Reflections

A BRIEF WORD


| July/August 1988



Unidentified Engine

23/7/4A

Bill Schefter

During the past several weeks the Reflector was fortunate in acquiring a substantial run of a German engineering journal, Zeitschrift des Vereins Deutscher Ingenieure. Covering the 1857-1920 period, this material will provide substantial insights into engine and tractor developments on the European scene.

Unfortunately, we tend to prejudice ourselves and our own American developments, believing that we have usually had the best answers to these matters. The fact is, however, that much of our farm equipment development comes, either directly or indirectly, from European designs and European thought. Many of our early inventors were immigrants, having already learned a trade before leaving their homeland. While they often 'Americanized' their way of doing things, their designs frequently reflected old-world design and sturdiness.

After attempting to digest some of the material in the above journal, plus that found in Chronique Industrielle, another engineering journal of French origins, we intend to share some of these developments with you.

We're still getting comments about our recent editorial on common sense practices at the engine shows. One letter in particular makes the point we were making, with the writer relating of how he, his wife, and several by -standers were bespeckled by a huge old Rumely Oil Pull which managed to belch voluminous quantities of jet black oil from the exhaust stack. Unfortunately, these folks have not to this day found a fabric cleaner which will remove this stuff, and so attending this particular show was very expensive for a good many people. You're tired of hearing about it, and we're tired of hollering about it, so we'll let the matter rest for now by urging all of you to have a wonderful summer at the shows, but be careful!

Our first question this month concerns a garden tractor:

23/7/1 Q. I'm restoring a Haney tractor and was wondering if anyone has information on it. The Haney was made in Philadelphia in the 1940's. Uses a one-cylinder air cooled engine, is chain driven, and has 7.50-16 traction-grip tires on the rear. Looks like it may have been painted Allis-Chalmers orange. Any information on these tractors will be appreciated, as will any info on an unstyled Centaur KV tractor. Darrell Lind, RR 2, Box 198, Elizabeth, IN 47117.