Pic-Rare 1954 Gleaner "T" SP Combine
Posted 09 July 2006 - 03:08 PM
Here is a very rare 1954 Model T-3 Gleaner SP combine that I hauled home last winter on a very cold snowy Saturday morning..Bought it off a small part time farmer at the edge of Pittsburg,KS.It was used on 64 acres up until 10 years ago when it was replaced by a 4400 JD.It has always been shedded.I'm the 3rd owner.
The Gleaner T was built in 1954 only in two sizes.
T-2 7 ft
T-3 10 ft
It was powered by a 172 Cube Ford 172 OHV engine.The engine on mine is stuck and has anti-freeze in 1 cylinder.
I'm lucky enough to have original sales literature for it plus the operators manual.
Here is a picture of it the day I bought it.I was having camera trouble so the pictures are pretty big.The owner was tickled that a collector was getting it and sold it to me cheaper than scrap price.
Posted 09 July 2006 - 03:10 PM
Nice looking little machine. Never knew they built one like that. Got to be a good one, I see it was made the same year I was!
Posted 09 July 2006 - 03:22 PM
Working IHs- IH 5288, IH 4166, IH 1206, IH 986, IH 666, IH 656, IH 560, IH 300utility, IH 1600 grain truck, CIH 1640 combine.
Past IHs- M,H, Super M, 400, 560, 706g, 806g, 826, (2) 815s early and late, 1440AF
Posted 09 July 2006 - 03:55 PM
Not alot of people ever knew they made a Model T Gleaner since it was built in 1954 only.About 10 years ago I had a custom cutter visit me that collects toys (we made a toy trade) and he has run Gleaners all his life.He didnt believe they made a Gleaner T until I showed him the original sales lit.I just went and took a picture of it and added it to the original post.
Back in the 1960's a neighbor 5 miles SW had a Gleaner T that he used on 40 acres.Its long gone.A Gleaner T minus the engine sold at Hansens sale at Chanute,KS earlier this year.
I havent ran mine yet as the engine is stuck from a leaking head gasket.Its the same engine that 800-900 Ford tractors use.
Posted 10 July 2006 - 04:13 AM
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Posted 10 July 2006 - 05:38 AM
I got to tour the Gleaner plant in KC Mo back in 1964 when I was at the national FFA convention. Quite a treat for this old country boy. Our first SP machine was a well used Gleaner A'.
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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:06 AM
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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:19 AM
That "T" is pre-AC right Blaine? Just simply Baldwin designed and built? Funny how after thirty one more years that basic machine was just modernized and bigger rolling off the same line. I think the Baldwin brothers had a great design.
Yes,the "T" was an all Baldwin designed combine.I think AC bought Gleaner out in around 1956-57.They sure kept that design for many years.
Now,I'm hunting a real early "A" Gleaner.I know where ones at that has a flathead Ford 6 cyl engine but they still use it in fescue and wont sell it.The "A' came out in around 1951.
The early A's used a 226 flathead 6 Ford,then a 236 flathead 6 Hercules,and finally when AC took them over a OHV Buda 230 6 cyl.
Posted 10 July 2006 - 10:53 AM
[ Note that there used to be another Gleaner model T, pull-type, in the 1930's. ]
Quoted from the book:
"In the early 1950's, a market for a smaller, self-propelled combine materalized, primarily in the eastern Corn Belt and other areas with medium-sized diversified farms having both corn and small grain crops. A rash of "baby" self propelled combines were rushed to fill this niche, and the Gleaner-Baldwin Co. offered the Model T in 1954. The T2 ( 2-row soybeans ) had a seven foot header and the T3 ( 3-row soybeans) had a ten foot header."
" With a 23-inch rasp cylinder and 28-inch walker seperator, the Model T was about three-quarters the size of the Model A. Grain bin was a moderate 30 bushels. A Ford four-cylinder 172 cid engine drives the unit with a variable V-belt and 3 speed transmission. "
" The Model T combine was only built in 1954. After Allis-Chalmers acquired the Gleaner Harvester Corp. on Feb. 1, 1955 both the Model T and pull-type #80 combines were dropped. Relatively unsuccessful in heavy small grain, the Model T proved to be a winner in edible beans. The unsold inventory acquired by AC found a home in the edible bean country of Michigan's thumb. In April 1955, the T2 had a list price of $4459 and the T3 sold for $4560".
At the time of the AC takeover, the selfpropelled "All Crop 100" continued for a few years as the small combine, and all Gleaner pull types were dropped in favour of AC's.
The pull-type AC's had an amazing production run: 25 years totalling about 338,000 machines: That's over 1000 miles end to end!
Posted 11 July 2006 - 03:29 PM
I bought a G in a moment of weakness ($400 for it, 15' graintable and a 6rn cornhead) and loved it in corn but never could get it to clean beans very good.
If you do have a "combine day" I hope I'm invited, I'd rather shell corn than plow anyday!
I work at a machineshop to support my farming habit.