New Holland engines

Lewis Peebles

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An unusual exhibit at engine shows in the Pennsylvania and Maryland area is Paul Smith's tandem 5 HP New Holland engines belted to a feed grinder. Paul bought the two engines separately one was purchased from Bard Brubaker at Rough and Tumble in Kinzers, Pa., and was in good condition. The other engine was purchased from Dave Martin at LaRue Ryans's show in McAlister-ville, Pennsylvania and Paul spent two years restoring it.

The restoration process was a tricky one, involving many helping hands. There was a flywheel missing, and Paul found one through John Ritter in Boiling Springs, PA. There was a $ 147.00 bill for machine shop work to put on the governor. John Ritter supplied one pulley and one turned up at a used parts place. The parts came from many different sources.

John Kreider found the feed grinder for Paul. A belt tightener was needed, and part of it he bought. The rest had to be machined. Glen Apple of Groyers Machine Shop at Richfield, PA, loaned Paul a pattern and he was able to put it together, piece by piece. Another helpful friend was Lester Landis of Mc Alisterville, PA, who gave more information and helped on some hard to understand details.

The folks at Sperry New Holland, still operating in New Holland, PA, gave their assistance, too. Apparently New Holland had sold an outfit like this, and Paul had seen it pictured in an old company catalog, but his engines were manufactured in October of 1918 and January of 1921 not sold together.

The cart was one that Paul had purchased at another time, and it was only after he had it home that he learned that it was indeed a New Holland cart.

Another challenge in the restoration was the painting of the classic

Above is an illustration from a reprint of a New Holland catalog showing how the engines were marketed. The caption from the catalog reads: 'No. 16 Truck for Mounting Two 4 or 5 H. P. New Holland Engines and No. 10 or No. 12 New Holland Mill.

New Holland red. (Incidentally, Paul is a man who seems to like red engines, as you'll find out if you see his engine exhibit.) The Ditzler paint number had been published in GEM, and Paul had to go to the James F. Wild Co. in Lancaster in order to get the paint mixed. The engines are painted and striped just like the originals.

The New Hollands are the main conversation starter in Paul's collection, but he has some other unusual exhibits as well. He's got an A. I. Root honey extractor, a bone grinder, a butter churn and a no. 6 New Holland grinder. He also has an 8 cycle Aero-motor Chicago-made engine that was used for pumping water when the wind died down and stopped running the windmill, and runs for five or six hours on a quart of fuel.

'I have 14 gas engines, 7 International tractors, 9 Maytags and 2 Briggs &. Strattons,' Paul reports. He exhibits at Rough and Tumble, Richfield Dutch Days, Groses Camp Ground, Locust Grove, Penn's Cave, Ryans Antique Machinery, and Port Royal. Paul lives at Rt 1, Box 81, Richfield, Pennsylvania 17086.