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Moline Universal Tractor,Moline Illinois


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Ad from 1918 to promote the electric system on the Moline Universal Tractors
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They are neat tractors. I sat on that very tractor last year at Steam Era. I was worn out just sitting on it. Those old boys were tough!

Question, when Moline switched from the 2 Cylinder C to the 4 Cylinder D, were there changes made to the sulky and how it mounts to the drive portion of the tractor? Are the sulky's interchangeable between models?
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They are neat tractors. I sat on that very tractor last year at Steam Era. I was worn out just sitting on it. Those old boys were tough!

Question, when Moline switched from the 2 Cylinder C to the 4 Cylinder D, were there changes made to the sulky and how it mounts to the drive portion of the tractor? Are the sulky's interchangeable between models?


Looks like they were interchangeable
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I attended a sale years back that had one of these plus a few other neat toys. While looking the Universal over, an old timer commented on them, seems his grand father was killed on one the second day after they bought it new. He drove it into the barn the nite before, went to back it out the next day and when he engaged the clutch in reverse it launched the seat upward into the low ceiling above and killed him instantly! A neighbor here had a similar designed Indiana tractor and it too was very unstable if trying to back it, they kept it on the belt driven feed mill to be safe. They used the Fordson for all drawbar work and scrapped the Indiana to the first scrap drive of WWII. He always said that they should of gave it to the enemy nd likely it would have killed a good number of them!
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Looks like they were interchangeable
We have both....they do interchange. We have two sulkies, a two bottom plow, a two row cultivator and a piece of a sickle mower (I think). The workings of the electric governor came from a demented mind since there was also a mechanical governor offered. I understand that most of these guys were sentenced to "the lane" because of governor problems.

Don't know if it's true or not, but I've been told that it was the first tractor with factory electric lights. Never felt like it was worth the time to explore. We built our four cylinder in 1987 and there were still a few guys around that had operated them at that time. As a result I have a lot of second hand stories, including people being smashed into the ceiling.

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The electric lights remind me of a comment supposedly made when lights were offered on tractors;
" Only a lazy farmer needs to work at night."
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When you mention operators being thrown up into the ceiling, is it because of the nose end of the tractor rotating forward into the ground, and driving the sulky upwards? Or reversing in high speed and driving up a wall?
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we were back working on ours this weekend. frustrating. Nice hot, consistent strong spark into the distributor cap, no good spark out of the cap. retimed it, new cap, new rotor, new wires; still nothing.

The tractor was advertised as perfectly balanced, one man could easily lift the rear end to allow easy change of attachments. what this also meant was it didn't take much to flip the rear end on an incline.
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There was a Universal on one of the very early Classic Tractor Calendars and it was owned by the original brothers who bought it new. In the accompanying video to the calendar they interviewed them about it.

One of them said when they brought the tractor home, the first week they raced each other up in the morning to see who got the tractor. The second week, they raced each other up to see who got the horses.

That story always stuck with me - thought it was a good one!
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