A Brief Word

| March/April 2000

Well, Y2K is all but forgotten. We wrote in the last issue that just in case it materialized, we had the ol' Junkers diesel ready. Though it didn't happen, we still had the hankering to hear the old girl, so we piped the exhaust outside the garage and ran her anyway.

We are already at work on going to Australia in February 2001 for the National Rally in Tasmania. It will run from March 9 to March 11 (Friday-Sunday) in 2001. There aren't any details yet of course, but for those interested in Australia, here's some forward notice.

We get The Olde Machinery Magazine from Australia. It is always interesting, and we are always amazed at the American-built engines and tractors that ended up there. Of course, International Harvester recognized the potential for Australia early on, and established an assembly plant at Geelong. Shipping assembled engines and tractors to Australia was not feasible due to the import duties, so IH simply shipped the parts to Australia and assembled them there. In the early days, IH was very strong in Australia, as was Allis-Chalmers, but to a lesser degree.

A recent article in TOMM from Australia discusses the Type FF McDonald Oil Engine. It was closely copied from the St. Marys H.O. engine built in the U.S., and used the Hvid fuel system. The latter was actually developed by Brons in the Netherlands, but was licensed by Hvid for North America and, obviously, some other countries.

As we have stated previously, the R. M. Hvid Company was simply the licensee for the Brons oil engine patents. Thermoil, Davenport, St. Marys, and numerous other oil engines were all built under the Brons design, and differed little in detail.

Due to the Christmas holidays our queries this month are fewer than usual, but we begin with: