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Minneapolis Moline ZTU


Minneapolis Moline Model ZTU  Owner Bob Jensen –

picture1This Tractor was purchased at a Capella clearing sale in July 96. It was in quite good condition. Spent much of its working life in the Duaringa area. Power is supplied by a 32 HP engine. The fifth forward gear changed the vehicle from a field machine to one that adapted to the speeds of the highways.  The UDLX Comfortractor of 1938 had a fully enclosed factory cab, radio, heater, windshield  wipers, a cigarette lighter, electric head-lamps, spotlight, and automotive- type gauges and a jump seat for a second person. It was a tractor well before its time.

In the ZTU. Tpicture2he engine is quite different to most conventional engines having 2 removable cylinder blocks and the heads being positioned on the side of the engine. It is a very simple construction and very easy to work on.  The engine is designed to run on kerosene after a petrol start. These tractors were considered the Rolls Royce of tractors when first released and were ideal for row cropping . They were the first MM models with the prairie gold paint colour.  A replacement oil pressure gauge was imported from Antique Gauges in Maryland USA, after being sourced on the Internet. To complete the restoration, decals were added




I have always had a wonderful memory. when I say “wonderful memory” what I really mean is that I rarely if ever recall horrible things like the weather. I never recall cold or frosty mornings, or even 24 hours of anything dull or boring that might have happened before or after a memorable event, the happy result being all my life's memories are wonderful. Peculiar as it may sound to anyone who might be reading this, I have absolutely marvelous memories that range from breaking one or more of my bones to hanging upside down from an upper branch of an Oak tree with my ankle wedged between two branches. I have heard stories about people that have totally removed from their recollection painful events that had previously occurred in their life. I can believe this because at this precise moment I can recall nothing that was not absolutely wonderful. If by chance I have ever blocked out anything painful I would consider this possibility to be just another wonderful thing. I intend to Blog about my friends and memories on these pages.

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