Volunteers Needed! MMCI has an incredible opportunity to preserve MM history at the Floyd County Museum in Charles City, IA. Call Mary Townsend, Museum Director 641-228-1099. Read more about it on the posting below about the Preservation Project. Call today!!!!! Your efforts can make a difference in preserving and providing valuable information to the public. Thank you! http://www.floydcountymuseum.org/
Questions about Twin City tractors? Visit this new website: twincitytractors.tripod.com/index.htm
Mike Verhulst provides an update on the MM historical documents for preservation at the Floyd County Historical Society in Charles City, Iowa. Read the update under Resources tab in Educational Articles.
PLEASE NOTE: To receive information about your tractor, you must contact the Floyd County Historical Society directly. The MMCI cannot provide that information. We simply point you to the resource. Call 641-228-1099, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.floydcountymuseum.org. They are located in Charles City, IA.
Preservation of Minneapolis-Moline Information at the Floyd County Historical Society in Charles City, Iowa
by Mike Verhulst
A large number of Minneapolis-Moline historical documents were moved from Minneapolis and Hopkins in the 1970’s. Many were left in Charles City when Allied took over WFE in the 1980’s. These ended up at the Floyd County Historical Society. MMCI has been working with the FCHS since 2004 to identify and preserve this information.
This information includes:
1. Operator’s, Repair and Service manuals
2. Serial Number Ledger Books for 1956-1972
3. Service Bulletins
4. Part Drawings on Aperture Cards
5. Large Layout Drawings
6. Literature and Miscellaneous Office Files
The FCHS has been providing copies of manuals for a number of years and it is one of the main sources of income. A list of all of the manuals that are available is on the MMCI website. There is also a list of the Service Bulletins that FCHS can provide copies of on request.
The 24 serial number books contain the records of when each tractor was built, its engine serial number and the various options it was built with by code number. Since there was not a master list of descriptions for the codes, it was necessary to determine what these code numbers were. MMCI worked to collect price book pages for all of the tractors which list the code numbers and their description. This is now fairly complete with a few exceptions. Today you can obtain the history of your tractor by providing your serial number to the FCHS. They will provide a copy from the ledger book that shoes when your tractor was built, it’s engine serial number and the option codes. They will also provide a copy of the price pages for that model so you can find the description for the various ordering codes. The cost for this service is $20.
The Minneapolis-Moline history is old and deteriorating. The MMCI board felt it was important to preserve this information and authorized a committee to work with FCHS to make this happen. Committee members are Loren Book, Phillip Fett, and Mike Verhulst. A signed working agreement with FCHS has been developed. FCHS is going to partition part of the basement to store MM records.
After consultation with computer experts, software was leased by MMCI to scan the ledgers sheets to a CD disk while a copy is being made on FCHS copier. At this time all 24 tractor books (4000 pages) have been scanned and copied.
See the NOTE at the top of this article for contact information to reach the Historical Society.
By Svante Nylander
Stockholm, Sweden 2009-01-18
This story begins in the mid-30s when a company named Anders Fischer AB was an authorized seller for Westeråsmaskiner AB, one of Sweden’s biggest manufactures for agriculture machines with worldwide sales. At that time they realized that it was time for the farmers to go from horse to tractor and they searched for a known agency and the choice fell on MM.
At that time there were not many persons familiar with the English language in Sweden, so the head salesman Mr.Gösta Axelsson’s knowledge in English became important; therefore, he was the man who had all the contacts with the MM Company.
There was a man named Mr.Mortimer who arrived in Sweden from MM to negotiate in the matter. The first tractors arrived 1937 and the last one 1939. The total number of imports was 125-175 units of models R and Z.
The tractors that arrived in Sweden were mostly used as pullers for all kinds of agricultural machines, or as stationary engines for threshing-mills.
After the beginning of World War 2, it was no longer possible to import anything from foreign countries by boat because the Germans torpedoed all the ships they could.
All the tractors were delivered from the U.S. in big wooden boxes and my father, K-E Nylander, was responsible for all the handling with the help of Mr. Henry Pettersson (Mr.Pettersson is still alive and in a good health and has helped me with all the facts in this matter).
They picked up the boxes by truck from the harbor and assembled and adapted them for use in Sweden. All this work was done in temporary workshops and even in our garage at home.
Due to lack of petrol and kerosene during WW 2, the government set up a hard rationing for oil products. The only way to keep the tractors going was to adapt them for wood gas. There were existing aggregates for cars and trucks and with help from parts, my father and Mr. Axelsson constructed and put them up on the tractors.
Mr. Pettersson remembers that they worked very well on wood gas, however there were a big risk of fire on the fields when they had to take out the ash and sweep the unit from soot. Likewise, the gas was dangerous, it contained a big part of carbonic oxide, so it was not possible to run and drive the engines inside the shop or garages.
The tractors that were imported during 37-39 were sold as new for a long time in the early 40s and they never imported any more tractors from the U.S. after the war. The next tractor brand they took up was the Dieselross tractor.
Editors note: Svante Nylander has written this little article after a translation of a memorandum from Mr.Henry Pettersson.