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Twin City 27-44 Restoration Started


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Nice looking tractor.

Dad had one of these back in the mid/late 1970s that I believe was also originally a 'road builder', but had a combination of the piramid lugs and heavy 3 or 4 inch angle iron cleats that extended several inches past the rims.

I think it had been used on a farm for many years after retiring from the road building though, so the lugs were likely changed on it at that time.
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Looks great Tony, I hope I get to see it someday!
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Congrats, Tony! I know today was a red-letter day for ya!
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Nice to hear you have made such progress. It's always a great day when you first hear that engine run after all that work. I'm sure you'll go to sleep tonight with a big smile on your face!
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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.


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Grant,
The multi-valve cross-flow head is a valvetrain freak show and has a unique sound.

The reproduction mag decals are available from...
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Thanks for kind comments, and good luck on your projects everyone!
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Hi Everyone,
Now that I have my tractor running and fitted all the new sheet metal, I have been ironing out small details like twin pipes for the two hole exhaust exit, knife type kill switch, and the last bits of correct hardware and fasteners for everything.
I fitted the N.O.S. canopy tin that was found in an old barn on last. Originally the tin was bolted directly to frame irons with 1/4 - 20 stove bolts and square burrs. I made two improvements to the roof that are not "correct" but will only serve to complement the machine in my opinion. I resourced 5/8 roof washers that have a rubber seal on one side and then I put 1/4 inch sheets of finished plywood in between the tin and the roof frame.
It is now time to pull the roof and body panels along with mag, carb, and manifold system in and effort to apply final paint to everything before reassembly.
Tony
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Hello everyone,
Progress is still slow but steady,
I have spent many hours in the final push to finish out this project with a decent paint job. The Battleship gray (P22) was supplied by Benjamin-Moore and is an affordable alkyd base that has been improved with a urethane base. Not much reducer is needed and I put hardner in to help things along. It works well and costs about $45. a gallon. Coronado Paints makes the same product in BS gray that works nice also.
Here are some pictures of the various parts, hood, tank and a bit of reassembly after everything got two plus coats of finish color that totals nearly five gallons since I started.
It has been two years now, and this resto will be complete by mid-August
Good luck on your projects evryone!
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Looking good, those wide wheels and lugs really make it look like mean!
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Looks pretty darn sharp. Missed you at the Root River show. Made a trip down on Sunday to do something a tad different. Nice show!
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Wow, looks great. Will you come and paint Buster for me
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Hope to hear a video of her running when you are done! Looks good so far!
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Nice to see more progress on a fine tractor. You're doing a great job on that restoration, Tony.
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... I fitted the N.O.S. canopy tin that was found in an old barn ...
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It's amazing what's still out there in New Old Stock parts just waiting for someone to come along that can use them.

Sure something like roof tin can be easily reproduced, but to find and use NOS just adds to the story and the tractor.
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Nice paint job Tony!
Did you use a sprayer for the everything if so what kind?
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What a wonderful job Tony! That big TC looks fantastic and I am sure that it sounds as good as it looks. Now, back to my 17-28 oil pump problem

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Thanks for encouragement everyone!
Rick,
I did use a brush to repeatedly soak the platform boards with BS gray, but other than that it was all sprayed on. I have an old Binks siphon type paint gun that I bought 30 years ago. I have painted some cars and 20+ tractors with it over the years and it just wont die!
I must admit, I have grown very weary of painting these days and do not want to do it any more (sorry Sprout, I will not appear eager to help you paint Buster).
I really don't like paint anymore and am increasingly attracted to unmolested originals. This 27-44 was in bad condition and with many pieces needing to be cast or machined and all sheet metal items requiring replacement it just seemed to need a paint job to finish it off.
I will post final assembly progress and end results as I get ready for my first outing to Le Sueur show August 26-28.
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I havent had any luck using siphon type paint sprayers in the past but last year I bought a "Sata" gravity fed spray gun that I have been using to spray lacquer on wood work, it is supposed to be good for automotive finishes as well.I will be trying it on my T/C 12/20 when the time comes.
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Fine work, Tony. Mine will start after some Oilpulls. It is supposed to be my daughter's, but she is more interested in her city yard than in it.
Otto: Your Dad's former 27-44 is really a late 20-35 by serial number (4079). It is model HS with H(obliterated) below. It has 27-44 painted in front under the radiator core, but not in raised cast numbers. He purchased it from Goggen Iowa area and it ran the Avery Yellow Fellow separator on threshing runs which now is on slow motion display at Mt Pleasant Iowa. It has had a very bad radiator leak since I bought it from your dad. We used to refill it twice during a parade. The magneto is weak with corrosion in winding and the governor is wired together. I got a good water pump housing to replace the broken one. It is one of a few with original canopy.
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My tractor is finished!
I purchased this machine 3 years ago and have been restoring it here and there in my spare time. I hope some of the documentation in all the pages of this thread will help other collectors along with their restoration efforts on these unique machines.
Here are some detail photos after final assembly.
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And here are a few overall shots of the finished machine.
Lugs & Cleats was a great place for me to document this restoration, and I have enjoyed so many of you so much.
A big thanks to all of the good folks involved in the best antique tractor forum on the planet
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