Crank 'em Up

The 2002 East Tennessee Crank Up Pulls in a Crowd Not to Mention Some Great Engines

Crossley-Otto slide valve

Jeff Hutchings 1882 Crossley-Otto slide valve;

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Nestled among the trees in beautiful east Tennessee, Jeff Hutchings' home was once again the site of the East Tennessee Antique Engine Association's Annual Crank Up engine show last June 6-8, 2002. This was the club's 31st annual show, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. Attendees came from as far away as Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin, and many of our regular friends from Tennessee, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia made the trek for the show.

We had 109 registered exhibits, with a total of 187 engines, 19 tractors and 87 pieces of miscellaneous equipment to go with the displays. We also had 26 pieces of vintage equipment, including a shingle mill, pumps, a wood shop and several grist mills.

Fairbanks-Morse was the feature engine tor the 2002 show, and many examples representing this well-known manufacturer of engines and equipment, including a Jack of all Trades and an Eclipse, were on display. There were many other rare and exotic engines on hand, including a Springfield, an 1882 Crossley-Otto slide valve and a Gade. We had approximately 40 oil field engines, with examples from Acme, Bessemer, Otto, Superior and Ajax represented. A cross-mount Case and a Titan were big hits in the tractor area.

After several years of promising we'd get around to it, we finally got Jeff Hutchings' big Bessemer running. This one is a whopping 70 HP, and it's plumbed in to stay for a while. Several club members got busy and put in a lot of effort to get 'Big Bessie' up and running, proving that when a group of people get their heads together - along with some brute muscle power - things get done.

Our next show will be June 5-7, 2003, and we invite everyone to head on over to beautiful east Tennessee for a wonderful weekend of fun. We will have a 60 HP four-cycle St. Mary's oil engine up and running, along with an Acme sucker rod engine set up in a building and pumping two wells, just like in the old days.

Contact engine enthusiast Mike Tittle at: 108 Laurel Lane, Unicoi, TN 37692, or e-mail: drmike@preferred.com