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Ideal engines

Lloyd McGowen

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Above is a photo from Olie Olson of 23 Milltown Road, New Fairfield, Connecticut 06810. He tells us it is a 'Latest Improved Buckeye #25', manufactured in 1869 by Thomas and Mast of Springfield, Ohio. 'The cider press, purchased from Ed Dies, was complete including all metal parts. However, I have completely replaced all wood using the former remnants as patterns. I believe Ed found it in a barn in Western Pennsylvania. I completed the restoration in time for the fall '83 cider pressing season turning out 30 gallons.

The Oilpulls above were photographed at LaGrange, Indiana by William C. Kuhl of 464 S. 5th St., Sebewaing, Michigan 48759. Owner is Merle B. Haldeman of Bristol, Indiana 46507. In the photo below are three Ideal engines onwed by William Kuhl and shown at the Harbor Beach Gas Engine and Tractor Show.

Lloyd McGowen of Route 4, Box 642, Easley, South Carolina 29640 owns this 1943 'D' John Deere, SN 155317. He's now working on a 1936 'B' and has a 1945 'G' awaiting restoration.

The night scene above is at the antique tractor pull held each year during the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club Show at Freeport, Illinois. J. D. Miller, of Geneseo, Illinois, has just finished his pull with his 1931 Rumely 6A tractor.

Bob Henderson, Box 105, Sandy Creek, New York 13145 sent us this photo at left to stress the importance of a safety rope at engine shows. 'This engine broke the 4 bolts holding the water hopper, head, etc. while running and blew off the head and hopper over a 4 HP Stover, smashing into a portable buzz rig some 20 feet away, throwing hot water all over. Fortunately no one got hurt. This was at the Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek, New York. You can see the water hopper on the ground (at left) where it landed below the saw.'

4th annual Spring Old Gas Engine and Tractor Auction was held last April in Fort Atkinson, Iowa with Bob Humpal in charge. Here auctioneer Dick Hollerud is lot numbering a clean John Deere tractor on steel. In the background are the different tractors that were sold.