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Early 1919 Twin City Rescued From Long Sleep


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Great story Tony! It gives guys like me hope that someday I might find a "diamond in the rough" hidden in an old barn!
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Thanks for the great pics, Tony. They will be a big help to correct the few changes that have been made to TC #12363 to bring it back to original.
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A good but gentle cleaning and a coat of Penetrol would look wonderful on this survivor. Very impressive tractor, Tony. My 20-35 is like this as far as condition but is missing many original parts. It was converted to a Pickering governor, is missing the pre-heater equipment for the manifold, and has the wrong carburetor. It does, however, have pretty decent original fenders that look a lot like your 12-20 fenders as far as the beading.

Thanks for posting the great photos of your 12-20!!!
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.....As stated in my opening post, the paint stays in the can. Anyone can paint a tractor, I do not feel that covering well preserved history with paint is much of an accomplishment....
Glad to read that, very wise decision with a piece like this.
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Tony,

This tractor is rare, fantastic and fun.
It is not always when you have a big tractor you can steel the show.

There is in old saying here in Holland.

In the the most little/small houses are the most laugh/happy people in compair to the other ones....
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Thanks for all of the pictures.
Tony, have you ever thought of writing a book about Twin City Tractors. Alan
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I second that thought. If you do, I'd be first in line to buy it!
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I'd have been tickled to death just with that AIR CLEANER!.......
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Dear Tony Ditto to what everyone else has said. You have found a truely amazing tractor and like everyone else on the stak wish we could find something as good. It also reminded me that I finished your shirt design months ago and must print up a bunch so I can sent some along. Keep up the great post Ed B.
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Nice buy Tony. Is this the one you were saving up the cash for?

I'll paint mine about the time you paint this one.
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A good but gentle cleaning and a coat of Penetrol would look wonderful on this survivor. Very impressive tractor, Tony. My 20-35 is like this as far as condition but is missing many original parts. It was converted to a Pickering governor, is missing the pre-heater equipment for the manifold, and has the wrong carburetor. It does, however, have pretty decent original fenders that look a lot like your 12-20 fenders as far as the beading.

Thanks for posting the great photos of your 12-20!!!
Nice find...Tony, I think Eric is on to something. My 27-44 was very much found the same way..same petina and unmolested except sask. license plates as tool box patches. all equipment was there...eveything looked fine until the road salt from trucking hit... I guess what Im trying to Babble here is they probably share one similair trait....The original owners loved and cared for there tractors..this seems to play a huge role in there demise later. Often they didnt let parts or acces. to be robbed and often even if not shedded they were lubed and greased even if there were no plans for further use. In Northern MN you dont find to many early TC tractors...they got converted into wood skidders and beat!!!
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The baby TC was stuck from 38 years in the little shed in south-central Iowa. Warmed up the shop and started poking around. Initial inspection looks very encouraging!
This tractor was certainly well cared for as the family members had suggested.
Took off vlave cover and went after manifolds so I could pull the head....PESKY CRITTERS....We were just discussing the less than desireable effects that mice can have on stored equipment in another thread!
The entire exhaust system was completely full of peach pits and bird seed
Peach pits were piled in tight around the valve stems and the ports were full right out through the entire manifold and exit pipe.
I called the gentalman back that I purchased the tractor from and discribed what I had found. He got a good long laugh out of that. Now I have found corn, soybeans, acorns and bedding made from every conceivable source, but never have I found such a quantity of peach pits served up with a side of birdseed. The previous owner Told me that right outside the shed the little Twin City sat in there was a pair of peach trees and a bird feeding station for many years.
Ok,...so picture this,...a mouse is dragging a peach pit the size of his whole head. He climbs everything in sight until he is able to scramble down the length of the cast iron side pipe. Still clutching it's prize in it's teeth the tiny athlete swings off the end of the pipe and hurls himself up and in the exhaust pipes interior. How many time do you suppose this happened in 38 years?
More to come,
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Tony your exhaust looks a food storage center for Squirls, Birds, Mice’s.

Sometimes i see this in de fields near the trees but never have saw it in an exhaust.
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Wow! that is a lot of peach pits
It sure would have been funny to watch the mice make that trip
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It has been said before, those mice are amazing little critters! They work awfully hard and the little ones must be built tough to survive in a nest inside a cast iron motor block!
That being said, one of them sampled some cheese last night in a Victor mouse feeding device at my shop. Sadly, the poor devil developed a nasty pain in the neck!
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Looks like yet another great thread to keep an eye on.

Glad to hear you will Not be Painting it.
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Is that a gas tank under the hood, and if so is that where it is suppose to be? My tractors block #11790 where should my gas tank be?
I was not joking about a book. I don't need to have the first copy as long as I get one.
Thanks Alan.
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I'll be happy if I can buy a signed first edition when you write that book Tony, so please put me down on the waiting list, right alongside Phil!

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Good day all,
I have plowed my thank you button under again.
will try to catch up on posted questions and comments now.

This is one of several tractors I have wanted to buy after selling off some of my collection. Still have my eye on one or two more, and may have a couple to sell yet?

My wife and daughter said I should write a book also.
I have seriously concidered this because some of the small amount of TC information published is incorrect and incomplete. I dislike the way Minneapolis Moline gets much of the credit for TC engineering. If it were not for Twin City, there would be no MM. TC history is pre 1930, and it is time consuming to dig it all out and put it together. I have published numerous magazine articles, (working on two right now) and assembled a website for everyone, but I fear that There may not be enough information to publish a book of any real size. The success of a small book with small readership from a fraction of collectors is very questionable.

It will take some time before the baby twin cam is ready to start. I have decided to completely disassemble the engine as there was over two inches of thick black sludge accumulated in the oil pan. I feel it best to start by cleaning the bare block and blowing out oil passages through block and crankshaft. This will give me an oportunity to look all components over, set bearing clearances, and re-ring the engine.
I appreciate everyones input! thank you,
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Good day all,
I have plowed my thank you button under again.
will try to catch up on posted questions and comments now.

I appreciate everyones input! thank you,
Tony
Hey Tony,

Wel i have still my thanks button today....

Keep posting and keep the info coming about this beauty........
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