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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:42 pm    Post subject: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote



 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:26 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The tractor is a copy of a Zetor Chrystal. They were made in different parts of the then Soviet Union. Zetor made the engines and swapped them for transmission from Ursus and Fortschritt bought skid units, I believe. At one time, Ursus were building transmission and 4WD systems for Massey Ferguson.

The chopper was quite a good machine, we had a couple in our area. My neighbour, an agricultural contractor, ran Fortschritt combine harvesters which also proved reliable and lasted well. The factory was in East Germany and was bought by Case IH in 1997.

The choppers were also sold as Mengele.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:29 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

> The choppers were also sold as Mengele.

Holy cow! Could they have picked a worse brand name?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:15 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well, something which destroys everything in its path...........
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:26 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They didn't pick that name, it was their family name. Dr. Josef Mengele, AKA The Angel of Death, was the oldest son of the founder, Karl Mengele. Josef worked as a sales rep for the company in South America, after he fled from Europe to avoid capture.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:48 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

> They didn't pick that name, it was their family name. Dr. Josef Mengele, AKA The Angel of Death, was the oldest son of the founder, Karl Mengele. Josef worked as a sales rep for the company in South America, after he fled from Europe to avoid capture.

Fascinating. So it seems the family wasn't so embarrassed by Josef's reputation that they thought it necessary to change the company name.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:24 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It looks like they did just that. With a little internet snooping I found an article which gave an about 3 mile long name for the family firm. It also indicated Josef didn't work for the family firm, but was supported by them while laying low in South America.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:26 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I learn something new everyday on here. I knew he slipped to South America buy figured he was in hiding not working as a salesman. It's a shame the Mossad did not get ahold of him.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:53 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks like the chopper would be great in deep mud. lol Bill
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:01 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Quite a monster!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:37 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mother fortschritt!!!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:45 am    Post subject: Re: Helge gets a chopper Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wish I could get the picture larger .

 
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