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Found A Large Stash Of Antique Tractors!


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Old 07-19-2009, 09:26:48 PM
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Acting on a tip from a good friend of mine, I went to look over an abandon farm site as the elderly owner has gone to a rest home and his son has begun what is sure to be a lengthy clean-up. Amazing......the place looks like a bomb went off and everything was left where it fell back to the ground
Some of this collection was started more than 50 years ago. I spent two full days helping to clear a path to some tractors that have sat for thirty years in buildings that are packed, poked, cramed, and jamed full of junk. Six sheds and several acres are littered with fourty plus tractors from the 20's to 60's.
I will be going back for more because I got along quite well with the old chap in charge of clean-up ( handing him a fist full of one hundred dollar bills seemed to leave him enjoying my company).
I got four of them bought and home. Two are on rubber sneakers so I will post them on the Tractor Talk forum. Here is a 1925 Case 18-32 cross-motor, and a 1926 Twin City 17-28
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:55:02 PM
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Default Re: Found A Large Stash Of Antique Tractors!

Boy Tony that Case looks nice and the TC is real good also .
I just looked at a 1928 CASE today.It been dry around here as to finding any thing at all It seams like it all being hiddin.
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Nice find!
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tony,they look like they are complete,how is the manifold on the case,real good look tc 12-28 any minneapolis 27-42 parts there, lawrence & I will see you in sept. Dave
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:10:38 PM
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David,
Manifold and air washer are missing on the Case. Fortunately, these pieces are available reproduction. The TC is complete. I do not think there is any 27-42 Minneapolis parts there, but I will be going back to dig because there is LOTS of parts laying EVERYWHERE and more tractors to look at also.
I am putting a Twin City 27-44 part in the mail for you tomorrow. Look foreward to your next visit
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:29:43 AM
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Hi Tony
It's great to see some of these dust covered pieses of iron come out of hiding so they can be enjoyed! Thanks for the pictures and keep us posted.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:06:41 AM
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Going to have them ready for Le Sueur Tony?
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:54:39 AM
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What a fantastic discovery - those are beautiful tractors! I wish that we came across forgotten collections like that in the UK!

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Default Re: Found A Large Stash Of Antique Tractors!

The TC and the case both look to be in great condition, lots of original paint left. These both must have been shedded for many years. Great find. Tony. thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:23:42 PM
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It is great fun for an enthusiast to discover and bring out a forgotten collection like this. I have managed to find more than my share of old iron. Because america's persisting finacial disasters have forced me into early retirement, I do have a lot of time to hunt these artifacts down.
I must admit I am a very poor buisness man, and much of the time many of my finds go to fellow collectors at very small proffit to me, but I like to buy, sell, trade, and enjoy the many great people envolved in this truely wonderful hobby
I am managing enough good trades to make more friends, and add pieces into my personal collection as I go.
The US in a large country, and there is still a lot of old iron out here to be rediscovered.
The Case and the Huber I dragged out had sat in a barn for over 30 years and were sunk in the earthen floor about a foot deep. It was an adventure to dig them out, and I slept very well each evening afterward. There are many more tractors there, however, the ones I got are some of the better ones. Nothing high dollar or real rare, but very exiting for a collector on a budget like myself
Lots of McCormicks on steel, early Fordsons, early Case in-lines, and a good assortment of "classic" machines on rubber sneakers. I want to rummage through the buildings for parts also as there are mags, carbs, and junk laying ALL OVER the place,.....What a mess
Some other people have been there and did take a lot of gs engines away, but most did not make very good offers on the tractors, so I came out on top by not trying to "steal" them.
If I continue to get along well, I will post some more later.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:47:40 PM
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I made it back to the farm site about three weeks ago and managed to purchase a load of parts, I got manifolds, belt pulleys, carbs, mags, and other bits.
Sunday I went back for tractors and got two more. one on rubber I will post on tractor talk, and the other is this 1929 Case L.
Yes, I know Case built a bazillion L's, but this one is a bit unique. This is a first year L that had a Kingston intake on it (the throttle butterfly is up in the intake runner and not in the Kingston carb). The exhaust is a short snout that does not use a bolt on elbow of any sort.
The crankshaft pulley and water pump are an early flat belt design rather than a V belt setup.
Mag was gone, engine is stuck, but overall, I think it to be a fair survivor for a first year L. And the best part.....after a 30 + year sleep, it is back out where people can see it again
I may be able to get a couple more because the owner looks forward to me handing him lots of $100 bills when I come to visit with my truck and trailer
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Hi Tony
Thanks for the pictures and for getting these tractors back out in the hands of collectors that can enjoy them. Looks like you found some tin too.
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Boy, nothing slips by "hawkeye Jim"
You certainly have an eye for detail my good friend!
I gave the owner $20 for two 14 foot sheets of NOS galvanized roof tin that was laying in one of the sheds for many years.
They will go very nice on top of the canopy of my current resto project, a Twin City 27-44.
I have been looking for roof tin in good condition for about a year now, and now I have two brand new sheets here
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Still digging junk out of this old farm site.
I have now made it into the deepest darkest corner of the oldest shed on the decaying property, where these two Fordsons where put in much more than forty years ago. They have been there so long, current owner cannot remember when his elderly father put them to sleep there!
Disgusting and exciting at the same time, extracting them from their murky tomb of coon scat, heavy layers of dust and crumbling bits of a building that gravatational forces are overcoming, made me appreciate being outside again
Now I have too many tractors, (ya, I know, poor me) so I will pursue the exchange of these freed prisoners for cash to support my Twin City habit rather than keeping them.
I think it is neat to see these little cuties out side again after such a lenghthy slumber
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Question Re: Found A Large Stash Of Antique Tractors!

Are you just buying complete tractors, or are you collecting up piles of usable parts to share with others as well.

I know you already mentioned getting some manifolds, pulley's carbs & mags, but didn't specify whether they were for your own current projects, or to pass along to others.

Good that you found them before they all went for scrap iron.
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I see the Fordson on cutoffs is fitted for a magneto.......and maybe even has a governor (can't see it well enough)......
Might that one be an Irish or English Fordson?.......
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English Fordson with Kingston regenerator hot shoe kero vaporizer. The maggie is a Bosch which is missing. Nice piece! See the traces of blue paint on the engine..and the Fordson logo on the radiator ladders.... English.
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The two Fordson's are English Fordson's. Probably between 1932 and 1935. The front wheels on the one tractor should have the heavy castiron ones like the other.
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Otto-Sawyer,
I am always looking for, buying, trading, selling, collecting whole tractors and parts.
I keep way too much (cant seem to help it) but I sell a good bit of the extra items in an effort to help offset some of the cost of this old iron habit.
For 21 years now, I have taken a load of leftovers/extras to LeSueur swap meet every spring. It has become an annual spring party that I look forward to each year. I make it a point to buy a bunch of tractor parts that I do not even need all year long just to make sure I have a load of junk for the big spring iron fling
It is a kind of sickness, but I suppose some of the folks here know all about that. My illness has made me rich with friends, many of them are like family now

O great moderator,
The one on rear cutoffs has a good deal of blue paint on it.
Both of them have magneto fittings and governors.

One has a Pierce governor that runs against the back of belt with a flat pulley.

They have rather unique perforated floorboards integrated into the fenders.

Can anyone shed some light on the back tank insert on one that reads FORDSON, Keegan Farm equip. Co, Minneapolis Minn? I have not seen this before
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my dad has a 1931 L case in need of a manifold like the one pictured. If anyone knows of one I am looking paul
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