Enid Antique Power Show


| September/October 1996



Fairbanks-Morse 15 HP

Tom and Joyce Brown and their 1920 Fairbanks-Morse 15 HP.

1323 West Maple, Enid, Oklahoma 73703-4512

The 12th annual Enid Antique Power Gas Engine and Tractor Show held on Saturday, October 7, 1995, at the Garfield Fairgrounds had another great show with the weather cooperating with a beautiful day. We had approximately 70 old iron and antique participants from all over Oklahoma as well as Kansas, with several rare antique engines, garden tractors, washing machines, corn shellers, antique cars, trucks and Cushman Scooters. Our one day event is enjoyed by all before we put our old iron toys and vehicles up for the winter.

Our 'King of Old Iron' award went to John and Fay Riffel, Enid, Oklahoma, this year. I believe John and Fay have attended all of our shows and they're always there with a helping hand. They brought a 1950s Massey-Harris 'Pony' tractor.

Tom and Joyce Brown from Leonard, Oklahoma, who faithfully attend our show every year, brought a 1920 15 HP Fairbanks-Morse Model 'Z' engine this year which Tom obtained through a trade. This engine was used to run a grist mill in Kentucky from the day it was bought new until it was permanently retired. In the restoration, Tom soon discovered that this engine had cracks in the cylinder, so the hunt was on for a cylinder to replace the bad one, but didn't have any luck locating one. After three years of searching, Felix Milligan, an engine loving friend, located a possible source a gentleman from Saskatchewan, Canada, had the cylinder Tom needed. Since some of the parts for an engine this old are nearly impossible to find, Tom had to improvise with some homemade parts to get it going. It's really an unusual and rare engine. Maybe someday, Tom says, in his searching he'll run across the original parts. I think everyone in this old iron hobby has been there. Good luck!

Another old iron enthusiast who has a lot of unusual engines, and we welcome him back this year, is Rick Ice with his wife LaNae, from Thomas, Oklahoma. Rick is shown with his 1930s vintage boat motor, from U. S. Marine Corporation, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He got this engine from the Flea Market at Fort Scott, Kansas. Rich and LaNae also brought their 1915 1 HP Waterloo Boy, 1916 4 HP Associated; 1920s 6 HP Novo; their rare 1924 4 HP Piersen, which was from Piersen Motor Works, Topeka, Kansas (Rick got this motor from Pete Rose's sale in Enid); and 1918 1 HP Ideal gas engines. Rick keeps all these old iron engines tuned up and in top running order, and if anyone needs some fine tuning on their engines, Rick is usually there.

Among the newcomers to our show this year was John Lindell, Eufaula, Oklahoma, who brought his 1940s John Deere B tractor. John was one of the first ones there and ready to sign up before we had the sign-up sheets out! Also, Norman Wood from Norman, Oklahoma, was there with his fabulous collection of John Deere engines. Norman's restoration and collection of John Deere stationary engines is very impressive. R. J. and Mary Margaret Philbrick, Waukomis, Oklahoma brought out their 1938 F-14 Farmall and Regular Farmall International tractors as well as a Shaw tractor, Maytag engines, International and Stover engines. Sam and Becky Hamilton, Still-water, Oklahoma, brought their 1917 2 HP International Mogul engine and McCormick-Deering corn grinder.