Maggie, the M-M UB

Saga Of My Ongoing Search For a Tractor


6/20/98 Two tractors were added to the collection today. An equipment company in Clifton Texas had an auction yesterday. I purchased a Case VAC and an M-M UB

Here's Maggie as she arrived home from the auction.
I never intended to bid on this tractor at the auction, but no one else would, and the auctioneer asked me so nicely. Having just bought the Case VAC, I wasn't really even paying that much attention to the bidding action on the Minneapolis-Moline. I'd looked at this tractor earlier, but decided that I'd really rather go for the Case. Since no one would start the bidding, I ended up with Maggie the Moline at that auction as well.
The guy at the dealership said that they had it running by putting a battery in it and towing it to get it started.

"Texas Tractor Folks"

Some of The Central Texas ATIS Chapter

Taken at Early Days Temple Tractor Show - 1997

Left to right: Goodwrench (aka Jim Pfrommer), Benny Wood, Tw Cook, & Jim Becker

This is Benny Wood's Minneapolis-Moline. I believe it is very much the same as Maggie


I tried to move Maggie's wheels in to get her on my trailer, but I couldn't budge them. The place even let me use their torch to get the nuts and bolts loose. Still, even when we lifted the back end of the tractor and dropped it back down, the wheels stayed rusted solidly to their shafts. The people at the dealer used the big heavy duty boom on the Oliver to just lift first the front end and then the rear of Maggie on to the trailer. When they dropped the back end down, it wedged tightly between the trailer's side rails. When I tried to yank Maggie off the trailer back at the ranch, I was using Jeep in 4WD low range. All that happened was that Gus and Tanya got dragged backwards. Finally Goodwench got in Gus and put the brakes on, and with a bit of a yank, Maggie rolled off the trailer. Later Goodwench steered as I towed Maggie out to the shop. By the time we got to the shop, the back wheel had not only broken itself loose; it had moved all the out to where it was just about ready to fall off.

I'll need to get a battery for this tractor first thing. I don't know whether to get one of the big ones like is in it now, or to use two auto batteries. After I have juice, I'll be able to find out whether it is the starter or solenoid that is bad.
10/17/98 I put an old but charged up car battery in Maggie today. Opening the gas valves was really hard as they were starting to freeze up from being out in the weather. Though the ground was still pretty muddy, I got Micah to tow me in the Jeep. If I let the clutch out in any of the first three gears, the rear wheels would just lock and skid along in the mud. When I finally put her in 5th gear, I was able to get dragged a fair distance with the engine turning over. I never heard a hint of her trying to fire. I later noticed there is a choke on the LP gas carb, but the cable is frozen with rust. I'm not sure if there was even any spark. I've now got another battery charging up so that I can try to get her to turn over with her own starter.
6/20/99 Figured it was about time to try starting Maggie again. Put an old battery on the charger. I pulled off the distributor cap and cleaned off the contacts, rotor, and points. The gas valve turned a bit easier this time. The switch has positions for: Off, Start, Dim, Bright, and Tail light only. I put it on start and dropped her into third gear. The ground is very dry now and I got Micah to tow me with his 4x4 Dodge. When the clutch was left out, the wheels were still a bit reluctant to start turning, the left even more so than the right. As it was towed along it really sounded as if it might even be running, but it never pulled ahead and slackened the chain any. I had tried moving the throttle lever back and forth so hard, I actually even bent some of the linkage. Finally I tried moving the switch up to where it was labeled Dim or Bright. As I moved the throttle forward, in the direction I would have considered less fuel, she fired briefly with a throaty growl It seemed to run better the farther forward I pushed the throttle, so I reached my left arm in front of the steering wheel and held it forward. When it sounded like it was really running, I pushed in the clutch. I had that huge grin reserved for when something that hasn't been run in a very long time finally starts up. We unhitched the chain and I drove it a bit in second gear. Got a little braver and tried it in third. Fortunately, the cattle seem to be pretty used to tractors running around them and they didn't get too excited. All the while, the bolts tightening the adjustment on the left wheel are still loosened and it's moving around a bit on the axle shaft. I drove back up to the shop door and jacked the back wheel up. One half of the collar still appears too frozen to the axle shaft, so we couldn't move the wheel in. Removing the radiator cap, no water could be seen. I decided to drive on over to where a sprinkler was running from a hose. Just before I got within reach of the hose, Maggie's engine died. It had run probably almost ten minutes by this point. Micah hitched the truck back on and towed over to where the hose would reach. As the water started going into the radiator, the leaks became immediately apparent. It seems the whole bottom tank is pretty well rusted away. As I continued letting the hose run in, it started sending powerful steam back. We towed her back to in front of the shop door. There is a small piece of tubing that runs into the propane regulator, and that appears to cracked as well, because water dripped out there as well. I had been concerned that it seemed a bit of water may have gotten into the oil, so I took advantage of her being warm. The drain plug was a 9/16" square and we couldn't get it out. Fortunately the plug was in a plate held on by 4 1/2" bolts which did come out. Removing this plate also allowed a filter screen to drop down and out as well. While cleaning the plate in the parts washer, we discovered another 1/2" bolt buried in the goo over the drain plug. My mind scanned for the horrible things a bolt dropping out of the engine could mean. Turns out this bolt simply held the filter screen up to the oil pump. By removing the pre-cleaner from the top of the air cleaner and the radiator cap, we were able to lift the hood up off over the exhaust pipe. I loosened the upper and lower radiator hoses. By moving the nut back and forth, I was able to get the first of the two main radiator bolts loose. The second easily sheared off. I could see there was a plate under the radiator and grill, but it wasn't clear if that was to come off with the radiator and grill or not. Prying a bit each way, we lifted the radiator and grill off, leaving the plate behind. This plate covers the steering box area where a worm gear turns a sector to move the main spindle that drops down through the pedastyle. The reason for the small crack and leaking lube became immediately clear to me. The rusted out radiator had allowed the plate to rust through, allowing water down into bottom of the pedastyle. The water probably froze at some time, causing the small crack. There must have been about 4 cartridges of grease in there. Using a putty knife I lifted a fair amount out and into a coffee can. Pouring a bit of diesel fuel into there got the leak flowing nicely. I used a patch panel from the floor of Truckster to temporarily cover this area. The cap from a spray paint can nicely sealed the exhaust manifold and the cut off bottom of a GatorAid bottle sealed the air cleaner. A large coffee can covered the coil and distributor. Micah used the wire wheel on the bottom of the exhaust pipe and it's clamp. The pre-cleaner assembly is submerged in the parts washer and its time for me to start looking for some parts.

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