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Old 08-08-2010, 09:02:36 PM
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I brought home a couple more Twin City tractors this weekend. One is another early 12-20 and the other is a 17-28 parts tractor. The 12 -20 is in nice shape except for the fenders. The engine is loose and seems clean inside. Transmission shifts very nicely thru all gears and the drive train seems to have not a lot of wear. It has the early Pierce governor and the early cast valve cover vent. The front axle and steering is very tight with none of the usual slop. I think it is considerably better shape than the earlier one which came from the old log barn. Shouldn't take much to get it running. Oh, and the large wasp nest will have to go!!

The 17-28 is a parts tractor and has a lot of good parts. .
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:41:22 PM
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Default Re: Two more Twin City's

I think it's time for someone not to let Phil off his leash anymore! At least it's not Rumelys Phil! Another good find by the looks of things at any rate.
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you should save that nest! scrape it off best you can and spray it with spray shellac
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Maybe I should just leave it on there and shellac it as it's wrapped right around the spoke.
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Default Re: Two more Twin City's

Nice find. I have seen a couple of these smaller Twin Cities in person and in pictures. I have noticed some differences between them. Some have the govenor mounted directly at the timing gear housing and some like this one have all the linkage first and the govenor up top. Is this an early/late 12-20 production feature or a 17-28 feature?

These tractors are very rare birds in my neighbourhood. Is there a real quick way to tell a 12-20 from a 17-28 other than the serial number?
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Jeff; The small high mounted governor is the Pierce governor that was used on the early 12-20 tractors. The lower mounted one was the Twin city governor that was fitted partway through 12-20 production.

Here is the link to Tony Thompson's excellent Twin City site for a lot more good info.

http://twincitytractors.tripod.com/index.htm
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boy would that ever be the talk of a show. lol if you could keep every little kid from poking it.
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Maybe I should just leave it on there and shellac it as it's wrapped right around the spoke.
Interesting tractors and nest. The white faced hornets make those nests. Keep it there.
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Default Re: Two more Twin City's

Phil,
That is not only a wasp nest but an hole nest of Twin City’s.
Amazing scene.

Phil you seems to know a lot about The Twin City as a tractor collector.
Al arround 15 years we have a Twin City 17-28, as you can see on the next 2 pictures.
The Air intake of this tractor (picture 2) looks a little bit rare.
Do you think its original.

Chris
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Chris
I don't think that is original.
My 12/20 came with a similar air cleaner that someone told me most likely came off of a Minneapolis Moline of some sort.
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