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Minneapolis Moline U. Love em, Hate em? Got Stories Or Pictures Of Yours ?


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Default Re: Minneapolis Moline U. Love em, Hate em? Got Stories Or Pictures Of Yours ?

Also found a complete RTI that was Air Force issue,tag is still on the fender dated 1952. Looks to be a good project,motor is loose
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Here is a picture of an old railway bed that was littered with MM U parts tractors.
Anyone see this pic before? Anyone have any idea where it is
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Shame you weren't up here in pa today. A not running unrestored propane U sold around 600 at auction. Was in fairly good shape despite being a bit weathered.
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Shame you weren't up here in pa today. A not running unrestored propane U sold around 600 at auction. Was in fairly good shape despite being a bit weathered.
That would have been nice. Oh well,day late and a dollar short.
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Interesting LP on right. it has a 1939 or 40 steering wheel and column. Front tin is newer not red nose. LP came out in 1941 as MM was first company market on the U. See about 6 U's in picture.
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I guess I like the ol U as at one time I had 8 of them. Still have 47, 49 and 51 UTS and 55 UB. I bought 5 from one farm in Seymour Texas when he died. He never removed a plow or drill from a tractor, just crank the one with the right implement--dryland wheat farmer. We have pulled them in their farm clothes for year and currently doing tinwork on one that the oldest grandson is claiming and pulling. All of mine are LP as Texas really bought into the LP tractors. ( [I] do have a R gas also--'44) I remember buying LP in 1000 gal deliveries for 10 cents a gallon in the 50's. I grew up with a father that worked for LP whosale delivery and supplies company. He was an AC man though.

I worked for a large farmer that never bought new, just bought 3 or more alike of something he thought a bargain. I wore out several sets of disk blades on an offset and tandem disk harrow with a 50 model UTS. I guess I just fell in love with the old girls and still like the looks and sound of the U. We have about 5000 pounds of used U parts, but have sold off most of the heads, manifolds and most called for parts.

Six years ago I hauled 800 yards of fill dirt almost 1/4 mile with a 47 UTS to build up a slope to site my son and DIL's new house. Grandson ran the U with dump trailer that would only dump with 4 yds and grandaughter loaded stockpiled material with backhoe. They were 13 and 16 at that time.

I have suggested that when I pass, they carry me to the cemetery behind a U.
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53 super M,
There is a U with a wide front and big rear wheel weights for sale west of Dayton on Craigs List. Says starts, runs good, everything works.
asking $1,500.
If you buy a runner, you can drive and buy to your satisfaction, save lots of resto time and be able to get your money back if needed.
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Tony,
That's the U with the rigged up Schwartz wf that I found,interesting rear wheel weights look like homemade concrete weights. Plan on checking it out when the tax money makes it in. If it pans out and I get it bought it's getting a nf put back under it,don't like a wf especially a rigged up mess like that one.
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I'm looking for someone really familiar with U's, as I am having trouble determining the CORRECT polarity. Should it be positive ground or should it be negative ground.
This machine has had several persons work on it and no one knows what has been done. I put in a charged battery, got no spark either way I connected it, would show small discharge with ign switch on, but no charge with it running. (possibly amp gauge has been reversed)
I ran it for a while and not the regulator relay points are stuck shut and gives heavy spark when battery cable is pulled and reconected.
I need to start over completely, but need to know correct polarity.
IT manual says some regs are pos grnd and some are neg ground. That sounds wierd to me.
Thanks for any help.
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My 48 U is my go to tractor
Here are some pictures of her picking corn,plowing, pulling an 11' disc, and on our ensilage cutter at our local show
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All MM's positive ground until mid 60's.
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Positive ground if it has the original generator/ regulator on it. If it has a newer alternator then it will be different as the diodes in the unit only hook up one way without a dead short.
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All my U's hand crank if I can usually with no electrics. All my newer stuff generators. Been electronic tech for 40 some years. No new electronic devices can replace gens and mags in elements.
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Spent a bunch of time on a '53? U LP hauling hay and plowing for my BIL in the early 80's.
He smelled and ran so nice plowing (what a big grunt with a 3 bottom plow!) and was FAST pulling a loaded hay rack! I'll never forget pushing the throttle lever ahead, hunkering down a bit on the platform, buddy by my side, gripping the steering wheel when we were on flat ground on top of those goat hills...
And we moved...fast. Damn it was hot. We got a breeze!
Awful big soft spot for the U.
Haha! The KTA's and MTA's were the test platforms for the 283 U! See the new Universal M!
The JT, the little brother and test bed for the Z.
Sorry but gonna do it. Twin City's rocked!!
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Solid blocks U's are not all babbitted. Only KEA and KEC. KED(UDLX) KEF 1941-48 had precision bearings.
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I think we've got it figured out. Had to start over with new reg, cause I welded the points. Brought on by multiple persons working on the tractor and the new guy not knowing what all was done. my bad
Thanks for the comments and the help.
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6V U did not have a regulator just a cutout. 12v U in 1953 had regulator and cutout in one device.
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