I guess it's an addiction... #17 currently. Brought another one home!
1951 Minneapolis Moline ZASI
#492 of 515 made.
This one is different, was made for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Originally painted semi-gloss OD green.
Runs great, all numbers match, all the specialty parts that make it a ZASI are there except for the pintle hitch plate which should be easy to remake.
Little history on it, 515 were made for the Air force, Navy, and Army corps of engineers combined. Most were painted either green or grey, a few were possibly yellow too. They were typically used on air fields for moving stuff. But I could imagine what all they were used for. I've read one story of how many of them were left overseas and even some that were pushed overboard. Things that made them unique are a foot pedal throttle, foot clutch, short front axle, heavy cast wheel centers, and a different engine number with a few differences from the agricultural one. Brass tags with army registration info.
Here is what it's supposed to look like:http://www.tractordata.com/industrial-t ... hotos.html
Plan is to restore it to as original as I can. It's missing the grille, battery box, and the tires should be industrial tread. It will get painted Korean War era Semi-gloss OD green.
yes it's ugly, but give me a little bit, goal is to have it restored by September 2013.