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General Information

Year
1955
Make
Minneapolis Moline
Model
GBD
Color
prairie gold
Packages
PTO
History
Bought tractor in July 2010 tractor didn't run, changed oil & oil + diesel filters. Drained old diesel and added fresh diesel. Started tractor (with the help of starting fluid) and produced white smoke. Had all six injector nozzles rebuilt and noticed the engine oil was being diluted with diesel fuel, so sent the injector pump off to be rebuilt ($$$). I noticed in order to start it even in this warm climate I still had to use starting fluid, and it produced white smoke. I then decided to put new piston rings in it and have the valves ground. While removing the cylinder heads it was noticed that there were several broken piston rings an two scored cylinder walls. The heads went off to Henrys
MM Engines in Bakersfield to have 4 cylinders bored and sleeved ( the other two honed out with specs.) They found two of the three heads were cracked but passed the pressure test. Henrys machine shop changed the exhaust valves, exhaust and intake valve seats, and exhaust vale guides on all three heads. In checking other owners of MM diesel tractors claimed they ran their tractors with cracked heads with no problem in they passed the pressure test. More big $$$ spent. We put the heads back on the tractor started it up (with the help of starting fluid)and more white smoke and bubbling in the radiator. We noticed that on the exhaust manifold it was getting warm on all but #1 cylinder, so off comes the head for #1 & #2 cylinders and into a local machine shop they magnaflux the head and find four cracks in it, and they say they can't lock stitch the cracks. More $$$. Now I need to get a reconditioned cylinder head out of Kansas or Wisconsin and have it shipped to southern California.
1955 Minneapolis Moline GBD (prairie gold)

Modifications

Drivetrain
63.7hp
Interior
7.50-16
Exterior
18.4-34
Audio
64hp
70.5hp belt
Wheel and Tire
12 volt / diesel fuel

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