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  1. The tower is not going away. It's a landmark for the industrial park and in good condition. The power plant inside the plant area which once had a tall stack was torn down last month.
  2. The Studebaker sign is not a part of the Navistar Proving Grounds. In 1996, Bendix Corp. who owned the grounds at that time, donated 195 acres of the site including the sign to the county for a park, Bendix Woods County Park. The trees of the sign which were planted by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1938 were dieing off from age and were replanted by volunteers after the park was formed.
  3. I searched for "British Train Driver Hats" (they aren't called engineers in most other countries--and that really bothers US engineers on FB) and found numerous varities, many similar to uniform caps like this one . I'm not sure if there was a "standard" hat there, although the striped denim wasn't the only one you see in old photos over here, just the most common.
  4. A little history on the Autowagon/Autobuggy models. IH introduced the Autobuggy in 1907. It was distinctly different than an Autowagon which can be seen if you compare the pictures of them above. The Autobuggy had no box or any sort or cargo space, only a rear seat for passengers with the sides open for easy entry. The Autowagon was introduced in 1909 with a cargo box in the back and would be the first truck. A second seat could be installed in the box, but that did make it an Autobuggy although it served a similar purpose. Autobuggy production continued for a year or two after the Autowagon appeared. All this is confused by the 40 Year display pictured above which has a 1909 Autowagon labeled as a 1907. I'm sure that was put together by some marketing types who didn't know the difference and if they did, figured no one at that time would know the difference.
  5. Check with Southland International https://oldinternationaltrucks.com/ They specialize in parts for older IH's.
  6. RepIacement might be better IF a new frame is available.
  7. Some searching brought this up: Goodrich continued to apply the latest technology to its tire production. In 1910 it introduced the first cord tire for use on U.S. automobiles. This tire, which reduced fuel consumption and increased the comfort of the ride, was developed in Silver-town, England, and marketed there as the Palmer Cord. Goodrich purchased the patent rights for it in the United States and sold it to U.S. consumers as the Silvertown Cord.
  8. He fell off a horse the day before, went to a civilian MD to get taped up so he wouldn't be grounded. Got to watch those horses, they're dangerous!
  9. Is the engine hot or just hot in the cab? Get a temperature gun and determine just what the water temperature is going into the radiator or buy a mechanical water temp gauge. Does it boil out water? Does the block need to be flushed out? If it's hot in the cab, is the heater shut off?
  10. It should be noted that the B-36 flying with the B-50 is no ordinary B-36--note the lack of the normal bubble canopy for the crew. That is the NB-36 testing the use of nuclear reactors to supplement the power of the normal engines. That different front is a 11 ton lead-lined compartment protecting the crew from radiation. Nothing much seemed to come from the tests. Read about it at http://www.aviation-history.com/articles/nuke-american.htm
  11. If you can find the serial number, you may be able to order the lineset ticket from the archives--I'm not sure if they go back that far. It will tell you the components it was built with. It's $20 from askmccormick@wisconsinhistory.org.
  12. The serial number should be stamped into the driver's side frame rail near the front. However, it may take a lot of scraping and cleaning to find it. Without a VIN tag, that would be the only other place to find the number.
  13. The speed on the ice is limited to less than 15 mph or greater than 25 to avoid breaking the ice. Not sure I fully understand it but the wave created is a problem between 15 and 25.
  14. There is a Flickr page of Chicago Midway Airport photos going back to the 1920s. Lots of pictures of what air travel used to look like. https://www.flickr.com/photos/twa1049g/page1 You can scroll through the photostream and when you see something of interest, clicking on it will bring up a larger version often with a description of what it is.
  15. The #44 diesel switcher was used at the East Moline Works and possibly also at Farmall. It came from the IH owned Chicago, West Pullman & Southern Railroad.
  16. A Hoyt-Clagwell. 🙂 It does have a strong resemblence to a Fordson.
  17. You can order a lineset ticket for your truck with the serial number you have which will identify what axle it was built with. https://www.superscoutspecialists.com/store/p-406-line-setting-tickets.aspx
  18. A number of homes washed away and one death. https://www.wave3.com/2022/09/04/flash-flooding-southern-indiana-washes-away-homes-womans-body-found-downstream/
  19. Production did take off quickly, but from what I've read, this started well before Pearl Harbor when the war in Europe began to appear likely and then actually started in 1939. "In May 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the production of 185,000 aeroplanes, 120,000 tanks, 55,000 anti-aircraft guns and 18 million tons of merchant shipping in two years and congress approved the addition of 3000 planes to the Army Air Force" per Wikipedia. Another statistic was munitions production tripled from 1939 to 1940 and tripled again in 1941. Things were well underway prior to Pearl Harbor to provide support to England and its allies although I'm sure production was turned up even further after the US entered the war.
  20. Troy was at the Harvester Homecoming show at the former IH Engineering Center in Fort Wayne yesterday as was this other CO-Transtar.
  21. The Binder was introduced in 1975. Per Crismon's book, "It was a very basic truck, at the low-cost end of the Loadstar line aimed at the farm market" and he has a photo showing it with the standard grille. I never realized that grille was used with the MV engines which this one has in addition to the diesels. Probably it covered a larger radiator for more cooling, but that wouldn't be needed on the basic truck.
  22. I'd agree that is a diesel grille, but the engine could easily have been changed in 40+ years. The VIN indicates it was built in Chatham where the diesels were built vs Springfield for the gas models. My 1972 specs indicate the 1850 GVWs ran from 23,660 up to 30,200#, a 1750 maxed out at 26,000#
  23. Not unlike the unauthorized demo of the Boeing 707 prototype the same year. I wonder which one happened first? And I suspect Randy did do something similar, although not in a Vulcan.
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