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John Deere / JD 40 Crawler
« on: October 16, 2010, 10:39:59 AM »
Here is the beginnings of a 1953 John Deere crawler. I am using the carcasses of two tractors. More pics to follow as it progresses.

IHC / 3/4" NPT Spark Plug
« on: October 06, 2010, 02:59:24 PM »
Here is a spark plug I made that will work on a Titan 10-20. The tapered cone above the body is the handle from a Snap-on screwdriver. The electrode is a piece of stainless steel rod. The green insulator is a plastic composite something I had. The body is 1 1/8" and 1" hex. It even works!

'round the pot-bellied stove / Hillside Harvesters
« on: September 04, 2010, 10:41:24 AM »
The first photo was taken on my grandfathers ranch who knows when. The header followed the ground and the machine was hand leveled through a series of friction clutches.
The other picture is of me in the early '70s on a new Harris we purchased. Look to the left above the tire and there is one of the leveling cylinders. It leveled itself through a swinging pendulum that you can barely make out under the operators platform.

'round the pot-bellied stove / Brrrr-Cold!
« on: December 08, 2009, 10:44:32 AM »
8" of snow on the ground, not a cloud in the sky and it's 4 below this morning!
Noticed the peacocks won't fly or try to as their wingtips hit the snow when they try to take off. About 40 of roosted under shrubbery last  night. Ripe pickings for the coyotes...got too many anyway.


'round the pot-bellied stove / Thanksgiving
« on: November 26, 2009, 09:56:38 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving you all!

'round the pot-bellied stove / Members
« on: November 25, 2009, 10:39:15 AM »
Well, this morrning I see we are up to 6,888 members. Phew!

SEL General Stationary Engine Discussion Forum / Fairbanks Verticals
« on: November 02, 2009, 12:47:52 PM »
The engines are here from Montana. As the previous owner said, they're mostly complete. Mostly. Ignitors drilled out for spark plugs, both cylinders with freeze breaks,short a fuel pump, missing both fuel pump linkages and so on. I still believe I got my money's worth but it is going to take a lot to get them going. I needed a winter project and ****ed sure got one. Wonder if it is going to censor out the ****ed?

'round the pot-bellied stove / Hull-Oakes Lumber Co.
« on: October 29, 2009, 12:02:40 PM »
Made a trip yesterday to this lumber mill outside of Eugene Oregon. It is one of the last steam powered mills left. They specialize in rough cut full dimensional lumber only and can saw and handle timbers up to 85' long.
This mill has been in the Hull family since its beginning, and we had a guided tour by one of the younger generation sons. Took about an hour and a half, but we saw everything. The steam engine was not in operation as the boilers were being re-tubed. The rack that travels carrying the log that gets fed into the saw is steam operated, so they had their sawdust furnace going to make steam. One of the pictures shows a chute carring the sawdust to a hole in the floor that actually is the furnace below. Another picture shows the boiler date of manufacture and where it was made. The guy in the black jacket is my friend and the pilot. The photo that has Jerry sitting is a timber that measures 12"X30"X42' which was custom ordered and I was told has a value of close to $6000. What was really interesting is their employees have been there for generations also and that their hours of operation are from 7:30 to 5week days only, one shift, and no exceptions. I call that independence.
Facinating visit.

'round the pot-bellied stove / International Truck Engine
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:53:38 AM »
The latest project I am involved in was an unknown 4 cylinder engine. I posted pictures on SmokStak and the helpful people there identified it as a 1917 truck engine. What is unique about the engine is that there is no cylinder head. It has a oil pump that is a piston type that is driven off a cam lobe. It pumps into a piece of tubing that is drilled with holes directly above and to the side of the rods. The oil pan has trays beneath each rod that this oil drips into and then the rod cap dips into that. The pictures provided to me show this engine was mounted in the truck frame backwards with the radiator next to the driver.
I'll post more pictures as work progresses.

SEL General Stationary Engine Discussion Forum / Fairbanks Eclipse
« on: August 08, 2009, 02:04:55 PM »
Bought it a while back and when I took it apart, what a mess. Someone removed the piston and rod and probable belted it up to another source of power so the pump jack stayed in operation. Now it's yard art. Shows how you can get fooled by appearances. The crankshaft bearing bolts were tightened to give the impression it was stuck.
Got my money back and kept the engine. Now it's on display on the ditch bank.


IHC / Weekend Show
« on: June 06, 2009, 06:14:33 PM »
Time to get the Titan out, give it a  bath and take it to a local show in town. It'll be its first outing this year. I'll take some pictures while it is at the show. Supposed to be judging, but they are all biased towards green......

'round the pot-bellied stove / 4 Cylinder Headless Engine
« on: May 22, 2009, 06:09:21 PM »
Any idea who made this engine and it's vintage?

SEL General Stationary Engine Discussion Forum / Holt 45
« on: May 02, 2009, 10:33:06 AM »
Somehow or other I got invited to the California made engine show/display held in Modesto. Kind of a special event as it is only for engines made in California and by invitation only.
I've had this 4 cylinder Holt engine for over 40 years and had it running once way back then. I decided to attend, RSVP'd them and said I'd bring it as a static display.  After the heat I received over the phone, I'm hastily trying to get it running. The picture shows its progress. It is now unstuck and turning over freely.
I'll post more as things progress.

SEL General Stationary Engine Discussion Forum / 100th Birthday
« on: April 27, 2009, 10:44:06 AM »
Here is a pair of Fairbanks Morse T's. The red one on the left celebrates it's 100th birthday this year, the one on the right celebrated it last year.

Truly Antique / Titan 10-20
« on: April 10, 2009, 10:08:23 AM »
Finally got the 1920 Titan going the other day. It belongs to a guy in Gardnerville that has had it for about 15 years. It was a true basket case when I volunteered to assist in making it run. Assist became redefined as alone, so I only worked on it when I had spare time. Did all the normal stuff, valves ect. Olson's charged about $100 for just the head gasket.
Called him yesterday and told him to come and get it, but with the rain today, I doubt it will happen. It starts by hand, usually by the 4th or 5th mag impulse.
I still think there needs to be a registry of these things because there aren't many left. By my guesstimate less than 500.

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