Tractor - International Harveter Company Titan 10-20

Production date
1921
Country
USA
State/Province
Illinois
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Description
A 1921 International Harvester Company Titan 10-20 two cylinder kerosene tractor. It is a four wheel tractor painted grey with white logo. The wheel spokes and rims are painted red. It has a steering wheel and red seat with an overhead valve. The fuel cylinder is mounted at the front of the engine. A "THIESS 1" stickers is attached to both sides of the cylinder towards the front of the tractor.
Classification
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Farm Machinery tractor
Production date
1921
Production place
Measurements
L3814 x W2032 x 1700mm
Weight 2506kg
Bore 165.1mm
Stroke 203.2mm
RPM 575 (TY serial number prefix designates 575 RPM)
Drawbar 16 HP
Belt 26 HP
Media/Materials description
Steel
Rubber
Wood
Paint
Plastic
Signature/Marks
THIESS \ 1
IHC
THIESS
TITAN \ MFD BY \ INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER COMPANY \ CHICAGO USA
(logo) THIESS
THIESS \ 1
TITAN \ 10-20 \ IHC
(logo) THIESS
CHAIN TOO LOOSE MAY BREAK SPROCKET \ SHIFT AXLE ECCENTRICS TO TIGHTEN CHAIN \ SEE INSTRUCTION BOOK ...
Tractor No. \ TY70827
History and use
This tractor is an International Harvester Titan 10-20 manufactured in 1921. The Titan 10-20 model was built by International Harvester from 1915 to 1922 in both the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, factory and the Chicago, Illinois, factory. The tractor operated on kerosene fuel but was started with gasoline.

This tractor was purchased by Bert Thiess's father Henry in the early 1920s, in order for his five older boys to have a way of making an income. Henry took a bold step and sold off his dairy cattle and purchased this tractor, a chaff cutter and corn husker/thresher. The tractor was used to haul the chaff cutter and cornhusker to their farm contract jobs. The boys took on contracts with local farms around the Darling Downs. Within a few years the younger boys, lead by Leslie, took over the contracting work. This was the beginning of what would be become Thiess Bros, a small contracting company that became a global construction and mining giant.
Registration number
R6626

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