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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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Old 11-25-2011, 09:48:19 PM
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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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Old 11-25-2011, 10:50:35 PM
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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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Old 11-26-2011, 12:19:18 AM
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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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Nice save in the great state of MI! Excellent history, where did you find it? I spent a few years in the eastern UP when I was in college.
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Chris and Don,

It is not only a super rare one but also an historical tractor.
Have been reading your story.
Dit never have heart about the Mc Cormick camp/park with the old trail in it.
Sirus must have been a very special person and also very busy with mother Nature.

Let the storyís go on.
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Chris,
Just out of curiousity, do you know what year this tractor is? What years were they built?

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I second Mikes question,
I see another great thread unfolding here as you gents made a very large score! It is wonderful to know that this historical unit has ended up in good capable hands.
Thank you for sharing for everyone to enjoy
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Mike & Tony,

The 20 HP Type D Titan was built from 1910-1914 with only 274 being made in those years. The peak of production was in 1912 with 130 being produced. Both Chris & my 20 HP tractors were built in 1912. They also built the 25 HP Type D Titan in this same time period with 1,757 being produced. It is my belief that most farmers decided to spent a little more money and get the 25 HP over the 20 HP. What is interesting to note is that my 20 HP also includes hot tube ignition which is not common on tractors.
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Hello Friends,

As Wayne posted our tractor is indeed a 1912 model, engine no. UB4286 and chassis number TD329. It's about one of the last ten or so tractors built in 1912.

Today we started tearing the rest of what the junk men left us to tear apart. Surprisingly things are coming apart nicely after setting out for its entire life. We are to the point where the crankshaft and crankcase are ready to come out, but that's going to be a project for next weekend. Too bad schooling and work get in the way of playtime.
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I much enjoy this thread and especially the post on the history of the camp etc. I wonder what became of the remains Hendrickson saved. We should all try to preserve the history and make it available as you've done here. It's too bad government regulations require such as the destruction of the camp. I'm happy the tractor got saved and will be restored, a major project!
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Chris,

You LUCKY bugger!! You must have found that old girl in a Rosebush. I was planning on looking in on the old Titan on my next trip to lower Michigan, but it looks like I'll have to visit it at your place. Sam Mattila was the man who owned the Titan, and ran his sawmill with it, then later ran the mill with a John Deere A. I think that it was run more recent than the '20's, I will try to find out some more when I can. I know quite a few members of the Mattila family, as well as one of the sons of Sam Mattila. He told me stories of the Titan on several occasions, and often lamented it leaving the UP. I had hoped to bring it back home to the UP one day, but it looks like it has found a good home in Grass Lake.

I'll be following this thread with great interest!!

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Hi Rick,

I bet we would all like to hear more information about the tractor when the Mattila family had owned it. I wonder what year they acquired the tractor after it had served to the McCormick tract. I'm also pretty curious to hear of what the initial demise of the tractor was and why they quit running it. Possibly even some old photo's???? A friend of mine had came across the tractor in the early 80's while bear hunting and has some photo's of it while it was still in the UP. I'll have to see if I can round those pictures up.
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Amazing find Chris! Congratulations and happy restoring.

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