1973 Makoti, North Dakota Threshing & Antique Show Report

Rumely Oil Pull

Leroy Quandt

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Quandt, Ryder, North Dakota 58779

This report of the show held October 6 and 7 is written to give some of the problems involved in putting on such a show and parade.

The 22-44 Minneapolis tractor was ready and running on Saturday but just as the parade began the fan belt broke, so it was unable to go. There wasn't time to get another belt or repairs to fix the broken belt. The parade goes down main street of the town out to the show grounds and begins at a fixed time.

The 30-60 Big 4 tractor operated by Clarence Butler, Mesa, Arizona started down the parade route on Saturday, when suddenly it began to miss on one cylinder. It limped out to the show grounds, where the rest of the day was spent tearing the engine down. One of the intake valves stems had broken. This was taken to the shop and welded together again. Then the engine was put back together before dark so the tractor was ready to go for the Sunday parade.

The 30-60 Hart Parr Old Reliable was giving trouble in starting as the timing was off on the ignition and the hit and miss mechanism. Some times the firing came after the gas fumes had reached the smoke stack. The resulting explosion sounded as though the tractor was going to blow all to pieces. Clarence Densur, Austin, Manitoba, a man who lived and grew up with these Hart Pan-tractors, came down for our show and took on the job of setting the timing on the Old Reliable. It didn't take him long to get it started and running the way it should. He spent most of the weekend finishing up on the fine tuning of the tractor so it really ran nice by the end of the show.

Julius Orth came up from Beulah, North Dakota and asked to drive a tractor. Willard Olson, Powers Lake, North Dakota had a 20-30 type W Rumely Oil Pull besides his model K 12-20 Oil Pull here in our museum. The W Oil Pull was started and it was discovered the Manzel lubricator was not functioning properly. All day Saturday was spent by Julius taking the lubricator apart and trying to repair it. Parts were needed but these were not available locally, so Willard had to drive home, a round trip of nearly two hundred miles for parts. By parade time Sunday the tractor was operating.

The big 30 HP double simple cylinder Minneapolis steamer was steamed up Saturday for the parade when it was discovered the pipes in the preheater for the water pump and injector were cracked. The rest of the day was spent taking the cracked pipes out and replacing them with new ones. The engine was ready for the Sunday parade. The 80 HP Case steam engine had a similiar problem with the preheater leaking as the water pump had just been installed this fall.

One steam engine tender was loaded with water and coal by the museum in readiness for the show. It was positioned in such a way that a log chain was required to pull it out onto the street. When attempting to do this the pole turned too short and as a result the one front wheel went under the tank where it wedged in, slid and in turn broke the front wooden axle. So the tender was out of the show for this year.

The mule team with the covered wagon as it pulled in line for the parade had to pass in front of the steam engines setting on a side street all fired up and ready to go. The mules lost their cool just as they started to turn the corner down the parade route. In trying to restrain them the driver pulled too hard on the reins and one of them broke. The mules began galloping in a circle but some bystanders were able to grab on to the bridles and stop them before any damage was done.

Some other tractors that didn't run in the parade were a Wallis 15-25 with oil pump and governor problems, a 20-35 Emerson big 4 with valve trouble, a model K 18-32 Case with water pump failure, a 10-20 McCormick Deering with clutch going out.

There still were over 150 units in the parade. The weather was ideal both days, the crowds were huge, the food was delicious and most of the food concessions were sold out. The parades were elegant, the show out on the grounds was great and the exhibits were delightful. The 1973 show books were a sell-out, so the association members were well satisfied with this years show.

At left is a 1920 Rumely Oil Pull, Model K, owned by Willard Olson, Powers Lake, North Dakota. At right is a 1914 30 HP Minneapolis,#6707 owned by Orin Hanson, Sanish, North Dakota.