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Road Maintainer does a good job of road grading

Gene L. McLaughlin

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Circa 1917 Chase 3 wheel tractor (unrestored) in the condition it arrived at the Reynolds Museum from the United States. Courtesy of Stanley G. Reynolds, Box 6780, Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada T9A 2B6.

I have corresponded with several collectors across the country and there is very little known about this engine - it's a rare breed. Here are some facts about it. Notice the crank handle built into the flywheel - the engine is designed to run backwards. The serial number is T 1111. Bore and stroke is 4? x 6?. Flywheels are 25' with a 3' face. There is no horsepower indicated - I would guess it to be 4 or 5 HP. Spark plug does not go into cylinder head as per most engines. It goes thru the side of the hopper. Courtesy of Jim Hickey, 1336 Peach Avenue, El Cajon, California 92021.

45-65 Avery Gas Tractor, owned by Budenski Brothers of West Concord, Le Sueur Company Pioneer Power Association. Courtesy of David Preuhs, Route 1, Box 139, Le Center, Minnesota 56057.

1929 28-50 Hart Parr owned by Dave Preuhs, serial #71313. Dave Preuhs is showing his father how to operate the 28-50 Hart Parr - preparing for the parade. Le Sueur Company Pioneer Power Association. Courtesy of David Preuhs, Route 1, Box 139, Le Center, Minnesota 56057.

Pictured is my 8 HP Blackstone Type ' W' oil engine and one of my 'almost restored' 4 HP Bentall petrol engines. Courtesy of David W. Edgington, Lodge Wood Farm, Hawkeridge, Westbury, Wilts. (David edits a magazine in England called 'The Stationary Engine Advertiser' - the monthly journal for the Stationary Engine Collector.)

This Bentall was built in 1912 and is quite rare over here. Courtesy of David W. Edgington, Lodge Wood Farm, Hawkeridge, Westbury, Wilts. (David edits a magazine in England called 'The Stationary Engine Advertiser' - the monthly journal for the Stationary Engine Collector.)

Tom Starling of 2463 Allerton, Auburn Heights, Michigan owns this 1? HP Monitor, type VJ. It was built in 1910 by the Baker Manufacturing Company, Evansville, Wisconsin. Courtesy of Hugh Miller, R. R. 7, Thamesville, Ontario, Canada.

Look closely, fellows, that handsome man in the fancy tuxedo and shiny shoes is none other than N.A. 'Andy' Kruse of Park Ridge, Illinois. Now we've seen everything! Oh yes, the engine is Andy's 1893 Olds. This picture was taken on the day Andy and Ruth's son was married. Courtesy of Verne W. Kindschi, Route 1, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin 53578.

Jack Law, Pierson, Iowa 51048 sends us a picture of his mailbox. It is a 1936 Model 'A' John Deere which runs. He has had it for 10 or 12 years and has had quite a few people stop and take a picture of it.

An early model Russel Road Maintainer - built under license by Caterpillar, I think. It is quite rusty, but otherwise in excellent condition. It does a good job of road grading, but is difficult to manage in sharp turns or close places since it and the tractor pulling it make quite a long piece of machinery. (Jack and Diana McLaughlin controlling.) Courtesy of Gene L. McLaughlin, Route I, Box 402B, Mocksville, North Carolina 27028.

I just recently purchased a Wilson Des Moines engine. It is stuck, has parts missing and rust. I'm in the process of restoring it. I would like to hear from anyone who owns such an engine or knows of someone who does. I am interested in how many are still in existence, what sizes there are and the different styles. Our family enjoys the Gas Engine Magazine very much. Courtesy of Vernon Hansmeier, R. R. 3, Forest City, Iowa 50436.

A rare 6 HP Foos, owned and restored by Jim Miller. Engine was shown at the 1st Annual Fall Gas-up in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of LeRoy A. Baumgardner, Jr., R. D. #2, Sox 118, Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340