A farmer and thresherman writes to Gas Engine Magazine that he retired reluctantly and wants to hear from other farmers about harvesting and vintage farming tractors.
This picture was taken while we were clearing the streets in March, 1965. Photo of tractor courtesy of James C. Grummett.
A farmer and thresherman writes inquiring from other farmers about harvesting and vintage farming tractors.
After having been a farmer and thresherman for over 50 years, I had to give up at last owing to illness and I surely missed being able to help with this last harvest which was very good over most of our grain growing provinces. Until 1965 I never missed a harvest and being unable to take part in this season's work was a great disappointment.
As a hobby, I am now trying to gather a collection of leaflets or catalogs of some of the old steam engines and tractors that are not seen very often now. I am particularly anxious to get some pictures of the old Huber return flue steamer with double cylinders. One cylinder placed horizontally above the left rear wheel and the other cylinder placed vertically in front of the rear wheel with both pistons connected to the same crank-pin. This was a smooth running engine and was a very rare type. It was owned by a farmer in Manitoba many years ago. I would sure like to hear from anyone who used one of these grand old engines. Also, any farmer who has used the Buffalo Pitts outfits. My uncle had this outfit and the engine was about the sweetest running steamer I ever saw but I was too young to know much about them at that time.
I would also like to hear from any farmer who had experience with the Allis-Chamers WC and WF, gas tractors, 1935-1945 models. Any booklets on these or other early models would be very interesting to me. Also, early crawled type A.C.
The newer methods of harvesting with tractors and other ways of modern farming are much easier and require less time in most cases, but I still get a big thrill out of seeing some of the old vintage farming tractors and machinery in operation. I hope a few old timers will drop me a line and I will try to answer.