Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Mogul engines were very well built, but they were not as popular as they should have been because of all the moving parts. Rural customers were put off by the thought of all those parts wearing out, and went for the simpler engines on the market. Side shaft engines of any brand are very desirable to collectors today because of their relative rarity, and Moguls are at the top of every collector's list.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Havoc and horror, famine, fear and flame,
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This Wood Brothers engine is literally one of a kind. Most of this engine was found in a sawmill, but the wheels and some other parts were missing. The missing parts are from scraps of other engines, and this big double geared plowing machine is truly a unique treasure.
At some steam shows you will see operators put engines through their paces by hooking onto a tractor pulling sled. I always cringe when I see this, because these engines are all at least 80 years old, and the sled will stress them to the max. I saw this Wood Brothers engine hooked up and pulling one day at Old Threshers, and as the travelling weight maxed out the pull, something failed in the drive-train, and the engine revved up too fast and stopped. I took a look at it later, and the reversing gear failed when the engine revved. The operators were lucky that these parts failed before the flywheel exploded. I think that new parts can be fabricated, and I bet that this engine won't be tested on a pulling sled again.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Henry Burr and Grace Nash recorded this delightful Vaudeville number in October, 1915. Most of the record is pretty good, if a little worn, except for one bad needle ding. I am going to try filling that spot with wax during the upcoming weekend, and see if I can re-do this record without the skip and pop. I will keep you posted.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Print out a stack of targets and take some friends with you. Do you know a youngster who would like to shoot? Take him/her to the range and turn a shooting lesson into an adventure. Set aside some time this weekend; you know you need the practice, and it's fun.
No squirrels were harmed in the making of this target.
UPDATE!!!!! The contest is extended through the first weekend of October! Get Out And Shoot!
This young silver maple has a couple of problems. At about four feet from the ground it forks into three stems, which are not growing together, but are pushing on each other as they grow.
At some time in the future this tree will fail, and one or more of the tops will come down. The fork problem can easily be fixed if some judicious pruning is done before the tree grows any larger. Two of these stems need to come off, and it would be nice if they had come off a couple years ago.
The other problem is the house that is only about forty feet away. Silver maples have very weak wood, are relatively short-lived, and they like to grow about ninety feet tall, then fall apart. I advise homeowners to not plant a silver maple within 100 feet of their house in order to prevent big removal expenses in the future.
The homeowner in this case needs to decide whether to fix the tree or remove it entirely and replace it with a more durable, long-lived shade tree. I may check back in a few months and see if the homeowner was able to make a decision.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
On of the fascinating displays you will see at most engine shows is the "Model Maker." Bob Suhre, of Collinsville had some drop-dead-gorgeous models he was running for the gratification of show attendees this year. His lovely and patient wife can be seen in the first shot of the red V-8. I had a nice visit with her; I never could get a turn to speak with Bob.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
"At The Jazz Band Ball" was just posted by bsgs98 (I got the second play!), and it's a great tune to help you shake a leg and get out the door on Monday morning. There is a great slide show with it, so take a few minutes to watch.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The "Marshall Corliss" used to pump water for the city of Marshalltown, Iowa. Midwest Old Threshers acquired this beauty in the late Sixties, and it is the largest steam engine in the machinery building at Mt. Pleasant. Taking pictures is usually difficult because of the crowds moving through the displays, but EJ and I got lucky this year and were able to take lots of photos and video just before the engine was shut down for the night.
The valve gear is what makes this a Corliss. The valves rotate rather than slide as in a conventional steam engine, and the quick cutoff of the intake valves is the throttling mechanism. EJ may do a post about this valve gear some day and fill in all of the necessary technical details.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I pulled out an album of Red Labels and selected Gypsy Serenade, recorded by Fritz Kreisler in May, 1919. This record sounds better than most of the Red Label Kreislers I have listened to, and you can really hear the Master's Touch on the strings.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This little Go-Buggy putted by us one evening at Old Threshers, and EJ nailed down the sound it makes as soon as he heard it. I will put his opinion in Comments; see if you can top him.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The autumnal arias have been going on for a few weeks now, and the early risers are dying off as newly molted cicadas finish up their fall celebration. When you hear these insects sing, you know that the growing season is drawing to a close, and your preparations for winter need to begin. We still have plenty of ripe tomatoes, but the days are definitely growing shorter.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The fall show at the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club, Boonville, Indiana is coming up on the weekend of October 9, 10, 11. (October 12-14, 2012) This video was shot last summer during the July show. These engines had just been unloaded by one of the exhibitors, and he was busily oiling, gassing, and cranking.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This better than barn fresh Gade was running at Mt. Pleasant last week. Gade engines were made in Iowa Falls, and this spark plug ignition 1 1/2 HP model was introduced in 1912. I have one very much like this in our garage, and fortunatlely, I never had the time to tear it down and paint it up like new. Engines with original paint are preferable now, so I can stop feeling guilty. Mine has always been kept under cover, so it cleans up pretty well. I need to put some fresh batteries in the box and crank it up one of these days.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I spent some time on the road this weekend, and listened to old music on CD's the entire trip. This one has stuck in my head, so I looked it up on YouTube to share with all of the TBS Fan Club. Thanks to TransformingArt for the upload.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
It's September again, and the goldenrod is blooming, so I just had to recycle this old favorite. The Manhattan Dance Makers performing a nice Fox Trot. Irving Kaufman provides the vocal chorus. Very nice sentiment in the lyrics, and good for dancing.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
If you are a history buff like me, you already know what began in Europe on this date in 1939. I revisit some of my books on days like this one to refresh my memory, but am not good at expressing my feelings. I hope others remember the horror, and realize that monsters are still out there in the world. It can happen again if good people do nothing.
The video was posted on YouTube by 24052; he put together a very good slide show.