McCormick-Deering 10-20

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KC54738 Restoration Photos

10-20 Serial Numbers

 


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The showcased restoration project, which is well underway, is a 1926 McCormick-Deering Gear Drive 10-20.  The 1926 10-20 is a regular tread model with chassis number KC54738 and was last owned by Rawleigh and Ethel Byrn of Blockton, Iowa. The 10-20 has not run in over 50+ years; the first 25 years or so it sat in the barnyard of the family farm and was played upon by most of the families children, the last 25+ years it was in the field of a family friend in Athelstan, Iowa. In October, 2002, the 10-20 was moved from Athelstan to Carrollton, Texas where it is currently undergoing restoration by Rawleigh and Ethel's grandson's, Randy and Greg Anderson. To Ethel's best recollection the 10-20 was still running when parked in the family barnyard and was replaced primarily because of the steel wheels. While it was valuable to know the tractor was operational when last parked it was in poor shape after sitting outside for over five decades. The engine was stuck, the cylinder heads had been home to countless generations of mice and  everything that could rust had done so to the maximum extent possible. While the fenders and both gas tanks were total losses due to extensive corrosion, all other parts were still attached and appeared to be restorable. The steel wheels had sunk into the ground about a foot deep but amazingly were still serviceable and had not rusted through when yanked out of the ground. While the head was a mess the bottom half of the engine looked as if it could have been new. The crank, rods, caps and oil pump all were still shiny and well lubricated. A big source of concern was the fact the rear wheels would turn whether the transmission was in gear or not. Once the rear end housing was removed we were pleased to find a detached bevel gear instead of something more problematic like a shorn or busted gear. The detached bevel gear may have happened in the mid-70's when the tractor was pulled from the barnyard to Athelstan or when we yanked it out of the ground in 2002. In any case it isn't anything a few high quality bolts won't fix. Currently the 10-20 is pretty much a pile of parts and a frame. We are progressing as time permits with the engine overhaul as our first priority. We have taken dozens of photographs as we've progressed and will be posting some of them as we make further progress on the tractor and this web page.

 

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