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'41/9/1A, B and C (left and above): P. Meuffels found this mysterious tractor in France. '
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'41/9/1D (right): The Automatic Machine Co. engine from American Gasoline Engines Since 1872, Vol. II. '

“Deze foto’s zijn gemaakt in Frankrijk kunt u mij informatie
verstrekken over deze machine? Met vriendelijke groet”

Translation: These photographs were taken in France. Can you
supply me information on this machine? Kind regards, P. Meuffels,
Venlosesteenweg 55B, 3680 Maaseik, Belgium;

Editor’s note: We forwarded this letter to noted engine and
tractor historian C.H. Wendel, who wondered if this tractor was
possibly built by someone years ago. “The back wheels have a Case
look, and the placement of the belt pulley is unique,” Wendel

Wendel’s BYB2 shows a 1916 ad for Automatic Machine Co., of
Bridgeport, Conn., noting: “This advertisement indicates that the
company was specializing in 4- and 6-cylinder models, ranging from
30 to 150 HP

“Probably around 1910, a Mr. Werner developed the Automatic
engines. Initially, it was a gasoline engine, but by the early
1920s, and perhaps earlier, he developed a heavy oil engine, as
shown here.”

Notice the access plates on the engine block claiming the
Automatic Machine Co. ‘s work.

Gas Engine Magazine

Preserving the History of Internal Combustion Engines