These pictures are of a Twin City tractor and a Nichols & Shepard thresher which my Dad, Brother, and I had a share in purchasing in 1964 while we were living in Wyoming, Delaware U.S.A. The threshing outfit was purchased from a Mr. Harry Schneider of Woodside, Delaware, who used it for quite a number of years in the Woodside area for custom threshing. The last year he used it he threshed over 100,000 bushels of wheat as well as other grains.
The tractor was built somewhere in the 1920's. It was rated at over 50 hp. and it ran on kerosene. It has a 16 valve engine in it.
The thresher is a 32 in. cylinder and a 52 in. body model and it was of wood construction.
My Dad, Brother and I had to do some work on the tractor, but the thresher was in good shape, except for the fact that it needed some cleaning and painting done on it. On the tractor, we built a new canopy top on it and had some work done on the fenders. I cleaned out the fuel tanks and carburetor and also did a valve job on it. It started very easily.
When we decided to move to Canada in 1966, we had to sell the outfit, much to my disliking. In the spring of 1966, we had the tractor belted to the thresher and had it running for demonstrating purposes. Several gentlemen were in to see it operating; some of which were Mr. James Whitmore of Greenwood, Del., who collects antique tractors and gas engines, Mr. Ross Rhodes of Churchill, Maryland, who is Vice-president of the Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collectors Assoc, Inc., and also Mr. Edwin F. Evans and his son Olin of Cheswold, Delaware, who owns a 9? x 10 Frick Traction Engine and has a nice collection of gas tractors and engines.
The tractor and thresher were finally sold in June, 1966 to a fellow in Smyrna, Delaware and he drove the outfit to his place, a distance of over twenty miles.
I really enjoyed working with the threshing outfit as I have been interested in steam engines, gas tractors and engines, and threshers ever since I can remember. I am 21 years old.