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Here is a new one,
As many of you know I have studied Twin City tractors for twenty years. In that time I have learned a great deal about the baby and big twin cams. Something new still pops up ocassionally and here is the latest.
I have been corresponding with overseas collectors and discovered that there are at least two of these cast radiator shrouds in Australia that are part of the radiator side as well. These are for the baby TC 12-20 and I have never seen any of these here in the states.
Has anyone else ever run into one of these?
The typical setup is cast radiator sides with two piece tin removeable fan shroud.
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Now that's a nice casting. Never seen any like that here. I suspect the sheet metal type was a lot cheaper to produce.

That particular tractor seems to be missing some important parts, or is it a parts unit??
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Phil,
That particular tractor is a big twin cam that a friend of mine in Australia has retrieved from the bush and is trying to restore. I have helped him locate several parts to ship from the states for it. He just sat the 12-20 radiator up on it to get the picture for me so I could ask around about it.
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Dads birthday present: 1912 Rock Island Plow company cookbook. surprisingly, it has a number of higher end recipes in it including 3-4 pages of lobster, lots of shellfish and seafood, and a number of other ingredients I would not have expected to be commonly found in the midwest in that era. lots of more common recipes like irish stew, saurbrauten, turtle stew, deviled sardines, scotch woodcock, paprika schnitzel with noodles and mutton hash. It also included some useful tips such as how to tell if someone is dead and how to treat a lightening strike victim (throw water on them) as well as various common poison antidotes.

I've actually seen other pieces of advertisement and literature put out by Rock Island with recipes on it, so that seems to have been a big thing with them for a while. Any other farm companies of the era put out cookbooks?
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i noticed talk of rear wheel scrapers, and would like for anyone owning a set please post pictures. Yetter co. of colchester illinois started out in 1930 making them. i have all of the patent drawings of the mechanical workings of their scrapers along with several ads from old books. I am currently employed by them, and would love to see any yetter products, along with other wheel scrapers. someday i would like to talk the company into letting myself or someone build reproduction scrapers for tractor collectors.
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The Rock Island item above reminded me of something I have had a round here for a long time. Picked it up at a local show and have no clue how it got in this area?
It is a denim type cover, 7x8 and inside is a notebook that has been used as a diary. First entry is September 10, 1908 and the last entry is October 14, 1911. Second last entry is for Friday Sept 13 - "Father's funeral was today. Buried at Big Mound."!
Don't see a name from the writer but mentions going to towns like Holcomb (Jct), Genoa and Rockford. There is also part of a voters list for the County of Ogle in Illinois that he has used for writing. Day to day chores such as threshing, planting, manure spreading, digging taters, visitors, etc..
In a little pouch inside there is an odd selection of newspaper clippings. One is called "Take Your Pants Off" but is for Fifth Avenue Tailors, 95 Kesner Building, Chicago. Another is "Sterling Girls Are Hummers"! "Sterling girls are worse than the boys as regards morals"!!!!!! Evidently they were prone to salty language and risqué stories. Another is "Female Doctors Will Never Do"! And there are many more.
Anyway, it represents a few years out of the life of an Illinois farmer and is an interesting bit of history!
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Here's another one, dated 1931. Account book for threshing. My 20-40 Eagle came from the same man. He and his brother had several Eagles, an X Oil Puke and Sawyer-Massey steam. Tractor pix are inside the back covers! Either would be nice to have now!
They were real old threshermen and also ran a sawmill. Really liked the hard juice too and could be meaner than a caged lynx!
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The Rock Island item above reminded me of something I have had a round here for a long time. Picked it up at a local show and have no clue how it got in this area?
It is a denim type cover, 7x8 and inside is a notebook that has been used as a diary. First entry is September 10, 1908 and the last entry is October 14, 1911. Second last entry is for Friday Sept 13 - "Father's funeral was today. Buried at Big Mound."!
Don't see a name from the writer but mentions going to towns like Holcomb (Jct), Genoa and Rockford. There is also part of a voters list for the County of Ogle in Illinois that he has used for writing. Day to day chores such as threshing, planting, manure spreading, digging taters, visitors, etc..

Anyway, it represents a few years out of the life of an Illinois farmer and is an interesting bit of history!
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With the funeral date and cemetery we might be able to find whose diary it was.
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this is most likly the cemetary refernced.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~il...igmoundcem.htm

my boss lives very near that cemetary.
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In Paul's cemetary link above I found Saxton K Jackson, born June 22, 1840, died October 10, 1911. In the diary, the writer has for Tuesday October 10 - "Father died this eve at 11". There are previous notes of him being ill and a nurse coming on the 4th! And then for Friday 13, "Father's funeral was today. Buried at Big Mound".
Oh, previous page he has for Sept 13 that he started for New York State! On the 14th, "Met Mary Stephan of Holland in Buffalo and we went to Toronto, Canada and were married at 7 oclock this eve." Then they went to Corning and Watkins Glen for a visit and back to Buffalo and Holland?
Yes and earlier on he mentions Grandma Jackson! I'll have to read more!
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Might be some present day Jacksons who would be very interested in that bit of family history!!
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Sounds like some interesting reading.

Doubtful that Mary Stephan - Jackson or her as of yet un-named husband are still around, and their children would be quite old if they are still alive, but they may still have grand children in the Northern Illinois area.
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[QUOTE=ssimntih;573393]i noticed talk of rear wheel scrapers, and would like for anyone owning a set please post pictures. Yetter co. of colchester illinois started out in 1930 making them.


Here is a picture of wheel scrapers that would be near to
1930.
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I have a PTO cap or cover for my Twin City 27-44 that could be used if you removed the belt pulley. PTO caps are generally not rare or unusual, however, there were only 839 of these machines made and in 20+ years of study I have seen only one other cover like this for a big twin cam.
This large cover is only half of a cap, has a small cutout for grease zerk access and shows part #AT96.
I plan to belt my tractor up on a regular basis so I will keep this part in the tool box as a display item.
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I seen this T/C 12/20 recently with what appeared to be a factory oil can holder.
I havent seen this on any others before.
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Got a question for anyone who knows anything about these crude heavy toy tractors. I find them attractive in an odd sort of way......you know.....toss em in the flower bed, or decorate the shop or the out house with em I know that the four of them do not add up to a hundred bucks, and would smash toes, or chip concrete if dropped from two or three feet high.
When were these things made, why would anyone make such butt ugly castings,and is this the same manor of deception that ruined the cast iron seat market? (a poorly executed Arcade repo?) I will just use them for door stops, but am curious about their origin. from L to R. A Fordson with permanent driver, a
Poppen Johnny A, a F-30 that is some sort of heavy, non ferous pot metal rather than cast iron, and an Allis U that is missing a removable driver & steering wheel.
I have an allis model like yours but I still have the driver. I don't think mine is a knock off either.
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In Paul's cemetary link above I found Saxton K Jackson, born June 22, 1840, died October 10, 1911. In the diary, the writer has for Tuesday October 10 - "Father died this eve at 11". There are previous notes of him being ill and a nurse coming on the 4th! And then for Friday 13, "Father's funeral was today. Buried at Big Mound".
Oh, previous page he has for Sept 13 that he started for New York State! On the 14th, "Met Mary Stephan of Holland in Buffalo and we went to Toronto, Canada and were married at 7 oclock this eve." Then they went to Corning and Watkins Glen for a visit and back to Buffalo and Holland?
Yes and earlier on he mentions Grandma Jackson! I'll have to read more!
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Here's the Winnebago County (just north of Ogle County) Illinois marriage record of this Saxton K Jackson to Miss Purdy

M869-0020 02/02/1869 JACKSON , SAXTON K 0 PURDY, URSULA S 0
0 is under "age".
He is also listed as a prominent settler of Holland New York (perhaps an ancestor).
Information from Google search.
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Here is another seldom seen accessory that should prove to be quite collectable.
This is a gas starting tank for Rock Island tractors.
What I find most intriguing about this rare add-on is that it is fairly heavy and very well made. Most manufacturers simply used a small generic cylindrical tank while this one took extra time and material to achieve a rather handsome package that mates perfectly to the back end of main Rock Island fuel cell.
I do not have the clamp on band that fits into the dimpled seams to hold it on, but find it to be an amusing bit of RI history that is in good condition.
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we have found some of ours are the 2-piece like that, and some are one piece divided tanks. Actually, we are short on gas tanks (heck usually short on parts in general) and are especially short one of these starter tanks. our parts manuals for 30 and older for F, FA, G and G2's all show one piece tanks. Our 1935 H5 has only a single tank on it and is missing the starter tank and one of our G2's (no serial but probably a later tractor) also has the two piece design but the starter tank is also shot. Another little mystery to try and pin that down, i hope they don't prove too collectible.....

Now, where is the rest of the tractor?
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Now, where is the rest of the tractor?


Paul,
After reading your post, it sounds like you may have the tractor
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