Recently, we received a letter from Pierre Laquin, La Tuilerie 26, La Motte St. Jean, 71160 Digain, France. He needs information on his Universal Model D tractor, made by Moline Plow Company, probably in 1918 or after. Pierre writes:
'I am missing several parts and would love to know if you could furnish this information or better yet, put me in touch with someone who could help me?'
Here are some of his questions:
The magneto is not original what are the references and mark? Was there an operating manual? I have found nowhere any instructions for starting, etc.
The radiator cap and the cover for the gas tank are missing. I would like to have some idea of the form and material of these. Is there a specific reproduction of these?
The plate on the motor, with the numbers is completely corroded, and illegible. When facing the tractor, this plate is located on the lower left. I would like to be able to replace it.
The gauge indicating the oil pressure is beyond use it does not have any marks left on the dial to indicate the normal pressure for operation. Can you help with those specifics?
Originally, did the engine function well on gas or oil?
Could I have some indication what colors the tractor was painted?
Pierre says he would accept with pleasure all other information concerning this model. He'd like to find or photocopy any technical manuals giving the specification of this model or a user's manual dating from that time (1919)?
According to C. H. Wendel's Encyclopedia of Farm Tractors, Moline Plow Company manufactured tractors under this name from 1915 when it acquired the Universal Tractor Company, until 1923.
While these tractors are not extremely rare in the United States, probably very few of them are in France, and we hope someone will be able to help Pierre in his quest for information!