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Twin City 20-35 "Canadian"


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What years were the Maple Leaf trucks available? I didn't even know such a truck existed until I saw the one at the Reynold's Museum.
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I don't know when they started, the last one my fathers store sold was a 1954 model 3 ton. I don't remember ever seeing one with the body style that came out in 1955 and later.
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First year for the Maple Leaf was 1930. That was the first one I had. Paid $50 for it in 1959 and drove it home after helping the owner remove the grain box and mount it on another truck!

Wish I still had that one.
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So can anyone who is interested in old tractors be in Crosby ND and not look up John Tysee Jr? The following morning we did just that. I secured John's phone # from a fellow Stakker and arranged to meet him at his shop. We toured the interesting projects in the shop, visited the magneto room (Wow...is there any he doesn't have?), and got acquainted with his 2 "shop" cats. In the chit chat that followed I found out that our paths had crossed back in 2004 at the Rynda Sale in Montgomery MN. We were bidding against each other on a 20hp Advance Rumely steamer. John had deeper pockets than I did so the engine ended up in Crosby after some repair work was done in Fargo. It was interesting to see the engine again after 12 years. The patina on the engine is much the same as when I saw it last. John has added the canopy, installed the proper stack, replaced the smokebox door and removed the built skid rings that were on it at the sale.

Nice work John. It went to a good home!

Here are a couple photos of the rig.
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Regarding the Maple Leaf trucks, I'm surprised King of Obsolete hasn't chimed in yet, as he has a '38 Maple Leaf in his "Black Fleet".
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Mark great story,

About that border cross of yours,
That must have been the same border where Henric was arrested for an coople hours an coople years ago with the Gopher coat,
They thought the coat was made from protected animal or full infilled with drugs,

Last spring they where across that same border,
Henric stopt and told he was on his way to John Tysee.
The border police start to laugh and told you can drive forwards with no checking anymore.
Looks they started to know us now.

Keep continude your wonderful story’s
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Chris...Glad to hear the second border crossing went better. The Estevan Port of Entry was recommended to me by others who have made a similar trip. It was obvious that the personnel here are familiar with loads of old iron crossing from time to time in and out of John Tysee's shop.

John volunteered to show us some of the tractors that he owned so he escorted us to the Pioneer Village in Crosby where the annual Divide County Threshing show is held. He allowed us access to 5 large storage sheds there that were stuffed with many large and rare gas tractors and gas engines. One of the tractors that particularly impressed me was the Big 4 "45". How the operators ever saw where they were driving and how they got it maneuvered with that small steering wheel is beyond me. They must of had access to some kind of prehistoric GPS. The build date on the "45" is 1913 which I found interesting because that is also when the Twin City "60" became available. I mentioned this to John and he said between those two tractors the TC "60" was a better built tractor than the "45"was as it was basically a stretched Big 4 "30" with a 6 cylinder motor installed. He would know if anyone would!

Big 4 "45" photo op.
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Since the 47th Annual Divide County Threshing Show in Crosby ND is this coming weekend (July 15-16-17) I thought I'd devote one more post to some of John's rarer pieces. If you like old iron and can swing the trip this would be the place to hang out this weekend!

1. John has a good sized collection of platform plows. This 8 bottom Rumely gang plow is the first platform plow I've seen with slat bottoms.

2. 30hp Robert Bell Plowing engine. Check out the traction gearing on this one when you get a chance. Nearly all of it is mounted independent of the boiler. Super heavy duty!

3. Fairbanks-Morse 30-60. 1 of 3 known to exist.

4. Imperial 40-70. 1 of 3 known to exist.
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henry olson said you may be able to help me .I have a 27-44 twin city,I would like some pics of carb and magneto as I do not have either at this time. John Vetter 320-734-4441
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Hi John
Welcome to the Stak! You should be able to learn what you want to know here as there is some very knowledgeable Twin City fellas here on the board. I certainly don't know everything there is to know about the Twin City line but I'd be willing to share what I have.

The tractor that these parts pictures come from is a 20-35 serial number 3406. It is the 206th one built and probably was assembled in late 1921-early 1922. While the 20-35 and 27-44 are basically the same tractor there are a few small differences between the early and the late models.

This tractor has the 2nd design Hotspot manifold installed and this is the carb that was on it. It is a Wheeler-Schebler Model A. I'm pretty sure this carb was on the 27-44's also but I can't verify the late production usage as my parts book doesn't go new enough.

We would be interested in the serial number on your tractor as well as pictures if you can figure out how to post them. I know it took me a while to learn.
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