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Old 04-15-2015, 01:44:28 PM
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Here is the one at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. We call it a 15-30, and I believe that is the size. We have called it a 1919, but I am not sure by what reasoning.
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I would say it could be older, but I'm not sure when they quit using chain steering. I am guessing 1919 or 1920.

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Is that green paint sneaking out from under the black paint? Looks good. Thank you

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I have seen green Townsends and black townsends going in for restoration that appeared to be green under the black. We're they originally green. I think the Fair Mor Townsends were black.
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Used to own this large fold-out poster:





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The Townsend tractor is a fascinating little machine, with boiler frame construction to make it look more "traditional". The radiator is an actual boiler. The stack provides a vacuum that draws air through the flues to cool the water. A simple pump run by a belt from the flywheel circulates the water. The oil reservoir is located with the driver controls, and pumps oil directly to the pistons. If you open the door in front of the steering wheel, you can see the pistons in action, and if you look below the pistons you can see the ground. Once the oil works it's way out of the engine, it simply drips to the ground. I am yet to see a Townsend that runs, and is driven, be spotless (maybe this is an ingenious rust prevention plan, haha). The carberator has an unsealed hinged lid to add gas for initial start up. The air intake is a short pipe near the carberator without an air filter. The driver controls the air/fuel mixture with a turn knob near the steering wheel.

I once heard a story of some kids who liked to fill the stack with chicken feathers so that when their dad fired it up, feathers would shoot into the air of the barn. It was not stated, but I am willing to guess this only happened once.

I appreciate all of the photos and show information, and look forward to more posts on the topic. The photos have really been great! I will have to check the calendar and see if I can attend some shows where Townsends are being displayed.

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Jeff - that is cool. That appears to be an earlier model poster with the chain steering. I bet if you could see the front of the radiator it would say Townsend Oil Tractor. I believe later models have the TMC logo on the front. Thanks
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Regarding the chain steering.
They should have stuck with it as the, so called, auto steer (not to be confused with GPS......LOL ) wasn't worth a damn.
Miserable steering things........
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http://www.farmcollector.com/tractor...3sepzbea.aspx?

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You can see by Jeremy's post the 30-60 at Rollag is an impressive tractor however when you stand next to it it's not as impressive as say a 30-60 Rumely or even a 30-60 lightweight Rumely. It's still one of my favorites. When Norman Pross first brought it to Rollag I was supposed to be the operator for the parades. When I went to run it through its first parade Norman was having trouble with it running right. So I ended up going back to our display and he eventually got it running and someone else ran it. Which is ok. Our display takes a lot of my time for extra curricular activities. But I still make a point to look at it each year.
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I know I have this photo posted elsewhere here but here it is again.
The portable we got from John Tysse.
We had do some improvising as no portable photos exist that I ever found.
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I had heard about the portable some time back, but this is the first time I've seen a photo. Thanks

(Craig here: I KNOW I have other photos.......maybe on an old CD.......I'll look later.)
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One of the buildings still stands in Janesville. Pete Burno used to know Roy.

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Wisconsin Historical Society has some advertisements up in their Visual Materials Collection.
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