Enid Antique Power Show


| April/May 1997



Lloyd Williamson junkyard tractor

Lloyd Williamson with his junkyard tractor frame and restored Fairbanks-Morse engine.

1713 E. Walnut, Enid, Oklahoma 73701-3637

Oh what a beautiful day it was, October 5, 1996. We had our 13th annual show at the Garfield County Fairgrounds under a clear sky and the sun shining bright. We are wondering how long this long string of good weather shows is going to last because it seems there is something about the first Saturday of October having beautiful weather. Now watch; next year will be a wet and cold, dreary day because I wrote this.

This year we had a great showing of exhibitors from the local area and from far away. All totaled there were 30 farm tractors, 113 small engines of many different makes, 15 cars, eight Cushman scooters, one 1909 Cretors popcorn machine brought by Dallas and Carol Morris of Enid, Oklahoma, and six trucks. Among the large engines was a Fairbanks-Morse of 5-7 HP with a date of manufacture of 1900 as near as can be determined. This engine was brought by Ryan Koehn from Ringwood, Oklahoma. Ryan restored this engine for the Major County Historical Society and took the time to show it off at this show. A first time tractor exhibitor was Keith Winchester from Douglas, Oklahoma, with his recent find of a 1946 Oliver 70 Standard tractor. A one of a kind for around this part of the country, it is believed. A good share of the cars were from the Model T club who normally exhibit along with us every year. We appreciate this participation from the Model T Club.

One of the areas of popularity seen at the shows of recent years is the ever growing sight of homemade vehicles of smaller scale, primarily tractors. Just like the many manufacturers of farm tractors of the early part of the century, there are many ideas when it comes to building small tractors from whatever parts can be acquired for the job. At this show we had a good example of the many varied ideas some people have. Some are the result of a lot of thought and careful design and others are simple machines with just an engine replaced. Whatever the thought that is being put into these tractors, they are all interesting. Some will be described here.

Norman Wood of Norman, Oklahoma, has a very unusual tractor under construction. His tractor will have a gas turbine engine from an aircraft APU (auxiliary power unit) unit for power. His next big problem is linking the output of the turbine engine to the drive axle. Hydraulics may be the answer here. Should be one pulling tractor.

Lloyd Williamson of Luther, Oklahoma, made his tractor from an old tractor frame he found in a junk yard. The tractor did not have any wheels but had a mower deck which he didn't need. The engine is a 1936 Fairbanks-Morse Model Z Style C. It took Lloyd two years to get all the parts required for the restoration of the engine. The magneto was locked up breaking the large gear inside the crankcase.