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Roger Byrne

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    Antique tractors, trucks, cars, steam engines, gas engines, pre-1922 IHC machinery, 1/8 scale models, all early 1900's technology and I hold Minnesota A-2 and Hobby Steam engineer licenses.

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  1. No need to frown Mike H, the International 10-20 Titan was exported to England, Ireland, France and Australia in very large numbers . . . way more than the Waterloo Boy. The British army used lots of them during WW1 and below is a photo of one of the mechanized commands that used them for hauling artillery and supplies. Currently I am helping (via lots of E-mails) a guy in England restore one now. Over the last 25 years I helped four other guys in England and two in Australia with their 10-20 Titan restorations. Those British guys are realty into Titans and at one show they had 15 of them on display. The only difference you'll see is the rear wheels that IHC offer so they could be driven on the hard surface roads. The last photo is one of the French versions.
  2. Twostepn2001 is correct. The John Deere Waterloo Boy was called an Overtime when they were sold in England and several other countries.
  3. Of course Gary is right that even the last Model Ts built at the end of 1927 were available with 30x3.5 tires. A little side note for Gary, do to new research at the Benson Ford Library, records show that Ford stop offering the 30x3 in front during the 1925 production. After that, it was 30x3.5 all around for both the de-mountable rims and non de-mountable wheels. I'm sure there were a lot of dealers that changed those non de-mountable 30x3 front wheels to the 30x3.5 so guys didn't need two different sizes of tires. The 30x3 rim is 24" in diameter and the 30x3.5 is 23" in diameter. The way the early tires were classified like the 30x3, is you double the small number which was basically the width and subtract that from the outside diameter of the tire and you have the rim size. So a 30x3 or 32x4 or 34x5 or 36x6 or 38x7 and 40x8 all use a rim that is 24" in diameter. Of course the rims increase with the width of the tires so a T has a rim width that is about 3" (30x3) or 3.5" (30x3.5) and a big heavy truck would have a 8" wide rim for a 40x8.
  4. I'm sure Gary would not mind making a correction on his comments about the Brush cars. They were built from 1907 until 1911 with a few leftovers being sold in 1912. The engine was a SINGLE cylinder, 4-STROKE engine with the first version rated a 6HP, then enlarged to 7HP and by the end of production it was up to 10HP. Brush's advertising slogan was "The Everyman's Car" and prices over the years ranged from a little under $300 and up to $500. During most of its production, it used a planetary transmission. Brush cars had wood frames and axles along with coil spring suspension plus another unusual feature, when you cranked the engine, you did it counter-clockwise. You will also note in the engine photos, they didn't bother to use a fan, just the air flowing through the radiator was considered good enough. Gary mentioned about a two cylinder version. While there was an ad published mentioning it, no records show that the car was ever produced. In 1912, the Brush company became part of the Maxwell Automobile Co. Now you guys may wonder why I'm up on the Brush car, I've come close to buying one a couple times over the years missing out because I didn't have the figurative "$7" that the other guy was willing to pay. You never know, maybe one of these days . . . .
  5. That picture Gary posted of my son and I in the 1911 Autowagon, is from 1980 when I had just finished overhauling it for a friend. Below is the Christmas card I sent out a dozen years ago when we got our Model A.
  6. Gary didn't answer the post, so I'll jump in. That lantern is rare, but there are a few around. They were hung on a wall or doorway or whatever and could be easily removed and carried. The pipe on the side feeds air into the burner and doubles as the handle to carry it. Too bad it was was modified, originals are worth a fair amount of $$$.
  7. Glad to have you back in action Twostepn. Hang in there, we're pulling for ya!
  8. I'm going to guess it's a 1938 Chevrolet van. By the looks of the back axle, I'd say maybe a 1.5 Ton version.
  9. OK . . . here is another Scammell truck with an oval window and it is hauling Shell products too.
  10. Maybe he got run over by an ACME truck loaded with anvils and then one of them fell off the back landing on him??
  11. Gary, let's see now . . . eggs and cheese . . . sounds like an omelet to me. There were several early trucks that used the slope nose hood with the radiator in back but the three best known ones are the "Bull Dog" Mack, the International, and the Kelly Springfield. The Mack and the Kelly Springfield pictured below, were both restored and displayed in the Van Horn Museum in Mason City, Iowa. Now for my omelet . . . CORRECTION for MY MISTAKE: After more research I found that it is not a GMC Big Brute, it is an Scammell truck. They were built in England from 1921 to 1988 and specialized in special purpose heavy duty trucks.
  12. The 25-50 "New York Special" is the standard 25-50 Hart Parr but with extra heavy cast iron wheels. The standard tractor came with steel wheels or cast wheels but the cast ones on the "New York Special" were almost three times thicker than the standard cast ones and added about 2000# to the weight of the tractor. I have a friend that restored one and when he drove it around, it left one heck of an imprint! SEE CORRETION BELOW . . . The photo above is NOT a GMC "Big Brute" ! The information about the GMC below is correct but not the ID of the one in the photo above. The tractor pulling the Shell tanker appears it could be an early "Big Brute" that was GMC's largest and most powerful truck. It used a double transmission that gave it a gear reduction of 100 to 1 for pulling the heaviest loads. The one in the photo below was part of the Van Horn Truck collection and it is now located at the I-80 Truck Stop. It came from Minnesota and had a rough life so there was nothing left of hard rubber tires. The wheels were replaced with modern ones. Now days we would have replaced the hard rubber with new ones but at that time (40 years ago) it was not an option. By the way, it is a bit of a "Brute" to drive! Now Gary made a mistake, but it is very understandable. That is not a IHC Shovel Nose in the photo, it is a Lippard-Stewart and was built from 1911 through 1918. The most noticeable difference is the full width radiator with its curved scalloped top. Internationals used a narrower, square radiator. In 1919 the company was reorganized and changed to the Stewart Motor Truck Co. At that time they changed to the conventional radiator in front design.
  13. As to the steam engine posted by Mike on Sunday, I can only come up with one maker and maybe it's an American-Abell which was built in Toronto, Canada. It would be one of their smaller engines likely around 16HP. The positioning of the steam dome, cylinder, governor, control levers, front wheel/hub design, the rear wheel/hub design, along with the general proportions of the engine seem to indicate it could be an American-Abell. The other A-A engines I found with this layout, had more flat spokes in the rear wheels but they were also larger engines. Well anyway, that's my best guess.
  14. The 1928 International Dealer truck in the picture posted by twostepn2001 is a 3/4 ton S. The S stands for Special Delivery and was built from 1922 to 1928. Some were equipped with the fancy coupe type cab and others were roadsters or wood cabs. If they were ordered by IHC dealers for their own use, the factory would paint them red and featured company logos and advertising. As far as the being "1 of just 200 built" . . . well if that is true, then it would only refer to the ones ordered that year by IHC dealers because there were 4,417 S trucks built in 1928 alone. Total production of the 3/4 ton S Model IHC trucks was over 37,400 from 1922 through 1928. The first photo below is a better photo of Wendel Kelch's (an expert in early International tractors and trucks) Red Baby that was posted in Gary's photos. By the way, in Gary's last photo . . . maybe ?? some IHC dealers used Model T's as service vehicles before International came out with Red Baby??
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