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Twin City 27-44 Restoration Started


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Old 08-22-2010, 09:08:35 PM
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Hello all,
My good friend Jim Anderson and I wanted a set of road builder pyramid style lugs for our 27-44's. Both of the tractors we bought were missing the lugs. Tomahawk Foundry in Rice Lake Wisconsin whipped us up two full sets in short order.
Jim wanted his new and sharp looking, but I wanted mine to have sort of a normal appearing amount of wear. After the drilling and tapping was done, I made a jig to fit two lugs at a time into my chopsaw and took one inch off of all of them. After rounding the sharp cuts off with the grinder, painting the bottom sides with primer and battleship gray, it was time to secure all 126 of them with splitlocks and square nuts.
This whole lug project was expensive and terribly time consuming, but my tractor was a road builder in central Minnesota and I wanted it outfitted according to the specs listed in the parts manual.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:33:18 PM
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These tractors had no primer applied under the paint in the 1920's, but I like the additional rust protection that affordable red oxide provides so on it went. I have been applying primer and paint as I go in an effort to keep rust from starting up undrneath or in between parts, (this machine was a rust bucket when I dragged it home).
I have used two and a half gallons of battleship gray so far.
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Default Re: Twin City 27-44 Restoration Started

Tony, are those new lugs made from cast iron or cast steel?
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:54:49 PM
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Sprout,
More iron than steel,
The boys at the foundry have been casting these for years and have the formula figured pretty well.
I didn't ask for details on the mix, because they have a good reputation. Website/contact information for Tomahawk Foundry is listed on the Links & Credits page of my website.

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I visited the foundry this past June and plan to have them make me up some parts as well. Great guys, thanks.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:07:38 AM
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That project is looking very good, Tony. If you ever decide to do a 1/4 scale replica, you already have the mini lugs!! LOL.
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Tony, looks great! when you get done with that one there are a couple here that need some tlc, theres a spare room and we will feed you good.
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ROOM AND FOOD!
Best be cautious with generous offers like that.
America has given a great deal of our whole manufacturing base to China and Mexico.
If our current state of economy gets much worse you will have enough people showing up at your place to start your own town!
Hummmm...Lawrenceville, North Carolina....has a nice ring to it though don't you think?
Your dad is a real nice guy, he can be the mayor and you can be the sheriff!
I better stay here and finish out my own resto...got to have this tractor and others ready for LeSueur 2011 Minneapolis-Twin city-Moline feature next summer,
Tony
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It does have a little ring to it eh? Well just like all your other restorations I can see your making the road king into a class act also. Keep us posted and when we get off the off brand stuff were sure to return to the TC!
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:53:55 PM
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I posted pictures of my canopy being fitted earlier in this thread. After degreasing and pressure washing all the canopy irons, I hit them with red oxide primer and then more of the dreary battleship gray. I soaked the platform boards with three heavy brush coatings and ordered square head bolts, nuts and washers in a plain or raw finish. Paint does not stick to zink plated hardware and in a year or two you have bright zink bolts and nuts showing through everywhere when the paint falls off of them.
I am thinking this machine was partially dissassembled many years ago by someone that became overwhelmed by the demands required to complete the job. Many of the badly rusted fasteners were twisted off and many more had been replaced by a modern mix of incorrect used hardware...to long, to short, absence of washers and insertion of wire and used barn nails for cotter keys!
Anyway, the canopy is back on. I had a new two piece fan shroud made and the fellow did a nice job, however, it was unfinished requiring a great deal of trimming, bending and needed all the holes drilled to get it to fit.
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:23:39 PM
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I made new strap washers (originals were badly rusted)
and trimmed the new radiator core to fit tanks. A test fit of the whole assembly with the shroud was done to make sure it everything lines up right...we are dealing with a lot of holes here. I like to "dovetail" the gasket tape at the corners to make sure they do not seep coolant out the corners.
The assembly gets tore down again, abrasive blasted, primered and painted and then reassembled with new plain finish square head bolts and heavy hex nuts...I am on a first name basis with the guys down at Fastenal these days
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Hello all,
Had to start welding up a few more broken castings. It is time to renovate and install the manifolding on the engine and much of it is cracked and broken in many spots.
The manifold system on these machines is a rather complex design that utilizes a large number of parts to manage intake and exhaust duties along with a complicated heating unit for burning kerosene.
Very poorly executed past repairs have been applied to this tractor in many areas and the manifold set is no exception. I had to grind some old manifold welds away and re-break the parts to make a decent repair from all previous attempts.

First picture is the throttle butterfly type governor part that is employed under intake manifold and on top of carburetor.
The throttle plate was very loosely mounted into the shaft via a soft piece of copper wire that was pushed through the holes and bent over
After the broken housing was welded up, I carefully drilled and tapped the tiny throttle shaft holes and secured the assembly with proper fitting machine screws.
Third and fourth photo's show a couple more weld repairs to a bolt hole tab and a chunk knocked out of one end.
My spray-transfer-powder torch makes nice looking, very strong repairs on dirty castings, but you must take several health care precautions because the noxious heavy metal fumes will make you and then you will
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Hi Tony, I bought the f20 off you last fall and got to see your "little" project was wondering how you were coming with it haven't seen any new posts on it in awhile

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Hello Erik,
Great to hear from you!
Hope you have some fun with my neighbors F-20 as he was to elderly to care for it anymore. He was very pleased that I found a "young feller" to keep the old girl oiled up from year-to-year.
Has been a long cold winter with lots of time and money spent moving tremendous amounts of snow at my end of the state. Have not worked on the big twin cam much since the weather went bad.
I have collected some more of the correct type fasteners that were missing and spent a few days making gaskets, installing manifold system and a complete rebuild of the brass Wheeler Schebler was recently finished up after a lengthy search for replacement parts. The carburetor was badly worn and suffered from poorly executed past repairs...very time consuming to set some of these repair blunders right again.
I have the radiator components painted and installed and will get to work on the tractor several hours weekly as we get into more spring-like weather.
I will post more in a few weeks when I have some progress made and pictures to share. I plan on having this machine at Le Sueur MM-TC show August 26-28 2011.
Maybe I will see you there?
Thanks for checking in, it was a pleasure meeting you!
Tony
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Hello all,
Time for a progress report.
The radiator was finished up with new parts and hardware. I set about reproducing all the missing and hopelessly rusted components through some of my very resourceful colleagues.
New front screen for radiator,
Custom safety screen between fan and core backside,
New hood and new fuel tank,
new air intake pipe and top cap,
Rebuild air cleaner bottom half,
Fenders, tool box, roof tin.
I installed new oil lines, fittings, gauge, and placed a restrictor in the oil line up top for oiling the valvetrain without taking to much oil away from bottom end.
Details on the conversion from hand oil valvetrain to pressure feed are discussed in previous pages.
The reworked mag was dialed in and I belted the tractor up and ran it for several minutes with spark plugs removed to look for oil and water leaks. After being belted up, the water pump glands were repacked and oil pressure was set to specs. External oil pumps on these engines are easilly adjusted with a screwdriver. It is holding oil and water with no leaks.
Here are some pictures of the hood being made, the new gas tank and test fit of hood, tank and air cleaner components.
Today I ran new gas line and fittings. I cranked the engine two quarter turns with the choke on, let the choke off and on the third pull I was rewarded with a nice smooth running engine...today was a very good day
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Very nice and great work Tony.

That roof on top looks pretty exiting and fits very good on your Twin City.
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Tony

Looks Great!!!! Makes a person feel good after all that hard work to hear them run. you mention that you had a new air cleaner made? did you make it or someone else? i need a new bottom for my 27-44?
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2545,
I did the air cleaner here myself.
There are several different size cleaners mounted in different locations on these tractors depending on the ever-changing evolution of the rather complex manifold/preheating system that is utilized with the 16 valve crossflow head.
Parts are nearly non-existant for these low production tractors, but at least we can repo the sheet metal items or hire them done as I did for the fenders and fuel tank.
Tony
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Congrats on finally getting her going Tony. I've never heard one running before - it's on my "bucket list". :-)

Say, where did you get the warning sticker or decal for your magneto? I've seen them in old pictures but never found a source. It sure gives the mag a "factory" look.

Thanks for all the great pics and write-up's on this project - keep up the great work!


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Looking good Tony. Can't wait to see your collection in a couple weeks. Thanks for the updates.
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