A Brief Word

| October/November 2000

  • Caterpillar
  • Medallion of Edward Reynolds
  • Tractor
  • Name-plate from an old AC turbo-generator

  • Caterpillar
  • Medallion of Edward Reynolds
  • Tractor
  • Name-plate from an old AC turbo-generator

As often happens this time of year, the queries are less frequent. If you folks are like this writer, the nice summer weather isn't conducive to sitting down to write a letter. In the next month or so, we look for conditions to change.

By the time you see this copy, the Golden Anniversary Reunion of Midwest Old Threshers will have come and gone. This writer has been in constant attendance every year since 1960, and has missed only two of their Reunions since 1954. For those attending, and who stopped by our exhibit, our thanks. We always look forward to seeing our friends.

Our tour to Australia/New Zealand next February is well in hand; at this writing we have 38 people going with us.

Our friends from Germany, Klaus and Petra Hottges, have completed their cross-country tour. They started out from Boston with their 55 horsepower Lanz Bulldog tractor, landing here at Amana, Iowa, in late July. From here they went to the John Deere Expo at Waterloo, Iowa. Transmission problems occurred at Prague, Nebraska. After some major repair work, the transmission again gave problems, so the tour ended at Aspen, Colorado. Klaus and Petra are back at home near Dusseldorf, Germany, with the tractor in a container and also headed back home. In a personal letter, they expressed their thanks to all whom they met along the route, and they hope that their tour will help establish a bond between the American and the German tractor clubs.

For those familiar with the tractor scene in Europe, and especially in Germany, tractor and engine clubs are extremely popular. The Lanz Bulldog is far and away the most common, and the most popular tractor. John Deere bought this company out in the late 1950s. . . this is now the John Deere Mannheim Works. Perhaps ye olde Reflector will work up some sort of a tour to Germany once again. We have lots of friends there, and thanks to Robert Geyer, there are several excellent guide books to German clubs, museums, and collections. (As ye olde Reflector approaches retirement, the day might come when we quit doing tours.)

Our first query is:

35/10/1 Caterpillar No. 9 Q. See the photo of a Cat No. 9 Road Patrol. The cab has been cut off in the past. Can anyone supply me with a drawing or a picture of the original? I have it running after a complete engine overhaul. As near as we can determine, it has a Cat #25 engine. The s/n of the grader is 8A276, the engine s/n is 9A78. I would appreciate any information on this machine. Jim Hill, 2567 Hesperia Rd., Bradley, CA 93426.

35/10/2 Hallett Engine Q. I have a four-cylinder Hallett Type 45 gas marine engine equipped with a Model 1017 American Bosch magneto and Wagner Electric Starter (circa 1925). Would like to hear from anyone with literature, photos, etc. for this engine. It is s/n 11831. Motor has integral aluminum base and transmission. Bruce Hall, 8517 Rt. 90, King Ferry, NY 13081.

35/10/3 C. S. Bell Burr Mill Q. I would like information on a burr mill made by C. S. Bell Company, Hillsboro, Ohio. The number on the back cover is B50. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Guy Baumann, 1403 Cherrywood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188.

35/10/4 Cushman-Maytag Connection? Q. Has there ever been a time that Cushman Engine Company was affiliated with Maytag engines? J. P. Nielsen, 402 NW 2nd St., Apt. 5, Pocahontas, IA 50574.

A. We have never heard of this connection. Does anyone else wish to comment?

35/10/5 Gas-Powered Jack Hammer

John L. Magnuson (email: has a 1946 two stroke, three-port gas-powered jack hammer, but does not know the manufacturer's name. It has a Wico magneto and flywheel. It weighs 105 pounds and has a bypass valve to make the bottle part of the long cylinder fire the chisel downward. It is painted dark blue gray. A neat little cover flips up over the rope starter pulley and latches to keep the operator's sleeves from catching on it. Any help would be appreciated.

35/10/6 Allis-Chalmers Q. See photo 6A of a tractor built by my uncle, M. D. Ainsworth of Unionville, Michigan. It consisted of two AC WD tractors coupled together. The arrangement was of his own design and fabrication . It allowed him to use the power of two tractors with a single operator. AC factory representatives came to examine it. The important part of its operation was to declutch the rear tractor before the lead tractor to prevent it from jackknifing. He used this outfit into the 1950s until buying a larger tractor.

Photo 6B shows a large bronze name-plate from an old AC turbo-generator. Can anyone provide further information?

Photo 6C is a medallion of Edward Reynolds, engineer for Allis-Chalmers. The reverse side is blank. Does any one have any information? Terry A. McKay, 6865 Clark Rd., Unionville, MI 48767.

A Closing Word

We are very short on material this month, although in today's mail a sizable number of letters came in. Unfortunately, we were already through with this month's column, so they will have to await the next issue. Ye olde Reflector is also short on time this month, so we will have to forego our continuing discussions of lathes and other machine tools. It is a bit warm in early August, but we also know that in another couple of months we will be thinking about cold weather. Speaking of which, are you done showing your engines and tractors for the season? Now might be a good time to be sure they are drained! No sense in letting Jack Frost bust up a perfectly good engine!


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