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Steam Thresher Wanted


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Old 08-06-2007, 08:01:38 PM
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100 years ago steam threshers were used to pull two towns together to form Munday, Texas. We would like to buy one for our park. It would not have to run. Can anyone identify the make and/or model of the thresher in this photo? Does anyone know where we could find one? The pictures are from that historic event.

Karen Longan, Keep Munday Beautiful President
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Old 08-06-2007, 08:56:59 PM
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Default Re: Steam Thresher Wanted

A case engine. What you are interested in is a steam traction engine not a thresher. Might be one out there with a beyond hope boiler that would be avaiable for static display. Good luck. Would be intersting to hear more of this story.
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Old 08-07-2007, 12:31:34 PM
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I Agree the one with the Headlight is a pre 1911 short smoke box Case.... The other Not So Sure... Maybe a Bufalo Pitts...????
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:50:15 PM
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Default Re: Steam Thresher Wanted

I think it looks like an older 15hp(45) Case. judging form the height of the rear wheel.
we have a complete 60 engine here. if you could find a boiler on wheels to put it on. or you coulld at least make a portable if nothing else
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:00:54 PM
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Could the one on the left be an Advance? I see a Waters governor very far forward (In true Advance style) and Advance did experiment with rectangular head tanks, although I've never seen one quite this shallow. However I've never seen one quite this shallow on any engine.

Colin is correct about that other one being a 15hp Case.
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:44:01 PM
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What would the "complete 60" cost?
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:12:51 PM
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I am very interested in the debate back and forth about the models and makes. If it helps, this event took place in 1904. That should narrow the possible models.

Karen
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:23:18 PM
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Karen, you could post the time of day here, and it likely would end up being debated.
But it is usually educational though.
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:49:31 PM
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since I can't figure out the link for this I bumped up the (Texas engine at auction) thread for Karen. Maybe a tax deduction would look better than the engine to the owner now?
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:16:00 AM
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Okay I'm clueless. Did you say there's something up for auction that might work?
Allow me to bore you all with a few details since you mentioned a donation. KMB is a 501c3 organization. Five years ago a small group of us decided to wrestle our small community (population 1400) back from the hands of the grim reaper. It was about to dry up. We started by tearing down old houses, painting the remaining businesses, planting flowers, etc. This summer we won the Keep Texas Beautiful Governor's award for the 2nd time. In Texas that means a $65,000 landscaping project through TxDOT. Their project will include landscaping, possibly retaining walls, planters, irrigation, lighting, trees, etc. We provide everything else. With out last prize we were able to raise over $35,000 for decorative street lights and 3 bronze sculptures. That's a lot of money for poor cotton farmers and teachers. Anyway, we will soon meet with the TxDOT architect and we are trying to get as much information as possible on this machine so that it can be a part of his design. Thanks for "schooling" me. I'm trying to learn as much as possible.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:09:39 PM
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Since you are enjoying the debate, why not just build a replica and not waste a good traction engine, or find a portable? Any engine out there can be rebuilt with enough money and ambition as far as I am concerned. There are already tooooooooooo many engines sitting out in people’s yards rotting away that are the old “I’ma gona restorez this injen somesday!” What they really mean is that they are not going to do anything with it, let it sit out and rust away and then they will die and it will be sold at auction by their heirs that are not interested in it and then they can fight over the money. Had the owner sold it years ago, it could have been an engine that might not have cost as much or required as much work to restore.

Sorry, I just sat back and read this thread long enough about folks trying to volunteer engines or parts to go to waste. After seeing the 9hp at the Cumming, GA show last year and then Brad Kelly’s engine steamed up in the photos, I wish I would have bid on that engine from 6 flags and plunked a lot of loot into it…………….

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Old 08-08-2007, 03:36:05 PM
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Karen, you could post the time of day here, and it likely would end up being debated.
But it is usually educational though.
Eastern or Central??
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:17:56 PM
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Eastern or Central??
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In the last month, it seems mostly Mountain-Daylight? Maybe my sparring partners have been using Farquhar's spring water? That hadn't occured to me.
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:51:13 PM
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Okay guys! You did it! I am hooked! I am the farthest thing from an antique tractor fan. I prefer the theatre and a book of poetry. But I found myself at the American Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock this weekend. I saw a Kitten steam traction engine and found myself photographing it like it was a new grandbaby. How does that happen???

This is so interesting. Now I'm "itchin'" to go to a tractor show. So just call me a new fan!

Karen
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:02:21 PM
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Default Re: Steam Thresher Wanted

now after you get that first smell of wood and coal smoke with a little steam oil it will be all over for you it was for me then you cant cet enough of the steam and gas shows and next you will want your own engine

hope you enjoy all this
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:53:19 PM
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Okay guys! You did it! I am hooked! I am the farthest thing from an antique tractor fan. I prefer the theatre and a book of poetry. But I found myself at the American Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock this weekend. I saw a Kitten steam traction engine and found myself photographing it like it was a new grandbaby. How does that happen???

This is so interesting. Now I'm "itchin'" to go to a tractor show. So just call me a new fan!

Karen
Karen,

Welcome to a neat hobby!

That Kitten you photographed came from up by me here in Michigan. It was owned by Walter Knapp. I have a photo of it sitting on the lowboy at our farm. My Dad hauled for years before Walter passed away. I hate that it is just sitting down there. It needed some serious TLC before Walter passed away.......Look up the Kitten thread & you will see it.

Should you need some encouragement, please ask. ....we "females" can run the engines just as well (if not BETTER!) than the boys! Here's a shot of me running my 24 Port Huron this weekend at the LaGrange, IN show. I was pulling a 10 bottom JD plow.... that had been the lead plow for the Rantoul Case exhibition... My 12 yr old niece, Marissa was up there with me. She helped her Dad (my brother, Rol) run his 20 hp rear mount double Nichols & Shepard around at the show.

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Karen,

If you want to go to a show in Texas, the best is in Temple the 1st weekend in October (5-7).

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Okay guys! You did it! I am hooked! I am the farthest thing from an antique tractor fan. I prefer the theatre and a book of poetry. But I found myself at the American Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock this weekend. I saw a Kitten steam traction engine and found myself photographing it like it was a new grandbaby. How does that happen???

This is so interesting. Now I'm "itchin'" to go to a tractor show. So just call me a new fan!

Karen
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I am very interested in the debate back and forth about the models and makes. If it helps, this event took place in 1904. That should narrow the possible models.

Karen
Karen,

Be careful in what you ask for.....steam discussions can be more volatile than religion & politics!

Beth...still CASELESS!
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Karen,

Be careful in what you ask for.....steam discussions can be more volatile than religion & politics!

Beth...still CASELESS!
Especially when the letters C-A-S-E are involved!

Mike "with a Case of Case" Owning McKnight
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The front wheel angle iron cast steered chain appeared to be pre 1904 Case 15 hp.
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