5166 S. Vine, Wichita, Kansas 67217
After my request for Standard Twin information came out in GEM May, 1989, I received a number of letters with serial numbers of Standard Twins. I asked a number of different questions; I am going to answer all of them in this article.
I do not know when Standard Engine Company started building tractors. I have pictures of their early tractors. They were open, chain driven, using a motor cycle engine for power. Then came an open gear driven model. Next was a completely enclosed Standard. The first named model was the Monarch.
Early Monarchs used buzz coil ignition, later units used magnetos. I own a late Monarch. After the Monarch, Standard joined force with the Walsh Tractor Company and brought out the Walsh. The Walsh is the smallest Standard. Last in the Standard line is the Twin.
Serial numbers on all tractors are consecutive. Walsh serials have a D in them, Monarch serials have an E, and Twin serials use a C. To determine the year built through 1938, use the first two numbers of the serial number. Starting with 1939 use the first and third number in the serial number.
Standard made all parts for their tractors including engines.
Early Twins did not have governors, brakes, or aluminum heads and pistons. Brakes were an option starting at serial 37C2158. Aluminum heads and pistons were used starting at serial 400C5204.1 do not know when governors were added. But I think they were started at serial 400C5204- Later Twins have the serial number stamped on the engine block below the rear valve cover.
Apparently there never was a riding version of the Twin. Standard did make a steer able sulky as an option, and this was called the Convertible.
Standard Twins were painted dark blue with red wheels. The rust red color on a lot of tractors is the primer. Primer on these tractors lasts longer than the paint.
On Standards without governors (which includes all Walsh, Monarchs, and early Twins) the operator becomes the engine speed control. This will keep a person busy when plowing short rows.
Another tractor which is very similar to the Twin is a Viking Twin. Serial numbers are even the same, with Vikings also using a C in the serial number. Both tractors probably had the same parent company.
As far as I can tell Standard ended production in 1955.
The Twin pictured in the Reflector's column in the May GEM was modified to a rider by myself. I received several letters with pictures of Twins modified to riders. The decal on the gas tank was made by my daughter Karen.
Along with the rider and Monarch I also own four other Twins, a Convertible and several attachments.
Collecting, restoring, modifying and researching Standard tractors has been a very enjoyable part of an old iron hobby.
Thanks to everyone who sent letters and pictures of their Standard tractors.