The 1967 Tioga County Early Days Reunion

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Photo courtesy of Mrs. Dorothy B. Smith, Ontario, N. Y.
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Photo courtesy of Mrs. Dorothy B. Smith, Ontario, N. Y.
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Photo courtesy of Lewis H. Cline, Battle Creek, Michigan.

Learn about the 1967 Tioga County Early Days reunion.

Tioga County Early Days, Inc. will hold their 1967 Tioga County Early Days Reunion on
August 3-4-5-6 at the John Pino farm in Mansfield, Pa. on Route 15.
There will be a “Gas-up” at the same place on May 14th, and
another one on June 11th at the home of George Snyder, Warren
Center, PA. Everyone is invited. Come and bring the family. For
further information contact the Secretary, Mrs. Florence Campbell,
Taberg, N. Y.

A lineup of gas engines at the first Reunion of the Tioga County
Early Days, Inc. in 1966.

Shingle sawing at the 1966 Reunion of the Tioga County Early
Days, Inc. The tractor is a Huber Light Four owned by George Knab
of Spencerport, N. Y.

This is a 30-60 Rumely Oil Pull with my two boys, David and
Curtis in foreground, Montpelier, Ohio in 1961 or 1962.

Gas Engine Magazine Questions

Here are some questions that I would like to see answered in the

In the late 20’s the Pontiac car used what was called a
cross flow radiator, with tanks on the right and left sides of the
car. This radiator was not filled more than two thirds of the way
to the top; just above the top of the cylinder head of the engine.
The upper part of this radiator was merely used to condense the
water vapor. I always thought it was a very good idea. I do not
know of it being used any more. Why was it abandoned?

Shortly after the Oliver Corporation was formed by the merger
with Hart-Parr and other companies, the old style Hart-Parr 2
cylinder tractor was discontinued and for a short time 3 four
cylinder tractors took its place. One was a row crop model. The
other two greatly resembled the McCormick Deering 10-20 and 22-36
in appearance.

A unique feature of these tractors was the fact that the cooling
water was circulated backwards, downward thru the cylinder block
and and upwards thru the radiator.

This put the freshly cooled water first around the cylinder head
and valves, then after it had absorbed considerable heat around the
cylinder walls, which I thought was a very good idea, especially
for burning the lower volatility low cost fuels. As far as I know
it’s no longer used, Why?

The siphon circulation used in the older John Deeres also
accomplished this and they were very successful in burning
distillates etc.

Back in the 20’s we used to hear a lot about the Knight
sleeve valve motor. It was used in the Stearns Knight car, the
Willys Knight, the R & V Knight and some European cars. Also in
the Willys Light 32 volt lighting plant, as well as the Alamo in
which a singe sleeve was rotated around the piston. The claim was made that those motors improved
with use. I can see that there might be a problem of heat transfer
through the extra two cylinder sleeves from piston to water jacket,
also one of proper lubrication due to higher piston temperature.
Still these motors as I recall were quite successful. Why were they
discontinued ?

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