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Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: gtor72
Date: May 03, 2009 07:19PM
wonder if they ever had any luck finding that thing......
what part of michigan are you in.....i am in central lower michigan

Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: vapodog
Date: December 31, 2010 01:43PM
This may be encouraging.

A farm tractor made in 1938 was somehow buried at the White Earth Indian reservation in Northern Minnesota. How long it was there is unknown but possibly 50 years or more.....and just how it got there is also unknown.....but one day a visitor noticed evidence of a old tractor unearthed and went about digging it up.....

What he found is unbelievable......it was a Minneapolis Moline UDLX.....one of the rarest farm tractors ever made as only 138 of them were ever made. It was the worlds first production cabbed tractor and was a "go to town" tractor as well as it would do 40 MPH down the road.....It was based on the model "U" tractor and was very ingeniously cabbed for comfort. It was so expensive that sales were very poor and production stopped.....after # 138...

Now for the rest of the story.....It wasn't merely any UDLX.....NNNOOOOOOO...it's serial number was (are you ready for this?).....0001.....It was beautifully restored and sold at an auction for $98,000 in Iowa.

The new owner took it to his family farm in southern Minnesota where it's still pulling wagons in the farming duties. He refused a sale at the very auction for $140,000 so I doubt it's for sale.

Sorry....I don't have photos.....but could get some if needed.....

Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: khouse
Date: December 31, 2010 01:49PM
Cool story! Got a picture or link?



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Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: vapodog
Date: December 31, 2010 09:23PM
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Cool story! Got a picture or link?


This is a UDLX but not the one I wrote about.....there is no link as it was a first person post.


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Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: FatCat1
Date: December 31, 2010 10:06PM
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Hi all!! I am new here, Just ordered and got today a new CX hunter with the big "treasure hound" coils.

Here is the story and why we just ordered the dectector.....

In the early 1900's a young boy named Cecil lived on his fathers farm. They had a 8-16 Mogul Kerosene tractor to till their land, and it worked good for a while. Something kept repeatedly breaking on the engine and Cecils father eventually had enough and had young Cecil and a hire hand bury the tractor in a sand hill just where it sat when it broke down. Cecil lived on the 120 acres for the rest of his life until he reached the age of 89. My father would go over to his small 10x16 ft house in the late 80's in the woods to check on him and help him with firewood about every couple days. I remember Cecil when I was a young boy as a short-white haired old gentleman, very kind, but scary to me when I was so young. When he passed on, My uncle who bought the 120 acres from Cecil gave the original tractor manual to me and told me the story. My father had also heard old Cecil talk about burying his fathers old tractor in a sand hill.

Right now I have the location of the tractor narrowed down to about 5-8 acres. There are some red pines in the area on rolling sand hills. My question to you all would be, Do you think there would be much left of the tractor after all these years? We think it may have been buried in the 1930's as the tractor was made somewhere between 1915-1919.

I was wondering if anyone had any tips on looking for large metal objects? Any advise would be great for a first time user! Thank you! Don

Is anyone else thinking that this story is farfetched? Very little of this makes any sense to me. Ok, for one, was burying a tractor a common means of disposal in Michigan? Here in New England, we leave our old tractors out in the elements to rust away. Sounds like Cecil his his Pop didn't have a large amount of money, seems very unlikely that they wouldn't have sold the tractor for scrap or better. Oh no, Cecil's Dad got all hot and actually paid some jack a s s to BURY his tractor with his young kid. I mean I have been upset before, but that just sounds stupid. It might be more plausible if Cecil's Dad did the burying in a fit of rage. Why do you think it was buried in the 1930's??? If it were buried in the '30's that would make Cecil in his late 20's or early 30's..... definitely not young Cecil. All this sounds kinda silly to me. Did they ever get another tractor? Did they ever farm the property again. It appears that these folks might be neighbors of yours. Do you, your father or uncle remember anything about the property? What's wrong with your uncle.... s h i t, if someone told me this story, I would have asked Cecil where the hell he buried it. Your father heard the same story and never thought to ask??? Did Cecil have any siblings, or a mother? I ask because my bedroom is 10x16... Hard to imagine a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom etc in that small of a space. I guess it could be done, but folks who live like that probably don't bury their equipment. Does the property have anything else but a 10x16 house? A barn or something? The only interesting thing is the the owners manual. That clearly is real. Don, please make a total jerk of me by finding it... and posting pics.

In addition to what others have said.... if you (or uncle or father) knew of an area that should have plowed/tilled, but wasn't for many years, I would start there. Since it's hard to find good labor, I would think that they didn't bury it very deep (or my guess, at all). So Cecil or his genius dad would have to circumnavigate that area. Also, here in RI we have lots of sand. I would guess that heavy items would sink rather quickly in sand. See, that 's why we wait for big storms to strip away and erode the sand so we can find older coins on the beach.


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Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: FatCat1
Date: December 31, 2010 10:39PM
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vapodog
This may be encouraging.

A farm tractor made in 1938 was somehow buried at the White Earth Indian reservation in Northern Minnesota. How long it was there is unknown but possibly 50 years or more.....and just how it got there is also unknown.....but one day a visitor noticed evidence of a old tractor unearthed and went about digging it up.....

What he found is unbelievable......it was a Minneapolis Moline UDLX.....one of the rarest farm tractors ever made as only 138 of them were ever made. It was the worlds first production cabbed tractor and was a "go to town" tractor as well as it would do 40 MPH down the road.....It was based on the model "U" tractor and was very ingeniously cabbed for comfort. It was so expensive that sales were very poor and production stopped.....after # 138...

Now for the rest of the story.....It wasn't merely any UDLX.....NNNOOOOOOO...it's serial number was (are you ready for this?).....0001.....It was beautifully restored and sold at an auction for $98,000 in Iowa.

The new owner took it to his family farm in southern Minnesota where it's still pulling wagons in the farming duties. He refused a sale at the very auction for $140,000 so I doubt it's for sale.

Sorry....I don't have photos.....but could get some if needed.....

And now the REAL story. Here is a link to the interview of the actual first owner of a Moline UDLX, As you can plainly read, the tractor was bought and used in Iowa, and not "somehow" buried. It was not fully restored, but sold to a local that sent it off to a junkyard. Where do you guys come up with such nonsense? Tractors are very expensive pieces of equipment. Not the type of old c r a p you bury. You need to question these stories vigorously, or spend an enormous amount of your time digging manhole covers etc.

http://gasengine.farmcollector.com/Tractors/Bluffs-Man-Bought-First-UDLX.aspx


Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: khouse
Date: January 01, 2011 01:25AM
That is so cool! Much nice design then current models. Thanks for the picture.



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Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: vapodog
Date: January 01, 2011 01:05PM
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FatCat1
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vapodog
This may be encouraging.

A farm tractor made in 1938 was somehow buried at the White Earth Indian reservation in Northern Minnesota. How long it was there is unknown but possibly 50 years or more.....and just how it got there is also unknown.....but one day a visitor noticed evidence of a old tractor unearthed and went about digging it up.....

What he found is unbelievable......it was a Minneapolis Moline UDLX.....one of the rarest farm tractors ever made as only 138 of them were ever made. It was the worlds first production cabbed tractor and was a "go to town" tractor as well as it would do 40 MPH down the road.....It was based on the model "U" tractor and was very ingeniously cabbed for comfort. It was so expensive that sales were very poor and production stopped.....after # 138...

Now for the rest of the story.....It wasn't merely any UDLX.....NNNOOOOOOO...it's serial number was (are you ready for this?).....0001.....It was beautifully restored and sold at an auction for $98,000 in Iowa.

The new owner took it to his family farm in southern Minnesota where it's still pulling wagons in the farming duties. He refused a sale at the very auction for $140,000 so I doubt it's for sale.

Sorry....I don't have photos.....but could get some if needed.....

And now the REAL story. Here is a link to the interview of the actual first owner of a Moline UDLX, As you can plainly read, the tractor was bought and used in Iowa, and not "somehow" buried. It was not fully restored, but sold to a local that sent it off to a junkyard. Where do you guys come up with such nonsense? Tractors are very expensive pieces of equipment. Not the type of old c r a p you bury. You need to question these stories vigorously, or spend an enormous amount of your time digging manhole covers etc.

http://gasengine.farmcollector.com/Tractors/Bluffs-Man-Bought-First-UDLX.aspx

It always amazes me how many folks need reading lessons.....now for the rest of the story.....

While Mr. Tuttle may in fact have been the first buyer of a MM UDLX, it wasn't serial No. 0001

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Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: marmota.monax
Date: January 01, 2011 03:35PM
Click here for SN 0001...
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vapodog
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FatCat1
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vapodog
This may be encouraging.

A farm tractor made in 1938 was somehow buried at the White Earth Indian reservation in Northern Minnesota. How long it was there is unknown but possibly 50 years or more.....and just how it got there is also unknown.....but one day a visitor noticed evidence of a old tractor unearthed and went about digging it up.....

What he found is unbelievable......it was a Minneapolis Moline UDLX.....one of the rarest farm tractors ever made as only 138 of them were ever made. It was the worlds first production cabbed tractor and was a "go to town" tractor as well as it would do 40 MPH down the road.....It was based on the model "U" tractor and was very ingeniously cabbed for comfort. It was so expensive that sales were very poor and production stopped.....after # 138...

Now for the rest of the story.....It wasn't merely any UDLX.....NNNOOOOOOO...it's serial number was (are you ready for this?).....0001.....It was beautifully restored and sold at an auction for $98,000 in Iowa.

The new owner took it to his family farm in southern Minnesota where it's still pulling wagons in the farming duties. He refused a sale at the very auction for $140,000 so I doubt it's for sale.

Sorry....I don't have photos.....but could get some if needed.....

And now the REAL story. Here is a link to the interview of the actual first owner of a Moline UDLX, As you can plainly read, the tractor was bought and used in Iowa, and not "somehow" buried. It was not fully restored, but sold to a local that sent it off to a junkyard. Where do you guys come up with such nonsense? Tractors are very expensive pieces of equipment. Not the type of old c r a p you bury. You need to question these stories vigorously, or spend an enormous amount of your time digging manhole covers etc.

http://gasengine.farmcollector.com/Tractors/Bluffs-Man-Bought-First-UDLX.aspx

It always amazes me how many folks need reading lessons.....now for the rest of the story.....

While Mr. Tuttle may in fact have been the first buyer of a MM UDLX, it wasn't serial No. 0001



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Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: marmota.monax
Date: January 01, 2011 03:51PM
Current owner info:

Click here...

SN 310-001x - X is for experimental, Could there be a 310-001 without a X. Maybe there are two 001's ?



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1991 Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger VLF/TR/MDISC (1st year year of production)
2010 Garrett Infinium PI - Custom 3pc Travel Straight Shaft by Plugger
2011 Garrett Pro-Pointer (I LOVE this thing!)
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/01/2011 03:59PM by marmota.monax.

Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: vapodog
Date: January 01, 2011 04:12PM
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Current owner info:

Click here...

SN 310-001x - X is for experimental, Could there be a 310-001 without a X. Maybe there are two 001's ?
Can't comment on the "X" part but the story is correct.....the current owner is named Dennis.

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Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: marmota.monax
Date: January 01, 2011 04:35PM
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vapodog
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marmota.monax
Current owner info:

Click here...

SN 310-001x - X is for experimental, Could there be a 310-001 without a X. Maybe there are two 001's ?
Can't comment on the "X" part but the story is correct.....the current owner is named Dennis.

Found a close up of the tractor. Had a sign on it with the name of owner. Looks like Dennis Matti or Dennis Matts. I can't make it out. He bought it six years ago in Iowa at auction for $98K. Can't find any other history.



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1991 Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger VLF/TR/MDISC (1st year year of production)
2010 Garrett Infinium PI - Custom 3pc Travel Straight Shaft by Plugger
2011 Garrett Pro-Pointer (I LOVE this thing!)
2011 Tesoro Compadre (Tweaked Sensitivity)
Mojave Hi-Desert SoCal 93536

Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: Ken in NC
Date: January 01, 2011 08:22PM
Don,

Interesting story. You don't mention how old you might be at this time, but if you are middle age, I hope the tractor continues to elude you for a few more years. Sometimes the thrill of the hunt for such a long lost item can be a great part of the adventure

I personally was a little disappointed when Robert Ballard located the Titantic, even though the photos are interesting. The same goes for the sub Hunley off Charleston , SC

One day someone will return with the flag they left on the moon. Interesting, but sometimes best left where they are



Ken

Southeastern NC

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Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: FatCat1
Date: January 01, 2011 09:56PM
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vapodog
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FatCat1
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vapodog
This may be encouraging.

A farm tractor made in 1938 was somehow buried at the White Earth Indian reservation in Northern Minnesota. How long it was there is unknown but possibly 50 years or more.....and just how it got there is also unknown.....but one day a visitor noticed evidence of a old tractor unearthed and went about digging it up.....

What he found is unbelievable......it was a Minneapolis Moline UDLX.....one of the rarest farm tractors ever made as only 138 of them were ever made. It was the worlds first production cabbed tractor and was a "go to town" tractor as well as it would do 40 MPH down the road.....It was based on the model "U" tractor and was very ingeniously cabbed for comfort. It was so expensive that sales were very poor and production stopped.....after # 138...

Now for the rest of the story.....It wasn't merely any UDLX.....NNNOOOOOOO...it's serial number was (are you ready for this?).....0001.....It was beautifully restored and sold at an auction for $98,000 in Iowa.

The new owner took it to his family farm in southern Minnesota where it's still pulling wagons in the farming duties. He refused a sale at the very auction for $140,000 so I doubt it's for sale.

Sorry....I don't have photos.....but could get some if needed.....

And now the REAL story. Here is a link to the interview of the actual first owner of a Moline UDLX, As you can plainly read, the tractor was bought and used in Iowa, and not "somehow" buried. It was not fully restored, but sold to a local that sent it off to a junkyard. Where do you guys come up with such nonsense? Tractors are very expensive pieces of equipment. Not the type of old c r a p you bury. You need to question these stories vigorously, or spend an enormous amount of your time digging manhole covers etc.

http://gasengine.farmcollector.com/Tractors/Bluffs-Man-Bought-First-UDLX.aspx

It always amazes me how many folks need reading lessons.....now for the rest of the story.....

While Mr. Tuttle may in fact have been the first buyer of a MM UDLX, it wasn't serial No. 0001

I stand corrected. However you really are missing the entire point. Look, I don't doubt that there was a 001 tractor (or the first tractor made with whatever serial number) Obviously if they made 150 there had to be a first. I don't doubt that the guy paid $98,000 or it's worth 5 million. I don't doubt the guys name is Dennis. Here's the most important point [to me].... where does it say that this this was found buried? I did a quick google search and couldn't find a thing on any buried UDLX. It just seems a little strange that this very rare and valuable tractor was unearthed from MN and didn't make the news. It would be very interesting to learn the history of this tractor, and my money is on it wasn't buried since 1938. I might be wrong, but I just don't see the evidence of it.

Re: Hunting for a buried farm tractor
Posted by: vapodog
Date: January 02, 2011 12:24AM
Who said it was buried since 1938?......
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A farm tractor made in 1938 was somehow buried at the White Earth Indian reservation in Northern Minnesota. How long it was there is unknown but possibly 50 years or more.....and just how it got there is also unknown.

This tractor has been heavily researched and Dennis (the owner) is the source of the information. He got that information from the previous owner who conducted the restoration and was part of the crew that dug it up.

Not all the world's data is available from Google!

BTW....I emailed him about the story of Alan Tuttle and he knew all about that tractor and further knew the tractor he owns in not the same one