SPARK PLUG OF THE MONTH


| May/June 1967

  • Welden Dill
    Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, Union City, Indiana
    Joe Fahnestock
  • 19 H.P. Goold Shapky & Muir Gas Engine
    Courtesy of Alex Edgar, R. R. 1, Ayr, Ontario, Canada
    Alex Edgar
  • Aermotor pump jack unit.
    Courtesy of Thomas C. Graves, 14020 S.W. River Lane, Tigard, Oregon 97223
    Thomas C. Graves
  • Circling wood
    Courtesy of Lie J. Wanie, Horicon, Wisconsin 53032
    Lie J. Wanie
  • Titan two cylinder
    Courtesy of Bradford Co. Old Timers, Inc., Robert Greenough, Sec.-Treas., Box 75, R. D. 1, Columbia Cross Roads, Pennsylvania 16914
    Bradford Co. Old Timers
  • Welden Dill
    Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, Union City, Indiana
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Welden Dill
    Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, Union City, Indiana
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Flower City
    Courtesy of Mr. Goodwin Nelson, Arthur, North Dakota
    Mr. Goodwin Nelson
  • Minneapolis Gas Tractor
    Courtesy of Harold J. Gay, 633 Cleveland Street, Decatur, Indiana 46733
    Harold J. Gay
  • S. W. Sararas
    Courtesy of S. W. Sararas, New Dundee, Ontario, Canada
    S. W. Sararas
  • 16-30 Oil Pull
    Courtesy of Alex Edgar, R. R. 1, Ayr, Ontario, Canada
    Alex Edgar
  • 1928 Fordson
    Courtesy of S. W. Sararas, New Dundee, Ontario, Canada
    S. W. Sararas
  • 6 H.P. Temple, 2 cylinder gas engine.'
    Courtesy of Alex Edgar, R. R. 1, Ayr, Ontario, Canada
    Alex Edgar

  • Welden Dill
  • 19 H.P. Goold Shapky & Muir Gas Engine
  • Aermotor pump jack unit.
  • Circling wood
  • Titan two cylinder
  • Welden Dill
  • Welden Dill
  • Flower City
  • Minneapolis Gas Tractor
  • S. W. Sararas
  • 16-30 Oil Pull
  • 1928 Fordson
  • 6 H.P. Temple, 2 cylinder gas engine.'

Dayton Daily News & Radio's 'Joe's Journal'

Sometimes the SPARK PLUG OF THE MONTH is a hard critter to define - a sort of 'half-breed' mixture of human elements functioning variously as both Spark Plug and Iron Man - it's often difficult to tell which.

The last time I saw him and his son booming like a mobile cannon up the gay midway of the Darke County Steam Threshers, last summer - and hailed them to a halt for a snapshot of the twain astride their mighty half-size Rumely Oil-Pull, I was convinced they epitomized the perfect father-son niche in the Spark Plug Hall of Fame.

But, later, when I buggied up to Houston, Ohio-way, for a few photos and workshop interview, and finding our Junior-Senior partnership poring over a well-advanced half-size model of a free-lance steam traction engine -well, maybe you can sympathize with those of us who struggle at categorizing the human species.



But, be he Spark Plug or Iron Man, the object of our scrutiny, Weldon Dill, has a philosophy of life that well summarizes both.

'I've spent lots of time going to junkyards hunting parts,' says Weldon, both eyes lighting up like spark plugs in that iron-man frame of his at just the mere thoughts of it all. 'In fact I enjoy hunting around a junkyard so much that I'd just like to live there.' (End quote).