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Twin-City 17-28 (1928)


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Old 11-07-2018, 10:56:30 PM
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Next project. Im hoping to get started on it this winter.
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Yesss! Another 28 coming back to life in the future! I have 2 '28's. Love them.
I'm a couple hours up 94 from you.
Way much info available right here. I've exhausted the info here so I study it again.
Perhaps scroll all the way down your thread to the site's suggested reading.
Tough tractors with minor "eccentricities" like all old tractors.
I wanna see the exhaust side!
I wanna know your serial # and the engine's #!
Look at the "reach" on your front axle!
How's your governor's pot-metal housing?
I might know a fella with a parts tractor with clutch parts.
What's that pipe on the rear of the engine?
You prolly already know parts ARE available. They are.
Tell us more!
I get too danged excited about more Twin City's living! Sorry.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:31:09 AM
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I recognize that TC. If memory serves me right it was Jim Andersons, then Tony Thompson then Chris Q. Nice Tractor I looked it over many times. This is in better shape then mine was when I found mine.

Mine is one of the original Del Monte tractors, it had a huge hand painted number on the radiator #97. My tractor was used in the cranberry bogs in central Wisconsin when the guy I bought it from found it in the early 80's

It is good to see another TC getting another lease on life.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:47:24 AM
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Yesss! Another 28 coming back to life in the future! I have 2 '28's. Love them.
I'm a couple hours up 94 from you.
Way much info available right here. I've exhausted the info here so I study it again.
Perhaps scroll all the way down your thread to the site's suggested reading.
Tough tractors with minor "eccentricities" like all old tractors.
I wanna see the exhaust side!
I wanna know your serial # and the engine's #!
Look at the "reach" on your front axle!
How's your governor's pot-metal housing?
I might know a fella with a parts tractor with clutch parts.
What's that pipe on the rear of the engine?
You prolly already know parts ARE available. They are.
Tell us more!
I get too danged excited about more Twin City's living! Sorry.
Looks like that pipe layin across at the back of the engine is the spark plug wire tube Due.
Love to see these Twin City threads,

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Old 11-08-2018, 07:53:49 PM
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Looks to be in the same year frame as mine. I need to figure out why I can't get the oil pump topick up it's prime. Jim
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:24:09 PM
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Jim,
You might have to take the top plugs out of the pump and pour in fresh oil to help it prime. (The heads for the 21-32 in the club tractor worked great!)


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You're right Kirby! This tractor has spent a fair amount of time doing lawn ornament duty both at my place and Tony's. At one time it even made the back cover of Antique Power magazine!😊
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To follow up on Gene Williams' post, for reasons I still don't understand, for the first year or two after we finished restoring my 12-20, we had to prime the oil pump every time we started it (through the top plug). Then somehow, all the bugs worked themselves out (again, can't tell you why) and I haven't had to prime it in over 20 years; oil pressure always comes right up as soon as it starts, even after oil changes, sitting over the winter, etc. This was on a total overhaul, so we knew what was in the pan and that all the parts were there, pump had been gone through, lines were clear, and so forth.
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Default Re: Twin-City 17-28 (1928)

28! Had a few so far I've greased up on! Tons of fun. Very rewarding and i think yours is a great start. Duey is aware of my last 28 child. And yes there is a lot of knowledge on this site. Hours of endless fun and experiences to gain insight. I may know of a carcass rich in parts. or extra head and smalls. If you bought that from Chris he is a fun young dealer. He watched me smile and cry all in the same day as my TC Thresher darn near dumped over off a lowboy!
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You have a spare 17-28 head? We never talk.
Moline. Tell us more.
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You're right Kirby! This tractor has spent a fair amount of time doing lawn ornament duty both at my place and Tony's. At one time it even made the back cover of Antique Power magazine!😊
Thats awesome, thanks for sharing that jim. do you happen to know what issue of antique power it was in?
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Any surviving 17-28's for years of 1930.31.32.33 besides my 1930? Only 230 made during Great Depression.
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The picture is on the back cover of the may/june 2011, volume 23 issue 4 of antique power.
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Yesss! Another 28 coming back to life in the future! I have 2 '28's. Love them.
I'm a couple hours up 94 from you.
Way much info available right here. I've exhausted the info here so I study it again.
Perhaps scroll all the way down your thread to the site's suggested reading.
Tough tractors with minor "eccentricities" like all old tractors.
I wanna see the exhaust side!
I wanna know your serial # and the engine's #!
Look at the "reach" on your front axle!
How's your governor's pot-metal housing?
I might know a fella with a parts tractor with clutch parts.
What's that pipe on the rear of the engine?
You prolly already know parts ARE available. They are.
Tell us more!
I get too danged excited about more Twin City's living! Sorry.
ill try to get some serial number pics soon, what should i measure to check axle reach? and my governor housing is broke in 2.

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The picture is on the back cover of the may/june 2011, volume 23 issue 4 of antique power.
thanks jim ill see if i can find it.
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Gene, I've tried that several times with no luck, maybe didn't use enough oil. Going to check screen in pan before trying again. Glad to hear that the heads worked out and I was able to help you and your club out. Jim
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When checking your screen make sure it's no finer than 30 mesh. Cold oil provides more resistance to flow than one would expect. I've got a vacuum gauge on the suction side of the oil pump on my 17-28 and it will register 10" of vacuum on the initial start up. Once the oil warms up the gauge will go back to 0....if the screen is clean.

Also with the oil pump quite a bit higher than the oil supply any vacuum leaks are detrimental. The 17-28 is hard plumbed with copper pipe using JIC flares for the connections. Single flared copper can crack in the flare area over time and is sometimes hard to see. A length of hydraulic hose can be easily plumbed in for a temporary test if needed.
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Don't think about any measurements on that front axle reach. I like the way it's a bit different from the usual fare. Both of mine have the flat steel reaches. Neat stuff!
What clutch parts do you need? I don't posses any parts but curious.
I look at your pic again and it appears the governor is broken at the start of the "rear corner".
I hate to admit this but I broke the hex section off the back (I put a wrench on it) and used JB Weld to glue it back together... Almost 30 years ago.
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The front axle and reach are from a newer 21-32. I do have a correct axle here if you would like to switch it.
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