Courtesy of John Davidson, Box 4, Bristol, Wisconsin 53104.
Box 5, Bristol, Wisconsin 53104.
One night a year ago last October, the phone rang. The fellow on the other end asked me if I still wanted to buy the 35 H. P. Field. I said yea and we agreed on a price. Finally, I had bought an engine I had been trying to buy for three years.
The engine is a 35 H. P. Field made by the Field Brundage Company of Jackson, Michigan, in 1914. Serial number is 4958. It is a hit-n-miss with 12' bore, 18' stroke, and 66' flywheels. It is a tank cooled wide shaft that works both valves mechanically. Ignition is by a very early Webster tri polar oscillator made in Tiffin, Ohio. The Field ran a feed mill in Russell, Illinois, from 1914 to 1930.
The following weekend, fellow engine collectors--George St. John, Don Gibson and myself, plus John Deere, dealer, Bob Schmidt and his tilt bed implement truck--went to get the engine. We encountered no problems loading or unloading. The engine was placed on some railroad ties where it would stay till spring.
Close inspection found that the side shaft bearing was badly worn, three teeth on governor gear were broken, and fuel pump needed complete rebuilding.
In the spring the engine was mounted on a wagon made from a 1956 International semi-tractor chassis. All engine parts repaired or rebuilt, then all was sandblasted and painted. A cooling tank was made from a 275 gal. oil tank sitting on its end. Being a plumber, the cooling piping and the 2?' exhaust piping was easy. The muffler is a hollow cast iron cone that weighs 170 lbs.
Finally came the time to start the Field. With a tractor belted to the 30' clutch pulley and my boy and I pulling on the flywheels, we got it to spin but would not start. After a little while with some tinkering with the magneto timing and needle valve setting, it started. After 41 years, the engine came to life again. This is quite a thrill.
1914-35 h.p. Field. Hit-n-miss 12' Bore, 18' stroke, 66' flywheels. S. N. 4958.
Restoring and running a big engine is a lot of work, but I like the big ones. This is my biggest. Other fairly large ones in my collection arc a 8 h. p. Bodger, 8 h. p. Field, and a 6 h. p. Springfield.
I am looking forward to next summer when I can run the 'big one' again.
Five days later I showed it at our antique farm machinery exhibit at the Kenosha County Fair, August 12 to 15. This big engine, a hitting and missing, draws quite a crowd. The muffler makes it sound like a loud sneeze.