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Engine Literature

Literature and Associated Documents

(Engines / Tractors, steam and belt driven machinery)

This is my engine related literature and euphemia collection. I have much more to be posted, but these are the items that I am quite proud of. Most of the pages are posted here, but I have to ask… Have You thought about donating? Remember that this site is a free service funded entirely by myself. Help me grow this site and the literature on it by sending along a good donation. This will allow me to bring you more programming and documents of better quality. Win, Win, really! Frankly you would pay less than a mediochre subscription to GEM. (Gas Engine Magazine)

Reprints of the brochures may also be made available depending on interest. All photos are watermarked. Please do not download and repost without permission!

Canadian Engine Advertising (circa 1912 – 1913)

 

Crossley Gas and Oil Engines size 1060 to 1075

This was an eBay purchase out of Australia.  What is interesting to note is that the inscription on the first two pages is that of C. Dixon.  Dixon was the name of my grandmothers side of my mothers family.  Wouldn’t it be fate if this book was once owned by my great, great, grandfather!

 

Fairbanks Morse Engines (Instructions for use & brochure)

 

IHC M Style Engines (Instructions for use)

 

Rumely Tractor Catalog (circa 1929)

Rumely OilPull – The greatest power in farming.  “The name Oil Pull has always stood for reliable power and plenty of it.  In the new line, as never before, it stands for super power.  Power to do anything you can ask of a tractor”

This is the first line of the catalog.  Given the following, quoted here from Wikipedia and likely cribbed from Wendel’s history of the A Chalmers company, this document is from 1929 as it makes reference to the Advance-Rumely company.

From Wiki:

Advance Thresher and M. Rumely

Meinrad Rumely emigrated from Germany in 1848, joining his brother John in the operation of a foundry in La Porte, Indiana. This basic operation gradually expanded by 1859 into the production of corn shellers and complete threshing machines powered by horses. Following success in this new field, Meinrad then bought out his brother’s portion of the business and incorporated it as the M. Rumely Company by 1887. Starting in 1895, the line expanded to include steam-powered traction engines. Meinrad himself died in 1904, but his sons continued to manage the business. Rumely’s most famous product, the kerosene-powered Rumely Oil Pull traction engine, was first developed in 1909 and began selling to the public by 1910.

Meanwhile, Advance Thresher Company was founded in 1881 with a factory in Battle Creek, Michigan. In addition to their namesake threshing machines, this company was also a prolific producer of steam traction engines.

Acquisitions and mergersFrom 1911-1912

M. Rumely Company began purchasing other firms in the agricultural equipment business. Both Advance Thresher Company and Gaar-Scott & Company were acquired during 1911.[2] Then, in 1912, Rumely expanded further with the purchase of Northwest Thresher Company (out of Stillwater, Minnesota) and the American-Abell Engine and Thresher Company (out of Toronto, Ontario).

All these companies were first reorganized in 1913 as two connected firms: the existing M. Rumely Co. Inc. (effectively the manufacturing side), and the new Rumely Products Co. (the sales and distribution side). A further reorganization brought about the final Advance-Rumely Company by 1915, a move which both streamlined the organization and highlighted its famous forebears. Advance-Rumely hadn’t quite finished its expansion goals, either: the Aultman-Taylor Company of Mansfield, Ohio was picked up in 1923.

Consolidation and takeover

Despite all of the history and diversity in engineering acquired along with all of their corporate assets during the 1910s, most of this was left by the wayside as Advance-Rumely sought to fold everything under its new brand name or that of Rumely. The general financial collapse of the Great Depression, beginning in 1929 and carrying on through the early 1930s, began to take its toll on Advance-Rumely.

As early as January 1930, the Rumely management began seeking a buyer for the company. Correspondence with Otto Falk, president of the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company, proved fruitful: A-C agreed to take over the firm and did so by May 1931.

Rumely had already discontinued its traction engine lines in favor of newer-style tractors, but Allis-Chalmers already had a line of those that was quite successful. Hence, the remaining Rumely-branded tractors were discontinued. A-C was more interested in Advance-Rumely’s line of threshing and harvesting machines (not to mention the sprawling plants that built them). Also of interest to Allis-Chalmers was Rumely’s extensive dealer network, which was instantly converted to the complete A-C product line. And the “La Porte plant”, as Advance-Rumely’s main headquarters was now called, became known as the “Harvester Capitol of the World” thanks to its eventual production of Allis-Chalmers’ successful All-Crop harvester line.

Allis-Chalmers itself would eventually succumb to bankruptcy and the dismantling of its vast business interests in 1985, but by that time Advance-Rumely was very much a memory.
Rumely Historic Building and information in Saskatoon.  This will take you to an interesting and obscure link for the Rumely sales building in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Click on this link to get to Chris and Rod Epping’s Rumely collection site.

 

Ruston and Hornsby Style Engines (Lincoln, England)

 

Waterloo Boy Tractor Catalog (circa 1915)

Thinking I was purchasing a catalog which contained both tractors and engines, this catalog is mostly the tractor.  It seems to have a history though, as the first two pages are missing and there are burn and scorch marks all over it.   None the less, this document is and interesting piece of history.  I believe this to be circa 1916.

 

Temple Pump Engine Literature (Webster and Workman Engines)

 

Published: 22. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Ruston Hornsby CR Diesel (circa 1937)

Ruston Hornsby CR Canadian Elevator Engine

In the Spring of 2008, I was working in Saint Johns, Newfoundland when I receive a call from my buddy Andrew.  He excitedly told me about this engine that was on eBay and that for the price, it was a must for my collection.  I said I would look into it.  Well I did.  This engine was right up my alley as it would be my first side shaft, but also was not supposed to be stuck and very simply restorable.  Now, there is one thing I have learned in this hobby and that is to never trust the statement “it was working when I parked it”; but I digress.  The engine was a little over my age deadline (1929) but was the correct size for what I was interested in.  I emailed and then phoned the owner who was in Saskatchewan and got the full history.  As I like to have the background of the engines I am collecting, I was very pleased with this one as I found out the complete history as well as its former places of work.  Satisfied with this information and the fact that the seller would allow for my payment scheme, I bid and eventually won.  These are the pictures of the engine as posted on eBay.

These pictures were taken by the owner, Les Leis as the engine sat in his barn just outside of Kamsack, Saskatchewan.  The engine had been part of the family for a number of years, and had been working right up into the 1990′s.  Les and his father ran grain to and from the elevators from the early 1960′s.  Les’s father had purchased the old Federal elevator in Runnymeade SK in approximately 1975 and used it for their family farm operations.

Les makes mention that the annex by it’s self in the other pictures is what is left of the Searly Grain Elevator that the two had actually bought grain in for 9 years previous.

The engine pictured here was the second engine for the elevator. By the mid 1980′s the original Ruston developed some problems and needing what was determined to be an extensive overhaul the decision was made that it would be sold. This engine, number 52 came from the Saskcatchewan Wheat Pool elevator in Marchwell, SK to replace it. As a note, the Marchwell elevator had just be converted to electric and was shortly there after shut down.

Initially, the idea for the pickup of the Ruston engine was simple. My Fairbanks Morse Y was waiting in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and this engine was in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. Sort of a straight line between the two, with the option of other trading stops and visitations along the way. But soon a year went by and a number of times, other things got in the way of a timely pickup. A planned family trip to Ontario, with me meeting the others while picking up engines fell apart. The rest of the family still went to Ontario, but I ended up working. Of course, engine shows were still attended. That coupled with Les’s insane schedule all conspired against me obtaining my shinny new object of desire.

Suddenly, the opportune moment arose. It was a long shot; a disparate attempt to make the delivery of a sale as well as the long awaited pickup. It was the first weekend of January 2009. I had literally a weekend to make a 24 hour round trip, in the dead of winter with minus 30 degree snowy weather. This was also my first driving trip under full winter conditions with the trailer. Daunting? Yes, and the weather conspired to make my trip all the more interesting with white out driving, and sections of the trans Canada highway which were so slippery that I was lucky to make it through alive.

Initially, the idea for the pickup of the Ruston engine was simple.  My Fairbanks Morse Y was waiting in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and this engine was in Kamsack, Saskatchewan.  Sort of a straight line between the two, with the option of other trading stops and visitations along the way.  But soon a year went by and a number of times, other things got in the way of a timely pickup.  A planned family trip to Ontario, with me meeting the others while picking up engines fell apart.  The rest of the family still went to Ontario, but I ended up working.  Of course, engine shows were still attended.  That coupled with Les’s insane schedule all conspired against me obtaining my shinny new object of desire.

Suddenly, the opportune moment arose.  It was  a long shot; a disparate attempt to make the delivery of a sale as well as the long awaited  pickup.  It was the first weekend of January 2009.  I had literally a weekend to make a 24 hour round trip, in the dead of winter with minus 30 degree snowy weather.  This was also my first driving trip under full winter conditions with the trailer.  Daunting?  Yes, and the weather conspired to make my trip all the more interesting with white out driving, and sections of the trans Canada highway which were so slippery that I was lucky to make it through alive.

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Les was a great person.  I really would have liked to have spent more time with him and his wife, but unfortunately the very long day and load up was seriously taxing me.  I wanted to try and rest in Regina, but sadly only made it as far as Yorkton.

During the coffee we did have together, Les related to me the family history of the engine as well as the background of why he was not keeping it.  It seems some offers were made to museums as well as other family members and such but it eventually just worked out that it had to put it on eBay.  The engine itself had sat in cold storage in a shed for quite some time as the elevators it had sat in were demolished a few years previous.

The trip itself was long and taxing.  At some points I was the only vehicle which seemingly could stay on the road, with other light trucks, cars, and vans all in the ditch at Walsh near the Alberta / Saskatchewan border.  I even had one heart stopping moment where the trailer was determined to slide forward of me.

This trip is now a distant memory as a few months later I uncovered the trailer for the first time.  It was a long cold January and February and the best thing to do was to keep the engine in its tarped deep freeze.

With untarping the unit and storing all the pieces that came with it, I began to photograph and document the engine for my files so I could reference them when putting it all back together.

In the meanwhile I wrote “THE” Ruston historian to get ahold of any manuals available for this engine. Ray Hooley is the Ruston guy. He seemingly has the keys to the library and any information has to be obtained through him. Peter Forbes in the UK maintains Ray’s site which is full of Ruston information and resources. Click here to view the site. Ray sent copies of the manuals and I felt I was well on my way to having a running engine within a few months.

Well the description that Les gave me of the engine was great. It was in really good condition with original paint. Tons of history which I have documented here. It was also running when he stored it. That statement alone however, should have been my first clue of the impending problems which would become evedent at I began to strip it down for restoration. Les had been running the engine right up into the 1990′s and he had done alot of the maintainance on it. Les had done a great job of it too.

Below are the miscellaneous parts which came with the engine. Yes, one of the ways to start this engine when not using the pressure vessel is with the crank. Actually you place a rolled paper with a glowing ember into a special port and then crank with the decompression valve open. Many swear that this was the best way to start a Ruston from cold. Also pictures were a pair of crank end bronze bearings, a cracked set of main bearing oil slingers, as well as temperature gages and other assorted bits. Sadly the measuring iron which was provided with all Rustons from the factory (for tuning the lengths of rods and arms to exact running specifications) was not included.

The items pictured below here are the additional major support units for the functioning of the engine. The air start vessel with it’s cast iron base as well as the radiator and the day fuel tank.

Stuck
Rocking the flywheel back and forth
Pulling the piston

Cleaning the piston
Clearing out all valves, orifaces, and checking the bearings

Pulling off the bearing caps on the crankshaft connecting rod was a bit of a suprise.  The shells for the connecting rod were made of bronze, but had a babbit skin.  The babbit had a number of issues as one can see from the pictures.  It was badly scored, delaminated, and cracked.  In all it was in poor condition for any sort of restoration.  Future writings here will include the re babbiting of the connecting rod end, as well as the design and construction of the new base and display cart for the engine.

Published: 21. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Tools & Equipment

Belt Driven Machinery

This page is under construction:
Have you ever wondered what these old bits of iron were for? They were the industrial predecessors which allowed us to progress to the information age. These were chop, bone, and feed grinders… they were drill presses, mills, lathes, saws, and trip hammers. They are mostly gone but some survive. We must not forget as it may come to pass that we will need them again.

Published: 21. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Fairbanks Morse Y style Hot Bulb – Documentary

Fairbanks Morse Y style Hot Bulb (to be picked up Summer 2009)

FBMY Semi Diesel Hot Bulb Engine

I purchased this engine in the summer of 2007 and have been trying to get onto the long journey to pick it up. My hope is to have it in my hands May / June so I can start showing it at shows. Peter did a wonderful job of restoring this and I think it will be well worth the wait.

Andrew sent me this quote for the FBMY semi-diesel engine:

“Fairbanks-Morse powerplants evolved by burning kerosene in 1893, coal gas in 1905, then to semi-diesel engines in 1913 and to full diesel engines in 1924. In 1916 the company began production of the Model Z single cylinder engine in one, three and six horsepower sizes. Over a half million units were produced in the following 30 years. The model Z found favor with farmers, and the Model N with fishermen. The Company also had brief forays into building automobiles, cranes, televisions, radios and refrigerators, but output was small in these fields. After the expiration of Rudolf Diesel’s American licence in 1912, Fairbanks entered the large engine business. The company’s larger Model Y semi-diesel became a standard workhorse, and sugar, rice, timber, and mine mills used the engine. The model Y was available in sizes from one through six cylinders, or 25 to 200 horsepower. The Y-VA engine was the first high compression, cold start, full diesel developed by Fairbanks-Morse without the acquisition of any foreign patent. This machine was developed in Beloit and introduced in 1924. The company expanded its line to the marine CO engine, and the mill model E, a modernized Y diesel.”

 

Published: 21. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Fairbanks Morse 15/20 hp (circa 1925) – Documentary

Fairbanks Morse 15/20 hp (circa 1925) – Under restoration (Fall 2008 to Spring 2009)

Fairbanks Morse Z series 15/20 hp Grain Elevator Engine

In childhood my long suffering parents used to take me to the local historical park to run out my over abundance of energy and to desperately try and give me some form of education. I used to play for hours around the old grain elevator, placed there in the 60′s as an interpretive symbol of the old west. The engine used to rhythmically tick away daily in the “office” as steam arose from its cooling tank, and outside the muffler would pound out its signature tune. Back then the muffler was installed as with all elevators, just outside the shed on the wall. I occasionally burned myself on its hot metal, and would happily inhale the sweet fumes emanating from it. I would come away from the scene with a sense of joy that this powerful giant was under human control and that I could become lost in its intoxicating presence.

Today this engine still chugs away. Thirty years later I bring my daughter to this site, but it is not quite the same. The muffler has been silenced for little ears, and hidden away from little hands. I am sure that the smell is different too as the fuel today would be unleaded gas with a whole different load of chemical additives. The grain elevator too stands more as a symbol of the passing ways of the prairies than that of our connection to the land. These prairie sentinels that once were scattered on the horizon now number in the very few with more being wantonly destroyed each year.

Here is the video I shot in 2008 of the engine at the historical site.

I had decided that I should try and find such an engine to add to my collection. I had spent time looking on my favorite engine websites but the ones I could find were well above what I wanted to pay and had no local history to me. There was one which was in the correct price range in Newfoundland, but by the time I made the contact it had sold. I did however purchase another engine from this gentleman which is very rare and of great significance.

I began to search out the local auctions. Several engines were at auction in the summer of 2007 / 2008 but one was of particular interest and I felt a good feeling about. This was part of an estate sale near Barrhead, 5 hours north of me.

Marie had agreed to meet me the week before her sale and show me her late husbands engines. A little wary of me, she invited a relative to watch over me. I was near the area working on a project and I thought that it would be a 2 hour journey maximum to visit her… but as the Arrogant Worms song goes, “Canada is really big”. One would think I would have learned that one by now. I also did not account for the 3 and a half hour coffee and chat we had which made for one very long day.

Getting Unstuck

Below you see the engine as I try to get it unstuck.  Although the major part, that is the piston, was free (in fact it was out), Much of the smaller parts were rusted stuck quite badly.  Bathed in penetraiting oils, and gently heated and cooled, the long process of degreasing and removal of rust began.  I use heat, brass wire brushes, hot water and steam baths, as well as electrolosis to clean the various parts.  The fuel pump was clogged solid and alot of heating was needed to turn the internal grease block to dust and then hot oil to penetrate and clean out.

Fairbanks Morse Engine Restoration – The motion base

Although interesting, I was not at all happy with the skids the engine arrived on. They were uneven and crude. I was interested in creating a cart system, but there are a lot of guys in the area who have dedicated a great deal of time in the accurate replication of the Fairbanks Morse Factory Cart which would have come with the engine. The best of which was done by Larry Potter. His engine is a dream. Finely balanced and the cart a highly accurate reproduction.

This engine was most definitely a grain elevator engine, so I felt a base which would give the impression of an engine on a mount in an elevator would be the way to go. I looked to the bases created by Rob Skinner of California and his ideology for moving them around. Robs bases are on removable fixed wheels which are merely tools in loading and unloading. The cart with no wheels, sits well on most surfaces and is not prone to the rock and bounce that wheeled carts are. With the wheels on the unit, it becomes a means to winch the engine platform on to the trailer. Since I go to shows with my tilt deck and use a forklift to load and unload the trailer, I felt this would be adequate for my needs.

Below are pictures of the welded frame before the addition of the wooden platforms. The wood used was 60 year old rough cut fence board. I felt the wood would work well to reduce vibration as well as to create a rustic look matching the engine. The board was milled to size with the weathered surface up and then clear coated with Varathane to protect it from the elements and the staining of oils.

With the completion of the base and a shelf full of cleaned and oiled parts, I was able to start the re assembly of the engine. Beginning with the base, I had applied a mixture of Boiled lindseed oil and Methyl Hydrate to it to protect the rust from further rust. I had decided that this engine would be remain in what looked to be work clothes thus, all cleaned parts kept either a metalic finish which would be coated with the linseed mixture or with some other form of clear coat / rust inhibition system.

The Base firmly bolted in place, I replaced the side running gear. The flywheels followed and were also covered with the Linseed oil mixture. It should be noted that this mixture takes a few days to dry properly so the progress would slow each time a protective coating was added.

The Fun Continues

With the mounting of the engine, the major job which I hated the most and left to very last, that of the piston rings became the paramount source of frustration. I had honed and deglazed the cylinder. Believe me, finding an 8 inch hone was not an easy task. I measured the rings to be 8.040. I needed two at the start. There were two stuck on the piston and one free. I used the technique of tapping to try and free the two stuck rings. Very quickly I needed two more rings as my patience was wearing thin with the tapping and the recomended method of shims was very effective in destroying two more of the remaining rings. I found myself searching high and low for a custom manufacturer of Piston rings.

A ton of searching later I had found a small custom manufacturer of piston rings in the eastern United States. It was a long three week wait, during the mean time I worked on the water plumbing and tank. The tank was built from a piece of rolled steel. To keep costs down I did the welding myself. The bottom is a circular plate welded and checked. Holes were cut with a plasma cutter and threaded ports welded on. The plumbing pipes were added (1 1/4″ pipe) as well as the hoses. The manual made special note that the hose sections were very important to the system. I felt it was as a vibration damper, but the hose flexibility helped in final assembly as well. The water tank and all the piping was coated in Tremclad rust paint hammered aluminum paint. The inside of the water tank was fitted with angle ears and a hole screen. This would act as a damper for water jumping with vibration, as well as a screen to protect from critters and unclean water sources.

Before the fuel systems were finished, however, I just had to give it one go. I shot the following video of it’s inagural run.

It was important to note that I had some high temperatures on the first few runs. This was caused by the new piston rings which had not yet seated correctly and were causing alto of friction heat on the cylinder. The manual is quite clear in stating that the correct operating range is between 140 and 170 degrees.

The cap on the connecting rod was checked for tightness and warmth after the run and then the crank guard was added. The fuel tank was made out of sheet steel and welded. The plumbing was of brass and copper. This became the last of the major items on the restoration. Other than lifting points for putting the wheels on and off for show, only time will tell what more will need to be done to this unit.

Published: 21. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Shows 2010

List of Shows in 2010

The following is a listing of communities and clubs that traditionally have shows.  The full show schedule is has been solidified, and Christine has published the dates on her site.  Please note that this is not a verbatim republishing of her list as I add a few that she does not recognize and have deleted anything to do with the Calgary Stampede (as I do not recognize it as a legitimate historic or cultural event).Check further below for maps and information on the bigger ones that I attend.

Saturday, May 22

Saturday May 29

Sunday, May 30

*Sat & Sun, June 5-6

Sat & Sun, June 12-13

*Sat & Sun, June 19-20*

Sat & Sun, June 26-27

Thursday, July 1

Thursday, July 1

Thursday, July 1

Sat & Sun, July 3-4

*Sat & Sun, July 17-18

Sat & Sun, July 17-18

Sat & Sun, July 17-18

Sat & Sun, July 17-18

Friday, July 23

Sat & Sun, July 24-25

Fri, Sat & Sun, July 30-31, August 1

*Sat & Sun, July 31, August 1

Sunday, August 1

*Fri, Sat & Sun, August 6-8

*Fri, Sat & Sun, August 20-22

Sat & Sun, August 21-22

Sunday, August 22

Sat & Sun, August 28-29

*Sat & Sun, September 4-5

Saturday, September 11

Sunday, September 18

*Sunday, September 19

 

Leduc Country Swap meet and Tractor Pull

Prairie Tractor Club Spring Tractor Pull, Picture Butte

Yoho Museum Annual Day, Peers

Westlock Antique Tractor and Machinery Club Show

Olds Antique Tractor Days

Lacombe Antique Tractor Show

Markerville Pioneer Days

Lloydminster Canada Day Fair

Blackie Antique Tractor Pull

Delburne Antique Tractor Pull

Edgerton Tractor Show and Tractor Pull

Big Valley Live Steam and engine show

(DATE HAS CHANGED) The Three Hills Tractor Pull

Lac La Biche Pioneer Days Tractor Pull

South Peace Pioneer Days (Beaverlodge)

Antique Tractor Pull in Vermillion

Leduc West Antique Society’s Annual Exposition

Heritage Acres Annual Show, Pincher Creek

Leslieville Antique Days

Manning Heritage Day Celebration

Irricana Annual Reunion and Show

Prairie Tractor Club Threshing Show, Picture Butte

Sunnybrook Farm Museum Vintage Tractor Pull

The Didsbury Tractor Pull

Strathcona Vintage Tractor Pull

Reynolds-Alberta Museum Harvest Festival

Leduc West Antique Society’s Annual Fall Harvest Fair

Prairie Tractor Club Fundraiser and Tractor Pull, Picture Butte

Camrose Machinery and Old Fashioned Day

Westlock Alberta – June.To visit the museum click here!


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Leslieville – August.


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Irricana – August.  This is my club show grounds pictured here.Visit the museum by clicking here.


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Reynolds Museum – September:  Probably the most prestigious show in the area as there is always some really great stuff there! Visit the museum by clicking here!


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Published: 14. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Links

Links to other COOL places on the WWW

As the modern age of the free internet slowly becomes lost in the clutter of advertising, lost is the art of web surfing.  Once upon a time you could surf from page to page on the web, riding along for hours of interesting and earnest information spread before you with a host of linked pages.  Now, this is not so possible.  Modernization and commercialization of the internet with its data shaping and google ad words has cramped us into a constant barrage of dead links and meaningless advertising.  Here I share with you some hand picked links of people we are doing link exchange with as well as people with the ideals we believe in.  Please check them out and tell them we say hi.  Please also let me know if there are any broken links at Leo@engineutopia.com.

Old Links Page: Under Demolition as the new pages take shape

Links to Collectors

Links to Commercial Sponsors & Supporters

Links to Manufacturers

Links to Museums

Links to Engine Registries

Published: 14. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Contests

And the winner for 2009 is……..
You Guessed it…

Same as 2008…
  …NOBODY!!! Yes, nobody entered the 2009 or the 2008 contest. For those of you who were watching, when I brought up the idea of a contest for best engine display on the SmokStak board… I was soundly trounced. However, I feel that for the most part it was the bitter folk or the ego driven who were responding. However, I tried anyway and nobody wanted to take my hard earned cash. So the real winner in these times of economic strife is Me!

Announcing the 2010 Engine show display contest. I am awarding $100.00 of my hard earned cash to the best submission to me and this website. Keep in mind that it is not a contest for the best restoration, or the rarest engine, but rather it is the most imaginative and informative documentation of your display as presented to the public in the 2010 show season.

I am still developing the rules and they will be posted soon, but here are some of the guidelines…

- Submissions must be received by post or electronically no later than December 15, 2010
- Submissions can be video (DVD format), print, microsoft word, JPG
- Submissions at this time are from anywhere in Canada, US or Europe
- The display must have been presented to the public at a verifiable club show
- The work you present to me must be your own (you hold all copyright and image rights)
- Submissions will not be returned (so don’t send originals unless it is a donation)
- By submitting to the contest, the individual is granting full rights to me posting and using the material on my websites
- The judge’s ruling as to the winner is final.
- I reserve the right to cancel, update, and generally maintain the rules and guidelines as I see fit
- The price awarded is worth $100 Canadian dollars; any conversion will be made at rates current as of the date of award

So here is what I am looking for:

Good visual communication of the concept, execution, and presentation of the display;
Good depth of knowledge of the history of the items presented;
Good depth of technical proficiency in the execution and maintenance of the display;
Good “telling” of the story; and
Good intent to capture or engage the imagination of the audience.

Meet the judges…IT’S ME!!  (for now)

Once I choose a winner (if there is one) I will be posting the winning entry on the website and perhaps You Tube.

So good luck, and if you have any questions…  ASK

Published: 14. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Shows 2009

List of Shows in 2009

2009 was a great show season. For the most part the weather was very good and with the exception of one tornado, all went well.

Big Valley steam show – July 18, 19 - it was fantastic this year and the warmth shown to me by the organizers is nothing short of humbling. I had this great idea that I would take the family camping to this one as we could pitch a tent on the grounds. This is where the first lesson was learnt. Make sure that someone brings the tent poles, or at least there is a list where tent poles are described.  We did a fantastic makeshift job of creating a tent from my engine stands. It was unfortunate that we were pitched between an antique metal box car and the museum signs because the wind which picked up at midnight had the train car booming like thunder and was a great warning for when the tent began to rip away in the wind. The rest of the night was spent uncomfortably in the truck. It was only Ernie and Litha’s fantastic breakfast that raised our spirits from that rather memorable night.

Leduc West Antique Society - July 25, 26 – A great show. No family as they were scared away from engine shows for a while. I got a really bad case of heat stroke the first day. It has not been that hot for a very long time.  First serious attempt at running the Fairbanks Y. It bounced a lot until with the help of Klaus the engine whisperer, we got her tamed. I realized there is a lot of work which needs to happen to her cooling system and anchors to get her into show condition.

Leslieville show -  August 1, 2 - Fantastic show.  Began to rain at the end of the second day, so I was very thankful that it held off.  My friend Tom came with me and brought his engines.  He was a great help, as well as Doug who happily tended to the Fairbanks Y all weekend.

Irricanna Show -  August 7, 8, 9 - Another great show.  This was the home club.

Reynolds Museum Fair -  September 5,6

Iricanna Stationary Engine Days - September 12, 13 – My local club.

Camrose Museum Thresher days -  September 20

 

Westlock Alberta – June – 6th and 7th

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Westlock show – June 6, 7 – A great start to the show year!! Unfortunately, Dan did not show up to display this year. He did not feel that his engines were in the best of condition and was frustrated by it all. It was great to see him and his brother Max however. I attempted to run the 15 hp FBMZ elevator engine for the first time on the trailer, but sadly it vibrated too much for the trailer. More YouTube videos to follow. A number of the pictures are from my last minute visit to the Canadian Tractor museum which Dan and Max contribute to. It is also just off the show grounds.

Lacombe show -  June 20, 21  Things were insanely busy by this time and I was unable to make it.  I hear it went well.  It would have been great to have seen Ray Dredger again.Markerville – June 27, 28  See above.  I really wanted to make this one.  I hear that Randy from the Reynolds was a big hit with his Fairbanks tractor.

July – Calgary Stampede – This is called an AG event but it is far from it.  These guys are not interested in anything more than really bad stereo types of the american cowboy.  They haven’t had engines there for years and their attention to farm life revolves around big corporations.  I almost was able to avoid this one except that my family dragged me to the grounds.   I can’t begin to describe how little this represents the western way of life.

Big Valley steam show -  July 18, 19 – It was fantastic this year and the warmth shown to me by the organizers is nothing short of humbling.  I had this great idea that I would take the family camping to this one as we could pitch a tent on the grounds.  This is where the first lesson was learnt.  Make sure that someone brings the tent poles, or at least there is a list where tent poles are described.  We did a fantastic makeshift job of creating a tent from my engine stands.  It was unfortunate that we were pitched between an antique metal box car and the museum signs because the wind which picked up at midnight had the train car booming like thunder and was a great warning for when the tent began to rip away in the wind.  The rest of the night was spent uncomfortably in the truck.  It was only Ernie and Litha’s fantastic breakfast that raised our spirits from that rather memorable night.

Leduc West Antique Society -  July 25, 26 A great show.  No family as they were scared away from engine shows for a while.  I got a really bad case of heat stroke the first day.  It has not been that hot for a very long time.  First serious attempt at running the Fairbanks Y.   It bounced a lot until with the help of Klaus the engine whisperer, we got her tamed.  I realized there is a lot of work which needs to happen to her cooling system and anchors to get her into show condition.

Leslieville – August 1st and 2nd

Irricana – August 7,8,9: This is my club show grounds pictured here.

Reynolds Museum - September 5th and 6th:  Probably the most prestigious show in the area as there is always some really great stuff there!

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Shows 2008

List of Shows in 2008

Here is a short listing of the adventures I had in 2008:

Westlock show – Rained out. Although my friends up there tell me Saturday became nice, I couldn’t drive 5 hours in the rain.

Lacombe show – It was great. Smaller crowds due to earlier rain but very satisfying. Not alot of engines displayed.

Markerville – Small show but alot of heart. We showed for one day only. Congratulations to Will Voss for winning the ribbon for best small engine display.

Big Valley steam show – It was great! Well worth the trip. Again I only showed for one day but will definitely do two next time. Thank you to the organizers of that event for their most gracious welcome.

Leduc West Antique Society -  Missed It :(  I had to work late and could not afford the time. I hear it was good.

Leslieville show – Most Engine guys for years. Dan Wiese even made it down! It was a fantastic show, lots of enthusiasm.
Check for my Youtube posting with clips from this show.

Irricanna Show – Good show weekend. Will Voss started on his post drill display. 3 days of interesting displays.

Reynolds Museum Fair – A nice harvest weekend. Well attended. The Gideon made its first appearance to great interest! Thanks to Randy for letting me drive the FBM Tractor! Now I want one… dont tell my wife.

Heritage Park Fall Fair – It was wayyyy better than I expected.  I had worked there in my youth and hated it’s political quagmire.  I stayed delightfully out of it all.  Yes, I had to wear the uniform that the costume NAZI’s provided, but hey, I was well provided for as a volunteer.  A big hearty thanks to Brian for inviting me, I would love to do it again.  Ray and I belted up a feed grinder to my T. Eaton Waterloo boy.  Video can be seen at YouTube.

Irricanna engine days – Small and quiet, we didnt have many people. A good time had by all. We welcomed Peter into the fold. I hope he will display more, his Lawson was a beaut!

Camrose Museum Thresher days – Yea, I was late…  It is awefully hard to load the trailer and get up so early for a 3 hour drive. I enjoyed myself. Thanks again to Dave Fitche, for inviting me! A really good show and the last of the season.

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