"Deze foto's zijn gemaakt in Frankrijk kunt u mij informatie verstrekken over deze machine? Met vriendelijke groet"
Translation: These photographs were taken in France. Can you supply me information on this machine? Kind regards, P. Meuffels, Venlosesteenweg 55B, 3680 Maaseik, Belgium; firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor's note: We forwarded this letter to noted engine and tractor historian C.H. Wendel, who wondered if this tractor was possibly built by someone years ago. "The back wheels have a Case look, and the placement of the belt pulley is unique," Wendel noted.
Wendel's BYB2 shows a 1916 ad for Automatic Machine Co., of Bridgeport, Conn., noting: "This advertisement indicates that the company was specializing in 4- and 6-cylinder models, ranging from 30 to 150 HP.
"Probably around 1910, a Mr. Werner developed the Automatic engines. Initially, it was a gasoline engine, but by the early 1920s, and perhaps earlier, he developed a heavy oil engine, as shown here."
Notice the access plates on the engine block claiming the Automatic Machine Co. 's work.