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Old Steel Wheeled Tractors Used As Lawn Ornaments


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Well, here it is...been waiting all summer to get a picture that I have been seeing in my mind. The first two October frosts took out the vines and made a rather dramatic change in the way things appear out in the garden.
If you look back to posts #51, #58, #59 and add todays post you have a six month photo shoot in the making. There were four April pumpkin plants that made the lush green blanket and eventually surrounded the 1928 Twin City with 20 October pumpkins.
I took some high resolution shots to put in a publication at a later date.
Hope you enjoy my garden...now if I could just get the TCs to grow
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Hello all,
It has taken many months to get a set of pictures that represent a full years season in my garden and here is the last one.
If you back up to post #51, 58, 59, & 62 you can see the dramatic changes in season shown in my garden photos.
Now what do I do for 2015...?...any ideas...
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New lawn ornament!
I recently located a historic old machine in rough condition that needed to be saved. It was a classic old iron run of more than 600 miles that left the freeway for blacktop, then gravel roads that went to minimum maintenance and finally a gated driveway that was so rough I had to make two runs at it ( I spun out on the first try) to conquer the hills and curves that led me to an early 20's TC that was used to power a sawmill more than 50 years ago.
The sawmill was caved in and nearly reclaimed by the relentless forces of nature. The tractor was sunk a foot deep in the earth where it last ran the mill.
Someone had disassembled the engine for repairs and never returned.
They pulled the pan, pistons, rods, heads and left...40 years ago!
The heads were in a building and look ok.
I pieced the engine back together so the tractor is mostly back together again.
A peekaboo in the rear end looked really good, but the engine is in sorry condition. It could certainly be fixed or would make a great six cylinder conversion (MM actually had kits for this) but for now it has been oiled up real good and will be my newest form of yard art.
Early serial number works out to about 1921.
Could park it next to the pumpkin patch tractor, but I may need to make the garden bigger
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Nice find, Tony! What is the serial number if it;s still on there? Might be fairly close to mine. #3604
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It was a classic old iron run of more than 600 miles that left the freeway for blacktop, then gravel roads that went to minimum maintenance and finally a gated driveway that was so rough I had to make two runs at it ( I spun out on the first try) to conquer the hills and curves that led me to an early 20's TC that was used to power a sawmill more than 50 years ago.
The sawmill was caved in and nearly reclaimed by the relentless forces of nature. The tractor was sunk a foot deep in the earth where it last ran the mill.
Any pictures of the remains of the sawmill it came from ???

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That's a nice yard piece, one of these days you might run out of new material. You mention a 6 cyl. conversion, I have a decent 6 cyl power unit sitting here, I wonder?
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i decorate the yard with old equipment as well.funny thing is most is still used to some extent.hard part is convincing the wife its an improvement lol
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It could certainly be fixed or would make a great six cylinder conversion (MM actually had kits for this) but for now it has been oiled up real good and will be my newest form of yard art.
Early serial number works out to about 1921.
1921.....It never fails to bring the question to mind on how Rumely managed to sell the archaic 2 cylinder open geared Oilpull once the Twin Cams hit the market....but they did!

I've never heard of the 6 cylinder engine swaps for the 20-35's. Sounds like a interesting topic to discuss in another thread. I'd like to know more about it.
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That's quite a beast. Wonder what all they had to do to make it fit. That looks like the power unit motor that I have here.

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Wow! A prehistoric MM G-900!

This is going to be interesting. I suggest we put this discussion under a easily searchable thread title. I'll start the thread and you guys add the facts.
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Fun thread for me, glad for all the interest!
Phil,
The serial # tag is in place. It reads 3464.
Years ago I purchased #3601, you have 3604, another friend has 3605.
I was the third owner of 3601 and got it from the collector that found it in the 60's. It came off the farm it where it was delivered new and the surviving personnel was positive it was always referred to as a 1922.
Sure I am guessing a bit here, but the 20-35's were announced in 1919 on the heels of the 12-20 and #3464 is close to if not a 1921 model.

Otto Sawyer,
I wanted pictures of the tractor sitting in front of the crumbling sawmill just as it sat for 40 years, but alas, the owners were not tuned in to historical pictorials like we are and were in a hurry to clean the "mess" up.
They had already cut a path to the idle machine and were preparing to hook to the front axle and start pulling. Luckily I got them on the phone and told them they had a four-plus ton tractor sunk a foot into the earth and if they did not slow down and think things over they may well tear the whole front end out from under the tractor! I refused to pay them good money for this machine if they damaged it more than it already was...the idea here was to save it so it could be parted out, re powered, or fixed.
I paid enough, drove over 600 miles, worked my ass off, endured a fuel bill and wear and tear on my tow rig...but I saved it!

Frank & Kyle,
I had no idea I would still be dragging high grade yard art home after all this time!

Mark,
Your comment about comparing The advanced TC design to other tractors from 1920 is exactly why I covet these fabulous old machines!
You referred to Mike's six cylinder Twin City as a prehistoric MM G-900. Wow what a great way to put it! Very clever!
Just think of all the re power possibilities...Strip the MM yellow off the engine for a old timey patina...A high grade resto with class A Battleship finish...
Two-tone paint job with yellow engine and gray chassis?
Makes me shiver like a sudden cool breeze. Wish I had time for the six shooter conversion myself, but It will have to do yard patrol here or get sold to someone who can carry out a resto as I just cannot fit it in.
You guys are great, thanks for all the input,
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More yard art,
I am working on some changes with some of my garden and this old chicken house foundation is getting the old iron treatment.
An Adams road grader is the new center piece and a Fordson rear wheel will retain a small herb selection. Planning on lots of pepper plants and some flowers too.
Will try to post a late summer picture later.
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I'm my yard there is an F-12 and plow that we got off the original farm. We also have a good set of rumley E bull gears leaning on the F-12. When we got the F-12 off the farm we had to cut down a tree 12 inches in diameter off of the rear end.

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Hello All,
Here are follow-up summer pictures of post #73.
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Tony, I noticed the pine tree in post #73 has become a pine stump in the last post! Too much shade?? Nice looking garden, by the way.
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Phil,
The old pine was going bad and I needed more shade in the garden.

Here is one more recent photo...everything is now covered in an aggressive vine...look at the birdhouse with license plate roof on a small diameter metal post that is gone from view!
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Hard to tell there is an old grader under that! That soil must be pretty fertile the way that stuff grows. Nice looking yard, Tony.
We haven't had enough rain this summer to grow much of anything. Hay is in such short supply that it's being hauled in from other provinces and what is here is selling $180 and up per bale!
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A bit more yard art.
I have been moving some old iron around the place and decorating with it in different manors. I ran out of ideas for now and just decided to park a big TC next to a little TC that look out across the yard from a high spot in the former barn pasture.
I have a 42 foot deck across the back of my old farmhouse with a roof (porch style) and often have company that eventually notice the old machines staring intently at us from back by the antique wooden barn. Many visitors feel the need to go pet the pair of TC's and the general public's interest and commentary is very satisfying...lots of folks just love old junk!
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Yard art on the move,
My favorite lawn ornaments are headed for a new home.
An ambitious young man has purchased them and they are headed north from me. He plans on fixing the big twin cam when needed parts can be located.
The 17-28 really seems to get around...
I brought this tractor home from Missouri years ago. To good to part out, but needs a lot of work so it got yard art duty and even made two pages in a national magazine when it debut as a center piece in a pumpkin patch ( see posts 57,58,61,62). This machine was sold some time ago and I ended up buying it back again. The new owner may continue an active tour of yard art duty at the end of his driveway as well???
Several recent lifestyle changes have prompted me to sell numerous items and here are some pictures of the TCs heading out.
The new owner is a fine young man who does a fabulous job of promoting our great hobby. Chris Quatmann from Jordan , MN sells lots of MM parts and his interest is backing up into the amazing old Twin City line. He does have some baby twin cam parts for sale now to go along with the MM goodies.
I will see what I can find to plant in the garden or park in the pasture, anyone got pics of their yard art?
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