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Official Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company Thread


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Old 01-18-2012, 11:08:16 AM
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Default Re: Official Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company Thread

Andrew, Thanks for the info. I stand corrected, I meant to say "contractors model", not "construction model". I have heard stories that the engine was made to run backward to take advantage of the gearing speed (on regular models...they were faster in reverse). I will say this.. I am 5'10" tall and weigh 165, and it's all I can do to get it started. Pulling up on the crank takes a lot more height than pulling down. I am a new subsciber, though long time registered user, and will have to experiment with attaching photos.

Apparantly the wife and I are the third owners of this machine and it has been in the southern Kansas/central and northeastern Oklahoma area its entire life. It was restored/repainted in the mid fifties. We have a good history of it from 1952.
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If it's a contractor model, is the reinforcement to the front axle horizontal or sloped?
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If I understand what you are asking, there is a piece of angle that runs from the crossmember, that supports the barrel, that the steering chains are wrapped around, slanting downhill to the top of the axle. I dug out some of my literature and it looks like on the illustrated 35/70s, the angle iron is (possibly) heavier and runs to a point way above the front axle, high on the axle pedestal. As you say horizontal. Is this what your asking A. T.?
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Yup that's what I was asking. It seems that only contractors had this laying flat, but yet again not all of them. Whether they are older or younger models doesn't seem to make any difference.
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Ed, the only year I could find the reverse speed listed was 1925, when they were producing the two speed model only. It was listed as 1.68 mph, with forward speeds of 2 and 2.5. The reverse speed may have changed from the earlier two speed models, there are some differences in the early and late two speed transmissions. I personally think that the main reason for the change in engine rotation is that it simplified the drive train by reducing a counter shaft. Its also interesting to note that the single speed model have gearing almost identical to that of an Aultman Taylor.





Ed sent me some pictures of his 35-70, here they are.



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I am looking for the bracket for the gear oiler on a 35-70. Did they use an 14 feed Detroit. Thanks for all the pictures A M. I know you will find some pictures of this set up.
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Mike, unfortunately I don't have a picture of that. I could get one for you, but I'm not sure when the next time I'll come across a 35-70 to snap a picture is.
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My son and I were on our way back from Hutchinson this summer after the State Kids Pedal Tractor Pull and stopped at the Schwanke's tractor Museum and they had these in their collection. The first is a 35-70 and the last a 15-30.
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Patchen 1: Thanks for the photos.Did you happen to take a photo of the 15-30 sn tag?
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I looked but the only one that I had with the tag was too far away to get a good read on the number. Next time I am in Willmar, Mn. I will get a better picture of it. If any one is going thru there the tractor and car museum is really interesting to go thru. Hundreds of tractors ranging from very old to fairly current and quite a few cars also.
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As we are cuurrently working on our minneapolis 35-70, I found a number into the 500's marked on the flywheel side crankshaft-end and we have serial number into the 1600's which is also stamped just above the serial number plate. Are they always that far appart?
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Does anyone know what kind of wood was used for the old MTMs or any of the old prairie tractors?
On our Minneapolis 35-70 is a pretty light colored type of wood mich is harder than pine but softer than oak.
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Owned by Dudley Diebold @ DD Living History Farm, Roxbury, CT - In order left to right: 25-50, 35-70, 22-44, Universal Farm Motor
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Was getting ready for the 2013 Pawnee Show yesterday, and after work day (while enjoying a beverage), my lovely young assistant pointed out what a good photo this would make. I think she's right.....ED
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Can anyone tell me why on the right side axle, our 35/70 has what the parts book calls #258W Cap on end of rear axle, R. H. (two halves), and on the left side it has #386W Cap or collar on end of rear axle. L. H.
More specifically, what this left hand collar does. It appears that it is, maybe, for some sort of drive (though it sets well inside the outer edge of the rim). This multi-purpose looking device/hub cap/part/collar/clamp is also on the 22-44, and the 40-80. Anybody know???ED
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From my own experience if you put a pin in the hole on the hub through to between the notches on the wheel BOTH wheels will pull. These tractors only pull with the right wheel. Now the problem is if you put a pin in and lock both wheels DO NOT try to steer right or left only straight ahead. I was lucky when I tried it and forgot to remove it, only broke the large rivet on the hub. I think it was used when pulling large loads like plowing on the prairie or making roads (long & straight )
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Thanks Dwight, that makes a lot of sense. Guess I might have figured that out when we start the clean up/rat killing. Tractor was ran sometimes once a year, sometimes less since 1974. Lots of little problems. The strange thing is when you put the pin in, it looks like it is kept in with a set screw. What a pain. Seems like they would have made some spring loaded affair that could be inserted and pulled out with the turn of a pin. I'll check the parts book and see if there was a "factory" pin.

I know what you mean about locking the wheels in. When we first rebuilt our 4 cyl. Moline Universal, I had never seen another one, had no book, and didn't know anyone that had ever driven one. "Hey, I wonder what this lever does?" Locked in those two front wheel drive steel wheels with extensions and almost took the side off my truck before I grasped what was going on.

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I would like to know how many 25-50 tractors exist?
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I'm in the dark, but it was identified as a 25-50, here in Montana years ago, up on the "highline." Gary



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Here is a picture I took at the Mehmke Museum in 1999 of John Schrock admiring the 40-70 Flour City, 25-50 Minneapolis and 12-27 Hart Parr. Gary
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