A Brief Word

| July/August 1998

John Deere Tractor Tire Pump


Carl A. Harris

A couple of years ago we reported to you that there were a few entries for 'antique gas engines' on the Internet. As we've reported more recently, there are now several thousand email addresses and web pages on the Internet that concern vintage engines and tractors. A fair number of these also include photographs! So once again, we urge those who are contemplating a move onto the Internet to move ahead; it is positively amazing what you'll find there!

Perhaps some of our modelers will send along a report on the North American Model Engineering Expo that was held in April up in Michigan. We've always wanted to attend, and perhaps we can do so one of these years. We've also been told that there are some other model engineering expositions cropping up, and we would also like to hear about these.

Just in the past few years, model making has assumed a new importance for American collectors. In contrast, our British cousins have been heavy into model making for a century or more. We think that the high prices of engines have led some people to build a model instead. We also believe that since many collectors live in an apartment, a condo, or a small home, there simply isn't room to store even one or two full-size engines. Whatever the reasons, we welcome the coming of serious model making.

By the time this copy is in your hands, we'll be making final plans for our 1998 European Tour. By fall, we'll start providing details of our next tour, and as we've noted earlier, we see several interesting choices. During our visit with the folks at Wade Farm Tours, we'll be trying to establish some priorities, and perhaps even look at some possible venues. We try to do the best we can in organizing our tours, but sometimes there are tremendous problems in looking ahead 8 to 12 months. With many shows for instance, even the organizers don't have the show dates set that far in advance.

See Photo A that illustrates a trademark for the Tonford truck attachment from Detroit Truck Company. This device was a conversion, whereby one could convert a passenger car into a truck. Has anyone heard of the Tonford? Do any still exist?

Our first query this month is: