This tractor was featured for the month of April in the 2010 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.
Before retiring in 2002, owner Kee Groshong lived a double life. During the week, he was a hard-driving University vice-Chancellor dressed in a business suit, white shirt and tie. But behind his large walnut desk on the credenza was a 1/16 model of a John Deere tractor–that was the tipoff that on weekends he quickly changed into blue bib overalls to concentrate wholly on his antique tractors and steam engines. He grew up with John Deeres, so he and son Reese have restored several, but this World War II vintage Minneapolis-Moline caught his eye in a Minnesota salvage yard, and you can see the fantastic results. This Z model had flat top fenders and this standard (the S in ZTS) probably spent its life on a wheat farm in Minnesota’s Red River Valley. Its 4 cyl. MM engine produced 25 drawbar and 31 belt hp.
Owner: Kee W. Groshong
He especially likes the steel steering wheel, which is original. The MM ZTS is housed in a new barn-like building on his Columbia acreage. He’s an active member of the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Club. This is the group out of Boonville, Mo., that hosted two Classic Farm Tractor Calendar reunions.
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