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Smitty in Bessemer's

Smitty in Bessemer's original home as we prepare to remove it.

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P.O. Box 333 Holland, Texas 76534

In late August of 1986, I purchased a 25/30 HP 2 cycle Bessemer gas engine. It was in an oil field and housed in a building protecting it from the weather. It had not been operated in several years but seemed to be in very good condition. I was anxious to get it running but of course I had to get it home first. This turned out to be quite a chore because of the building location, the position of the engine in the building, the building wall to remove, etc. I had a special 'helping hand' from Richard A. (Smitty) Smith from Little River, Texas and my father, Ligie Ivicic (age 76) served as cook during the engine removal and haul.

We brought the Bessemer to my home in Holland, Texas approximately one month before our club, the Texas Early Day Tractor and Gas Engine Association, was to have its annual show October 4th and 5th, 1986 at Speegleville, Texas (just west of Waco, Texas). We hauled the Bessemer on a trailer that I built especially for this type of ordeal, which has four axles. I did spend all spare minutes the next few short weekends building motor mounts for the engine so we could run it at the show. I tow the trailer with my K-7 International truck which has retired from hauling 20,000 pound loads of grain to market. The truck is a 1948 model. When the weekend of the show arrived, we hauled the old Bessemer to the show grounds. We didn't have any trouble at all starting it up- thanks to the help of a big flat belt and a good old John Deere tractor. The engine looked and sounded beautiful to me as it was running-I hope the crowd felt the same way. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire weekend show as there were many gas engines, tractors and steam engines present.