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Minneapolis 40-80 Complete Frame Off Restoration


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Old 11-27-2013, 04:53:52 PM
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Default Minneapolis 40-80 Complete Frame Off Restoration

I got a Big Minnie into the shop a while back to get in running order. The more we dug the more things we found that needed help. The owner has decided to go ALL the way with a Frame off or Frame up Restoration! He wants to share the restoration process here on Lugs And Cleats so everyone can see the process of making one of these BIG girls look and run good! This is the biggest one I have ever had in my shop so is will be a challenge! I will be putting pictures and progress reports as we go along. This is going to be a BIG project! Wendell Kelch
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Looking forward to the project Wendell!!
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can't wait to see you start work on it!
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If your past restorations are any indicator, I'll be looking forward to seeing it finished next summer if not before.

Looking forward to the pictures and progress updates.
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Nice original logos on fenders!
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So glad to see the beginnings of what's going to be one of our favorite threads.
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Default Re: Minneapolis 40-80 Complete Frame Off Restoration

I believe I recognize that ole girl. Wish I were as young as when I first seen it in Harold Ottaway's building. Harold had quite a story on that tractor when it was hauled to Wichita. The trucker claimed he had it going 85 miles per hour on the hiway!

Now correct me if I'm wrong but I'm sure this is the same tractor.
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Yes this was Harolds Minnie. She is a tired girl and needs a LOT of love! Here are a few pics of some of the teardown. The crankshaft is 8Ft long! The stock bore is 7.250 but sometime it has been bored .070 over and now it needs to be resized again . There is a lot of slop between the pistons and cylinders.
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Piece of cake!!!!! . Looking forward to the updates
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Default Re: Minneapolis 40-80 Complete Frame Off Restoration

Does your shop suddenly seem a lot smaller with that big 'ol girl in there??

This looks to be another great thread! Looking forward to progress pics.
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