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Minneapolis Moline ZAU

This is a 1949 Minneapolis Moline ZAU that was the first tractor my Dad, Norbert Zangl, bought after farming with horses on the Zangl family homestead since the mid 1930s. It was purchased from Otto Neumann Steam Engine Company of Fond du Lac, WI in 1949 for the price of $1350. That price also included the corn cultivator.

I inherited the tractor after doing a large welding job for my Dad. When he insisted on paying me I told him I’d rather have the “Z”, as it was always called. After stopping in the field in the mid-1980s, it had been coaxed to the fenceline and that’s where it sat for 7-8 years. Sometime after that it was pulled into an old storage shed with a dirt floor, and sat there for another 6 years. When I towed it out in 1997 the tires were sunk in the ground up to the rims.

I worked on it off and on for 10 years, taking it apart down to the last nut and bolt, cleaning the parts by hand, burning out one drill, and going through so many wire brushes I finally lost count. I bought a second tractor to use for engine parts, fenders, etc. Total time on restoring just the tractor was 700 hours.

In April 2008, when it was finally done and ready for painting, we had a garage fire. The Z was still up on blocks only needing new tires and couldn’t be moved. Luckily the fire never made it to that corner of the building, and it was saved. Painting was completed by Capital Painting of Waupun, WI in July of that year. The corn cultivator that Pa bought with the tractor was restored during the winter of 2011-’12; and the hay mower, purchased in ’54, was finished in July of 2013.

In the August 2008 the Z made its debut at the MM National Summer Show in Burnette, WI sponsored by the Dodge County Antique Power Club. Now that it’s completely restored, it’s only used for parades and display at tractor shows – a well deserved rest for Pa’s first mechanical horse.

Roger Zangl of Lomira, Wisconsin

*This photo is a winner of the Steiner Tractor Parts 2020 catalog photo contest.

1957 Minneapolis Moline

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“The story behind the tractor: it is a 1957 Minneapolis Moline 445 it was purchased jointly by my father and grandfather in 1988 (I was 2 years old) from a used equipment dealer in St. Cloud Minnesota. Not much was known about its former life however when I did the restoration I found that the seat had been replaced with a John Deere seat and the top gauge panel cover was heavily bonded together which lead us to believe that a large tree branch fell on it at some point in its previous life. From 1988 forward it spent its life as a work horse for the Determan family grading our ¼ mile drive way in the Summer and moving snow in the Winter along with many other jobs until the late 1990’s when water got in to the exhaust and froze up the #2 cylinder and that is how it sat for years until March of 2015 when I decided to restore it. I dedicated it to my Grandfather Walter and it has jump started a great hobby that my entire family is getting involved in and it’s bringing us closer together.”

Ed Determan

Minneapolis-Moline G1000 Tractors

“As the pace and size of farming grows, so grows the need for power… Power that can wheel wide, acre-covering gangs of implements. Power that can do two jobs in the time it would take to do one.” These lines are from an original 1967 advertisement for one of my favorite Moline tractors: the big MM G1000.

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I love this advertisement so much that I made it a part of my personal literature collection. The G1000 is a classic for a reason – but have you heard of some of these collectible models?

When I was the Mecum auction in Davenport, IA in April, this rare G1000 Vista Diesel with FWA was offered for sale. The casting number located under the platform confirmed that it was a FWA model from the factory.

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The tractor belonged to a farmer and collector from Sulley, Iowa. He purchased it in Canada in 2007 but had a 4-month struggle with customs while attempting to bring it across the border. After getting a lawyer involved, it was finally released from customs and put to work on his 6,000 acres of corn and soybeans.

The Vista models sit higher than the standard G1000, providing extra visibility and dust protection. They also separate the driver a little bit more from the heat from the engine. A shifter on the side is also more comfortable for the driver.

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Vista models are neat, but when combined with the FWA option they become even more special. According to the seller, this tractor was one of 52 FWA models originally made, but Moline collectors only know of about 25 remaining. The FWA option was offered from the factory for two years, 1968 and 1969.

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This combination is rare enough to be very valuable. The gavel fell at the Mecum auction this past April at $44,000. Auction results from Machinery Pete show that a similar model in running, original condition sold for $32,000 back in November of 2015.

This wasn’t the only interesting G1000 for sale at the Mecum auction this past April, either. The very first retail G1000 Row Crop LP also crossed the auction block, although the seller’s reserve was not met.

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The G1000 was also offered in a Wheatland version. Here’s a picture of one offered for sale at the Polk auction this past March.

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Moline called themselves the World’s Finest Tractors. What a slogan! These G1000s are sure persuasive.

A Trip to a Tractor Museum

Last Friday the BF Avery Collectors and Associates gathered in Davison Michigan at the Best Western for their Winter meeting and a day of tractor fun. After the morning meeting the group was picked up in a bus furnished by Steiner Tractor Parts with a first stop in Hadley Michigan at Chuck Schneider’s. Chuck owns one of the biggest Orchard tractor collections in the country, and many neon signs and other collectibles. It was a rare privilege to be invited to see this private collection and hear Chuck’s stories about how he came across these restored tractors.

After the tour at Schneider’s the group loaded back on the bus and headed to Steiner Tractor Parts in Lennon for a quick tour of the warehouse and store, an overview of how things are run and a history of how things began.

It was a great afternoon full of old iron history and stories of these antique tractors. Rows of Orchard, Vineyard and Grove tractors, an aluminum Ford, John Deere, Case, Oliver, McCormick-Deering, Massey Harris, Love Tractor, to the rare 1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX with and without the cab.

Some more pictures, sent in from Mark Cunningham of the BF Avery Group. Thanks Mark.

On the Road with Rachel: Mecum Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction

I’ve just returned home from a weekend at the Mecum Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction in Davenport, Iowa. What a blast! Suzette Thomas and I represented Steiner Tractor Parts at the auction on Saturday. We got to meet many of you and make some new friends, too. The Mecum auction is one of the better rare tractor auctions in the country, filled with jaw-dropping finds from all around. Here are some of my favorites from the sale:

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1962 MM G706 LP with front wheel assist. Here’s a picture with the proud new owners, Everett and Diane Hauert. They have a collection of front wheel assist tractors. While their collection is mostly red (IH), they are certainly excited to welcome this prairie-gold beauty to their collection.

 

IH 1588

This 1974 International 1568 caught my eye as soon as we got on the grounds. How could anyone not notice!? This tractor has a rare V-8 engine and was one of just 862 built. This tractor sold for $36,000 plus the 4% buyer’s premium.

 

John Deere

This John Deere 4520 drew plenty of attention, too. Notice that it has an adjustable front end and a standard wide-swing drawbar. It is a fabulous tractor with the power steering, dual front stacked weights, side council and dual hydraulics. This tractor also has a rockshaft delete (no 3 point hitch). On Saturday, this tractor sold for $25,000 plus a 4% buyer’s premium.

 

Case high clearance

Up next on my list is this 1957 Case 400 Super diesel high clearance. This tractor was one of eight built, making it the lowest production tractor at the auction. This tractor sold for $26,000 plus 4% buyer’s premium to a Case collector in Iowa. He, of course, was excited about his purchase.

 

John Deere 4040 Vegtable

Arguably one of the most rare (and desirable!) tractors at the auction was this John Deere 4040 tractor with a factory convertible front axle. This tractor sold for $24,500 plus 4% buyer’s premium. I forgot to take my own picture at the sale – thanks, Mecum, for lending me yours!

 

 

photoAt the Steiner table we handed out catalogs, our new mini-catalog and Wrenching with Rachel DVDs.  We also held a drawing for a free t-shirt every 15 minutes. I enjoyed meeting many of the Steiner customers and people who watch our tractor repair video series and follow this blog.

If you missed us at this show, don’t worry – there’s a full season ahead! Up next on our calendar is the Gone Farmin’ Nashville 2nd Annual Country Classic Tractor Auction, June 5-6. I hope to see you there!

 

How about you – what tractor events (auctions, shows, etc.) are you looking forward to this season? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

1952 MM Avery V

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Submitted by: Charles Hughes

This tractor sat in one barn for 15 years and then sat in another barn for 10 years. I bought it and totally rebuilt it, new seals, bearings where needed, sandblasted and engine rebuilt. I do all my own work except for engine machining. It is now easier to get parts for tractors than it was years ago.

Thanks to Steiners for your help.

Chuck Hughes

 

How do I install my new part?

Questions Did you know that we have a page dedicated entirely to instructions and diagrams. JR is always adding new information to help you with your part installation and handle any questions you may have.

Over 40 new diagrams on seat bolt patterns and measurements were added this week alone. The documents are listed alphabetically by part number, followed by miscellaneous information under brand.

You can find our  "How To's" page under the "Community & Info." tab on our website.

Does Steiner Tractor Parts sell parts for Steiner Brand Tractors?

No, we do not.  We specialize in new parts for old tractors.  Our name is Steiner Tractor Parts because the owner is Dave Steiner and now two of his children, Jennifer Steiner and Daniel Steiner have taken over management of the business.  We have been producing top notch restoration quality parts for over 30 years, but we have never produced a part for a Steiner brand tractor.  We distribute aftermarket specialty parts for Allis Chalmers, Case, Cockshutt, Coop, Ford, International, Farmall, John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Massey Harris, Minneapolis Moline, Oliver and White.  We focus on producing obsolete parts for these vintage tractors.  If you arrived at our site or our blog and are looking for parts for your Steiner Brand tractor, we urge you to visit Steiner Turf Equipment.  Also, our friends at MyTractorForum have several members familiar with Steiner Brand tractors that may be able to help you if you have questions about your machine.  If you still have questions about the merchandise that we do carry, please try out our parts search feature or our digital catalog.

International Alternator Bracket Kit

IHS829 is a Alternator Bracket kit we designed to mount most Delco IHS829 alternators to Farmall gas or LP; M, MV, Super M, Super MV, MTA, W6, W6TA, I6, O6, OS6, 400, 450, W400, 450, W400 & W450.

This bracket kit bolts unto the tractor and gives you clearance between the alternator and the hood. This makes it simple to update your charging system on your Farmall. Also check ABC418 out our ABC418 1-wire alternator.

 ABC418 Fits:
  • ALLIS MODELS
  • CASE MODELS — FOR NEGATIVE GROUND SYSTEMS
  • COCKSHUTT MODELS
  • FORD MODELS
  • IH MODELS
  • MODELS
  • MF MODELS
  • MH MODELS
  • MM MODELS
  • OLIVER MODELS
  • Dimensions & Notes: 10 SQUARE INCH HOUSING SURFACE AREA — 6 1/4" HOUSING DIAMETER, 2 1/2" PULLEY DIAMETER, 5/8" BELT WIDTH NEW, NOT REBUILT — CONVERTS 6V TO 12V — SIMPLE 1-WIRE ALTERNATOR HOOK UP: RUN A WIRE FROM ALTERNATOR THROUGH AMP GAUGE TO POSITIVE SIDE OF BATTERY — MUST REV ENGINE TO 800 – 850 RPM IN ORDER FOR UNIT TO SELF-EXCITE

Minneapolis Moline Steering Wheels now Available!

Well, we are at it again!  We are leading the industry to provide even more new steering wheels for your antique farm tractors.  As you might now, we strive to provide exact reproduction steering wheels.  Our steering wheels are made of all new material including steel spokes. 

We’ve added 2 new steering wheels for collectors of Minneapolis Moline tractors.  The MMS028 first is our part number MMS028.  This steering wheel is 17-3/4” diameter with a tapered and keyed shaft.  It fits MM models:  GVI, G705, G706, G707, G708, JET STAR 3, 4 STAR, 4 STAR SUPER, M5, M504, M602, M604, and M670.  Our current price is $95.00.  This wheel replaces MM number 10A14456. 

MMS033 The second new Minneapolis Moline steering wheel is our part number MMS033.  This steering wheel is a 15” diameter wheel and replaces MM number 10A23441.  This wheel is listed to fit JET STAR 3, JET STAR 3 SUPER, M670 SUPER, G900, G955, G1000, G1050, G1350, G1355, U302.  We have this steering wheel for Minneapolis Moline priced at $60.00 currently.