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30 HP Primm

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I'm sure readers are getting anxious for the start of the busy engine show season now that the chilly grip of winter is beginning to loosen. We've had spurts of Engine Society activity this winter, both on the Internet and through mail correspondence, and I had the pleasure of spending a few weekends traveling and visiting engine friends here in the Ohio and Indiana area. Activity on the OFES Web site at www.oilfield engine.com has increased markedly as of late, and 123 people have subscribed to the OFES e-mail discussion forum hosted by the Antique Tractor Internet Services, or ATIS as it's commonly called. You can sign on by going to www.atis.net, where you'll find directions for subscribing.

30 HP Primm belonging to the Western Illinois Threshers. Made by The Power Mfg. Co., Lima, Ohio, and later in Marion, Ohio, these are rarely seen engines.

Correspondence to the OFES society desk has been steady, with around 50 requests for membership coming in since the last show I attended in October.

And speaking of correspondence, we received a thank you note from Carlton Ekdahl of Manchester, N.H., concerning a request he made in this column for help in locating a flywheel for his Farrar & Trefts engine. Carlton's request led to a solid lead, and after 15 years of searching Carlton finally located the correct flywheel for his engine.

Rob Coyle, Hamilton, Ill., contacted the society about a rare Primm engine. Rob writes: 'Dear Russell, I had contacted you earlier last year via e-mail about a 30 HP Primm engine our club (Western Illinois Threshers) has on the grounds. As you can see from the photo it's missing all the goodies. I am still in search of any photos or information about these engines. We have acquired a bunch of miscellaneous parts, but are still looking for pieces for the governor, fuel system and, most importantly, a rod cap. This engine originally pumped three wells on a lease in Colmar, Ill., and we have the power, eccentric and sucker rods it used. I would like to have it all set up to make a great working display at our show. I would appreciate it if you are still willing to help spread the word about this engine.'

Consider it spread - it would be wonderful if Rob set up this oil field engine and equipment at the Western Illinois Threshers show. I do not know anyone who has a Primm, and Rob would love to hear from anyone who could offer any assistance in his endeavor. Please contact Rob Coyle at: 1484 N. County Road 800,

Hamilton, IL 62341, or e-mail at: oldengn@adams.net

Lastly, I would like to thank the directors of the Southeastern Kentucky Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Association show at Renfro Valley, Ky, for the plaque they presented to OFES last October in recognition of our members' support of their show. The hospitality at their show was great.

As always, OFES membership is free of charge, and if you need assistance concerning your engines do not hesitate to contact the society at the address below.

Contact the Oil Field Engine Society at: 1231 Banta's Creek Road, Eaton, OH 45320-9701, or e-mail at: oilengine@voyager.net