What is a Collector or a Dealer?

Stickney Engine

Courtesy of Larry Healey, 122 Magnolia Avenue, Scarborough 703, Ontario, Canada M1K 3K8.

Larry Healey

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Coon Rapids. Iowa 50058

You have several kinds of collectors. Some of them will say, 'I collect only for the fun of collecting and never let money enter into it.' A lot of collectors have very little money to buy any amount at any one time. These will trade a little, sell one once in awhile, and help his collector friend get something.

Then, you have the one that has plenty of money and has collected for many years. He sets a goal of one hundred engines, then goes for two hundred. He will never sell another collector anything, or will not trade, unless he can better his own collection.

Next, comes the collector dealers who spend a lot of time running around looking at engines, adding many miles to his pick-up and having many enjoyable hours. He locates engines all over by having many friends. The farther away his friends are, the farther away he gets his engines. He will get more engines if he has ready cash. Cash is never a stranger.

To make it go as a Collector Dealer, you have to sell the duplicates. To be successful, you have to sell some at ten percent down and the balance when they pick up the engine. Sometimes, you hold until a later date if the party is a regular collector buyer.

A straight dealer is someone that buys only for quick resale and wants to make a fast buck and helps everyone pick up more engines.

Honesty is just as important among collectors as with dealers. If you are not sure it is O.K., do not say that it is.

Small collectors, large collectors, collector dealers and dealers, all try to buy as cheaply as possible and get all they can when the time comes to sell. They are all necessary to make successful collecting.

Stickney engine No. 5341 shown at Brougham, Ontario 'History In Action' Show, approximately twenty miles Northeast of Toronto. On right side of picture is part of my Matthews water-cooled (marine?) 32 volt generating set made at Sandusky, Ohio.

This is a picture of me on a model Rumely Oil Pull that I built five years ago. It took one year to build it. It is powered by a 3 HP Fairbanks Morse gas engine. I have a 20 inch buzz saw mounted on the front. It has a three-speed transmission with 15 to 1 reduction in high gear.

Early Delco-Light Plant - I feel very fortunate indeed in locating this Model 8AA1 Delco Light-Plant together with Bulletins covering Operation, Circuit Explanations, Adjustments - etc. This alternating current plant is 100% complete and rated at 110 volts, 60 cycle, 800 watts with full Automatic Control Unit. With this control the plant starts whenever a lamp or power load is turned on ... it continues until the power load or last lamp is turned off. The generator also produces direct current in a quantity sufficient to keep the starting battery charged and for 'exciting' the fields. It was recommended for stores, filling stations, schools and churches where the average load is constant and close to the plant's rated capacity. Manufactured in early 1930.

This is a model gas engine I designed and built. It has a 1-5/16' bore, 2' stroke and weighs 32 pounds. The flywheels are 6' in diameter. It runs very good and is the hit and miss type.

A friend and I got started in the restoring of the real thing seven years ago. We now have eleven engines, five of them are completely restored. We have a dub here in Sandwich (home of the Sandwich engine) and show at the Sandwich Fair each year.

As a closing thought, keep up the good work in your magazine! It is a key in keeping the old craft going to us younger people.

Here's one for the 'What Is It' column.

1930  30 Crawler, has hyd. dozer. This machine is in very good condition.

1928 Caterpillar 15 Crawler tractor--has a logging winch on back. Rev. Art Johnson and I own the Cat.

C. B. Killing gives the boys a chance to build up their muscle. They finally found more rope and then the older boys got younger. The result was that the rope snapped off at the clevis, three times. Yes, it was tied in a bow line knot, that wasn't the trouble -- it was those kids are so dog-gone strong. I know this is a steam engine picture, but we want you to notice those new motorcycles. That lets it in on G.E.M. (I think that is pretty sneaky, Virgil - try it again and it will be in I.M.A. -- Anna Mae - Ha Ha).

At left--Buzzing wood with Associated 6-mule team. Tractor in front is a 10-20 Titan. Picture taken at 1972 River Bend Steam and Gas Show at Allendale, Michigan. At right, they are threshing with Steerling hand-feed thresher. Owner is Sharon Schutt of Hudsonville, Michigan. Engine running it is a 7 HP Economy owned by me. Picture taken at same show.

Rumley Model E, 30-60 HP at the Bill Mayberry Show in 1969.

Advance-Rumley at Bill Mayberry Show in 1969.

Aultman-Taylor 30-60 at the Bill Mayberry Show in 1969. They put this on the sawmill.

Avery 45-65 at the Bill Mayberry Show in 1969.

15-30 Rumely on the left, belted to a 1930 28' Minneapolis Special threshing machine. And on the right is a 1926 Rumely 30-60 belted to his 1917 36' Case thresher. Harry is on the left on the 30-60. Harry W.Carlson is my father-in-law from Litchville, North Dakota.

I got interested in gas engines about five months ago when I purchased a 1? HP McCormick Deering engine at a small antique and farm sale. Also have picked up a couple Maytag engines. Just recently I purchased this small upright engine for $4.00. It was a solid hunk of rust and would not turn. Since, I have cleaned it up and got it running with a small propane torch.

I have since been told that it is very rare. It has the original brass tag on it which reads as follows ('Thermo Engine', Thermo Engine Company, Chicago, Illinois).

I would greatly appreciate any information anyone could give me, such as original color, what they were used for, what kind of fuel and how they ran. Also, would like to know the scarcity of such an engine.

Part of my old iron - a Fordson on tracks.

My 1917 Ford touring car

Elmer Klien's very contented 6 HP engine demonstrates its well balanced disposition.

This picture taken in 1942. Case tractor engine pulling two horse binders. Howard Jurney (my Dad) on rear binder. Me on engine.

Original type chain saw? Sally Saw made by Cummings Machine Company, Boston Massachusetts. I'd like to hear from anyone on this engine.

Fairly early 6 HP Fairbanks engine runs real well but needs set of rings.

1900-1910 Moore DS 5 HP 2-cycle Palmer engine. Cost $150.00 when new.

A picture of a 1977 Garford truck, serial number 43577, made by the Garford Motor Truck Company of Lima, Ohio.

It has solid rubber tires on wooden wheels, the motor has magneto ignition. There is an odometer on the left front wheel hub. This truck runs real good.

I would like to hear from anyone knowing the year of this truck, and any information as to what happened to the company, if it quit or merged with another company and when?