#91, R R #1, Deep Creek Road Enderby, British Columbia, Canada
I am a member of the Vernon Collectors Club and my wife Rae is
the librarian. She is the one who ordered the subscription to
Gas Engine Magazine.
There are several in the club who collect engines, wrenches or
tractors and enjoy the magazine, along with some of the senior
members who just enjoy the stories.
These pictures show some of my projects over the years:
#1-Out of a boat but unknown. It has a blower for air cooling,
whether original or added on later is not known. (Not
#2-A 194? Vivian boat engine built in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada. I mounted it on an old dock cart, put power to
the wheels and drove it in one parade. Too rough riding with the
steel wheels, but still a good show piece.
#3-A 1928 Kinkade motor-in-the-wheel garden tractor.
#4-I found it in a scrap yard and was told it had powered a
sawmill. It took two years to get it apart and back in running
order, as everything was seized. In doing research we found it to
be out of an Aultman-Taylor tractor. #1853 is stamped on the
flywheel and engine block.
#5-This was a dream come true. A different kind of wood splitter
and a fall fair parade vehicle. I never dreamed they would become
one unit. I built the wood splitter first from a Fuller &.
Johnson 2 HP engine, a clutch assembly from a 1912 10 HP McCormick
engine, babbitt bearings from a sawmill, and an old railway jack. I
mounted these on an 8′ x 8′ I beam. The crankshaft moved
the jack two teeth at a time to push the wood through the wedges.
Not knowing how much power was needed to start the wood through the
wedges, I made them in steps.
With the splitter built, I went looking for a set of wheels to
put under it and found this Massey Harris 20 self-propelled combine
in an auto wrecking yard. The idea was to cut the drive wheels off
and use them under the wood splitter. As you can see, a little more
than the wheels came home. It is fun to run at fairs and it cuts my
winter wood supply, the best toy I have ever built!
We hope these are of interest to all the readers. All of us at
the Vernon Collectors’ Club thank you for a great magazine.