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Roger Byrne

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    Racine, Minnesota
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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. I talked to Gary and he is getting his computer systems slowwwy back in operation. I'm guessing we will see him back here on his blog in a few days.
  2. Just a FYI for everyone, Gary is not ignoring you or his thread, he got hit by a bad Virus. No, not COVID, but an Internet issue that has his computer all jammed up and has him knocked out of commission until he can get things straightened out. I'm guessing once he gets back on line, he'll have a bunch of stuff to post.
  3. 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.
  4. Twostepn2001 is correct. The John Deere Waterloo Boy was called an Overtime when they were sold in England and several other countries.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 . . . .
  7. 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.
  8. 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 $$$.
  9. Glad to have you back in action Twostepn. Hang in there, we're pulling for ya!
  10. 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.
  11. OK . . . here is another Scammell truck with an oval window and it is hauling Shell products too.
  12. Maybe he got run over by an ACME truck loaded with anvils and then one of them fell off the back landing on him??
  13. 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.
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