A Brief Word

| August/September 2000

Day by day we continue assembling details for our planned tour to Australia in February/March 2001. Australia has a special mystique, and the tour we have planned includes lots of 'iron' as well as lots of beautiful scenery. Our driver is very interested in 'iron' and this is a big help. He also has a brother who's deeply into our hobby, so we are trying to encourage him to accompany us. We have found that it really helps when we have contact with 'locals' who know about those special things, and can also lead us to 'iron' we would never see otherwise. By the time this copy is in your hands we should also have details together for an extension tour to New Zealand, following the main tour to Australia. To contact us, see our address in the ad that ran in the June issue (page 84), or email us at:

We await details of the release date for our new book, Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors, to be out soon from Krause Publications. The advertising department fouled up a bit in advertising the book as having 700 photos, when in fact, the total is about 1,700 or perhaps more. This will probably be the most comprehensive history of the farm tractor ever published, and will range from the beginnings up to the 1950s.

One of the problems with the book was figuring out how to contain the mass of material that is presented. Another was deciding on a cutoff date, and still another was in finding photos that came to us after the copy was closed. Given the space that was available to us, we arbitrarily established a cutoff date of about 1950. This wasn't a solid rule, since in some cases certain models ran into the 1960s. Rather than do a cutoff in mid-run, we decided to extend certain models until the end of their production run.

This book will also be composed entirely of digital images, as compared to the old standard of negatives/photographs/halftones and finally the printing plates. Most publishers now are able to do direct imaging from the digital scan direct to the printing plate. Our personal preference is still with the old method, but given the intense competition in the publishing business, and the huge amount of extra time involved, the digital imaging method is becoming the only cost-effective means. It does seem a shame though, to have several thousand dollars invested in camera and darkroom equipment that pretty much has been idled with a powerful computer, scanner, and a handful of Zip disks on which to store the images.

35/8/1 Unidentified Engine Q. See the photos of an unidentified engine with a date cast into the block of 5-25-29. It has an 'A' cast into the oil filler boss. The gas tank and magneto are not original. It has a Zenith carburetor, and a ball bearing crankshaft. Any information would be appreciated. Bill Brack, 2454 SW 2nd Ave., Ontario, OR 97914.

35/8/2 Kiekhaefer Chain SawQ. See the photos of a two-man chain saw an aunt in California gave me. It has a Mercury engine, Model KB7-AY, s/n 143812, Year 1947, 11 HP. It was built by Kiekhaefer Corporation, Cedarburg, Wisconsin. I need to know the fuel mixture , and would like to hear from anyone having some operating tips. Any help will be appreciated. If I have any brave friends I will try to get it running. Wayne Rogers, 14268 Persimmon Crk. Dr, Chandler, TX 75758.


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