Supportive Letters From Gas Engine Magazine Readers

Read one of the many letters we have received from our supportive Gas Engine Magazine readers.


| January/February 1967



Pioneer Tractor

Photo courtesy of Photo courtesy of A. L. Rennewanz, Decatur, Illinois.

PHOTO: A. L. RENNEWANZ

A letter expressing thanks from one of our Gas Engine Magazine readers. 

Thanks to our Gas Engine Magazine readers, here's one of our recent letters.

We have just returned from a trip to Southern Delaware where we visited our three sons and two grandsons. While there, had made plans for an outing in your state-visit at Kinzers, and my old friend Leroy Ebersol up at Leola, then swing over to Enola, visit the Ritzman Museum, and perhaps get acquainted with the staff of the Album, and G. E. M. However, our friend the weatherman had other ideas so it rained both days we had made plans to come — but maybe next year! On our way home, we went by way of Washington D.C. and spent a very pleasant two hours with Mr. Frank McGuffin and his good wife. We traveled north from D.C. and, in spite of the weatherman, we did enjoy the beautiful colors of the foliage on the Maryland and Pennsylvania hills.

I enjoyed very much Mr. R. F. Somerville's article on the Fordson Tractor (September-October G.E.M.) as it brought back many memories. Some, however, I would rather forget. But the fact remains, the old Fordson did for the farmer and the tractor industry what the Model T Ford did for the automobile industry. Namely make available a low cost piece of equipment to the average man and the small farm; and in its day was as economical and as dependable as any on the market. At the time the Fordson first made its appearance on the scene most of the oil tractor manufacturers were still holding to the big heavy plow engines, designed mostly for the same type of work which had formerly been done by the steam tractor engine. Some had experimented with various types of smaller engines most of which had proved unsuccessful; and it wasn't until the Fordson appeared on the farm that power farming really caught on and the Farmer said "This is it. Old Dobbin must go!" And here is where the industry took over and concentrated on building more efficient, dependable, smaller engines that could readily be applied to most any job on the farm from going after the mail to gathering the eggs.

A 30-60 Aultman-Taylor, nice shape, (see letter.)

Pioneer Tractor. I am standing by the front wheel. I'm 5 foot 7 inches. The rear wheels are 98 feet diameter, 4 cylinder opposed, bore 7 foot stroke 8 foot. When it misses a fire you save a quart of gas.