Cedar Valley 1990


| August/September 1991



Twin City tractor

Al Slindee's Twin City, which his grandfather purchased new.

613 8th Avenue Charles City, Iowa 50616

1990 was another good year for the Cedar Valley Engine Club. We had good attendance all three days in spite of rain on Sunday night which made it a little disagreeable Monday morning for a while. It was muddy and slippery underfoot, but the people came anyway and seemed to have a good time.

The featured tractors this year were Hart-Parr and Oliver. We had a good showing of them. Some came from quite a long distance. Of course, there are a lot of local Olivers and Hart-Parrs around, too. Some friends of the club brought their Oliver tractors out to show with us. One of these tractors was very rare-an Oliver 80 diesel. Very few of them are around, as there weren't very many of them built in the first place. It was quite an attraction.

Of course at the show, we have a lot of different brands of tractors. We have Allis Chalmers, International, and Case represented. We don't have too many Case tractors, but we do have a rare 12-25 Case with a 2-cylinder op posed engine. When it's running you can hear it all over the grounds. We have a parade each day with the steam engines and other tractors. We don't parade everything, though. This year, it was led by the 30-60 Hart-Parr since we were featuring Hart-Parr. We have a pretty good variety of steam engines, too. We have a Case, a Rumely, a Port Huron, a Russell, and a scale model return-flue Huber. They all do a good job on the saw mill.

We also have an experimental tractor. It's been down to the Living History Farms in central Iowa. I can remember seeing one when it was first built. It has a four-cylinder engine and was designed to burn aviation gasoline. The high compression engine must have at least 100 octane gasoline if you are going to make it work hard. It was built on an Oliver 88 chassis, and the Ethyl Corporation had a part in the development of it. Before this tractor was fully developed, the diesels came out. The diesel engine was a big improvement over the gasoline engine because it runs so much cheaper. The Historical Society here in Charles City owns it now and they allow us to have it out at the show. It attracted a lot of interest.

We have a 30-60 Hart-Parr that belongs to the Historical Society and sits in a display case all year. They let us take it out to the show every year, and every year it seems to run a little better. They really had it running good this year.