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1939 Minneapolis Moline RT With Factory Cab...Need Parts


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Old 09-15-2014, 09:07:01 PM
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Default 1939 Minneapolis Moline RT With Factory Cab...Need Parts


I have an early (low serial number) 1939 R-Cab MM.
It is a pretty good project tractor, but needs a good deal of cab restoration work to be nice again.
Does anyone have leads on N.O.S. , used or reproduction cab parts?
The rear platform is good and cab is fair, however, I need the floor pans and rear by-fold door along with some trim components.
I have been doing some re-organising with my hobby here and have sold a few tractors. Trying to decide what to sell and what to keep as I need shed space and home remodeling funds. If I keep it, I will want restoration parts. If I sell it, the buyer will want parts, so the search is on.
Here is the good...
Early low number 1939 with good brass chassis tag.
Correct low number engine with good brass tag.
Engine was removed and had a complete rebuild including front & rear roller Mains, rod bearings, rings and blocks were serviced. Valve job, gaskets, and new clutch.
Gears and rear end are good.
Tractor starts good, runs great and drives good.
It has one very nice rear tire.
Here is the bad...
Needs a matching Firestone Field & Road 11.2-36 4 ply.
Needs Cab door and floor panels.
Needs glass and trim parts for cab.
Needs detail work, paint and decals.
I have seen more than one of these restored with no doors on, so that could be an easier option or door could be added later
I would appreciate any leads or interest and I thought some of you may enjoy seeing another old MM survivor that is still with us
Tony
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:06:28 PM
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Default Re: 1939 Minneapolis Moline RT With Factory Cab...Need Parts

tony it might be more to make your own floor pans ,and other parts, glass you might get at an auto glass shop. hope this helpful and good luck.
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Default Re: 1939 Minneapolis Moline RT With Factory Cab...Need Parts

Dear Tony You know my MM story. I bought a 39 RTS from a junk yard on Cape Cod 20 years ago but it is only in pieces. I do have all the important parts to build a nice flat tank RTS. Dennis Parker sold me all the correct rims and other parts but I doubt if Ill ever get to it but my oldest son surely will. I should have bought that R cab Dennis had for sale at Baraboo national MM show all those years ago. I think he was asking $1500 at the time. You have to find a complete R-Cab to get all the dimensions off of and the rest is just metal fabrication. I wish I lived closer because it sounds like a fun job. Ed B
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Default Re: 1939 Minneapolis Moline RT With Factory Cab...Need Parts

Neat tractor, Tony. Having worked on a couple of UDLX cabs, that one looks a lot simpler to do.
I always thought they got the idea for the tractors in the "Cars" movie from that 'R' Minnie with the cab.
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Default Re: 1939 Minneapolis Moline RT With Factory Cab...Need Parts

Tony

What do you need to know? I have a 39 R cab also. I have templates for floor. Most doors were removed because the little cab was too hot. I bought reproduction doors for mine. Also have another set that need windows cut out.

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What you have is the first generation R cab made for the flat gas tank. Later R cabs were cut for the two piece tank. The floor is made up of 8 pieces of metal pieced together like a puzzle. The seat on yours is not correct. R cab used a folding seat mounted to the left, The seat had to fold down allowing the doors to open and close. The cab doors are mounted on piano hinges and fold in middle. There 10 sets of original doors reproduced and that was all to be made. I got last set made. Glass can be cut at any glass shop. Also looks like you are missing the side covers for window hardware. attached is some pictures I sent out to another R cab owner last week, My sn is 401340.

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Thanks for replies,
I know the flat glass is simple to have done. Sounds like I could make paper patterns for floor board panels using another collectors tractor. I had not thought of the folding seat yet...could fabricate a copy of one of those also.
If anyone has leads on available parts that are already made I would be interested in hearing of them.
Thanks for pictures GB!
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Default Re: 1939 Minneapolis Moline RT With Factory Cab...Need Parts

If anyone knows anything about R cabs its Rex Mercer in Pendleton , IN. I don't have any contact info for him, but I can get it it you want. He's the guy that build the Mail Carrier tractor.

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Ok we are going to start up,


First we go back to the begin of our story and we are going to do some very possitive advertising for Harry (the moderator of this site).


In the past,

In the past we dit have collect most of our collection farm tractors from the tractor selling and buying harbour in Europe called the Piet Verschelde company in Belgium.
And still doing.

Arround 2007 we became an member of the site called Smokstak.
This site is having an side chanel called Harry Engine Ads.
You can call this also an tractor selling and buying harbour of tractors, engines, parts going (sailing) in an going out.
Now we never had an advertise there but we do always watch in this harbour......
It was arround 2009 something little and amazing sailed thru this harbour.
Our hart’s started to pump very fast.
It was an once in an life time chance because we coult purchase an very beautiful little oliver from an museum.
Going to show you all this wonderful little tractor.

http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showth...liver+standard


After this we dit keep watching this tractor harbour of tractors going (sailing) in and tractors (sailing) out....
For many years it became quiet until last summer..........!?.

Suddenly after many years again an very beautiful little tractor sailed thru the harbour again of Harry with an sign on it i am for sale that cought our eyes and brought is in the most high level attention............

Started to watch the advertisement and we notice to know the person personal from Smokstak...

After that the deal was fast done and we became the new owners of this wonderful tractor..

Next the transportation and arriving !.

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After the tractor was bought we started to work with Tony.. on the transportation.

Because first she had to brought to the shipping adres and then on her long trip to Holland.

Last week after many months of wait finaly she arrived..


Going to show you the first pictures of arriving.

These two pictures are taken here in Holland on the shipping adres with the unloading.
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Last Friday we started to arrange an truck for the last part of her journey all her way to her new home.


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Inside our loading truck.

Picture 2.
And set of huge citronela fenders for our other Minnie Mo ZTU.

Picture 3 and 4 the first glimps of the unloading on the Clemens brothers farm..
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And touch down on the Clemens brothers farm in the Netherlands.............

Finaly she is there.......

What an amazing tractor.

In America this tractor is rare but in Europe it is super rare !!!!!.

Do not know another original one hidding on the hole continent of the European Union.

Wel it is an Minneapolis RT but we called this personal the mini UDLX.
What he have been reading in the old litrature and books that arround 400 where buld.
And it was design for the little farmers and the post/mailmen that worked on the little communes, villages, towns in central north america because the mail version had mail bags in the front of the cabin.

Wel for us it is an super exotical and it fits perfectly in our collection.
You can not believe how happy we are with this joly amazing happy model tractor..
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Was something to forget,

When we drove home with the truck an song came up on the radio.
You all are not going to believe the tune of this song.

Minnie Mo’s have an extra tittle and you can hear this name coming up in this song.......


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DWg7zNOyK8
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I was going to ask but you already answered my question. As far as I know it is the only R cab outside North America. Know a container with a UDLX ,U diesel and a Motrac crawler went to UK. Supposedly there are less true R cabs than UDLX's
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Molinegb thanks for the need info.

I have already an video of Henric driving with the Minnie Mo but i have some problems to upload with the youtube account.

Wil work on that to fix it the next days.

About the tractor its self.

It is not the purpose of us to make here brandnew.
The cabin wil be taken off to bring the floor panels back and to some work on the cabin.
Maby with an tinwork specialist.

Tractor does not have an electrical system but it does have holes where lamps can be fit.
So we wil search for those lamps (also the little grome somekind police car search light model on top of the back of the roof where the little plate with hole is but we not make wires to them or an electrical system).

The seat can be made here original.


The only thing that is missing is the dubble back door.
If there is enibody that can help us with that one woult be wonderful .


Wil keep you al up to date about this wonderful little tractor.

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Hi Chris, what a nice new toy you guys have there. It looks that Henric is too big for this toy seeing him sitting in that cab with his head on the roof.
Great find!
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I have seen a R cab with roof cutout. Just like a sunroof or moonroof! These small cabs were too hot on a 100 degree day. That is why doors disappeared and roofs.
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Gerrit,

Henric was very scared because he is very tall (2 m) that he woult not fit inside the little cabin of the moline.

But he has drove an coople times with it and does not have eni problems with it.
Wel he has to be volding his hole body like an harmonica organ...


Molinegb thanks for the info,

We also had some same thought why some panels are missing.
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Chris & Henric,
I am very pleased that you like the little MM.
We have several of them here in north America and I think it is good that there is one on the other side of the world for all the tractor collectors over there to see in person now.
You and Henric are always so excited about the worlds agricultural history and you take such wonderful loving care of your collection.
Downsizing my collection was a difficult decision at first, but I have no regrets over selling you this machine...just the opposite...your enthusiasm is so infectious that I can only be happy for you and I know very well that this old bit of MM history has the very best home.
You guys were great to deal with
Thank you!
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Thanks Tony,

On the begin of this year we woult not been expecting to have such an fabulous amazing beautiful model tractor on the end of 2014.
I mean mention 2 or 3 weeks to go and then it is the end of the year with having this.

We are super happy to have this tractor but we are also super happy to have it from you.

For us it is an once in an life time chance like the Jeannotte family Rumely.

Today there where already people here to ask us for an show next spring to come with this exote to there show.
So there is an lot of intrest in this overhere and every time sinds the last week people and tractor collectors came to vizit us to watch at her.
And say what an amazing little tractor !.


Have for you and all the other Smokstakkers finaly the video upload of Henric on board on one of the most exotical Minneapolis Tractors of the European Union.

The video looks sometimes an little bit shocky but that was because it was windy and very cold last week here






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Keep you and all the Smokstakkers up to date here when we go work on her.

The first next trip when Henric gos to America he wil go to vizit you personal.

Henric and Chris,

The Clemens Brothers,

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