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Antique Miscellaneous Tractor: Titan 10-20

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Titan 10-20 Tractor


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Chris Grant. wrote on Thursday, May 09, 2013 (PDT):
  • I have a 1917 Titan , but it s a model/toy which is very strange that a company should reproduce this type of vehicle as a toy . Regretably I cannot find out who manufactured this tin model/toy , I bought it on Ebay because it s remarkably ugly , quite large and such an odd ball , that s why I love it.
    simplyaudiobooks wrote on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 (PDT):
  • Its Definitely good bookmarking for future reference.
    Perfect Coffee Roast wrote on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 (PDT):
  • this was my first time that i have visited you article and it is awesome ..
    Gift Gourmet wrote on Saturday, August 14, 2010 (PDT):
  • Powerful post.
    chess free game wrote on Friday, August 13, 2010 (PDT):
  • In theory I d like to write like this too - taking time and real effort to make a good article... but what can I say... I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.
    Robert T Kelly wrote on Saturday, August 07, 2010 (PDT):
  • I am looking for parts for 10-20 titan tractor to make mine complete please e-mail me any parts you have for this tractor
    Frederick A. Drake wrote on Monday, March 08, 2010 (PST):
  • The wife and I have her great grandfather s Titan 10-20. While sitting out in the weather the valve lifter rusted and froze up. Someone threw the flywheel and the valve lifter block broke, so we are looking for one or an engine
    ron frigstad wrote on Monday, February 23, 2009 (PST):
  • Joan Babe wrote on Friday, June 06, 2008 PDT ; ... The tractor that they used for parts is now available for someone else to use/restore.... Is this 1917 Titan still available If so, where and how much Please send picture and list.
    Ronald Clement wrote on Thursday, January 08, 2009 (PST):
  • My memories of a Titan 10-20 When the wheat would get ripe my uncle Lester would hook horses to his McCormick-Deering binder and cut and bind the grain. We would then put the bundles of grain into shocks in the field. When the grain had dried for a day or two we would haul it in and stack it near the corral. The next day I would hear my uncle Doc comming down the road with his Titan pulling his thesher. He would set it up near the stack of bundles of grain and point the straw so it would be blown into the corral. The next day the crew would show up to run the thresher. Uncle Doc would start the Titan up do his adjusting and then start the thresher. Uncle Lester and I had climbed up onto the stack of wheat. We would start feeding the bundles of grain to the thesher. If we were lucky the breeze would be away from us. It never was all day. It was always hot and the chaf would stick to us and make us itchy. Yet these are good memories. The old Titan would sit there just a running like it enjoyed its job too with a little steam coming out of the barrel used for a radiator. This was in the late 1930 s and early 1940 s. I ask uncle Doc one time why he didn t get a newer tractor with rubber tires. He answerred me by saying that this Titan handles the thresher better than the newer tractors do. I enjoyed the threshing and the old tractor. I am not sure but I think uncle Doc told me it was a 1918. I know it sure look like the tractor in the picture except it was very dirty from the use it had been through. Ron.
    Monica Dirac wrote on Friday, December 19, 2008 (PST):
  • Last month I purchased a 1920 Titan 10-20 at the auction at the Steam Museum in Vista CA. It starts and runs nicely, has a leak in the cooling system, needs new paint on the radiator, which is also developing a leak. It has a tall exhaust pipe unlike the 1918 model in the picture.
    Mario wrote on Thursday, December 18, 2008 (PST):
  • How much is a 1918 titan international harvester
    Joan Babe wrote on Friday, June 06, 2008 (PDT):
  • My dad his brother restored their dad s 1917 Titan 10-20 quite a few years ago. The tractor that they used for parts is now available for someone else to use/restore. It is missing a drive wheel and back axle. If anyone is interested in pictures, my family can email them. I am also hoping to have a basic inventory of the parts available.
    paul schopbach wrote on Wednesday, September 05, 2007 (PDT):
  • hello looking for brake cams and pedals for a 10-20 titan Thank you Paul
    PAUL SCHOPBACH wrote on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 (PDT):
  • HELLO I AM IN PROCESS OF RESTORING A 10-20 TITAN AND AM LOOKING FOR A SET OF THE BRAKE CAMS AND PEDALS YEAR 1919 PLEASE EMAIL ME THANK YOU
    LDK wrote on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 (PST):
  • Am Interested in selling Titan 10-20 Tractor (s/n 57446 1920 Model. Has been stored inside and is completely original. Pictures available to serious inquires.
    Don Stevens wrote on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 (PDT):
  • Just listed a question above about a McCormick Deering Farmall T10 548 4 Did not know if I had to write my e mail wrestlersds at bright.net sorry for the mess up Thanks again if anyone can help with information about this tractor.
    Don Stevens wrote on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 (PDT):
  • We have a McCormick Deering Farmall we think is in a Titan. We need information It is Gray on steel wheels with the number T10 548 4. We would like to know year, paint codes and any other information we can get. Please E Mail us if you have any information on this tractor. Thanks for your help.
    Don Stevens wrote on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 (PDT):
  • We have a McCormick Deering Farmall we think is in a Titan. We need information It is Gray on steel wheels with the number T10 548 4. We would like to know year, paint codes and any other information we can get. Please E Mail us if you have any information on this tractor. Thanks for your help.
    Patrick Klein wrote on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 (PDT):
  • My family has what I believe is a 1920 Titan Tractor 10-20 20 HP 500 RPM serial # 48211 chain driven. I am trying to find repair manuals color charts or any other information useful for restoring this tractor. It still runs but needs a lot of work. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    Ralph Hanson wrote on Sunday, August 29, 2004 (PDT):
  • I have A 1919 Titan tractor that I'm trying to restore and need some parts. I'm looking for bearings for rear wheels. I would like to hear from anyone having information about these parts. Thank You
    hank kuhlmann wrote on Saturday, December 13, 2003 (PST):
  • My dad had a Titan in use until 1932. He used it for breaking sod and corn shredding. The last I heard it was in a tractor mujseum in Murdo, South Dakota.
    gray wrote on Saturday, May 03, 2003 (PDT):
  • i can see where everyone says that it should be in the Farmall section, it has the same colors as the first farmalls.
    SALLY wrote on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 (PDT):
  • MY FAMILY STILL OWNS THE 1914 TITAN 10-20 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BOUGHT BRAND NEW FROM A IMPLEMENT DEALER IN MONROE WI. THE FAMILY LEGEND GOES THAT THE DEALER BROUGHT THE TITAN TO MY GRANDFATHER'S FARM ABOUT 10 MILES FROM MONROE FOR GRANDPA TO LOOK AT. GRANDPA SAID NO. ON THE RETURN TRIP TO MONORE, THE FRONT AZEL BROKE GOING UP A STEEP HILL. IT WAS NOVEMBER AND BEFORE THEY GOT BACK TO GET THE TITAN A SNOW STORM BURIED IT . THAT WINTER IT STAYED THERE AND THE TRAFFIC JUST WENT AROUND IT. IN THE SPRINGTIME IT GOT FIX AND MY GRANDPA BOUGHT IT. MY DAD WAS BORN IN 1927 BUT REMEMBERED USING THE TITAN FOR BELT WORK. I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG GRANDPA HAD IT PARKED BEHIND A SHED BUT IN 1954 MY DAD ASK HIS DAD IF HE COULD HAVE IT FOR A PARADE IN FOOTVILLE WI. DAD WORKED AND WORKED ON IT SO IT WOULD START. I WAS TOLD DURING THE PARADE HE HAD TO BE TOWED. IT WAS THEN PARKED BEHIND A SHED AT OUR FARM. IN 1957 THE ROCK RIVER THRESHREE BEGAN AND MARVIN HELEGSON KNEW DAD HAD THIS TRACTOR AND WAS ASKED TO HELP IN THE FORMATION OF THIS ORGANIZATION. FROM THAT TIME ON THE TITAN HAS BEEN ON DISPLAYED EVERY LABOR DAY WEEKEND DURING THE SHOW. WE ALSO RUN IT THRU THE DAILY PARADE. MY MOTHER SAYS WE HAVE MORE PICTURES OF THE TITAN THAN ALL OF THE KIDS AND GRANDKIDS COMBINE. IN FACT THE BIG FAMILY PICTURE WAS TAKEN AROUND THE TITAN IN 1989 WHEN IT WAS 75 YEARS OLD. MY DAD HAROLD MAUERMAN PASSED AWAY IN MARCH 2001, MY BROTHERS AND SISTER EXHIBIT THE TITAN IN HIS MEMORY NOW. ON DAD'S TOMBSTONE BY HIS NAME READS "TITAN MAN" I THINK THIS SAYS IS ALL. I AM WONDERING IF THERE ARE ANY TITAN OLDER THAN THIS STILL RUNNING. MY FAMILY AND I ARE PLANNING ON DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL IN 2004 WHEN OUR TRACTOR WILL BE 90 YEARS OLD.THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME SHARE A LITTLE OF MY FAMILY HISTORY.
    Leonard Rahilly wrote on Sunday, September 01, 2002 (PDT):
  • A neighbor of the farm where I grew up in NJ had two Titans. In my memory (about 1940 on), he used one of them only to disk up corn stubble. Claimed the angle lugs were great for chewing up the corn stalks AND the narrow tread was exactly right for riding on the ridge made by the corn rows. I think he may have used the tractor on the belt, also. It is not apparent from looking at the tractor, but the two cranks are on the "same throw." This gives even firing (unlike the John Deere, where firing intervals are uneven), but means there is a terrific front-and-back rocking movement from the momentum of the crank and the counter weights. Another interesting thing about this tractor is that it put out about 28 hp on the belt, on kerosene, but around 12 (as I remember) on the drawbar. Chain drive and the lack of ball and roller bearings in the transmission are probably responsible for the great loss of engine power. This tractor is always shown pulling three-bottom plows, but with that little drawbar horsepower, we know that the tractor was moving very slowly. I think high gear (there were only 2 gears) was under three mph. This jibes with some research I've seen, done around 1920, showing plow draft at different speeds. The McCormick-Deering 10-20 I grew up with would handle only 2 14" plows, because it pulled in second at about 3.25 mph, where the plow draft is just high enough to keep it from pulling three bottoms. The Titan could pull the three because it was moving a good deal more slowly. Fascinating machine, with all those moving valve leaders, flywheels and things hanging out. Cranking is a joy; Big crank put on the left flywheel, and pulled DOWN toward the front of the tractor. Couldn't break your arm, although I'd want to make sure the flywheel shaft had a little oil on it so that the crank couldn't be spun around and then come off and clunk someone in the head!
    Robert Charles Wilson wrote on Monday, October 22, 2001 (PDT):
  • The Titan and Mogul gas tractors were the forerunners to the McCormick-Deering and IHC tractor lines..........!!! Very interesting, Eh?
    Omer Charest wrote on Friday, October 19, 2001 (PDT):
  • Hi I am a collector of the International line.I really enjoy thje looks of the 10-20 Tittan and would like to know if anyone would have one for sale to restore.Thank you
    Danielle Koski wrote on Saturday, October 13, 2001 (PDT):
  • I have seen this tractor before-well because it sits in my backyard. You see my dad collects and restores antique tractors, and this doesn't mean John Deere's. He collects and restores the rare ones-the ones most people would forget about. Like I said, he owns a Titan like this, or one similar to this. I'm not exactly sure. All I know is it is LOUD! Anyways, if any of you are ever in Oakley, Michigan (It's around Saginaw) on the third weekend in August, stop the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show and you can see some of the rare ones (and some that aren't so rare) that my dad has collected. The Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association also has a website, but I'm not sure what the address is. You can more info about the show, and though my dad is anti-computer, his associates who know how to use the computer will probably be helpful in answering a lot of your questions.
    Marcel Phillips wrote on Monday, October 08, 2001 (PDT):
  • in progress of restoring a 1920 titan looking for parts(air breather brake pedale )
    Randy Housner wrote on Saturday, July 28, 2001 (PDT):
  • Hi, My Dad has a 1919 10-20 Titan, which was used primarily to run a treshing machine. Does anyone know where I might be able to get a picture of a Titan running a threshing machine, in the 1930s/1940s timeframe. Sorry, I don't have any details on the threshing machine.
    SKIP DUFOUR wrote on Thursday, December 07, 2000 (PST):
  • WHERE CAN I GET DECALS FOR A 1919 TITAN,THE ORIG. DECALS LOOK LIKE THE ONES ON THE ONE PICTURED
    Chuck Heck 7735 S.R.48 , Aurora ,IN, 47001 wrote on Sunday, October 22, 2000 (PDT):
  • I think the best source of I.H. information is Red Power Magazine. Address is PO Box 245,Ida Grove,IA,51445-0245. Phone # 712-364-2131. GOOD LUCK!!!
    David Ernst wrote on Sunday, October 15, 2000 (PDT):
  • I am currwnrly restoring a 1917 titan that was my grandfathers. Am interested in finding paint color codes and a fuel pump. Was the IHC logo on the water tank red?
    AUGUSTO PALUAN - italy- wrote on Tuesday, October 10, 2000 (PDT):
  • I AM A COLLECTOR OF OLD TRACTORS. PRESENTLY I AM RESTORING A TITAN 10-20 AND SOME SPARE PARTS OF IT ARE REQUESTED, LIKE LABELS AND SPARK PLUG. I AM LOOKING FOR A PARTS MANUAL. I WOULD LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE SAME HOBBY AND PASSION.
    Ken Readman wrote on Sunday, October 01, 2000 (PDT):
  • IHC made some of the worlds best tractors thats why we have three i-20s two A one Cub,H two Ms two W4s,W6,WD6,all restored All so have a three speed compound 8hp Burrell traction engine works number 3348 1911
    lee sk wrote on Monday, April 24, 2000 (PDT):
  • hi I wonder this model. Can I get source? have nice today
    lee sk wrote on Monday, April 24, 2000 (PDT):
  • hi I wonder this model. Can I get source? have nice today
    AUBOYER MAURICE wrote on Sunday, November 21, 1999 (PST):
  • I am French. I am 57 years old I am fascinated by this tractor TITAN 10-20. When I was young , 5/6 years old , I was put on the seat of this tractor. I was terrified by the noise, mechanical parts in movement, steam from the water barrel, valves as little men dancing, sparks in the night; These tractors were bringt in France by US troops in 1917/1918.They were used to supply front line and to tract guns.After war they have been sold. In my village in BRITTANNY (West of France) they were several of them.I think they were in use since the beginning of the sixties years. Farmers owners of this tractor had only one in use but one or two other was used as spare parts. TITAN 10-20 was only used to plough or to drive trheshing-machine by belt and pulley. I doen't know if there is since one of TITAN 10-20 in FRANCE. I think also Titan 10- 20 is not a "misceallenous" tractor but a true I.H. tractor.
    Jos LANG wrote on Tuesday, September 07, 1999 (PDT):
  • I have a Titan from 1917, exactly the same as shown on the picture. It is running very well. I want to repaint it and for this reason I am looking to find the paint codes. I am also interested about a parts manual or any documentation existing.
    Redfan wrote on Sunday, June 13, 1999 (PDT):
  • Probably not important, but shouldn,t it be listed in Farmall (IH) section.


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