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| June/July 1990

  • 20 HP Plus engine
    Eldon Hungerford's 20 HP Plus engine from Osage, Iowa.
  • Allis Chalmers
    Allis Chalmers display at the 1989 show.

  • 20 HP Plus engine
  • Allis Chalmers

613 8th Avenue, Charles City, Iowa 50616

The Cedar Valley Engine Club had a real good year. Our oat crop was excellent in spite of the dry weather. We had a little rain couple of the nights during the show, but it didn't seem to hold the crowd back and it settled the dust for us. In fact, two weeks before the show we were worried that it was going to be so dusty that people wouldn't come. It was really dry out here in northern Iowa this year.

We had people from all over again this year, from as far away as England. We featured the Allis Chalmers and Rumely equipment line this year and we had a good, big exhibit of machinery and tractors. There were several Rumely tractors, including a big 90 horse Rumely steam engine. It's a big, heavy, nicely-built steam engine and it is in good shape too. It does a good job on the saw mill or the threshing machine. We usually put it on the saw mill because it's the biggest engine we've got.

We had our big Fairbanks Morse 3 cylinder semi-diesel engine mounted on concrete this year. We have been very fortunate with this engine. It came from a railroad crane and was donated by a man who lives near Winona, Minnesota. A member of our club used to work on them in his younger days and had even gone to Fairbanks Morse school. We took the engine to his home in Stacyville, Iowa and he restored it there. A year ago, we had it running at the show while sitting on some wooden blocks, but that wasn't satisfactory. This past summer, we got busy and dug some foundations, poured some concrete, and had it bolted down solid. It's a real nice showpiece. It takes quite a while to start it, but that's really the show spot of it. The blow torches must be started first. The flame blows onto a glow plug that in turn heats up the head and the water that is in the head. The water temperature must be about 160 degrees. There is also an air tank that must have about 160 pounds of pressure. This air is used to turn over the engine, and it usually starts the first piston up. It's a nice show piece and quite an attention-getter.

Then we have another big single cylinder engine that belongs to Eldon Hungerford. We mounted that on concrete too. We started to build a machine shed to put over these engines, but didn't get it completed this fall. It froze up too quick.

My two sons have a two-hole corn sheller that is a real good exhibit. They run the sheller almost all day, each day of the show, shelling one large wagon-load of corn. They use my 8 HP Waterloo Boy engine, which I understand is a rare engine. It sat for about forty years before I got a hold of it. It has good compression and runs beautifully now. It's more power than they need on a 2-hole sheller, but it works well.


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