| September/October 1978

  • 'Neverstop' 4 HP engine
    Courtesy of Dale Nickerson, Glasgow Road, Cassadaga, New York 14718.
    Dale Nickerson
  • Caterpillar D5-series 9-M
    Courtesy of Carl Kirsch, P.O. Box 57, St. Paul, Oregon 97137.
    Carl Kirsch
  • Stover engine restored by Leslie York
    Stover 6 HP engine. Courtesy of Leslie York, Box 17, Fredonia, Kansas 66736.
    Leslie York
  • Steve Melcher keeping that Sears running
    Submitted by Robert L. Melcher, Lindsay, Nebraska 68644.
    Robert L. Melcher
  • Cutting flax on the James Hill farm
    Courtesy of Clarence Denser, Austing, Manitoba, Canada.
    Clarence Denser
  • Cat D-10 weighs 93 tons
    Submitted by Floyd Perleberg, 1306 South First Street, Willmar, Minnesota 56201.
    Floyd Perleberg

  • 'Neverstop' 4 HP engine
  • Caterpillar D5-series 9-M
  • Stover engine restored by Leslie York
  • Steve Melcher keeping that Sears running
  • Cutting flax on the James Hill farm
  • Cat D-10 weighs 93 tons

'Neverstop' 4 HP - manufactured by Lazier Gas Engine Company, Buffalo, New York. Was shown at the Ellery Center, New York Show in 77. Just one of the rare ones that will be on display this year.

Pictured is my 1939 Caterpillar D5-series 9-M, No. 28,6 cylinder diesel. B.S. - 4 ?' x 5 ?'. Only 46 built. Does anyone know of another like it? In 1967 the current D5 was introduced.

Pictured on the float is George Hegeman shelling corn, Steve Melcher keeping that Sears running. I was elsewhere in the parade with my restored 1966 GTO convertible.

Lindsay, Nebraska had a parade last summer. George Hegeman and myself (Bob Mekher) entered our float. We had eleven engines running, the pride and joy was the Sears Economy that my son, Steve, is tending. It was 'baulking' that day. That engine was buried since 1927. George dug it up in the Fall of 1975, after he put his magic hand and a lot of work to that engine and now it lives again

Stover 6 HP engine restored by Leslie York and Leland Bauman of Fredonia, Kansas. This engine was original equipment on a John Deere Hay Baler. This baler was bought by my father in 1920. We used it very successfully until 1925 when it sold at public auction. It sold to a friend of my family who used it about two years. He had poor luck keeping it running, so he parked it in the barn lot, where it sat for 50 years. Mr. Bauman and I bought it in the summer of 1977. Trees had grown into the baler wheels that were 18 to 20 inches through which made it difficult to move. We started restoring the engine last spring (1977) and had it running in our Homecoming Parade last October. The cylinder was full of water but the muffler had rusted off and the exhaust pipe filled with rust and scales - so it did not get air and it did not rust. It turned black. We even got the rings off of the piston without breakage. However, we replaced them with a set ordered from an ad in GEM. All springs had to be replaced, and we had to have the head bored for valve sleeves and had new valves made. This was the most expensive job, but the man did an excellent job. We also had the magneto overhauled. We had to run our main bearing. This engine and baler meant a lot to me as our family had owned it so many years ago. We plan to restore the baler, mount the engine on it and have it in the parade next October. We have baled 500 to 600 bales per day with it many day is. My job was tying the wires on bales. This amount was a record back in those days.

Cat D-10 - World's most powerful, largest crawler tractor. 20' dozer, weighs 93 tons. 700 HP Cat D348 U-12 engine. Cat has field testing prototype D10 models since late 1973.


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