I had never seen one of these before. I asked him if it was a racing tractor.
The beige pickup is a 1938 Terraplane. Terraplane was a brief, 1930s venture by Hudson into the lower-priced arena, and it replaced Hudson's previous Essex line of cars in '32. They were very popular for awhile, but faded by the end of the decade. The grey truck is a 1946 Hudson pickup. It was a kind of predecessor to the "car/pickup" type of vehicles like the Chevy El Camino and Ford Ranchero of years later, along with Studebaker's Coupe Express pickups, which were, like the Hudsons, based on sedan components.
My dad grew up on a farm in Indiana, and kept a lifelong fascination with farm machinery, so when I grew up, he and I went to steam thresher/farm equipment shows regularly, which are everywhere in the Midwest, btw. Tractors don't spin my turbine all that much, but one kind of tractor really turned me on, and that was the one in the pictures above, the Minneapolis Moline UDLX tractors of 1938. They were a borderline bizarre attempt to blend tractor with passenger car, with the idea that a farmer could do his field work with the thing, and then later on take his family into town with on public roads, like a car. They're kind of handsome, in a crazy, art-deco thirties kind of way, but honestly, using this thing as a CAR? Even then people just sort of snickered.
It was in production one year. A few hundred were built. Minneapolis Moline then turned to more productive, and sane, pursuits.
The 1st tractor is an Orchard version. They helped to move the branches away from the tractor.
One for you to ogle over is the Minneapolis-Moline UDLX. It was designed for the guys who had to choose between either a tractor or truck. Top speed was around 30?
Never mind. Found an old Jalopnik article on it. 45mph in a tractor!
If you happen to have around $160k, they are certainly a collectors tractor.
All of those pickups....
If you have a 5 cylinder, you don't need a stereo.
What is a Homologation car you ask?
That's an interesting collection, i like it. Reminds me of when i was really young when i lived next to a big farm. The farmer had so many old tractors everywhere. I work with someone that would love to see these pictures. When i get back to the office on monday i'll have to show him this thread.
Thanks for sharing
Thank you for sharing this with us!
This is one of my favorite collections posted here in a long time! Supertrucks and Supertractors FTW!
I really wish everyone would update their location in their profile!
Someone buy my car already!!
Always looking for free firewood to feed my hungry wood stove!
PS: I goofed; the wagon is a 180 Super, the top-line Packard for 1940. Long wheelbase, deluxe everything, and the die-cast grillework is a giveaway, in comparison to the stamped equivalent on the lesser models. Sorry bout that.
Last edited by vwlarry; 05-11-2012 at 10:32 PM.
If I remember correctly the Continental Engine Company owned Divco, a milk-truck specialty builder. Weirdest frames you've ever seen.