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Old 05-27-2018, 08:31:57 AM
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Just picked this up yesterday, runs pretty good needs some tweaking here and there but I already have the fenders more straight than in the pics. Has a TC top radiator tank but it is a 1935 21-32/ FTA for sure. Seems to be a solid ol tractor, may have to see how this one pulls a plow this summer.
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Not bad looking old tractor Russ, my 35' KTA has TC on the radiator tank. We both have the same 3 T C models now. They grow on you, don't they. My FT idles so nice just wish I had a set of lugs so I could plow with it. Would a set off a 22-36 fit, the bolt spacing the same. Jim
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The radiator top is correct for a 1935 FTA.
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Russ, I am curious about the information displayed on your tractors serial tag. Is the tractor tagged as an 21-32 (FT) or an FTA as they are two distinct models. The FTA was introduced in 1935 so I can see how both new and old stock parts would have wound up on the same tractor.
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I can get a picture of the tag, from what I remember the lower left says 21-32 and the lower right says FTA, I suppose HP and Model respectively.
I have a problem maybe someone could help out with.
Got the tractor home and had noted that the oil was a little milky. Decided to change it, sure enough there was a little water in the pan, not much but I think most of what was there mixed in the oil pretty good. Went to 30 weight oil, opened the filter housing and found no filter. As I was going to run it this weekend I put it back together. I should note at this time, when I pulled the filter housing drain plug there was a rod sticking down a bit, seemed spring loaded.

I started the tractor and the filter housing leaked, had to stop and change the o-ring. Started it up and in a moment the exhaust started to smoke out the shop, it was bad. Now black oil is leaking out the exhaust gaskets and running down the side of the block.
Before I changed oil, it didn't smoke an ounce. Does anyone have a filter housing cutaway view for this or a KTA? I'm pretty sure I did something wrong, sure the valve guides probably need attention but I pulled the valve covers, started it and im pretty sure its over-oiling, oil was shooting out the rockers pretty high. The guage is old, but it says 30psi , I thought originally it was high anyway, but...……….
The second time I changed the o-ring in the filter housing that rod dropped down out the hole a little further, by the way. No steel parts in the drain bucket that I could find.
Help, what did I do?
Also, had this old muffler laying around for years, good ol thick steel and it fits.
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Default Re: 1935 Twin City FTA

I am no expert when it comes to the pressurized lubrication systems on these tractors but I don't believe there should be anything behind the filter housing drain plug. There is however the relief valve located right near it, which is spring loaded. Pressure should be around 25psi.

Going back to your serial number tag, that is interesting about the tractor having both the 21-32 and FTA dedignation. It was my understanding that the 21-32 designation was dropped once the tractor was re-rated and renamed. But, just about anything was possible during these crossover years.
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Russ, here is a cut away photo of the oil filter assy. and also a picture of the filter element cleaning instructions. I hope this helps. I use the same oil filter as the MM G. Jim
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Jeff, here are the plates, I haven't looked at enough of them to know much. I wonder though if the engine serial numbers ever match or get close.
Did these ever come with rubber tire gearing or special speeds at all? Seems like first gear is kinda fast.
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My 12-20 serial numbers are one number apart from motor to chassis.
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Photobucket finally allowed me to dredge up this old picture I had of one that a friend had me get running for him years ago. It was stuck but we got it loose very easily and it ran really well. He sold it soon after at an auction, don't know where it went. Its been long enough that I couldn't remember much about it except it was very tall on rubber tires.
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