The Z Tractor

| August/September 1990

  • Minneapolis-Moline Z
    This Minneapolis-Moline Z was recently restored by Chris Droege, Meppen, Illinois 62064.
  • Engine Stuck & Tires Rotten

  • Minneapolis-Moline Z
  • Engine Stuck & Tires Rotten

Meppen, Illinois 62064

I bought this tractor at a farm sale. The owner of the tractor passed away December 1986. He was our neighbor and he never married. He was 91 years old at the time of his death. His nephews and nieces had his machinery and farm sold to settle his estate. He never made a will.

He bought the Z tractor new in 1950 and my brother was his hired hand at that time and so he was there when the tractor was delivered. The farmer had almost all Minneapolis-Moline machinery including a 1942 M-M R tractor, a M-M 1960 Jet Star and a 1931 McCormick-Deering 10-20 tractor.

I bought the Z tractor from the machinery auction of the estate April 25,1987. When 1 bought the tractor the engine was stuck and the front tires were rotten and the rear tires were not much better. I bought two new tires and tubes in the front and one rear tire had a large break and the fluid in the tire was leaking on the wheel which put deep pits on the rear wheel. I drained the fluid out of both rear tires and put a large boot in one tire

My brother and I totally disassembled the tractor in the summer of 1988 and sandblasted each piece. We removed the spark plugs from the engine and put light oil in the spark plug holes and let it soak for a while and got the pistons loose. We removed a dent from the hood and then we started painting it, first with a primer paint, and let it dry for a couple of days. Then we painted the second coat Prairie Gold. After we let the paint dry we put it all back together. About a month later we put new decals on it.

I use the tractor for light work on my farm.


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