Letters & Miscellanies

Ingersoll-Rand Saved, Thoughts on Ford and Rumely Tractor Engines

| March/April 2003

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Ingersoll-Rand Engine Saved

Last issue we told readers about the 1939 Ingersoll-Rand 8PLVG needing a new home. Located in Beaumont, Texas, the engine was finally being retired after 63 years of service pumping water for the Lower Neches Valley Authority (LNVA) in east Texas. The engine was being offered to any interested club or organization that could secure the funding for its move.

Good news comes from readers Mac and Betty Sine, who alerted us to the engine's availability, that the necessary funding to move the engine has been secured, and it will be shipped to the Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association grounds in Berryville, Va. Mac says he received numerous calls for the engine, which was scheduled for delivery to its new home by January 18, 2003.

This is good news, especially following on the heals of the scrapping of the Bessie 7. Mac says he'll give us a blow-by-blow account of the whole episode in a future issue of GEM.

Ford Tractor Engines

I'm more into hit-and-miss engines than tractors, probably because I have no farming in my background - my only real acquaintance with them has been an old Ford 2N that I used for plowing my driveway.

However, I do also have an interest in old cars, and one that I own is a 1953 Ford sedan with the six-cylinder engine. I'm only the second owner and it has covered less than 40,000 miles, which is probably why I was invited to display it at last year's Motor Muster at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.