This Master Craftsman Is Into Models!

| August/September 1992

  • Mr. Ralzoff
    Mr. Ralzoff with some of the engines he has collected and restored.
  • Old style Gasoline engine
    A homemade old style gasoline engine in the Ralzloff collection.
  • Sieverkropp engine
    A very rare Sieverkropp engine with external wrist pin.

  • Mr. Ralzoff
  • Old style Gasoline engine
  • Sieverkropp engine

661 19 Street Brandon, Manitoba, Canada R7B 1K6

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting a collector and talented model builder named Elvin Ralzloff about whom you might like to know.

Mr. Ralzloff was born a son of a farmer at Hodgeville, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1910. He only attended school to grade seven, but developed the skills of a master craftsman. He learned to repair instruments for the town band in which he played, and even built violins from scratch.

Later, he was a mechanic for IHC. He took courses in machine shop practice and opened his own shop. Now retired and living in Chilliwack, British Columbia, he still works in a well equipped hobby shop, where he restores old engines and builds gasoline and steam powered models, all of which are finished to a high polish and operate perfectly.

Elvin has a collection of gasoline engines which includes 13 Maytags as well as Briggs & Stratton, Power Products, Johnson and others, and an unusual 1910 Sieverkropp engine with an external wrist pin, all in showroom condition. He would very much like to add a fruit jar Maytag engine to his collection. If you know where one can be obtained, perhaps you could write him at 46150 Larch Avenue, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, V2P 1E6.

We hope to see many of you readers at our show, the 38th annual Threshermens' Reunion and Stampede to be held July 22nd-25th at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin, Manitoba. This year's reunion will feature John Deere Farm Equipment.


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