|Tim Daley(MI) ||
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"T & I" ---- FORD Tractor & Implement Division, Dearborn, MI. By 1954 DEARBORN MOTORS was being dissolved into the FORD TRACTOR & IMPLEMENT DIVISON, later changed again to simply 'FTO', Ford Tractor Operations in the 1960's. Dearborn Motors Corporation, est, JAN 1947, moved from Detroit in about 1950 to the northern suburb of Birmingham, Michigan. Back then it was a rural, open area with two-lane roads and several farms. The new DMC was on several acres of land a mile long and 1/2 mile wide. The Engineering Building was in front with large circular drive off of Maple Rd. and there was a glassed in display window out front where they'd showcase the current tractor and some implement models. They used to test tractors and implements in back behind the building. Part of Henry Ford's enterprise was railroads. Every plant was on or near a railroad as that was a huge a means for fast, reliable transportation for raw materials, part suppliers, and finished vehicles. DMC was no different. In Michigan, the Grand Trunk Western Railroad system was one of the big trains in the state. It ran pretty much north from Detroit to the northern suburbs of Royal Oak, Birmingham, Pontiac, and Flint. GTWR ran on the west side of the property. DMC was located on the SW corner of Coolidge Highway and Maple Rd (15 Mile Rd.)Birmingham, MI. I lived two miles east of there in the town of Clawson. Charles Sorenson had a farm half way between there on several acres. I recall his farm still as we'd play 'army', (COMBAT! was our favorite TV show) in the fields and forests near there. My wife's father was an engineer for Grand Trunk and I have a few buttons and badges of his. Later, as tractor production grew, DMC expanded to other areas of the country so testing could be performed for specific implements that required a warmer climate. Georgia Farms was owned by Ford early on and began testing out harvesters, balers, and pickers there so testing could be a year-round project. If your 881 is a Gold Demonstrator, it may have been on of the early SOS test models, but don't assume it had to be gold (I see no signs by the tag alone) or that it was the tractor they were testing.