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
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
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
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