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Hybrid Tractor Painted Yellow & Green
Irvin Seibel's G-955 tractor attracts both Minneapolis Moline and Oliver fans. That's because the tractor was built in Charles City, Iowa, by White after it took over the two tractor companies. The hybrid tractor has a 100 hp Minneapolis Moline front end and motor, and an 1855 Oliver rear end. It was sold under three different brand names: green and white as an Oliver, yellow and white as a Minneapolis Moline, and red and white as a Cockschutt.
    When Seibel purchased his Minneapolis Moline version from a Connecticut farmer last year, he decided to make the unique tractor's history more visible by painting it in both Oliver and Minneapolis Moline colors.
    "There's not too many of them left anymore. This is the only Minneapolis Moline that ran 2,200 rpm's," Seibel says. "The farmer that sold it to me pulled a six-bottom plow with it and said it was good on fuel. It's a heavy tractor, 15,000 lbs., and he said it also did well at county fair tractor pulls."
    Seibel, a retired Bethel, Penn., farmer, has restored between 30 and 40 tractors through the years. He farmed with both Oliver and Minneapolis Moline so he appreciates the hybrid tractor.
    He plans to show it at the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association Threshermen's Reunion Aug. 12-15 in Kinzers, Penn., and at the Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors Association Summer Show Sept. 3-6 in Mechanicsburg, Penn.
    Seibel's hybrid is the 402nd tractor of the 930 G-955s built. He's interested in hearing from other owners of the hybrid tractor.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Irvin Seibel, 99 Beagle Rd., Bethel, Penn. 19507 (ph 717 202-7400).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3