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This first picture shows Curtis Kuenkler at the throttle of the narrow gauge #7 Porter at Silverwood this past Wednesday when these gentlemen were kind enough to allow me to ride with them in the locomotive cab.

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This is the Porter at the station, awaiting the 2:PM whistle, which I got to toot! Thanks again for showing such kindness to a steam nut from Montana, Curt and Chet! Gary ;)

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A few days ago, I got a photo from a friend of mine by the name of Wayne Sutton of Amboy, Washington. It is a picture of the 1909 Sears that he has spent 3 years restoring. I've posted before :( and after photos so you can get an idea on the amount of work that went into the project. Another great piece of history has been saved for future generations. . . . well done Wayne!! :D

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Yup Ray, there are a lot of things that we seem to be going back to. Our area is covered with windmills generating electricity while most of the ones used to pump water years ago, have rusted away. The model T engine was designed to run on anything that had an octane of over 35. . . . I think that's maybe the same as 90 proof :blink: and now we run at least 10% alcohol in our cars here in Minnesota with most of the new cars/trucks being able to run on various blends of fuels. In the early days, the farmers used the giant steamers and gas tractors. Then the Farmalls and like size tractors dominated the tractor industry. Now look at the huge machines used in the fields today. That model T, it can get 20 to 25 MPG on today's roads but until the last few years, many vehicles only did half as well. How about trains. . . in the 70's and 80's they were abandoning and taking up track all over the country and railroads were going broke. Now they are fighting to get land for new tracks and the railroads are swamped with business. I'm sure you guys are going to come up with many more. When energy/oil was cheap, we didn't care about efficiency. . . now we do. Ya Ray, as they say "what's old is new again" ;)

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A few days ago, I got a photo from a friend of mine by the name of Wayne Sutton of Amboy, Washington. It is a picture of the 1909 Sears that he has spent 3 years restoring. I've posted before :( and after photos so you can get an idea on the amount of work that went into the project. Another great piece of history has been saved for future generations. . . . well done Wayne!! :D

Roger I sure admire that kind of work and have a lot of respect for those that have the patience and skill required to turn that pile of junk into a working vehicle. I have neither the patience or the skill (or the time right now).

I had Pontiacs on my mind today. Spotted this pretty decent looking unrestored 57 Pathfinder on Kijiji last night. The price looked pretty reasonable and when I went back to the site for a second look this morning it was already sold. :blink: Only a plain 4 door sedan with the six cylinder engine and automatic transmission but it still has that great fifties look.

Co-incidentallly, I spotted our local well preserved 56 Pontiac out for a spin in town today. A real beauty that is, (as far as I know) a one owner car. Heres a picture of it from a couple of summers ago.

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A few days ago, I got a photo from a friend of mine by the name of Wayne Sutton of Amboy, Washington. It is a picture of the 1909 Sears that he has spent 3 years restoring. I've posted before :( and after photos so you can get an idea on the amount of work that went into the project. Another great piece of history has been saved for future generations. . . . well done Wayne!! :D

Roger I sure admire that kind of work and have a lot of respect for those that have the patience and skill required to turn that pile of junk into a working vehicle. I have neither the patience or the skill (or the time right now).

I had Pontiacs on my mind today. Spotted this pretty decent looking unrestored 57 Pathfinder on Kijiji last night. The price looked pretty reasonable and when I went back to the site for a second look this morning it was already sold. :blink: Only a plain 4 door sedan with the six cylinder engine and automatic transmission but it still has that great fifties look.

Co-incidentallly, I spotted our local well preserved 56 Pontiac out for a spin in town today. A real beauty that is, (as far as I know) a one owner car. Heres a picture of it from a couple of summers ago.

That sure brings back a few memories Ralph. My dad owned this spunky '56 when I was in high school, much to my satisfaction. I recall it was a very durable machine and we about wore it out. Fortunately I didn't kill myself in it. It was the first V-8 he owned, following a series of those beloved straight eights. Sure would love to have it back now.

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Loadstar: Nice Pontiacs! The blue one has that "American" look about it, with the longer truck deck/rear fenders. The Canadian Pontiacs were different with a shorter back end. My BIL had a '56 Pontiac, V-8 std, whew! would it ever go!! It had been re-engined with a 283. Canadian Chev and Pontiac 55-56 had a 265 original V-8. I had a 2-door 56 Chev that had a dealer emblem "SMITH'S, Houston" on it. That old girl would sail right along, too. Not that I ever drove it fast......

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Loadstar: Nice Pontiacs! The blue one has that "American" look about it, with the longer truck deck/rear fenders. The Canadian Pontiacs were different with a shorter back end. My BIL had a '56 Pontiac, V-8 std, whew! would it ever go!! It had been re-engined with a 283. Canadian Chev and Pontiac 55-56 had a 265 original V-8. I had a 2-door 56 Chev that had a dealer emblem "SMITH'S, Houston" on it. That old girl would sail right along, too. Not that I ever drove it fast......

Kjohn, if memory serves me correct that local blue/green and white one is an American built Pontiac.

And theres a 56 Chev in my past too although I was too young to appreciate it at the time. 4 door hardtop with the 265 automatic that my second cousins bought new in 56. The drove that old Chev til it almost rusted away and traded it off on a utility trailer to pull behind their newer car about 1971. Sure wish I could have that old two toned , tail finned Chev back to drive. I can still remember riding in it. Here it is back in the summer of 60.

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That sure brings back a few memories Ralph. My dad owned this spunky '56 when I was in high school, much to my satisfaction. I recall it was a very durable machine and we about wore it out. Fortunately I didn't kill myself in it. It was the first V-8 he owned, following a series of those beloved straight eights. Sure would love to have it back now.

Greg, very nice looking 56 your Dad owned. Kind of similar to the one in this ad I have. And your right about the power. They claim up to 227 horsepower in the big "strato-streak" V8. Now those were my kind of cars!!

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I'll throw in a 1951 Chev that supposedly has only 437 miles on it. The story is floating around on the www.

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kjohn,

This story of the 1951 Chevy gave me the idea to report about a Model T story. In 1927, an oil company had three or four their executives travel to Lewistown, Montana by train from Oklahoma or Texas. They wanted to take a bus, taxi or whatever to their oilfield they were drilling on near Roy, Montana, a distance of under 50 miles. They couldn't find anything that went that direction so they went to the Fergus Motor Company when it was a 6th & Broadway in Lewistown and bought a brand new 1927 Model T Touring Car just like Roger's. They drove it to Roy and met up with their drilling crew. They put the Model T in storage in Joe Murphy's Garage. For some unknown to me, reason, they and their drilling crew ended up going on to Grass Range and onto Billings. The company went broke in the Great Depression. For a number of years, Joe Murphy billed the company for storage, to no avail. Joe naturally claimed the touring car for himself, but it sat in his garage, on blocks, in storage. I know it was there long after we got married 46 years ago. Eventually, Joe died and his estate must have disposed of it. I have no idea where it went, but I know PLENTY of people knew it was there. That was NO secret. I never saw it, but have plenty of friends who did. When I first heard of it, which would have been about 1955-57, I believe I remember hearing Joe was asking $2,000 for it: an astronomical figure for that date. I did always wonder what it would have been like to own a Model T that only had (?) 47 miles on it. Gary ;)

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Well, I'm going to be absent a bunch more in the next few days, so I thought I'd better be posting something before this went to page 3. Hopefully you guys can find more car pictures and I know Roger has stuff to post. This is Jim Hill's first engine he had for his Great Northern Railway, the Wm Crooks here shown in Whitefish, Montana in 1925.

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This next is another picture of willis Abel's 20hp Stanley Mountain Wagon. This thing will cruise with the best of them on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and accelerate and pass whenever some young hot rod kid wants to give him a bad time.

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This last picture is a repost or encore picture of my friend's 1955(?) Buick and the P-51 north of Whitefish. Gary ;)

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kjohn,

This story of the 1951 Chevy gave me the idea to report about a Model T story. I did always wonder what it would have been like to own a Model T that only had (?) 47 miles on it. Gary ;)

Gary, thats quite the story and could fall into the class of "urban legends" I guess. But of course in this case you know the people involved so its not just a legend. Kjohn, great looking old 51 Chev. And it sure looks to be low mileage in that photo.

Not so this old Chev pickup coming up at a SAsk. auction sale. Looks like somebody was trying to build a SAsk. version of "Carhenge" when they partially buried this poor old truck. Lots of other interesting stuff at this sale including a W4 tractor and a Case threshing machine. http://kramerauction.com/equipment/display...p?AuctionID=275

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Ralph,

Thanks for posting your Stonehenge! My heart always skips a beat when I see a W-4, so thanks for posting that link.

Tom Railsback,

I haven't heard from you for a while... Is that Case threshing machine in the auction website Ralph posted painted "Red" or "Flambeau Red"? There was one of them near Interstate 90, somewhere near the Phillipsburg exit that I used to see every year we went to Belgrade to the Barnes' steam show. The last time I went past, I noticed it was absent.

I always wonder about old threshing machines. I've seen many of the old wooden ones that eventually went on to be soil fertilizer. I had an old Nichols & Shepard Red River Special given to me years ago, but inside it was a cabinet maker's nightmare, with all of the rot. I gave it to a friend who had a 90hp double flywheel diesel engine from the oilfields so he could use the undercarriage and wheels for a cart. I've seen others that set outside and go to work in the fall. Mike's 22" McCormick should be good for a long time. When cousin Dan Tombrink owned it, it seldom set outside, unless at a show. I know Mike will do the same with it. It's seen daylight once since he got it, and that was when we straightened up the shed at Silver Creek a couple months ago. This was the old girl in daylight again for a few hours.

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This was the first time I threshed with that machine. This has to have been about 22 years ago when the owner ahead of Dan still owned it.

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This was Mike with the Case and "his'" thresher in 1989. Of course he didn't know it would be "his" thresher yet. Gary

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Tom Railsback,

I haven't heard from you for a while... Is that Case threshing machine in the auction website Ralph posted painted "Red" or "Flambeau Red"? There was one of them near Interstate 90, somewhere near the Phillipsburg exit that I used to see every year we went to Belgrade to the Barnes' steam show. The last time I went past, I noticed it was absent.

I always wonder about old threshing machines. I've seen many of the old wooden ones that eventually went on to be soil fertilizer.

Gary, I had never seen a Case threshing machine, especially one on rubber tires, until this one showed in the local parade back in 05. Looks similar to the one at the upcoming auction sale.

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Tom Railsback,

I haven't heard from you for a while... Is that Case threshing machine in the auction website Ralph posted painted "Red" or "Flambeau Red"? There was one of them near Interstate 90, somewhere near the Phillipsburg exit that I used to see every year we went to Belgrade to the Barnes' steam show. The last time I went past, I noticed it was absent.

I always wonder about old threshing machines. I've seen many of the old wooden ones that eventually went on to be soil fertilizer.

Gary, I had never seen a Case threshing machine, especially one on rubber tires, until this one showed in the local parade back in 05. Looks similar to the one at the upcoming auction sale.

Threshing Machine, Smashing Machine....I'd sure like to curl my grubbly little hands around the steering wheel of that Super WD-9 and know it was mine.....Don't get me wrong the thresher is fine I guess, but I got one of them already. It ain't a Case, it's an Avery...but that's what I relate to 'cause that was what my Grand-dad had and I worked on. That does look like a nice outfit at any rate.

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Gary:

The reason you haven't heard from me for awhile is that I left the "Big Sky" country for

"Home on the Range" in Kansas for a couple weeks. We celebrated my mother's 90th birthday on May 30, albeit 6 weeks after the actual date of April 17.

I haven't looked at Ralph's Case thresher picture, but I'd guess it's Flambeau Red.

I only saw one steam engine on the trip, a Nichols and Shepherd that I think is the same size as Carl's; it's located about 5 miles North of McCook, Nebraska on the west side U.S. 83 if anyone who reads this thread ever goes into that area.

Now for the important news: We are 12.5 pages from 600 on this thread, almost 6000 postings, and are approaching a quarter of a million views since you started it. This might be a record for a nonpornographic thread.

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Threshing Machine, Smashing Machine....I'd sure like to curl my grubbly little hands around the steering wheel of that Super WD-9 and know it was mine.....Don't get me wrong the thresher is fine I guess, but I got one of them already. It ain't a Case, it's an Avery...but that's what I relate to 'cause that was what my Grand-dad had and I worked on. That does look like a nice outfit at any rate.

We've got a good extra SWD9 here in manitoba if yor interested, contact me ;)

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Hi Gary and all of you;

It has been a while so I thought I better check in. I still owe you that story I never told you. After I got to 9th. floor to my room from ICU I saw a big vertical map of Montana. At the bottom was John Wayne sitting on his horse dressed like an old mountain man, long rifle and all. He said, where is Charley Hellickson?, then he said , who is looking for Charley Hellickson?. Then he was gone, I never saw him again. I thought if he was looking for me my friends from Montana would come and find me and get me out of here.

I then dreamed I had two big Norwegian dogs and a dog sled and trailer to haul every thing with. I went up your way Gary in my new truck. I saw myself running in the snow with the dogs and sled having fun. Then I saw a white building, I knew what it was from pictures I had seen of it the computer. It was the building on your show grounds. I was going out with the sled and gathering up firewood for the steam engines. I thought it was Montana's 100th. anniversary and I was helping you celebrate. I didn't see anyone, just me and the dogs. If I had seen you Gary I would have given you a bear hug. Then it was all over with, I was back in Des Moines. I think back now and I think John Wayne was riding the state lines of Montana keeping the bad guys out while I had fun. I think he was my guardian angel for a little bit. Another time I dreamed I was out on my farm running in the snow with the dogs and sled. It was the only time I had fun in the hospital. In the coma it was all nightmares and somebody trying to kill me. I was capture, tied up and tortured. When I went up to my room a new bunch tried to kill me every night, I was scared to go to sleep at night.

I arrived at the ICU in Mercy Hospital from Boone at 8:00 PM on Dec. 9 2007. I was on life support and I was blue color. I went comatose right after I got there for 5 weeks. In the coma I saw a block wall with a wooden door. I was knocking on that door but nobody answered. It was the door of death. I got tired of waiting and I crawled, scratched and clawed my way back. On Jan. 22 08 I taken by ambulance to the Madrid Home for rehab, the 3rd part of my long hard journey thru hello. That is where I met that beautiful 5' 10" blonde therapist who walked my journey with me, held my hand and got me walking again. I couldn't move. I was a hoyer lift for a long time. On a April 12 I walked out of there with a cane and no help. On July 19 my oldest daughter got married and I walked her down the isle with out the cane, I made her proud. I haven't used the cane since. She had to postpone the wedding because i got sick. She wanted me to walk her down the isle.

About the middle of April I got mad and hurt about something and I went out in the back yard and grabbed a 45 lb. barbell and stared lifting. On April 30 I lifted 110 lbs. from the ground to over my head one time, I dead lifted 211 lbs. On May 22 my 66th birthday I celebrated by seeing how much this old man could lift. I only got 95 lbs. from the ground over my head but I have done 111 once since then. On the dead lift i lifted 237 lbs. I am going to do more, I am not done, I am not ready for the rocking chair. The more I lifted, the better I could walk. I am very proud of it, just think a year ago Jan. I couldn't move. I can't believe how much better I can walk and feel, better than I have for years. I still weigh 298. I am getting bigger and stronger. It was a long hard journey I walked. I still go back to Mercy Hospital to see the people who took care of me. They are amazed at me, how good I am doing and that I come back to see them. The nurses in ICU called me dead man walking, I am still walking. In Jan. I took flowers to two nurses in ICU to celebrate my coming out of the coma, coming back to life. The only two I could find who took care of me. They remembered me. I hug and kiss them.

Thanks. See ya.

Charley Hellickson

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Hi Gary and all of you;

It has been a while so I thought I better check in. I still owe you that story I never told you. After I got to 9th. floor to my room from ICU I saw a big vertical map of Montana. At the bottom was John Wayne sitting on his horse dressed like an old mountain man, long rifle and all. He said, where is Charley Hellickson?, then he said , who is looking for Charley Hellickson?. Then he was gone, I never saw him again. I thought if he was looking for me my friends from Montana would come and find me and get me out of here.

I then dreamed I had two big Norwegian dogs and a dog sled and trailer to haul every thing with. I went up your way Gary in my new truck. I saw myself running in the snow with the dogs and sled having fun. Then I saw a white building, I knew what it was from pictures I had seen of it the computer. It was the building on your show grounds. I was going out with the sled and gathering up firewood for the steam engines. I thought it was Montana's 100th. anniversary and I was helping you celebrate. I didn't see anyone, just me and the dogs. If I had seen you Gary I would have given you a bear hug. Then it was all over with, I was back in Des Moines. I think back now and I think John Wayne was riding the state lines of Montana keeping the bad guys out while I had fun. I think he was my guardian angel for a little bit. Another time I dreamed I was out on my farm running in the snow with the dogs and sled. It was the only time I had fun in the hospital. In the coma it was all nightmares and somebody trying to kill me. I was capture, tied up and tortured. When I went up to my room a new bunch tried to kill me every night, I was scared to go to sleep at night.

I arrived at the ICU in Mercy Hospital from Boone at 8:00 PM on Dec. 9 2007. I was on life support and I was blue color. I went comatose right after I got there for 5 weeks. In the coma I saw a block wall with a wooden door. I was knocking on that door but nobody answered. It was the door of death. I got tired of waiting and I crawled, scratched and clawed my way back. On Jan. 22 08 I taken by ambulance to the Madrid Home for rehab, the 3rd part of my long hard journey thru hello. That is where I met that beautiful 5' 10" blonde therapist who walked my journey with me, held my hand and got me walking again. I couldn't move. I was a hoyer lift for a long time. On a April 12 I walked out of there with a cane and no help. On July 19 my oldest daughter got married and I walked her down the isle with out the cane, I made her proud. I haven't used the cane since. She had to postpone the wedding because i got sick. She wanted me to walk her down the isle.

About the middle of April I got mad and hurt about something and I went out in the back yard and grabbed a 45 lb. barbell and stared lifting. On April 30 I lifted 110 lbs. from the ground to over my head one time, I dead lifted 211 lbs. On May 22 my 66th birthday I celebrated by seeing how much this old man could lift. I only got 95 lbs. from the ground over my head but I have done 111 once since then. On the dead lift i lifted 237 lbs. I am going to do more, I am not done, I am not ready for the rocking chair. The more I lifted, the better I could walk. I am very proud of it, just think a year ago Jan. I couldn't move. I can't believe how much better I can walk and feel, better than I have for years. I still weigh 298. I am getting bigger and stronger. It was a long hard journey I walked. I still go back to Mercy Hospital to see the people who took care of me. They are amazed at me, how good I am doing and that I come back to see them. The nurses in ICU called me dead man walking, I am still walking. In Jan. I took flowers to two nurses in ICU to celebrate my coming out of the coma, coming back to life. The only two I could find who took care of me. They remembered me. I hug and kiss them.

Thanks. See ya.

Charley Hellickson

It's great to hear from you!!! Ray

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It's great to hear about Charley's recovery and now maybe we will hear from him more often.

Life magazine has opened up their archives so that the public can access many of their unpublished photos. I saw these two pictures in their railroad files and they sure brought back memories to me. I grew up in a house that was about 100' from the Chicago Great Western Railway track. I know both Gary and I could be the kids in these photos and I imagine that many of you who were near RR tracks, did the same thing. ;)

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You guys have posted info on auctions in your areas lately, so I thought I'd take a few photos of what's on the local consignment sale that they have here in Racine every few months. I saw that they had a nice line-up of Green tractors. . . . .no not that shade of Green :angry: . . . . these were Olivers. The plant where they were built in Charles City, Iowa is only 80 miles from here so they were very popular in our area.

Here is a like to the auction: http://www.suessauction.com/

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Here are a couple more Olivers that are on that auction. The propane fueled tractor looked to be in it's original paint.

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