REFLECTIONS

A Brief Word

| July/August 1997

  • Mackey Engine Co
    F9-37: Mackey Engine Co., Pontiac, Michigan offered this engine in 1900; it is another one that we've never seen, and we're curious whether any of them still survive.
  • T40 Trac Trac Tor
    AUS-6: Among the IHC crawlers was this T40 Trac Trac Tor, very nicely restored, and in top operating condition. The restoration job on this series of crawlers was truly outstanding!
  • Unidentified Engine
    32/7/7A
    Ed Hollier
  • Unidentified Engine
    32/7/7B
    Ed Hollier
  • Root-Heath Sheller
    32/7/9A
    Elliot Domans
  • Unidentified Engine
    32/7/7C
    Ed Hollier
  • Root-Heath Sheller
    32/7/9B
    Elliot Domans
  • Single Cylinder Power Plant
    32/7/13A
    Paul Larsen
  • Clipper Lawn Mower
    32/7711
    James Sharp
  • Star Engine
    F15-26: Here's a nice pic of the Star engine from Star Mfg. Company, New Lexington, Ohio in 1908. Apparently, Star had been at it a few years prior to this time. The company was quite substantial, having a very popular line of feed grinders. Can anyone ex
  • Single Cylinder Power Plant
    32/7/13B
    Paul Larsen
  • Briggs & Stratton Engine
    32/7/15A
    Dieter Heckele
  • Briggs & Stratton Engine
    32/7/15B
    Dieter Heckele
  • Fairbanks-Morse Lawn Mower
    32/7/16A
    Ken Wardlow
  • Fairbanks-Morse Lawn Mower
    32/7/16C
    Ken Wardlow
  • Fairbanks-Morse Lawn Mower
    32/7/16B
    Ken Wardlow
  • Brown-Cochran 4 HP Engine
    32/7/19
    Carl Mehr
  • John Deere Model B
    32/7/16F
    Ken Wardlow
  • Model VAC Case
    32/7/16E
    Ken Wardlow
  • Model VAC Case
    32/7/16D
    Ken Wardlow
  • Unidentified Engine
    32/7/21B
    John Bruman
  • K.C. Lightning Engine
    F9-12: A 1900 advertisement we found shows the K. C. Lightning engine from Kansas City Hay Press Co. According to the accompanying article, it appears that it had only been on the market for a short time. This one is an opposed piston engine, and very few
  • Unidentified Engine
    32/7/21A
    John Bruman
  • Unidentified Engine
    32/7/22
    Mulberry St
  • Unidentified Engine
    32/7/21C
    John Bruman
  • Air Cooled Single Cylinder Engine
    32/7/26
    Robert O. Donnell
  • Hallett Diesel Engine
    32/7/27C
    Bud Viles
  • Hallett Diesel Engine
    32/7/27B
    Bud Viles
  • Hallett Diesel Engine
    32/7/27A
    Bud Viles
  • Sun-Power Engine
    32/7/29
    George Dierker
  • Old Hay Press
    32/7/28
    Denis schrank
  • Continental Red Seal Engine
    32/7/31A
    Orville Skadsem
  • Continental Red Seal Engine
    32/7/31B
    Orville Skadsem
  • Wind Mill
    F6-36: W. W. Stephens & Company, Chicago, Illinois offered this 2 horsepower inverted vertical in 1896. Subsequently there were some other inverted verticals coming from the Chicago land area.
  • Marine Engine
    32/7/34A
    Rick Montague
  • Marine Engine
    32/7/34B
    Rick Montague
  • Marine Engine
    32/7/34C
    Rick Montague
  • Challenge Engine
    AUS-1: All of this series of photos was taken at the National Rally in Busselton, West Australia. This one shows a nicely restored Challenge engine. A fair number of Challenge engines made it to Australia.
  • Lanz Bulldog Tractor
    AUS-3: Looking along the tractor row were many unusual makes, including this Fiat, with the front end of a Lanz Bulldog visible to the right.
  • Massey-Harris Challenger
    AUS-2: Here's a beautifully restored Massey-Harris Challenger of 1938 vintage. The tractor and engine restorations were second to none!
  • International Harvester
    AUS-4: International Harvester was especially strong in Australia. Several Mogul and Titan tractors still exist, with this one being a Mogul 10-20 Type C of 1910.
  • Crawler Tractors
    AUS-5: An extensive lineup of International crawler tractors was present, all the way from some very early models up to this gigantic TD-24. Most of the crawlers were in action, and when this big crawler went to work, it was a sight to behold!

  • Mackey Engine Co
  • T40 Trac Trac Tor
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Root-Heath Sheller
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Root-Heath Sheller
  • Single Cylinder Power Plant
  • Clipper Lawn Mower
  • Star Engine
  • Single Cylinder Power Plant
  • Briggs & Stratton Engine
  • Briggs & Stratton Engine
  • Fairbanks-Morse Lawn Mower
  • Fairbanks-Morse Lawn Mower
  • Fairbanks-Morse Lawn Mower
  • Brown-Cochran 4 HP Engine
  • John Deere Model B
  • Model VAC Case
  • Model VAC Case
  • Unidentified Engine
  • K.C. Lightning Engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Air Cooled Single Cylinder Engine
  • Hallett Diesel Engine
  • Hallett Diesel Engine
  • Hallett Diesel Engine
  • Sun-Power Engine
  • Old Hay Press
  • Continental Red Seal Engine
  • Continental Red Seal Engine
  • Wind Mill
  • Marine Engine
  • Marine Engine
  • Marine Engine
  • Challenge Engine
  • Lanz Bulldog Tractor
  • Massey-Harris Challenger
  • International Harvester
  • Crawler Tractors

While assembling our newest book, American Farm Implements, to be published this fall (we hope), we came across some unusual engines to share with you. Since we published American Gas Engines some years ago, numerous engines have appeared in the interim, and although we have plans to publish our findings, the new implement book will be taken up with corn shellers, ensilage cutters, windmills, washing machines, and dozens of other items. Thus, it seems to us that sharing some of these things with you through our monthly column is in order.

Another project on the horizon is our Gas Engine Handbook, but we find that there are only 24 hours in a day, and half of that is spent resting, eating, and sleeping. Please be patient, we're working on it.

Continuing also this month is our report on the trip to Australia. Frankly, it was a trip to be experienced; it's virtually impossible to convey our thoughts on this trip. Hopefully though, we'll be going back again, and eventually we'll try to assemble another tour to that far-off country with all its wonderful attributes.

As we may have noted previously, engine rallies there have the engines enclosed in woven wire to keep EVERYONE out except for the exhibitors. The folks in Australia are very safety conscious, and the entire country is very environmentally conscious.



We're also working hard to get everything together for the 1998 tour to Germany and Austria. Since talking to you last month we've made some changes, hopefully for the better. We think you'll like our itinerary. It combines a lot of nice exhibits, museums, local ambiance, and scenery. At this point it looks like a June 17 departure date from Chicago, New York, and other points, and flying into Zurich, with a return two weeks later from Frankfurt. The optional one-week extension we're working on will go to the north of Germany (farming country) up to Bremen, Bremer haven, L beck, and other points before departing from Hamburg.

The trip to Australia was truly the trip of a lifetime! However, on a sad note, one of our party, Mrs. Harold (Doris) Puckett of Buford, Georgia, passed away shortly after returning home. She had gone into the hospital for some routine tests, and while there, died on April 19 of a cerebral hemorrhage. Harold and Doris have been with us on several of our tours, and she was always a delight, sometimes coming out with witticisms when least expected. Her passing is certainly a reminder that this life is only temporary.



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