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1927 Allis 20-35 rescued from long sleep


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Old 12-28-2012, 11:25:45 PM
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Default 1927 Allis 20-35 rescued from long sleep


I have spent some time looking over the evolution of these great looking tractors that carry the 20-35 rating.
This appears to be a very nice design that makes a well built machine....been wanting one for a few years now.
The hunt is over...I found a very nice looking early short fender that has been stored for many years and is in prefered original type condition
This machine has been stored in NW North Dakota and I managed to get it bought and home to south Mn. with the help of a good friend.
As luck would have it, Twin City collector and enthusiast Jim Anderson was in ND, headed home with an empty trailer and was kind enough to load it and bring it part of the way home for me to pick up when I got the time.
Meet the new arrival everyone!....should we just call her Allis
Tony
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:35:20 PM
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That is really exceptional. Outstanding condition for what ever direction you want to go. Seems to be a really nice size--what is the diameter of the rear wheels?
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:27:25 AM
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Congratulations, Tony!! That one is in great condition. Even has the correct '27 toolbox!

You're going to enjoy that tractor. If I could only keep one tractor out of my fleet, it would definitely be my original 20-35 Allis. The TC would go before that one! A very nice find!
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Here are a couple of pictures of Allis out in the sun light when we arrived back from North Dakota. She seemed to draw a lot of attention on the way home. You can be proud of her Tony!

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Rear wheels an these are 50 inch X 12". Fronts are 36" X 6"
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Very nice Tractor. Looks like it is a straight Gas as it appears to me it's fitted with a Robin Manifold?
When did you haul it? Just recently because it's still green in the background.
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Tony,

Only the first 1927 20-35's had Brass serial number tags for the tractor and engine. Before they started stamping both.

Very nice tractor, enjoy her!

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Very nice Tractor. Looks like it is a straight Gas as it appears to me it's fitted with a Robin Manifold?
When did you haul it? Just recently because it's still green in the background.
Hi George
It was still nice weather when my wife and I hauled the tractor home. We had hauled a load of furniture out to my son and his family in the oil fields of northwest North Dakota. Tony had a lot going on so he just picked it up the other day. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it when Tony gets done checking it out.
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About as nice as they get for original. Thanks for sharing guys!
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I sold my 20-35 to buy my 10-20 Titan. I enjoy my Titan incredibly but I sure wish I could have kept that old Allis. Maybe someday another will come allong.
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That is a fantastic example Tony - Awesome. The 1927 models with the one year fender and the outside bead are some of my favorite. And the original yellow trim left on the hood - Wow. I can't wait to see pictures of future plow parties with that thing. Congrats!
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Thanks for fun comments everyone!
The personal BS that is generated from posts here on Smokstak is 50% of the hobby. Without the human touch we have only cold dead iron. I welcome your stories, experiences as well as historical and mechanical input.
I know very little about Allis history and model evolution. I wanted one of these tractors because what little research I have done shows that this tidy unit-frame design was concieved early and appears to be very well done!
It is small enough to haul easilly, has big reliable power output and just seems to be a real attractive machine.
Most everyone that has and uses one of these is very happy about how well they perform. I could have purchased several of them over the years, but they had all been restored and painted in some manor or another. Original looking tractors in nice unmolested condition are the only intrest I seem to have these days and I have been patiently waiting for one like this to show up.
This one is #9565 on brass and is an early green short fender 20-35 that is gas only as I do not see a starting tank and it has a cold or gas type manifold.
The overall condition is fabulous...original sheet metal is wonderfully solid and straight, engine turns over, mag impulses, very good manifold and as best I know it is complete and correct...I think I am off to a good start here.
I will post results when I get more time to play peek-a-boo.
Tony
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:39:22 PM
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Tony you and Phil have an great and sharp eagle eye for finding nice and original tractor treasuries..

Everytime you guys knows to find them.

Congrats from the brothers from Holland.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:35:01 AM
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Tony, You have a wonderful tractor there! Finding one in such beautiful original condition is not easy nowadays and yours looks to correct in every detail - just needs an Eiseman magneto to be perfect! I agree with Phil about these wonderful, frequently-underrated big-block Allis tractors - in my opinion they will match anything of their size manufactured at the time and are reliable workhorses which just keep pulling as you pile on the load. Downside was a healthy thirst for gas or kero when using all that torque, but who cares about that now that they are in preservation. I am very fond of all my tractors, but these big ACs have an extra-special charm which you will soon find becomes addictive (and OHHH! that stack music - unequalled). Thanks for showing us this superb new addition to your collection.

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[should we just call her Allis]

I'd say "Sweet Allis" Tony!!!
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Tony, that's a great looking original condition tractor! Are you going to keep it that way? I like seeing original condition tractors that way. They're only in original condition once.

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Great find Tony,I drove one of them when I was in my teens that belonged to a good friend.Loved the way i drove with those large front wheels,really sets them apart from other tractors. Was hoping to hear about an update on the 2 speed 21-32 TC you purchased in July.But whatever you work on your reports will be spot on. I'm also jealous of your prime condition finds you come across,nothing we find in Mi. is that nice. Jim
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Rick,
The paint stays in the can. Anyone can paint a tractor...not much of an accomplishment to cover up well preserved history with an expencive, high grade, unrealistic vanity statement.
Looks wrong, smells wrong, costs to much and as soon as you paint a tractor, the flat broke, uneducated lower human forms that own nothing (jack-ass-correct-police) show up pointing to the only run in the paint that you made
There is a time and place for well done paint jobs...this is not one of them!
I have ruined two very nice tractors over the years by painting them...wont happen again.

Jim,
The TC 2 speed 21-32 was in terrible condition. Sold at auction "as is" was a good way for previous owners to dump it. That machine had been full of water and had serious problems that were not discovered until I had it home and got to look it over good.
It has been sold because I am after good tractors that are in usable condition from here on out. no more junk!
As for finding good ones...there is much more of these old relics out there than most folks think. Elderly owners are passing on at a brisk pace. Todays youth is largely obtuse to agricultural history. They will generally sell before the burial plot settles. Lots and lots of cool old artifacts will surface during the next decade
Thanks for input gentalmen! Good luck on your projects everyone!
Tony
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Tony, Front wheels look same as minneapolis 39-57, ill look at rears in am. Dave
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Great looking tractor Tony. Once again, you've managed to find yet another one all original! Unfortunately, I have only ever seen a few of these old Allis' in person, however I have always admired their relatively large size and low stance.

I remember when I first found my FTA, there was a nice looking original 20-35 parked beside it in the barn. I definitely wasn't leaving with both. I kept in touch with the old boy, and he did eventually sell it, now I'm curious where it ended up!

Have fun with the tractor Tony!
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