Sunday, June 14, 2020

Seen Yesterday

There's a new park in a nearby town. It's down in the floodplain on the site of an old farm. There are still hand built stalls, a chicken house, the remains of a house and several barns. There are also, set back in the brush and obscured by brush and vines, the remains of some farm equipment. I was hiking there yesterday and noticed a logo on what I think is what's left of a small harvester.

I took these with a cellphone.


Minneapolis-Moline. I had never heard of the company. They made tractors, combines, plows, and assorted equipment from 1929 to 1963. Pioneered the idea of an enclosed cab. Made a tractor with a bench seat, a cab with doors, and a radio in 1938. They were pricey, double what a regular tractor was going for, and only about 150 were sold.  Looked like this.


 That's the paint color they used so I assume the little harvester I saw was originally MM Prairie Gold.

There's a club, a website, and a magazine for fans. The company has been gone for 60 years.


9 comments:

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

How amazing is that? If I were a better man I would find out who owns the land, make and offer, and work to the restore the thing ( I am really bad at this, to be fair, but restoring old farm equipment is getting more and more interesting to me).

Cederq said...

Living in South Dakota and traveling around the Mid West States you see them occasionally. Old boys that restore tractors and farm equipment have them.

ASM826 said...

Toirdhealbheach Beucail,

This particular piece is really far gone. I'll take a better camera the next time I go out there and get some details. If I wanted to restore something, I need enough of there and not rusted into the ground to figure out what it was. The areas floods regularly and the remains of the metal shows it.

drjim said...

I've seen a lot of MM equipment at the farm shows here.

There's a restored MM tractor like the one you have pictured that comes out every year. I'll take some pix of it next week at the Greeley Old Time Farm Show if he shows up.

Old NFO said...

And one of those little beauties is worth six figures, IF you have one...

Will said...

IIRC, the design was intended to make it roadworthy, so the farmer could take the wife into town, and not have to buy a car for transportation reasons. Not a bad idea, but the additions ran the price too high, it seems. That, and you lose the flexibility of having a separate vehicle for scheduling purposes.

I don't recall hearing tell of how well it performed its two jobs. I suspect the farmer would be upset if he lost his tractor to an auto accident, or had it stolen while in town.

LindaG said...

A lot of people restore old farm equipment. There are a couple of shows on Saturdays, on RFD-TV, if I remember right, where people bid on restored equipment. Sometimes people talk about their collections, etc.

Farm All, International Harvester, Ford, Case, etc; all neat stuff.

B said...

Another reason the UDLX didn't sell well was the tractor cab was hot as hell in the summer.

Like in 89 degree weather the cab got to over 100 degrees.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

ASM826 - Fair enough and a really good point. You do need enough to restore.