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RESTORED MINNEAPOLIS MOLINE TRACTOR making tracks, and video

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Project by bushmaster posted 03-28-2017 05:30 AM 2859 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted construct a toy tractor, after looking at many images, I settled on the Minneapolis Moline A4T 1600 because I liked the design and straight lines. Work processed quite quickly, and was soon ready for a new set of tires. In the last issue of Farm Show magazine I found this article.

A bit on the expensive side, got a deal on the price, $8,000. each mounted on rims. They have more flotation than double regular tires, which has many advantages of not compacting the soil and do not leave that squished up lines.
Cheaper than a track assembly though, so I ordered up a set. Quite massive as when I went to pick them up, it was all my 1935 Chev truck could handle

Once they where installed the tractor looked quite sharp.

Redid the interior also

So now just waiting for spring to come in the north to start farming. Now that this done is done I will be working on restoring a Massey Harris 44. of the early 50’s vintage.

The link to the video of how the tires and rims where manufactured, an overview of the tractor components, then assembly and completed tractor. https://youtu.be/fHqZG3Xtcr8

Thanks for looking , comments appreciated..

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia





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crowie

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#1 posted 03-28-2017 05:36 AM

Brain, That’s on beaut model sir…nice detailing, those wheels look great…top job!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Knappen

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#2 posted 03-28-2017 06:04 AM

Looking good. I love the wheels. Is it to scale?. Like the video too.

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once. http://oknap.dk/pg

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 03-28-2017 06:31 AM

Nice tractor.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-28-2017 09:58 AM

Very nice work.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 03-28-2017 10:45 AM

Looks like it is ready for work. I did some big tires too, no problem, they are just BIG. Great job

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tyvekboy

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#6 posted 03-28-2017 12:52 PM

Great looking toy.

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#7 posted 03-28-2017 01:18 PM

I like that first photo in natural environment. Beautiful toy maschine.

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htl

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#8 posted 03-28-2017 01:18 PM

Nicely done and the wheels are just right!!!!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 03-28-2017 01:26 PM

Those are all outstanding! Such beautiful models! You are truly an artist!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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kiefer

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#10 posted 03-28-2017 01:52 PM

Like it !
Tires look great and the video is also very informative on how you made them.
That 35 Chev picture is too cool !

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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bushmaster

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#11 posted 03-28-2017 02:04 PM



Looking good. I love the wheels. Is it to scale?. Like the video too.

- Knappen


No not exactly, as usual I made the wheels first, then tried to enlarge the picture so the wheel size the ize of the ones I made. Didn’t get that right as my copier had only given enlargement sizes, so I just made the side view sizes so it looked right. width was just chosen so it looked about as it should ber.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 03-28-2017 02:06 PM

Nice upgrade! I’m surprised the new tires didn’t bend the frame on that ‘35.

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GR8HUNTER

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#13 posted 03-28-2017 02:51 PM

very nice older tractor …haven’t seen in awhile ….you did excellent work on it…... love the massive tires ….... awesome …..GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#14 posted 03-28-2017 03:02 PM

This is a beautiful model with lots of nice details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#15 posted 03-28-2017 03:10 PM

Brian;

You just keep on doing innovative and FANTASTIC work!

WOW!

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