Klair's 4th Annual Gas Engine Party 6/14-15/75

The Ayres family craft display.

Irvin Klair

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2801 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, Del. 19808.

Paul Seachrist, Quakertown, Pa. pauses in front of the Ayres family craft display, seated on his Palmer Run-about. He decides not to take the $5.00 Richard Ayres, Mountain Top, Pa. is offering for the Palmer.

A very popular exhibit was this model sawmill 1/5 size owned by the James Layton Family of Federalsburg, Md. He can saw anything from toothpicks, yardsticks, and clothes props up to large size square baseball bats. Standing at the end of the sawmill is Little Boy Blue, John Oas, looking over the exhibits of George and Margaret Matthews, Bruno, Arkansas, a homemade model and a Little Major, steam models, and an Excelsior gas engine, 1 H.P. At the back is Bill St. John's big 8 H.P. Witte booming away. If you listen close you can hear it. Bill and Dottie are on the left looking for 4-leaf clovers. No, that's not one of the Woodward Bros, talking to the tree, he is talking to a man behind the tree. At John Oas's right is the license plate and rear wheel of James Frampton's 1901 Olds replica, Easton, Md.

Bill and Dottie St. John's washing machines. His is the Maytag and hers is the wooden Prima, powered by a 32 volt motor from a Delco System. No wonder Dottie is always smiling with a Prima washer. Everyone smiles who watches it rock back and forth. On the left is their Lauson engine. In the background is Harry Nicholsons 1911 stoveleg Maytag and 1903 Essex Hot Air engine, and Ben Clark's 1927 Atwater Kent radio and 1912 Regina hand power vacuum cleaner. Both are from Crumpton, Md.

David Landis. Lititz, 2 H.P. Fuller Johnson, 1-3/4 H.P. Associated. The 3 H.P. Fairbanks, 2 H.P. Hercules, and 2 H.P. Fuller Johnson are owned by Oscar Chapman, Martinsburg, West, VA. In background is Ken Hanby doing a 'Rain Dance' to cool things off. Still we had no rain.

This is my outboard engine I purchased at Glacier National Park about eight years ago and recently completed restoration. The engine is a two cycle engine, water cooled with the exhaust manifold water jacketed. This engine is unique in the following respects: 1. Constant speed engine with only a fuel air mixture adjustment. 2. Variable pitch propeller. The pitch is varied by raising or lowering the tiller handle which also steers boat. The pitch can be varied from full forward to full reverse. 3. The length of the drive shaft and housing is adjustable and has a three-step adjustment. 4. The engine is all brass except bevel gears, crankcase, cylinder and piston and the mounting bracket. The gas tank was galvanized steel but was badly rusted out and I replaced it with an exact copy, using copper. 5. The gas tank had 'CALLIE' stamped on it, but the flywheel had 'EVINRUDE' stamped on it and 'PATENTED 1915', so I am not sure as to manufacturer. It's possible that only the ignition system is Venue. Thought this might be interesting to your readers. No one I know, has ever seen a variable pitch outboard motor. Courtesy of F. C. Paradise, Aurora, South Dakota 57002

From Rising Sun, Md. Jim and Ann Riley's 1948 Pontiac Woody Wagon, plaque display with Aereomotor and 1 H.P. Stover. On the right Ann is talking to Horace Sprout. On the left hiding in the shade behind the big Williamsport, is Ron McVey still waiting for the sun to go down.

A nice shot of James Clark's Smoky Mt. Stover pump rig. Pumped for 2 days and never did get the trough full. The engines in the background were exhibited by the families of John Oas and James Clark, and friend Earl McCue, Jr., Unionville and West Chester, Pa.

Of nearly 100 exhibitors, Lee & Anna Russ and son, Karl, came the furthest, from Big Flats, N.Y. with this beautiful restored Leader-Domestic engine. Delaware's clear but warm weather kept everyone in the shade. This year we are cutting down all the trees so that we can take better pictures. Everybody wear a straw hat this year. To the right of Karl is not a still. It's the copper water tank on Ron McVey's Williamsport engine. Ron won't come out from under the tree until the Sun goes down each day.

Pollution inspectors Wayne Reed and M. Klair, wearing gas masks, inspect Ken Hanby's diesel Maytags. It was decided if he insists on bringing them this year he will be asked to exhibit them out behind the barn. Photo by the Russ family, all other photos by Irvin Klair.