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Old 05-08-2016, 09:03:16 PM
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I would like to start a new restoration thread. in 2010 I purchased a collection of parts from a fellow enthusiast. He is a master old iron sleuth and had collected several parts with the idea of creating a Twin City 40-65 tractor.

As you can learn in Tony Thompson's excellent Twin City site, the 40's were a fairly small production, giving way quickly to the newer, smaller tractors. Given this there were several production changes along the production, resulting in essentially no two remaining tractors being the same. I would consider the production to be essentially broken down to prototype, early, mid, and late models. From the prototype to production there were several changes, including steering, clutching and several other smaller changes. The early tractors had round spoke wheels front and back with a short canopy. The mid production models had round front spokes, and flat rear spokes and a short canopy. The later models had flat spokes front and rear, along with a different canopy, and several other smaller changes.

There are a hand full of the later models in different variations still in existence. As we saw in Antique Power Magazine recently, one prototype exists. No early models have been found complete to date.

These parts are for an early tractor.

We have been working on these parts as time allows since '10. While I don't have as many pictures as I should, I have quite a few. With that I thought I would try to document some of our progress.

Having an entirely different career, I can say with great emphasis: if you find a master machinist/all around mechanical expert who is willing to take you under his wing, you should jump at the chance!

These pictures are of some of the parts as originally collected from wreck sites across the US and Canada.

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Old 05-09-2016, 07:27:58 PM
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A few more pictures from the original parts group.

Pic 1: We knew the wheels would be a big part of the restoration.

Pic 2: What was left of the structure that connects the bull gears to the rear wheels.

Pic 3: We were hoping we would not need to use this wheel as you could say it's a little out of round. I the background is the flywheel we used. It is for an early expanding shoe clutch used on the early tractors and replaced by a band clutch system fairly early in production.

Pic 4: Transmission bed
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Very impressive... Is that a set of fenders for the 40 in the background of picture one?
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Mike...Not a lot of encouragement in those piles! A very daunting task to have contemplated and I commend you for undertaking it. A project of this magnitude would far surpass my ability to ever complete it.
I went through a fair amount of Twin City literature last winter researching the early 20-35's. Because the 40 was sold during the same period of time I reviewed some information on them as well. After looking over your parts pile pictures I made an educated guess as to what this tractor originally looked like. Photo is from the Twin City Tractor photo archive by P.A. Letourneau.

Didn't Bill Vouk have a TC 40 at that threshing show that used to be held at St. Joseph MN? I think I remember seeing one there in the late 80's.
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Jeff...yes those are 40 fenders in the background. Good eye.

Mark...thanks for posting that picture. That's the one. We are trying to get as close to it as we can.

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What parts do you have for the engine?
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I've heard of restorations being done from an oil stain, but that's about as close as you can come in real life... good luck, quite a project...
I've always liked the looks of those TC tractors.
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Didn't Bill Vouk have a TC 40 at that threshing show that used to be held at St. Joseph MN? I think I remember seeing one there in the late 80's.
I believe the show was at St. Stephen, MN not St. Joeseph.
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Tim, I may be mistaken but I believe there is a flywheel, crankcase and a few cylinders pictured in the background of Picture #3/Post #2.

I think you have one heck of a start Mike!
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That's a heck of a project, but after seeing what Wendall and Kory and a couple others have done in recent years I'd say it is doable.

Looking forward to progress updates and LOTS of pictures.

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