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Old 07-07-2018, 08:58:36 PM
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I'm starting this thread as a place everyone can share the story of their best early tractor find. So what's yours???
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Old 07-07-2018, 09:50:42 PM
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Part of me thinks that your latest find is always your best find, so I will share this story.

My collection focuses on pre-merger Minneapolis-Moline equipment. My Great Uncle Horace Blaney farmed with Minneapolis Moline equipment, which is why my Father and I collect the brand. It was always my goal to aqcuire at least one tractor from each of the three pre-merger companies. This became a reality this June. I learned about the existence of this two-cylinder Moline Universal while talking to its owner at a local steam show. Life got in the way and it took nearly two years before I drove out to see it. Having done my homework, I was immediately aware of its significance upon setting eyes on it. This is a 1916-1917 Model B, one of just a handful remaining.

The tractor is in rather rough condition, however I see its potential under all the rust and seized parts. What I find most impresive is that it is an original Ontario tractor, spending it working life north of Kingston. This Universal is the earliest tractor we own, adding to its importance within our collection.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:03:17 PM
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Looks like it will be running before you know it! Always great seeing new (old) stuff come to light
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:11:42 PM
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This low serial number Oliver Hart Parr...
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:44:19 AM
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Jeff B., I believe we have a pair of pony wheels for that Moline Universal if you need them...maybe a few lugs. PM me if you wish.
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Default Re: What's your best find?

The Hession Wheat tractor has to be my best one to date,

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showt...ighlight=wheat

with the Rumely F portable trucks (found in this thread) coming in second.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showt...le#post1323583
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Not sure how early you're talking, but this came early in my collecting life (2nd tractor) and is early-ish 1938. B-Allis with log splitter, paid less than the cost of a new splitter and ended up 15 miles from the owner at his original home where he grew up.

I put the steel on the rear as it was cheaper than new tires and selling firewood for the past 11 years the tractor has paid for itself many times over and probably saved on me quite a bit as I used to hand-split everything.

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Here is my 1939 F-20 I bought from the original family 3 years ago. It was built in April of 1939, the last month they were built. The original owners son said he remembers in 1940 going with his dad to the implement dealer to buy this tractor. There was a new Farmall M sitting next to this F-20 and he (being very young at the time) bugged his dad about buying the nicer looking M. But I'm sure the 20 was much cheaper! It is in great shape and although it was stored inside someone removed the spark plugs and mice made a nice home in one of the cylinders. I had to replace one sleeve with a good used one. It runs very well and the last picture shows it getting a new set of Firestones a few weeks back. I plan to replace the leaking radiator core next and keep it in its working clothes.
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Mine is the John Deere 50 that my grandfather used on the farm growing up. Fortunately it remained in the family since they purchased it used in the early 60s but it was getting it home that was the challenge because I don't own a trailer. (I drive my tractors to all the shows and gatherings I attended)
It has lots of problems but the sentimental value on this one is what counts. Needs transmission work engine needs to be rebuilt and rebored. New front end and much much more.
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I enjoy all of the old tractors and equipment I have collected over the years, its hard to single out one except for considering individual rarity or similar, and my collection doesn't really hold anything rare with one exception.
A LONG time local collector/friend of the family used to invite us to come look over his collection frequently, so I knew about this tractor many years ago. Starting out as a International collector I knew all about it by just looking at the wheel configuration as it sat all those years sunk in the dirt in a row of unrestored units alongside the big shed. I pestered the owner for YEARS about it, he wasn't really a seller at all.
I'm not sure anymore how long it took, guessing 20 years at the least. I saw his son at a swap meet one day and AGAIN pestered about that tractor, told him it would sure look better in my shed than in his dad's yard. That time he told me his dad just bought a pickup and I should call him.

He shot me a price, an amount that was reasonable but a figure that I would have to go to the bank over and get a loan. I showed up the next Saturday with cash and a trailer and I think it actually surprised him but a deal is a deal. He reluctantly sold it to me with the trust that it would never leave the community as long as he lived.

It is a 1929 Fairway regular farmall. Near as I can tell since there are only 5 of these examples exhisting today, I have tried to get a list of them together over the years without much luck.
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