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1944 Chev. Car

R. F. Somerville

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Shown above is my 40 hp Superior made in Springfield, Ohio, Serial Number 40857, with 14 inch bore and 20 inch stroke. It came from the oilfields where it ran on natural gas. When I got it, it was sinking into the sandy soil of Western Michigan. Top picture shows us loading the engine in Michigan --1. to r. are Charles E. Meyler who worked for the oil company; Gordon Stroven of Coopersville, Mich, and his brother-in-law, Jim Sturtevant of Muskegon. To load the engine, we jacked the front of the engine out of the sand and slid the ramps under it. We then put pipe rollers between the ramps and base. Then with the aid of a hand winch and jacks on the flywheel spokes, she came right up on the trailer. In this picture the exhaust box, exhaust pipe, magneto, governor, pushrod and air breather are removed.

Bottom shot shows the engine a day later in Henry, Illinois. Pictured are my children, Jon and Ruth and myself. Note the 9 hole force feed oilier mounted on the block, also the small sliding door to the lower right of the oilier. There is one on each side to check the rod bearings.

My collection of Superiors also include a 20 HP, 25, 35 and a 50, besides this 40 HP. I am still looking for a really big engine, of any kind. The 20,25 and 35 hp engines are completely different from this one. They do not have counter weights, force feed oilers, enclosed crankcases or the top and bottom arrangement for the intake and exhaust boxes.

Shown are Plunket engines. Serial number on the engine is No. 27. The gent that invented this engine must have been a steam engine man. The engine runs if it gets the notion and the little wood pecker governor does right smart. These engines were built in Chicago about 1906.

Don Stanley holds a honeycomb found in the cylinder of an early day gas engine he is restoring. The engine is a 7 HP Economy, 1 cylinder that ran a buzz saw in the Crawfordville area. The 1915 engine belonged to the Carlson family of Brownsville before purchased by Stanley for restoring. Don is a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assn. and displayed the engine in running condition along with others at this years Scandinavian Festival in August.

Don and his two sons, Gary and Ron started collecting and restoring small engines in October 1973. They now have twenty. The engines are on display at Don's show room for Travel Trailers.

Herb Looney, a retired engineer, works on the engines in Don's trailer shop every day. The customers that buy trailers are very interested in the history and where the old engines were located. Most of the old customers know where they can find engines.

The Stanleys now have 4 old 1 ton trucks, a 1927 Chev. 1 ton, 1925 Model T 1 ton, 1929 Model A and are just completing restoring a 1930 Model A 1 ton.

Don's wife and family have just completed restoring a 105 year old beautiful home in Junction City, Oregon.

Two engines which were purchased at the very outstanding antique gas engine sale of the late Ernest Hoff Estate at Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

These two engines are a 6 HP Economy and the other is a Worthington Injeco bought by N. J. Hickok and Son.

4 HP Chanticleer, S.N. 321, 375 rpm, last patent date is February 23, 1901, made by Jacob Haish Company, DeKalb, Illinois. It has a Thordarson coil on the battery box. It is on what is thought to be the original trucks. Also has a plate that fits on top of the water hopper. The muffler is the big round thing on the left side. John Townsend with the Chanticleer. The company symbol is a big rooster, and this is stamped on the nameplate.

1-1/4 HP Monitor, type VJ, 500 rpm, S.N. 45907 made by the Baker Mfg. Co. of Evansville, Wisconsin. Walt, Ruth and John Townsend with the engine. This engine and a Chanticleer were purchased from a collector about 350 miles south of here. Both are ready to go, just need a little tuning up.

Left --a nice team of Clydes, center -- is a 1944 Chev. Car and bottom --is an Overland Car. All taken at Saskatoon 1973.

Wood splitter at the Saskatoon Show 1973.

This is a Depue 4 wheel drive manufactured by Depue Bros. Mfg. Co., Clinton, Iowa. 1920 Model 20-32 HP, 4 cyl.

Mogul H.P. 2-1/2

Chicago Aermotor Company, H.P. 6

Before and after pictures of my Otto engine, Serial Number 15331. It is on display at Olson's Old West Museum, Oacoma, South Dakota

Above is a Caterpillar Fifty Gas Tractor, Serial Number 5A-401

Indiana, Nebraska and Pennsylvania 'Fliver Fun' Carolina Style.

Jim Lilly and Gerald Mosbagh [Ind.] operated our 1914 T. Ford 'commuter'. This is one of about ten unique 'commuters' that kids of all ages ride, shuttles Exhibitors and Helpers to the water wheel and garden areas.

Jim and Gerald brought but kinda orphaned their Flint and Welling gas engine as well as a shiny Brass Hoppered Domestic. They 'Flivered' for three Reunion days except for periods taken by Ole Time 'T'ers who waited in line to try their hand at adjusting Coils, Spark, Carburetor etc. before driving a few rounds.

Mary [Mrs. Basil Jones] [Pa.] circulates engine water with a pitcher pump, while Elsie [Mrs. Lester Jones] [Nebr.] manuevered pedals, adjusted spark, etc. This Rebel gave them plenty room. The 'antic' uses a barrel instead of radiator, cylinder compression and exhaust whistles instead of horns, also a kiddie operated bell.

A 1921 electric starter engine replaced the original 1914 Armstrong twister.

Our Reunions differ from most reunions, in that we depend entirely on Exhibitors and Helpers to 'come run some' of our equipment. They run 4 of 8 steam tractions, about 20 stationary steam engines, about half of 70 gas engines, a dozen or more water wheels and devices. Rides, Gem and Gold Panning, Garden Trails etc. are designed to keep Ma, Grandma and all Younguns busy a full week.

Retirees Basil and Mary Jones spend the hot summer months at their home in the cool hills of Pa., the fall months in their trailer home based at FARM MUSEUM CAMPGROUND. Then trailer 3 months down in the 'expensive spread'. They trailer back to FARM MUSEUM for spring tune-up, Reunion and Post Reunion Fixin. If this sounds good to other Buff retirees, why not try it. Come use our wood, metal and paint shops. Plenty equipment needs your TLC. River and Lake fishing plus free campgrounds for 'Practicing Buffs'. If you can't come a few months ahead, 'come run some' April 19-20-21, 1974.

Thank you, Jim, Gerald, Mary and Elsie.

Shown is a very rare Pioneer tractor shown at the Freeport Show for the first time. It has a 4 cylinder opposed engine.

1-1/2 HP Fairbanks Morse blind head or without cylinder head. It was found in Cameron Lake in the Kawartha Lakes District.

40 x 80 HP Avery Gas Tractor threshing outfit was built by Avery Mfg. Co., Peoria, Ill. in 1919. The thresher  was built in 1914 and is a 42' x 70'. Both are the largest built by Avery company. Owner is George Hedtke, Davis Junction, Illinois, President of north Central Illinois Steam Power Show.

This outfit was in operation at the August 1974 New Show Site at George Hedtke's Farm, located on Highway 72, East of U.S. 51 jct. just 1-1/4 miles. This will be a permanent show site and Agricultural Museum. A large storage building 60' x 140' was completed earlier this year. This is the first of several buildings that will be built in the near future.