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20HP Single Cylinder Titan Undertaking


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Old 11-25-2011, 08:54:42 PM
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Good evening fellow Stakers, as some of you have heard we have recently purchased a single cylinder 20HP Titan tractor. We just bought the tractor early last week. As you can tell from the photo's I am missing a few parts, with the help of some friends we are hoping to start casting the missing pieces. I do however have the front axle and front wheels. I am just missing a few minor pieces of the front axle. If anyone perhaps has any leads on parts I would really be interested talking to you about them. When we purchased this tractor we also got a second 20HP stationary engine along with the project as well so I have most of the engine parts. The lubricator on the tractor is also missing. I believe this is a Detroit Model G oiler. I am missing a water pump and strap, ignitor and a tractor carburetor. These parts would be the same on any 20 HP famous engine with the exception of the carb. This tractor spent its working life in the upper peninsula of Michigan and has a very unique story behind it's life. But we'll get to that another time. In the meantime here are a few photos to show you what I have.
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Chris,

Congratulations! Here's what it will look like when you get it put together. Let me know if i can help in anyway...
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GDay Chris,
Congratulations! Great to see ! keep the pics. coming ,Thanks, Stuart.
PS. Is this tractor hit&miss or throttle ?
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I wondered when we'd see it on stak..... Chris, that's one uber-cool project you've got there! Can't wait to hear the story about its history.

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Congratiulation Chris and Don,

Another fantastic project for you both guys.
They are still out there.

Keep us up to date about everything.

Greatings from Holland

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Chris i have been reading the Wendel book about this IHC and only a few hunderd where buld if this model.

Itís a very good find then.

Think you have a super rare one........
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Hello everyone,

Today we pushed the Titan into our shop and are going to begin the tear down process. It was quite a challenge moving the tractor without one of the rear wheels and it's all our Ford backhoe wanted to handle.

Anyways, a little bit of history on the tractor and its working life as promised. This tractor was originally purchased by Cyrus McCormick Jr. himself and was used to clear the land and saw the lumber to build the cabins for his wilderness camp. This was in the upper peninsula of Michigan on white deer lake which is NW of Marquette, MI. Here are some links to some information about the Wilderness tract.

http://www.foyeins.com/mccormicktract/RoughCamp.pdf
http://www.foyeins.com/mccormicktract/
http://www.richardhendricksen.com/pa...amp/index.html

After the tractor had serviced for Cyrus it was then sold to the Mattila family in Tiovola, Mi. They used the Titan for their logging run and would use the tractor to skid logs to the railroad or nearby rivers. We figure they stopped using the tractor around 1920. We believe something happened to the transmission around this time and that's why all those pieces were missing.

In the 1940's somebody had the great idea that the LH rear wheel would make an excellent blade to push snow. This is when the wheel met it's fate and was mounted with a caterpillar crawler. They cut the wheel into about three or four pieces and welded them all together. At this time we believe this is when many of the other parts were scavenged and sold for iron. I'm pretty certain the only thing that kept this tractor from going to scrap was the fact the rear wheel was missing and was impossible to move. This is where the tractor sat until the early 1980's.

We purchased the tractor from an estate here in Michigan so the tractor has never left the state of Michigan since it had left Milwaukee. Hopefully over the next year or two things will start to look different.
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I also just wanted to add a little something. When the tractor was owned by the McCormick family the cabins had already been built in previous years around 1902 or so. According to the archives there was expansion and a creation of trails throughout the preserve, as it was around 17,000 acres in total. Additional buildings and cabins were built throughout the preserve until the late 1930's. In order to research things anymore I am going to have to make a trip to the archives in Madison to have a look for myself. Another trip which should indeed be very interesting.
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GDay Chris,
Congratulations! Great to see ! keep the pics. coming ,Thanks, Stuart.
PS. Is this tractor hit&miss or throttle ?
This one is a kerosene burning hit and miss governed.
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