The 17-30 Cross Motor Minneapolis

Cross Motor Minneapolis

Courtesy of Leroy Quandt, Ryder, North Dakota 58779.

Leroy Quandt, Ryder

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Ryder North Dakota 58779

In the Development of the Agricultural Tractor in the United States by R. B. Gray, the 17-30 Minneapolis is first shown in 1918. It does not appear in the 1919 Tractor Operating Book and Directory and was not tested in Nebraska until 1921. The Minneapolis pictured in Part I of Gray's book looks like a type B since it has spade lugs while the one in Part II looks like the type A as it has angle iron cleats for lugs.

Some of the specifications from Smith's Album of Gas Tractors are as follows: Rear drive wheels 54 inches in diameter, length 132', width 74', height 68', weight 6000 lb.; Engine: Own, 4-cylinder; vertical; valve-in-head; cast in block; 4? x 7 in.; 775 R.P.M. Pulley 15 x 7? in. Two Speeds 2 & 2? m.p.h.

In 1921 Nebraska Test 70 for the Minneapolis 17-30 Chassis No. 2038 gives the rated load belt test as 30.07 hp. and the rated load drawbar horsepower as 16.88. The tractor was equipped with angle lugs.

The type B had the bore increased to 4 7/8' and the R.P.M. to 825. This model was tested in Nebraska in 1925. This model also appears longer than the first 17-30 built. By 1929 the R.P.M. was increased to 925 and the rating changed to 27-42. I have noticed only two collectors with a 27-42 Minneapolis. Was there only a few of this model made?

A November 1920 advertisement in the American Thresherman and Farm Power reproduced in the November 1966 E. & E. shows the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co. tractors as the models 40-80 and 12-25. While in 1929 four sizes are advertised by the Great Minneapolis line shown in the December 1961 E. & E. from material sent in by Ted Worrall, Loma, Montana. Would the four sizes be 17-30 B, 27-42, 39-57 and 35-70? The 39-57 was the last tractor built by the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company just before the company became part of the Minneapolis Moline Power Implement Company. The Great Minneapolis Line began in about 1887. I don't have serial number listings for the Minneapolis tractors.

Pictured is Joe Johnson, Roseglen, North Dakota, past president of the Makoti Threshing Association, driving the 1926 type B Minneapolis No. 8908. This tractor was originally owned by Leslie Benno, Plaza, North Dakota. It is now owned by Edward Dobrinski, Makoti, but was restored by Joe Johnson. This tractor has been in our show and museum since 1966.

I am not sure if the Minneapolis tractors were built after 1929. Some were purchased from dealers in the early thirties but whether they were hold overs by the dealers or newly built I am not sure.

Was there a Minneapolis 17-30, then a type A and later the type B, in other words three models of the 17-30 cross motor Minneapolis?

R. B. Gray has four similar names in his book Part I. Do these all refer to the same company? They are the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co., Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Threshing Co., Hopkins, Minn., Minneapolis Tractor Manufacturing Co. and Minneapolis Machinery Co. For this last company he lists models 15-25 and 24-45 for the year 1914. What are those two tractors?

In all the weather reports around the nation for February 1917, North Dakota was conspicuously absent. While other places were having snow, rain, hail, and sleet, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods or what have you, here we had one of the mildest Februarys on record. With temperatures at times soaring into the forties in the daytime nearly all the snow melted except in sheltered or shaded areas.

In the 1921 Nebraska test the 17-30 Minneapolis was equipped with a Dixie H. T. Magneto and a Kingston Carburetor, while in 1925 the Type B had a Wheeler Schebler Model A carburetor and an American Bosch ED21TC magneto, and in 1929 the 27-42 used a Stromberg model UTR carburetor and their own make of fly-ball type governor. The magneto used was an American Bosch model ZR4ED34.

Joe Johnson of Roseglen, North Dakota, driving the 1926 Type B cross motor Minneapolis No. 8908.