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Old 01-27-2019, 11:09:35 PM
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I have not posted on the stak for several years. We have been working on a 1930 Twin City KT and my 12 year old cousin is restoring a 1940 Minneapolis Moline RT. Yesterday Dad bought our first piece of moline plow co history. It is a 1918 Moline Universal D. The tractor came from a dairy / farm in central Texas. The tractor seems to be in decent shape for being 100 years old. We also got the plow that was apparently bought with the tractor new. The plow was made by the Dallas Plow Co out of Texas. I am going to try to post progress along the way as we will need some advice and help finding parts.
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Old 01-27-2019, 11:16:16 PM
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Here are some more pictures.
Also list of parts we are needing includes:
intake exchanger
exhaust cross over pipe
Oil filler/ breather cap
gas tank
battery box
bennet air cleaner
distributer
belt pulley drive and pulley (accessory belt not fan belt)
serial number tag
steering wheel and shaft
correct seat
muffler
ignition key
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:45:10 AM
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Nice project, Ben. I hope that you can find the parts. Talk with Paul Searl.
That tractor set the standard for going electric at that time. If your generator (governor) is there and can be used or fixed, good. Some folks shy away from these, but amps, volts, flux in webers and generator reaction torque are not that difficult to understand. You will not need to measure magnetic flux, you can feel its effect.
Stay with it.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:23:50 PM
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Hi Ben , I could be wrong big time , but I think there is one at Brooks Oregon Antique Powerland , Maybe Some Northwestern people will chime in
Nice Find and save
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:17:56 PM
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Hi Ben,
Great to see you back-on-Stak once again.
Check with Loren and Ruth Book in Nevada IA. for possible parts contacts also.
(mm collector club)
Good luck on a nice looking project!
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Is this something you can use? My tractor is in storage but I think this is extra. I am going to check and it is possible I have some other parts. Thanks, Rick
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Great find
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Old 01-28-2019, 10:17:08 PM
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Yes I am needing those parts my email address is bjz2012@hotmail.com
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Ben, maybe you know this already or maybe not, but that Holley model "K" carb has quite a few parts that are identical to the Holley "G" carbs used on Ford Model T's. so many of the gaskets, float, and needle and seat can be sourced from that if needed.
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Hello Ben. If you want a new name tag contact Chris Astell at Vintage brass plates www.vintagebrassplates.co.uk He made 1 for me last year so he already has the pattern artwork and will put the serial numbers on.
I am rebuilding one here in the UK now and also need a Holley K carb if anyone can help.
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Ben,
As part of the build up towards the Moline Plow Co Universal Tractor Reunion in Sept at Geneso IL, Loren Book in Ames IA has been doing a lot of work in putting together sources of parts and repairers. He has actually found someone able to rebuild the electronics and some other parts. He has also been putting together a serial list with corresponding casting numbers. There was talk of doing repro tags, but I am not sure he ever moved forward with it. He does have some spare parts, but a lot of the things you are missing are hard to find although there are some out there. Lorens contact info is on the MolinePlowCo.com page (also in my sig).
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Well Dad and I got the universal pushed into the shop today. We started disassembling the engine. So far we have found a bent push rod, a broken push rod cap, and a broken rocker arm. The other push rods a pretty rotten also. Does anyone have any of these parts? Maybe know where we can get new push rods made.

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I will try to get some pictures posted tonight.
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Here are some pictures
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Hello Ben. If you want a new name tag contact Chris Astell at Vintage brass plates www.vintagebrassplates.co.uk He made 1 for me last year so he already has the pattern artwork and will put the serial numbers on.
I am rebuilding one here in the UK now and also need a Holley K carb if anyone can help.
Just out of interest, where did you find the chassis number marked on your tractor, as I see that part of the original plate is missing?
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The chassis serial number is also stamped on the top of the transmission housing. The serial number of our tractor is 16021. The transmission is cast 8-16-18. So the tractor is a 1918. The engine has a 9 25 cast on the inside. So the engine appears to have been replaced. I was reading an article that was saying that these units had a lubrication problem.
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We go the engine pulled out today and we got it partially disassembled. The previous owner had to pay a bee keeper to get the swarm of honey bees out. He cleaned most of the honey comb out but there is still some left.
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Thanks for all the pictures, it is interesting to see how these were built, some of us without first hand experience. And it makes for future reference for many others.
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