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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 and all early 1900's technology.

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  1. LARGEST GATHERING Of Early IH Tractors! Albany Pioneer Days September 16-19, 2021 Albany, MN I posted information about this on the General Forum a while back when this thread was down but figured it was more in tune with those that follow Gary's thread. I was not at the show but some friends of mine sent me photos of just some of the early tractors that were there and they are shown below. I've also attached a video of some of the action.
  2. I think that old drilling rig is mounted on a 12-25 Crossmotor Minneapolis tractor. The narrow front end, the wheel/spoke pattern, and the belt pull on the side in front of the back wheel makes it the nearest match I can think of. It looks like they remounted the radiator and fuel tank in the front. I worked on one of those 25 years ago and I found a video of one in operation and the link is below. Not one of Minneapolis better ideas . . . even for those early years. https://ne-np.facebook.com/ClassicTractorFever/videos/12-25-minneapolis-mehling-early-tractor-collection-aumann-vintage-power/557243285654174/
  3. I know this part of the RED POWER forum is not into the early International tractors and I would normally post this on Gary's thread. I was not at the show, but these are photos some friends of mine sent showing just some of the old IHC tractor line.
  4. Gary, it's my understanding from the communications I've had from the RED POWER owners, that your thread (IH Tractors on a Montana Farm) will return. In none of their comments did they say there were any issues with your thread.
  5. If you love EARLY International tractors, this will be a great place to be next week/weeked! This may be a once in a lifetime gathering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DISNdErSbKA&t=1s
  6. Anson, all 1948 Buicks had straight eight engines. The Special and the Super both had the same 248 engine with a 6.3 compression ratio and the crankcase held 5.5 Qts of oil. The Roadmaster had a 320 cubic inch engine with a 6.6 compression ratio and held 7 Qts of oil. The Dynaflow transmission was first offered in 1948 as an option on the Roadmaster only with all the rest having the standard "three on the tree". The Dynaflows used a twin torque converter which made for smooth but very inefficient and slooow acceleration. The Special had a 121" wheelbase, the Super had a 124" wheelbase and the Roadmaster was the longest at 127". My Buick Special is a Model 46-S which has the Fastback body called a "Sedanet" and is a kinda rare Buick as not many of that configuration were built. With the shorter wheelbase and less weight, they were considered a little "Sportier" than the larger Buicks.
  7. Yes Anson, the 48 Buick Special Sedanet (Fastback) is sharing the same area of the shed as the Autowagon. As Fred said, the starter solenoid is connected to the accelerator. To start the car, you push the gas pedal all the way to the floor to engage the starter. Sometime in the near future, the Buick needs to go down the road . . . it needs to get a new caretaker that will do more with it. There are several things in the shed that will need to change hands to new owners . . . time to start downsizing. NO GARY and ANSON, the Autowagon is NOT one of them!
  8. Happy Birthday Gary! You're still looking pretty good . . . at least from this distance. Hang in there and have a good one.
  9. Anson, that Model T photo looks like it could be taken along any river backwater . . . even up in my part of the country. To answer Fred, I'd say that's a homemade trailer using the back axle out of a Model T. The car appears to be a 1923-1925 Roadster so there would have been plenty of junked T's around by then to scrounge an axle out of. I was a very common practice and lots of T's were stripped down to the chassis to make wagons. I've "saved" about 25 of those in the area around me to stripped them for parts and then give the parts to anybody needing them. I just hated to see them go for scrap iron if something could be used.
  10. Like others have said, it happens once and a while but never lasted. For me, I just re-booted the forum and it always goes back to normal. To Mike Newman's comments about Ross steering gears, yes it's the same company. The Ross Gear & Tool Company formed in 1906 building steering gears and other vehicle components. They were bought out in 1960 by TRW and later TRW was purchased by the German company ZF in 2015. The company still makes truck and industrial parts. The company history says they built their last manual steering gear in 1971, after that everything is power steering. As far as the steering unit in the Acme . . . "give 40 acres and I'll turn this thing around" would be the way I would describe it. It steers easy but slow and not very tight. My International Shovel Nose steering handles easily, is faster and has a much smaller turn radius with the IHC designed steering box.
  11. A little more information on how the Cotta transmission was built and a few other details on the Acme construction features.
  12. Yes Anson, it's my truck and also the last truck restoration project I'll tackle. I talked about it a while back and here is a link to the page with a posting at the top and also another in the middle of the page (I think it may work?). https://www.redpowermagazine.com/forums/topic/22765-ih-tractors-on-montana-farm/?do=findComment&comment=1493467 Acme trucks use Continental Red Seal engines, Bork & Deck clutches, Cotta transmissions, Ross steering gears, Timken worm drive differentials, Hayes wheels with Timken bearings and many other high grade standard parts.
  13. We had our local thrashing show this last weekend. It was a pretty good weather with no rain and reasonable (for July) temperatures. It was the first time the Acme truck was exhibited and below are a couple photos of it. Troy Vetsch was also there doing a LOT of thrashing with his 15-30 McCormick Deering and running a steam engine part of the time, on the saw mill. He also displayed a few other pieces from his collection. Maybe he'll post some photos?
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