REFLECTIONS

A Brief Word

| October/November 1995

  • Novo engine
    30/10/1
    Carroll Pederson
  • Unidentified Engine
    30/10/14A
    Donald J. Armstrong
  • Jack Pump
    30/10/13B
    Joe Kelley
  • Half scale Domestic Engine
    30/10/13C
    Joe Kelley
  • Unidentified Engine
    30/10/14C
    Donald J. Armstrong
  • Unidentified Engine
    30/10/14B
    Donald J. Armstrong
  • Mid-Mounted Junior Mower
    30/10/16A
    John Caldwell
  • Fordson Tractor
    30/10/16B
    John Caldwell
  • Model B Curtis Compressor
    30/10/17A
    George T. Benge
  • Model B Curtis Compressor
    30/10/17A
    George T. Benge
  • 3 HP Dempster Engine
    30/10/3
    Kent Zobel
  • Kirloskar engine
    30/10/19A
    Wm. Spoerl
  • Kirloskar Engine
    30/10/19B
    Wm. Spoerl
  • Agri-Cat
    30/10/20
    Les Greenstreet
  • Repainted Hayes Engine
    30/10/22A
    Dar-rell Reichow
  • Brown wall
    30/10/25A
    Paul Spence
  • Original Hayes Engine
    30/10/22B
    Dar-rell Reichow
  • 3 HP Waterloo Boy Engine
    30/10/25C
    Paul Spence
  • Domestic Sideshaft
    30/10/25B
    Paul Spence
  • Unidentified Tool
    30/10/26B
    Edwin H. Brede-meier
  • Unidentified Tool
    30/10/26A
    Edwin H. Brede-meier
  • Fairbanks' Morse engine
    30/10/4
    Dale Warden
  • McCormick-Deering Tractor
    30/10/28
    L. G. Polgreen
  • General Electric Generator
    30/10/29A
    Patrick Mur-man
  • Parsell & Weed model
    MM-1
    Eddie Mittelstadt
  • General Electric Generator
    30/10/29B
    Patrick Mur-man
  • Parsell & Weed model
    MM-2
    Eddie Mittelstadt
  • Perkins engine
    MM-3
    Eddie Mittelstadt
  • Perkins engine
    MM-4
    Eddie Mittelstadt
  • Lake Breeze Hot Air Fan
    MM-5
    Eddie Mittelstadt
  • 5 HP Model A Woolery engine
    30/10/7B
    Raymond Wickham
  • 5 HP Model A Woolery engine
    30/10/7A
    Raymond Wickham
  • Waterwitch Motor
    30/10/9
    Brad Cannon
  • Lawn Tractor
    30/10/11
    Ralph Walters
  • 1 HP Engine
    30/10/12
    Dave Dickinson
  • Ford F4 truck
    30/10/13A
    Joe Kelley

  • Novo engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Jack Pump
  • Half scale Domestic Engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Mid-Mounted Junior Mower
  • Fordson Tractor
  • Model B Curtis Compressor
  • Model B Curtis Compressor
  • 3 HP Dempster Engine
  • Kirloskar engine
  • Kirloskar Engine
  • Agri-Cat
  • Repainted Hayes Engine
  • Brown wall
  • Original Hayes Engine
  • 3 HP Waterloo Boy Engine
  • Domestic Sideshaft
  • Unidentified Tool
  • Unidentified Tool
  • Fairbanks' Morse engine
  • McCormick-Deering Tractor
  • General Electric Generator
  • Parsell & Weed model
  • General Electric Generator
  • Parsell & Weed model
  • Perkins engine
  • Perkins engine
  • Lake Breeze Hot Air Fan
  • 5 HP Model A Woolery engine
  • 5 HP Model A Woolery engine
  • Waterwitch Motor
  • Lawn Tractor
  • 1 HP Engine
  • Ford F4 truck

Ye olden Reflector has recently returned from Antique Power land at Brooks, Oregon. On July 29 & 30 they put on their show, along with the National Meeting of Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association. We were delighted with the show ... there were lots of engines and tractors on hand which we had never seen before! Of particular interest to this writer was the big three-cylinder, 80 HP, Fairbanks-Morse Type R engine. It was belted to a big centrifugal pump, and was an impressive sight, in addition to providing some beautiful stack music.

Many other fine engines were present, including a Mery, a Regan, a Woodpecker, and others too numerous to name. Models abounded, but we were especially taken by John Palmer's Oil Pull model, built completely from scratch except for the magneto and spark plugs.

All the talks were very kind to us, and this was greatly appreciated. We made a lot of new acquaintances, and also renewed many old friendships. Also of mention were the large selection of tractors, many of them being one-of-a-kind, or at least, very rare.

On Saturday evening, July 29, the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association held their Annual Meeting. Among other things, safety and insurance considerations were discussed. As an interested observer, the point came across loud and clear that safety at the shows is becoming an ever increasing concern. For instance, we noted that many of the engine displays were surrounded by two ropes or twines, one at about 1 feet, and the second at about 3 feet high, ostensibly to keep little tykes from blundering into an operating display.



What with today's society, hell bent on lawsuits, we came away with even more conviction that it is imperative to police your own area, and allow others into your display only with your permission. We suggest keeping your displays far enough away from the fence so that spectators don't wildly wave their fingers about and get them entangled in the mechanisms. Keep fuel cans out of harm's way, and keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Another point of discussion was the matter of having a clean-up kit handy in case of a fuel or oil spill. Government regulations (and regulators) are getting more intent on setting an example, and we'd hope that none of you are the recipients of their regulatory balderdash. However, to be on the safe side, we'd suggest that you try to avoid fuel or oil spills, and if this should happen, that you clean it up before there's a problem.



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