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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:08 pm    Post subject: Ken Foland (captainhookerus) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is a post on the case forum underneath FWA about
foland farm machinery and molines. It is very interesting
maybe ken can chime in and give some more info!!! There is a
lot of history and knowledge that"s came out of Sidney, NE and
it"s nice to hear strait from the source!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:05 am    Post subject: Re: Ken Foland (captainhookerus) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Interesting only question I have is what about the GTX that was all wheel drive and six cylinder right? So MM was not new to the idea.
GTX if it worked

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:26 am    Post subject: Re: Ken Foland (captainhookerus) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I also posted this on the Case forum.
Minneaolis-Moline made the FIRST front wheel assist tractors. The first ones were made in the first ones were made for the US Army during WWII, as well as experimentals before that. The First "Production" FWA tractor was a Gvi, later marketed as a G-704 in 1961, as I recall from company paperwork. MM Beat Oliver by 2 or 3 months in the release of FWA tractors. Massey-Ferguson also beat Oliver in marking & selling them, as MF had a sales & Marketing agreement with MM. They repainted MM's for MF and made a few minor cosmetic changes. the first Oliver "test" tractors were out a while before they were "Production". MM dealers in Montana had been converting "G" MM's to FWA since the late 1940's, & all thru the 1950's.
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