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Rare 1948 diesel Minneapolis-Moline (England) Limited 65hp UDM tractor.

Video of the ‘Meadows’ tractor driving around the park. MM UDM what a beautiful girl !!! Also includes about 30 images before, during and after restoration and several historic photos in its early days in Port Fairy when it ran the Belfast Shire’s mobile crushing enterprise travelling from farm to farm crushing the local stone fences into road material.A veritable mechanical work of art: idling at 600rpm and revving out to a maximum of 1250rpm – it’s a shame it was so costly and ahead of its time. Designed during WW2 for utility military purposes, when the war ended it found itself having to compete with the likes of the 46hp Fordson with 3pt linkage that sold for 350 English pounds when the 65hp 4DJ-420 diesel MM UDM Meadows with no 3pt linkage carried the hefty price tag of 1150 English pounds. Unable to sell them in the UK the manufacturer Henry Meadows Pty Ltd of Wolverhampton was obliged to sell them into Greece, South Africa, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand in order to get rid of them. When Henry Meadows discontinued tractor production in around 1954 the fate of the UDM was sealed, primarily due to the complexity of the marine-grade 4DJ-420 diesel engine. As time marched on parts became next to impossible to source and a ‘mini industry’ sprang up converting the ageing tractors to the 3 cylinder 371 GMs, as the heavy duty transmissions could either effectively outlast a major rebuild or another engine.This particular tractor is a totally complete and original matching numbers prototype, all the aluminum and bronze castings are one way single-shot and none of the individually hand made panels are interchangeable with either of the other two UDMs in the collection that are both repetition production stampings totally interchangeable with each other. The sump to block adapter plate is machined/tapped a full half inch off square lengthways (the gasket can only go on one way). This ‘anomaly’ certainly caused a considerable degree of ‘head scratching’ and ‘measuring’ when it was discovered during the course of restoration. In other words: the 56 sump-bolts in the block and adapter plate are ‘off-square’ making it quite literally, and genuinely, a hand-made one-off. Engine block casting is embossed ‘J.S’ (signed) in large raised letters located under the cast generator housing.Paint color: Although the tractor was delivered to the Belfast Shire over-painted in Prairie Gold it was decided to colour match it to its original prototype Minneapolis yellow paint code (in 2 Pak). Whilst the other two tractors in the collection are over-painted in Minneapolis yellow, each were originally painted and delivered in Prairie Gold.Electrical system is all CAV x 24 volts, when the tractor was purchased as a wreck (in 2009) from the man who saved it from the scrap metal merchants in the late 1970s he produced a box containing the full original 24 volt CAV light set including all the globes and switches, the original wiring loom and rear combination red tail light and number plate illuminator all still wrapped up in their original greased paper, this optional light set was never installed as the Belfast Shire did not work at night.Enjoy
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