Restoration
Tips and tricks for restoring and repairing antique tractors, gas engines and steam traction engines.

The Arkansas Messinger Engine

A Messinger engine found in Arkansas returns home to Pennsylvania.

John Smyth 4-1/2 hp Restoration – Part 5 of 5

It's finished! Peter Rooke completes the restoration of his John Smyth engine.

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Gas Engine Restoration

For the first time, a detailed step-by-step guide to stationary gas engine restoration has been written for engine enthusiasts. From start to finish, Peter Rooke's newly revised, easy-to-follow narrative will impress and educate both new and experienced hobbyists with exhaustive coverage of the process.

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Looking over the vast open plains of eastern Colorado, western Kansas and southwestern Nebraska, where one can travel miles without seeing a town or even a house, it is hard to imagine the crowded landscape of the last decades of the 19th century. In those days farmers, speculators, and town builders flooded the region, believing that rain would follow the plow and that the "Rainbelt" would become their agricultural Eden. It took a mere decade for drought and economic turmoil to drive these dreaming thousands from the land, turning farmland back to rangeland and reducing settlements to ghost towns.

David J. Wishart's The Last Days of the Rainbelt is the sobering tale of the rapid rise and decline of the settlement of the western Great Plains. History finds its voice in interviews with elderly residents of the region by Civil Works Administration employees in 1933 and 1934. Evidence similarly emerges from land records, climate reports, census records and diaries, as Wishart deftly tracks the expansion of westward settlement across the central plains and into the Rainbelt. Through an examination of migration patterns, land laws, town-building, and agricultural practices, Wishart re-creates the often-difficult life of settlers in a semiarid region who undertook the daunting task of adapting to a new environment. His book brings this era of American settlement and failure on the western Great Plains fully into the scope of historical memory.

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MAKING PISTONS: FOR EXPERIMENTAL & RESTORATION ENGINES

By Stephen Chastain. This handy book gives you the know-how to get your engines back to life and save money. Learn to make all the tools and jigs needed to quickly produce top-quality replacements in your own home shop. Heavily illustrated. SC, 64 pages.

$15.95