Friday, December 15, 2017

Weekend Steam: Back To The Beginning Of Steam On The Farm

I don't know if Westinghouse was the first engine built for farm use, but I think it is the first to come into general distribution and use.  This one is from 1881, and you will probably never see one at a show.  Boilers have to be built to certain specs and be inspected for public shows, and a boiler from the 1880's is not going to make the inspectors happy.  Click this video over to YouTube and you can see that the owners are confident of the boiler at low pressure for private showings, but they do not plan to make it meet current specs.  It would require a new boiler to do that, and this one is good enough for private runs.

Most of the early portable and traction engines did not survive because of advancements in technology.  The air stackers of later threshing machines required more horsepower, so early traction engines became obsolete overnight.  Boilers were another subject.  There were many bad boiler designs in the early years and boiler explosions were common at sawmills and threshing sites.  If you have been looking at steam engine magazines for the last fifty-something years, you know what I am talking about.

The Westinghouse engines are remarkable because they pushed the Industrial Revolution onto the farm.  There are a few survivors because they were a solid design.  Henry Ford liked them, and maybe they were part of his inspiration.

Many Thanks to Merle for spotting this video for our enjoyment!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives

No, Not One And A Half!

This was a nice little patch of riparian timber not far from our home.  In 2010 it was 13 1/2 acres, then the owner cleared most of it after selling out the timber.

One and a half acres remained in 2011.

Now it is gone.  This is not a Forestry post, because this isn't Forestry.  I think Heinous Perpetrators fits it close enough.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Wounded Warrior Outdoors

Chances like this one do not come around often.  Ruger is offering a Left Hand Gunsite Scout Rifle in .308 Winchester.  This is not a production item!  It is ready to use out of the box with its peep sight at the rear of the receiver, or you can mount a scope on the Picatinny rail.  CLICK HERE to read all about this special rifle and to place your bid.  $880

Merry Christmas Darling, The Carpenters

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tuesday Torque: Behind The Scene At An Engine Hobbyist Hideout!

In these videos we see Bob and Rob Gill working with a 1927 Cummins.  In the first video it is running on one cylinder, and Bob finds that the shop air compressor does not have enough pressure for air starting.  It takes a lot of tinkering with old iron to make it perform at the shows.

Bob and Rob lapped all four valves in the air starting system and found that they need 150 psi to roll this engine over for starting.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Johny Mathis

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Angel Eyes, Emmy Lou Harris

Pass It On!

Bob Smith, at Smith Mill, Rinard, Illinois explains the intricacies of a stone bur mill and the milling business.  Bob and Marlene Smith host an open house in October every year, plus special events throughout the year. Knowledge is fleeting and can disappear in a generation or two. Smith's museum is a valuable resource for folks interested in history and industry.

Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Lisa's Got A Ticket To Ride

Lisa has her harness for trips in the country.  She has been going over to the farm and visiting Jack and his cats.  Jack and Lisa walk well together, but out in his yard she is a bit intimidated when he runs by her.  As long as he is on the leash she is fine, though.

We watched Lisa's mom on Facebook today showing Schipps at a big dog show in Dallas.  That was a thrill!  Time for walking dogs before bed!

Sleighride, Leroy Anderson

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Wounded Warrior Outdoors

You can't go wrong with Ruger's offering this week! It is a New In Box, late 2000 production P 94 DA/SA, Ambi Safety, Ambi Mag Release in .40 Cal with two magazines.  This fine pistol will fit into your life for car, home, or carry.  It will sell mid-day, December 6, 2017.  Click Here to read all about it and to place your bid.  This is a gun that will not attract the collectors, so regular Ruger shooters have a chance on this one!  $525 Someone got a deal!

Silver Bells, Dean Martin

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Mannheim Steamroller