The 1967 Tioga County Early Days Reunion

Lewis H. Cline discusses the 1967 Tioga County Early Days reunion and offers questions for the upcoming Gas Engine Magazine.

Huber Light Four

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Dorothy B. Smith, Ontario, N. Y.


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Learn about the 1967 Tioga County Early Days reunion. 

Tioga County Early Days, Inc. will hold their 1967 Tioga County Early Days Reunion on August 3-4-5-6 at the John Pino farm in Mansfield, Pa. on Route 15. There will be a "Gas-up" at the same place on May 14th, and another one on June 11th at the home of George Snyder, Warren Center, PA. Everyone is invited. Come and bring the family. For further information contact the Secretary, Mrs. Florence Campbell, Taberg, N. Y.

A lineup of gas engines at the first Reunion of the Tioga County Early Days, Inc. in 1966.

Shingle sawing at the 1966 Reunion of the Tioga County Early Days, Inc. The tractor is a Huber Light Four owned by George Knab of Spencerport, N. Y.

This is a 30-60 Rumely Oil Pull with my two boys, David and Curtis in foreground, Montpelier, Ohio in 1961 or 1962.

Gas Engine Magazine Questions

Here are some questions that I would like to see answered in the GEM.

In the late 20's the Pontiac car used what was called a cross flow radiator, with tanks on the right and left sides of the car. This radiator was not filled more than two thirds of the way to the top; just above the top of the cylinder head of the engine. The upper part of this radiator was merely used to condense the water vapor. I always thought it was a very good idea. I do not know of it being used any more. Why was it abandoned?

Shortly after the Oliver Corporation was formed by the merger with Hart-Parr and other companies, the old style Hart-Parr 2 cylinder tractor was discontinued and for a short time 3 four cylinder tractors took its place. One was a row crop model. The other two greatly resembled the McCormick Deering 10-20 and 22-36 in appearance.

A unique feature of these tractors was the fact that the cooling water was circulated backwards, downward thru the cylinder block and and upwards thru the radiator.

This put the freshly cooled water first around the cylinder head and valves, then after it had absorbed considerable heat around the cylinder walls, which I thought was a very good idea, especially for burning the lower volatility low cost fuels. As far as I know it's no longer used, Why?

The siphon circulation used in the older John Deeres also accomplished this and they were very successful in burning distillates etc.

Back in the 20's we used to hear a lot about the Knight sleeve valve motor. It was used in the Stearns Knight car, the Willys Knight, the R & V Knight and some European cars. Also in the Willys Light 32 volt lighting plant, as well as the Alamo in which a singe sleeve was rotated around the piston. The claim was made that those motors improved with use. I can see that there might be a problem of heat transfer through the extra two cylinder sleeves from piston to water jacket, also one of proper lubrication due to higher piston temperature. Still these motors as I recall were quite successful. Why were they discontinued ?