Minneapolis Moline Collectors News and Information

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!!

View Photo Album of the EXPO 2016 Summer Show

October 15, 2016 - 12:44 PM

We have over 170 photos in an album of the Summer Show in Rollag, MN. An amazing line up of Minneapolis and Twin City Steam Engines, as well as an impressive display of MM tractors at this huge 4 day show. See individual photos of the parade and many more photos of threshing equipment, the village, and other displays. A big thank you to Loren Book and Kim Groskreutz for their photography. (This album is a selection from over 300 photos.)

Do you know you can download photos from the album which is on the Flickr website? The best way to get there is to visit our Photos page and click on the album. Or simply watch the slideshow on our photo page. We have over 2400 photos stored on Flickr. You can go back many years to view our various club shows. Enjoy!!

Update on the Minneapolis-Museum Project

October 15, 2016 - 12:42 PM

Recently a letter went out to those in our MM Community who expressed an interest in pledging towards the MM wing addition at the Floyd County Historical Society in Charles City, IA. The current amount pledged is only 21 percent of the amount needed to ensure the project can move forward, so donations will not be accepted for 2016 as planned. 

However, the revised plan is to extend the fundraising efforts for one year to see if enough additional financial pledges will come in to move the project forward. The committee would appreciate your spreading the word about what we are trying to accomplish.

With a large number of our population of MM collectors, former employees, and enthusiasts aging, it is imporotant now, more than ever, to presere the history and legacy of Minneapolis-Moline. The expansion of the museum in Charles City would make that possible. You are encouraged to contact any committee member with your questions or ideas for fundraising. David Rittenbaugh is the committee chair and can be reached at 248-770-0871 or david.ritenburgh@gm.com

If you did not receive specific information about the project and are interested, please contact David or Loren Book, lgbook46@gmail.com, and a packet will be sent to you.

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. 

Your Minneapolis-Moline Museum Project

May 2, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Dear MM Community! We want you to know about an exciting new partnership with the Floyd County Historical Society in Charles City, Iowa -- The Minneapolis-Moline Museum Project: Building to Preserve the Past for Future Generations! This is a wonderful opportunity to help build a permanent home for the Minneapolis-Moline heritage, history, and legacy. Find out more about this on the Projects page under MM Museum. 

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