Minneapolis Moline Collectors News and Information

MINNEAPOLIS and MM Threshing Machine

August 6, 2017 - 12:29 PM
A Minneapolis from the Jasper County (Iowa) Museum and an MM Threshing Machine (owned by Verne Book, Chariton, Iowa) came together and demonstrated threshing the MM way at the Mid Iowa Antique Power Association Show near Marshallton, Iowa recently. MM and Oliver were featured at this year's show.

Congratulations to Board Directors

August 6, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Contratulations to Dave Ritenburgh from Ortonville, MI, who was re-elected for another term. And welcome to Len Vonasek from East Grand Forks, MN, who was elected as a new Director. We look forward to a new season of ideas and leadership for our MMCI membership. A big thank you to Thomas Schasney and Dale VonLoh who added your name to the ballot this year. The Board of Directors always need additional help and enthusiasm, so we encourage you and other members to get involved in committees -- and help promote the MMCI Mission. There is room for everyone!!!

Thank you to Mel Brus who served six years as main show contact. It's an important job and we appreciate all Mel did to help promote our Club and future shows!!

MMCI Summer Show Information

July 3, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Here is information about the Banquet, Tour, and Vendor registration. Don't delay, get your reservations -- we want to see you in Nebraska in September!! Click here for two page PDF.

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View Photo Album of 2017 Winter Show

April 12, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Enjoy photos of the winter show in Boonville, Missouri by visiting our Photo Page. We appreciate the photos taken by Kim Groskreutz and Dennis Hoekstra! All our MMCI photos are available to the public; in fact, you can see over 2500 photos on our MMCI page on Flickr. Just go to our Photo page to start! Next best thing would be someone to add descriptions!!

January 2017 President's Letter

January 13, 2017 - 11:19 AM
Read the letter your MMCI president wrote to you. Get ready for celebrating!!

Preservation Grants Encourage MM Restorations

October 14, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Your club membership helps encourage interest in preserving and restoring Minneapolis Moline history, tractors, and implements. Two young people learned much about the MM legacy as well as how to restore tractors. Their projects connected them with many who know about the company and they also learned that hard work and perseverance pay off in many ways. Thank you for being a part of our MM family by supporting such projects with your membership dues. This is just one of many benefits our club provides and keeps the history and legacy of the MM companies alive!

Check out more information on the Projects page. 

MMCI President's Report

January 11, 2016 - 11:46 PM
Take a minute to see what Jay GrosKreutz, your club president, has to say: read the August President's Report.

Where's Buddy Lee Now?

January 11, 2016 - 11:34 PM
Remember Buddy Lee? Buddy was a promotional piece used by the Minneapolis-Moline Company around 1949. He was a popular "salesman" for the company and enjoyed popularity and lots of attention in dealership windows. He was so popular his sales price was about $2.40! The Buddy Lee era ended in1963 when the manufacturer discontinued production. As a collector item, an original MM Buddy Lee has sold for as much as $1,000. In 1999 the MMCI held a Buddy Reunion at their Arkansas Winter Convention. Eight Buddy Lees were displayed at that first reunion. Next time you visit the Floyd County Historical Museum at Charles City, IA, you'll see an educational display of the MM Buddy Lee in one of the MM display cases. Be sure to stop by and say "Hi."

Update on the R Cab Project

September 14, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Butch Fuder and Rex Mercer have an interesting update on the R Cab Project they started a couple of years ago! Go to the PDF report:

MM Experimental Equipment

July 28, 2015 - 9:58 AM

Check out the MM experimental equipment photo album Rick Laleman added to our Photo Page. Scroll to the Other Categories. Thanks Rick!!!

View Summer and Winter Show Photos

July 22, 2015 - 11:19 AM
Dennis Hoekstra has kindly shared many great photos from the shows in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Thank you Dennis! We will be adding descriptions for some of the photos in Pennsylvania. If you would like any photos, you can get them from the Flickr site that houses all our albums. Just go to our Photo page. Lots of good MM photos to enjoy. And we always welcome photos and descriptions. Just send to the email on the Contact Page or directly to book.ruth@gmail.com.

View the 2015 Homestead Reunion

July 8, 2015 - 8:18 PM
Check out the photos from the final Homestead Reunion. Go to the Photo page and scroll to OTHER category. Click on the link. You can have access to all the photos in the album and any other albums on our Flickr website. It was a great "run" of 30 years and we'll miss the annual Father's Day event.

Floyd County Museum displays Minneapolis RTU

May 1, 2015 - 10:05 AM

On the main floor of the Floyd County Museum you will see a Minneapolis Moline RTU on loan from Lorin and Mary Brass from Lennox, South Dakota. The slide show shows the process of getting the R inside the museum! Three display cases of MM memorabilia are also new additions to the museum in a joint effort to give Minneapolis Moline a stronger presence and to let visitors know that many MM historial records, build cards, manuals and other items are also housed there.

Loren Book documented the event in the following article and describes how it all happened.

March 31, 2015 marks a special day for Minneapolis-Moline collectors. A real life tractor was delivered to the Floyd County Historical Museum in Charles City, Iowa. We all know that there are numberous artifacts, historical records, build cards, manuals and other records housed in the museum, but there was nothing to indicate that they were there. Last fall several of the MMCI committee met with some of the FCHS Museum board members and the discussion was how could MMCI work with them in the future. A very legitimate question was asked, "When someone walks into the museum, what is there to indicate that all this information is housed in the museum?" The FCHS board members agreed something was needed. We now have the presence!

On the main floor (overlooking the door to the Oliver tractor display downstairs) there is now a Minneapolis-Moline RTU. The tractor is on loan from Lorin and Mary Brass from Lennox, South Dakota. There are also three display cases of MM memorabilia. The first case has the Darlene Swartzrock collection, courtesy of Harold Swartzrock, with numberous sales aids published by the MM Company over the years.

The second case has memorabilia supplied by Loren and Ruth Book from Nevada, Iowa. The third case has memorabilia supplied by Dave Elofson and Lloyd and Linda Rave from the Siouxland Collectors Club of South Dakota. Two of the display cases were built by Alan Thompson and donated by the MMCI. The third case was built and donated by Lloyd and Linda Rave. Thank you!

The tractor story of how it go to the first floor is interesting indeed. The door leading to the main room has a door measuring 66 inches. Knowing that we wanted a tractor, we began measuring and did not find one that would fit through the door. The RTU was a small tractor with an axel length of 81 inches, still way too wide to roll onto the floor. It was the combined ingenuity of Phillip Fett, Lorin Brass, and Lloyd Rave that came up with a one of a kind caster-wheeled dolly to sit under the rear of the tractor. Then the rear wheels were removed and the tractor was snaked down the hallway and around the doorway to allow entry to the main floor -- with an inch to spare. Thank you to Lloyd Rave, Lorin Brass, Dave Elofson, and Dick Burns for helping to move the tractor into the museum.

As the displays were being set up, a visitor to the museum, Dean Risen, showed an interest and while talking to him we discovered that he had worked at the Charles City plant from 1962 to 1992. He was very happy to talk to us about some of this experiences with the Minneapolis-Moline's last tractors built in Charles City. He now knows that MM information is available.

The tractor and displays are on loan for a period of time agreed upon by the Museum staff and the individuals. Our plan is to have this be a revolving exhibit so that many displays can be showcased over the years. The displays need to be educational and have signage to tell their story. There is one display case still available: if you have and would be willing to show your items, please contact Loren Book.

Video of the NT Clone Project

August 19, 2014 - 9:15 AM
See a video produced by Jeff Laleman of their NT Experimental Tractor https://www.youtube.com/user/mmcollectorsclub

1943 MM Experimental Tractor-NT Clone

August 19, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Jeff and Sandy Laleman from Rock Falls, IL, brought their 1943 NT "Clone" to the MMCI Summer Show in Montevideo, MN. The tractor is a replica of the experimental NT that was demonstrated at the Minneapolis-Moline Experimental Farm their family operated in the 1940s. They have pictures of the tractor working at the farm in September of 1943 and were told the tractor was probably destroyed.

Recently Loren Book, Nevada, IA, gave them photos of the tractor when it was at the Hopkins Minnesota Assembly Plant. Using the "up close" photos, they were able to put together a clone of the missing tractor. The more powerful NT was to replace the ZT, but the Z remained in production until 1955.

The engine is a model of which was used in the military NT X "Jeep," thus the name NT. The sheet metal resembles the model U. This was done to keep cost down. The tractor came up with the MM Patented throttle clutch that was never used on any other production model.

Jeff says, "We did our best to build a replica as close as we could. And we are still hopeful the original NT is out there. We could not have done such a project without the help of the following people: Loren Book, Bill Ellis, Rob Ohda, John DeReu, Ron DePauw, Wilbert Kerchner, and Rick Laleman."

See a video of the NT Clone on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mmcollectorsclub