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The Story Behind the Decal: Allis-Chalmers

In this regular feature, we explore the early inventors and businessmen behind today’s most popular antique tractor brands. Today, will look into Edward P. Allis, one of the men whose name appears on Allis-Chalmers tractors.

Unlike many other names we see on tractors, Edward Phelps Allis was never an inventor. Instead, he was a businessman – and an excellent one.

Allis’s first line of business was leather – together with a partner, he opened a leather shop and a tannery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After 10 years he sold his share in the successful business and looked for a new challenge.

He found that new challenge in a troubled ironworks. The Reliance Ironworks of Milwaukee, founded by two men from Dayton, Ohio, hit hard times during the panic of 1857. When Allis and two partners purchased the Reliance Works, it was in bankruptcy. It quickly became apparent that the ironworks would need a sharp infusion of capital to stay afloat. Allis’s partners grew skittish and backed out of the deal, but Allis rounded up the money to buy their shares and to keep the business open.

Allis’ faith in the Reliance works was soon rewarded. Within 4 years, the Ironworks had pulled out of its nosedive and was booming.

Tractors weren’t a part of the picture when Edward Allis was in charge – instead, the company produced a diversified assortment of equipment for milling and mining, including steam engines. The roller flour mills that Allis built for Washburn-Crosby Mills and the Pillsbury mills changed the industry. Because these two companies were on the leading edge of the mill improvements, they quickly grew in prominence – it’s why we have Gold Medal and Pillsbury Best flour on our shelves today.

Edward was a quiet, studious type with a keen mind for business. He enjoyed reading and even ran for governor with the Greenback Party (a break-off of the Republican party that differed on currency policy). He and his wife, Margaret, had 11 children.

Allis built a solid company, but he didn’t have any sons interested in continuing to lead it. (One son, who showed an interest in the family business, eventually went off to form his own.) Two years after his death, the Edward P. Allis Company merged with the Fraser and Chalmers Company – giving birth to the Allis-Chalmers combination that we recognize today.

Weekly Featured Products

IHS789 Air Cleaner Indicator / Gauge

Fits International: 766, 966, 1066, 1466, 1468, 1566, 1568, HYDRO 100, 4366, 4386, 4568, 4586 Replaces: 533991R1, 1341364C1

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FDS487 Fuel Line Assembly

Fits Ford: NAA (1953-1954) Replaces: NCA9282C

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JDS1075 Premium Carburetor Kit

  • Fits John Deere: B, BN, BNH, BW, BWH
  • 39 PIECE KIT INCLUDES:THROTTLE PLATE, THROTTLE SHAFT, BOWL NUT SPRING, THROTTLE SHAFT BUSHINGS & PACKING, BRASS PLUGS, FLOAT PIN, BUTTERFLY SCREWS, GASKETS, STAINLESS NEEDLE & SEAT, DRAIN PETCOCK, BAFFLE (BOWL/VENT)
  • Carb MFG: FITS FOLLOWING MARVEL SCHEBLER CARBURETORS: DLTX67, DLTX73
  • Replaces: THROTTLE SHAFT ASSY-AR10058R, NEEDLE & SEAT-AR10077R, THROTTLE BUSHINGS-R10140R, THROTTLE DISC-R10080R, RETAINING SPRING-R10078R, DRAIN PETCOCK-AR10075R, WASHER-R10147R, THROTTLE SHAFT PLUG-R10151R, BRASS PLUGS-R10067R, BRASS PLUG-R10045R, BRASS PLUG-R10148R, BRASS PLUG-R10041R, BAFFLE BOWL VENT-R10163R, BRASS PLUG-R10150R, BRASS PLUG-R10149R, FLOAT PIVOT PIN-R10049R, SCREWS-21H971R, LOCK WASHERS-12H64R, SCREWS-21H962R, LOCK WASHERS-A765R, THROTTLE ADJUSTING SCREW-21H994R, THROTTLE SCREW SPRING-R10104R, BOWL GASKET-R10026R, BOWL NUT GASKET-R10014R, BOWL NUT GASKET-R10089R, CHOKE LEVER GASKET-R10090R, THROTTLE SHAFT PACKING-R10114R, FUEL STRAINER GASKET-R10025R, CHOKE COVER GASKET-R10093R, SEAT GASKET-R10172R, CARB TO MANIFOLD GASKET-D321R, CARB TO AIR INLET GASKET-D1034

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ABC572 Economy Muffler Clamp

  • Fits Allis Chalmers: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Fits Avery: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Fits Case: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Fits Cockshutt: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Fits Ford: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP — — USE W/ FDS449, FDS450, FDS121 (1 END ONLY)
  • Fits International: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Fits John Deere: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Fits Massey Ferguson: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Fits Massey Harris: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Fits MM: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Fits Oliver: MODELS USING 1-3/4" CLAMP
  • Dimensions: 1-3/4"

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    DEC456 MM Decal

  • Fits MM: TRACTORS & EQUIPMENT
  • Dimensions & Notes: 3" x 5"

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    DEC457 John Deere 2 Legged Leaping Deer Decal ‘Vinyl Cut’

    • Fits John Deere: TRACTORS & EQUIPMENT
    • Dimensions & Notes: 6”, YELLOW WITH BLACK DEER

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    FDS494 Head Lite Reinforcement Washer Light

    • Fits Ford: 8N (1950 & UP), NAA, NAB, JUBILEE, 501, 541, 600, 601, 611, 620, 621, 630, 631, 640, 641, 650, 651, 661, 671, 681, 700, 740, 741, 771, 800, 811, 820, 840, 841, 850, 851, 860, 861, 871, 881, 900, 901, 941, 950, 951, 960, 961, 971, 981, 2000, 2030, 2110, 2111, 2120, 2130, 3000, 3100, 3400, 3500, 4000, 4100, 4110, 4130, 4140, 4400, 5000, 5100, 5200
    • Dimensions: Gray Primer, 2-1/4" O.D. 1/2" Center hole
    • Replaces: FAA13102A

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    ABC565 Restoration Quality Metal Sheathed Tachometer Cable

  • Fits Ford: NAA, JUBILEE, 501, 600, 700, 800, 900, 2000 + 400 SERIES (GAS / DIESEL) THRU 1964, 1801 SERIES; 4 CYL
  • Fits John Deere: 4030
  • Notes: METAL SHEATH / COVERING
  • Replaces: FORD: B9NN17365B — JD: AR60877

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    MFS184 Hood Dog Leg (Side Panel) left

  • Fits Massey Ferguson: TO20, TO30
  • Notes: PRIMER,FIT TO TRACTOR BEFORE PAINTING
  • Dimensions: 16" LONG X 23-1/2" TALL
  • Replaces: 181704M91
  • Weekly Featured Products

    IHS852 International Tilt Steering Wheel Cap

    Fits International: FITS THE FOLLOWING WITH TILT WHEEL: 706, 756, 766, 806, 826, 856, 966, 1026, 1066, 1206, 1256, 1456, 1466, 1468, 1566, 1568, 2706, 2806

    Replaces: 400220R1

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    IHS980 International Fuel Gauge w/ Sending Unit

    Fits John Deere: 620, 630, 720, 730 GAS OR DSL WITH 12 Volt Electric Start

    Replaces: Gauge: AF2721R & AR88048, SENDING UNIT: AF2173R

    How do I test a fuel gauge?

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    ABC570 Economy Muffler Clamp

    Fits Allis Chalmers, Avery, Case, Cockshutt, Ford, International, John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Massey Harris, Minneapolis Moline & Oliver: Models using 1-5/8" clamp

    • Ford:  — USE W/ FDS124, FDS121 (1 END ONLY)
    • Oliver — USE W/ OLS091
    • Dimensions: 1-5/8"

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    DEC454 Oliver Shield Decal

    • Fits Oliver: TRACTORS & EQUIPMENT
    • Dimensions & Notes: RED — 3"

     

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    DEC464 Case Eagle Decal

    • Fits Case: Tractors & Equipment
    • Dimensions: 6" Tall

     

     

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    FDS493 Ford Select-O-Speed Clutch Torque Limiter Disc

    • Fits Following Fords w/Select-O-Speed Transmission, 1959-1964: 611, 671, 681, 771, 811, 871, 881, 971, 981, 1811, 1871, 1881, 2000 (4 cyl), 2111, 4000 (4 cyl), 4121, 6000 (1961 & UP)

    • Dimensions: 7-1/4" O.D. 20 SPLINE — 1.080 SPLINE I.D.
    • Replaces: 313875, 313966, C0NN7A539B, C3NN7A539A & E8NN7A539AA

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    ACS357 Oil Pan Gasket

    • Fits Allis Chalmers: G & others with N62 Continental Engine
    • Fits Massey Harris: Pony & others with N62 Continental Engines
    • Replaces: Allis Chalmers: 800286
    • Replaces: Massey Harris: 1500077M1

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    IHS018 Back in Stock! Lower Radiator Housing

  • Fits International: CUB & CUB LOBOY
  • Replaces: International 350886R11

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    JDS778 Fuel Gauge with Sending Unit

    • Fits John Deere: 620, 630, 720, 730 GAS OR DSL WITH 12 VOLT ELECTRIC START
    • Replaces: Gauge: AF2721R & AR88048 — Sending Unit: AF2173R
    • How do I test a fuel gauge?

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