Old Engines at Work

Old engines ply their trade back in the day.

| May/June 2004

  • Alamo engine

    David Babcock
  • IHC Titan Tractor
    Regular contributor David Babcock has a knack for turning up interesting old photos of engines and tractors, usually working hard as their designers intended. Collectible classics today, the engines were just beasts of burden doing their job when these ph
    David Babcock

  • Alamo engine
  • IHC Titan Tractor

I call the photo at Up 'Fixing the well.' The back of this photo post card says, 'We have fixed the well now.'

The photo was taken in 1912 at the John Copeland farm in Cass City, Mich. Note the windmill that's been taken down. I believe the engine to be an early Alamo manufactured in Hillsdale, Mich.

I have no history on the photo below. However, judging from the the tractor's worn drive lugs, I can see it is a well-used IHC Titan single-cylinder tractor running a stone crusher. The location and year of the shot are both unknown.

Contact engine enthusiast David Babcock at: 3491 E. Deckerville Road, Cass City, Ml 48726.