1920 Moline Universal D


| May/June 1986



1920 Moline Universal D tractor

In 1920 Moline Universal owned by Harris Saele, R.R.2, Box 77, Munich, North Dakota 58352

R.R. 2, Box 77, Munich, North Dakota 58352

I am enclosing some pictures of my 1920 Moline Universal, Model D tractor. I acquired this tractor 17 years ago from a farm four miles north of Devils Lake, North Dakota. The farmer had passed away and they had an auction. I was not at the auction but heard that there was an old tractor on the sale that never got a bid. We went out and looked at it and were able to purchase it for $50.00.

We quickly got it home and being young and foolish, I took it all apart. Finding that it had a cracked block and broken pistons, we took the head, block and pistons to a machinist. Being short of money we made a deal with the machinist where he would work on it in his spare time. After over a year had gone by and nothing had been accomplished, I went to retrieve the parts and was informed that they had all been hauled to the local junk yard by accident.

At this point, all work had stopped. Sixteen years later I had about given up ever finding the missing parts.

In January of 1983 we learned that Allen Larson of Newburg, North Dakota had four Model D's. A telephone call and a 100 mile trip to his farm assured us that he had the parts we were in need of. Out of the four tractors, Allen was making two.

We picked up the block, head without valves, rocker arms and pistons in March of 1983. We had been working hard on all the other parts of the tractor, as my goal was to have it completed for the July 4th Centennial parade in Devils Lake, North Dakota.