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17-30 Minneapolis Type B Question re: serial number

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FSB

01-05-2012 19:16:09
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I have a 17-30 Minneapolis Type B that I acquired a few years ago. It is serial #4596. At present it is not running. It is complete except it is missing the mag. I'm hoping to get it running. I would really like to know what year this tractor is. I understand there is no serial number list.
This tractor has the straight front axle as opposed to some of them that have the wavy front axle. Does anyone know the significance of the different front axles?

Thanks for any feedback.
Fred

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FSB

01-09-2012 22:15:56
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 Re: 17-30 Minneapolis Type B Question re: serial number in reply to FSB, 01-05-2012 19:16:09  
Thank you both for the replies.

bjz - nice tractor you"ve got. If you don"t mind, I have a couple of questions as mine is missing the radiator cap, air intake stack, and mag. What make and model is your mag? It"s my understanding this engine runs counter-clockwise.

Is the air intake stack made from old style gutter downspout pipe? What size is it? I can make the intake stack myself with this information. I could probably fabricate a radiator cap if I could see a picture of it.

I don"t readily have a picture of my 17-30B, but I"ve seen some other ones on these sites that have the straight front axle. I believe the difference is the straight axle is a little wider than the curved/dipped front axle.

Thanks again.

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bjz

01-14-2012 20:19:17
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 Re: 17-30 Minneapolis Type B Question re: serial number in reply to FSB, 01-09-2012 22:15:56  
Sorry for taking so long I have been very busy. But the mag is a american bosch ZR4. The air cleaner pipe is a 3 inch stove pipe that is oval shaped on the bottom. If you are looking for alot of help with this project the best site to post on is www.smokstak.com there are alot of knowledgible guuys on there that work on the old steel wheel tractors. Most of the people on this forum work on newer MM tractors.

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FSB

01-16-2012 12:04:24
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 Re: 17-30 Minneapolis Type B Question re: serial number in reply to bjz, 01-14-2012 20:19:17  
Thank you for your help and for the info, I'll try checking on the Smoke Stak Forum site.



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bjz

01-11-2012 20:17:04
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 Re: 17-30 Minneapolis Type B Question re: serial number in reply to FSB, 01-09-2012 22:15:56  
I will get pics of the mag tomorrow and find out for sure what model it is but yes the mag needs to be counter clock wise.

The air pipe is a peice of stove pipe that can be found at hardware stores. I think mine is original. I will see what size it is tomorrow also.



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bjz

01-08-2012 19:48:48
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 Re: 17-30 Minneapolis Type B Question re: serial number in reply to FSB, 01-05-2012 19:16:09  
No there are not serial # list availible but if it is a 17-30B and not an A it is going to be a 1926. My 17-30B is #5634 and it is a 1926. 1926 was the first year for the 17-30B. As far as I know there was only one front axel availible. If I remember correctly the mag should be a American Bosch DU4.



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bjz

01-08-2012 19:56:01
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 Re: 17-30 Minneapolis Type B Question re: serial number in reply to bjz, 01-08-2012 19:48:48  

Here is a pic of my 17-30B if it works. Mine runs good. My great grandpa had a 17-30B and I have pictures of it running a threshing machine.



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John Harmon

01-06-2012 15:39:11
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 Re: 17-30 Minneapolis Type B Question re: serial number in reply to FSB, 01-05-2012 19:16:09  
The 1730 preceded the Twin City series and was Mfg at the same time as the Twin City. 1929-1936.30 Belt HP, it was called a 2 plow tractor and was a heavy machine at 6800 Lbs.The 1730 B also was a heavy tractor at the same about weight. Both were distributed by rail around the country. Pictures are hard to come by. Most are I suspect stored away in family picture albums of those days long gone.

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