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THE IRONICALLY TITLED “COMFORT TRACTOR”

1938 Minneapolis-Moline Model UDLX Comfortractor

The Minneapolis-Moline UDLX was powered by a four-cylinder gasoline engine of 283 ci (4,652 cc) rated at 31 drawbar and 38 belt hp. 

The fully enclosed steel cab offered protection from the elements with heater, radio, and dual front seats standard. 

At $2,155 in 1938, the UDLX was too expensive, and only 125 were sold. It was stylish and advanced in some details, but in other areas was still old-fashioned, such as no hydraulics, no belt PTO, and no springs. 

The five-speed shift “on the move” gearbox gave a top speed of 40 mph (64 kmh), but lack of springs made the ride painful. 

Owners: The Keller Family.

From the book: Legendary Farm Tractors, a Photographic History. Text and photographs by Andrew Moreland.