbyville Indiana.I believe they were first offered in 1947.By the late 1950's they were being built by the custom tractor mfg. co.in Hustisford Wisconsin.The Canadian tractors were the same machine except they were given different names.The tractors in eastern Canada were sold under the Rockol name and the tractors in western Canada were sold under the Regal name.One unique factoid about Customs was that they had a gyrol fluid drive transmission,I dont know if the Rockol or Regal tractors did.I live in eastern Kansas and have actually seen a few Customs here,one of which is not far from my home.I hope to someday soon become the owner of that tractor.Hope this helps!"
* Rockol 98 Fluid Drive tractor c/w rubber tires, pto, Type.SA-336, SN#57785 C$1750.00
Re' "clueless": it's because the more you learn, the more you realise you have left to learn...answering questions often raises more questions, and you never really catch up. And , as in this case, I've never even seen one of these; everything came from other peoples books and websites. All I did was get curious and try to build a timeline, which, I'm sure, has been done dozens of times before, and is probably all down on the web somewhere, if I just had the sense (or intelligence) to know just how to phrase the search. My father used to say "...whatever you can't figure out how to do with your brain you'll wind up doing with your back...", and, by Gosh, he was right. Take care.
Robert Nicholson here, I just joined MTF this AM. I'm curious about the photo of the Rockel tractor you posted. I note it has a single exhaust.
Does it have a six cylinder or an eight cylinder engine. I'm trying to put together an article on the eight cylinder tractor and looking for material and photos that I can document.
Thanks in Advance
Bob (among the better names I've been called)
Hey Clueless welcome back! :howdy: and yes I also heard these tractors were a speed demon.RN/Bob---My God!! Ten years since this thread started---you'll forgive me, I'm sure, for not thanking your reminding me ten years've slipped away, like the man said "...like quicksilver thru a nest of cracks..."...
More to the point at hand, check the Lehr Tractor thread now ongoing on this same forum for more info...
Didn't review article today, don't know if mentioned part of the original CO-OP ad campaign was getting one a ticket for speeding thru town---they reportedly would do 35 mph...
I never was able to run down whether there were other "model community CO-OP factories" set up like Arthurdale, nor was I able to run down the woman, reportedly a daughter of someone originally involved in the design or production, that was, again reportedly, writing a history of the CO-OP-Customs...
(Sigh)---too many questions; too little time... Bud Tierney
I have a Rockol 1 qt. oil can, supplied by the Rock Oil Co. Ltd. Edmonton, Alberta Canada. I cannot find another anywhere on the internet. Do you know anything about this? Was it made for the Rockol Tractors? Any info you can provide would be great.does anyone know anything about these tractors i've only ever seen one other rockol other than the one i bought saturday, and i really haven't seen it yet only pictures. what i've found out then was they were made from 48-53 with chrysler 6 cyl flathead and doge truck trans and rear end. they look a lot like jumbo tractor in wendels book and similar to a simpson tractor i've seen at a local show. i haven't ryjba co-op tractor for a few years but there are some similarities there to if i remember correctly. but then the chrysler drivetrain was a popular setup in the post war years
heres a link to auctioneers pics (i hope)