SPARK PLUG OF THE MONTH


| November/December 1973



Tractor

Courtesy of Jay Van Lant, 1151 Main Street, Lynden, Washington 98264

Jay Van Lant

How often we've heard that over quoted and out-worn click - 'Children hold a marriage together.' But how about the childless couple who have adopted a few gas engines - and the marriage is still holding?

Testing both theories on the vicissitudes of marital bliss - we all know of couples differing to the point of splitting, with Momma taking little Johnnie's side in a family argument, while Dad and Mary Jane gang up together and the marriage winds up adrift in a sea of no return. On the other side of the ledger, there have no doubt been those blissful though childless couples wherein the good wife has argued strongly against hubby's hobby of de-greasing old and out-dated, but grimy gas engines, taking a dim view of dirty overalls mingling with white linens and parlor curtains in the family wash.

But not so with the Zane Prifogles whose only 'patter of little feet' about the family place is the 'putt-putt of gas engines' which this happy two-some decides to adopt into their family circle. For, let some old, cast-off antique gas engine catch the eye of Zane, and Alberta's already open-armed and agreeable to the adoption proceedings, come each blessed event.

The Zane Prifogle gas engine exhibit as it appeared at the Rushville, Indiana Pioneer Engineers Club and at Tri- State Gas Engine & Tractor Show, Indiana. The big Rawleigh Schryer gas engine occupies the center position on the family trailer, being their pride and joy. At 350 rpm it develops only 4 horsepower - but we'll wager they're big horses and steady too. And is it any wonder that Alberta looks up to husband Zane being over six feet tall, almost seven with that cap high on his noggin, Alberta's eyes reaching only up to the third button down on his shirt. And that gentleman in dark glasses to the left - that's 'OF Needle Eye' as the boys affectionately call him - James Maloney who is the most expert gas engine modeler in these times. I'm surprised he doesn't have his paper and pencil making a few sketches and taking measurements on the big Rawleigh Schryer with an eye to making a model of it for next summer's shows.

This tractor was bought new in 1938 by Mr. Floyd Anderson of Sumas, Washington, with the plow. I bought the pair from him last fall and after ten years of setting in the shed, it took only one turn of the crank to get the tractor running. How was that for taking care of a tractor?

I plowed seven acres with this tractor and plow this spring before we put our oats in. I hope to have the tractor and plow at the show in Lynden, Washington this year.