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Silly things people ask at a show...


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Old 10-17-2010, 08:19:51 PM
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Default Silly things people ask at a show...

I thought I'd start a thread to see what kind of funny,silly or even dumb questions people ask about your engines at a show. I'll start with a couple.

I have a water pump just circulating water thru a 10 gallon syrup bucket and several people have asked... "are you making water"

A guy walks up and watches for a min then ask "what the H*!! is that popping noise"

Lets hear yours....
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Had a father tell his son that my FM Z 1 1/2 was a steam engine (because it was pulling a squirrel cage fan and really boiling). I explained as gently as I could that while some of these engines MAY run on steam, this one was running on gas. Tried not to show dad up. They both asked a lot of questions after that.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:27:23 PM
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I was running my Vaughan Flex Tred walk behind crawler around a show and someone asked me if it was a Gravely.
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Hey!!! those are those engines that run on water!!!
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

At my displays I had a guy one time tell the other guy he was with that the drip oiler was the gas tank. Also have had people ask if the hopper was the gas tank, or "what is the water for" Hear that one alot. Had another guy ask where the steam came from to run the (Stover) engine And another. "whats the gas can for?"........
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Why do you have maple syrup dripping down in that thing?
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Several also ask... what is the sparkplug for
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

forgot one........Lady says "what is that thing?".....me..."its an antique gas engine"........lady......"well whats it for?"...........me........"it was used back in the early 1900's to run flat belt driven equipment on farms, industrial settings, factories, shops and so on"........lady........."why would you run equipment with a belt........I gave up after that point
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

At Rollag, during the parade, I had the (mis) fortune of being seated right in front of a true expert! He kept a running commentary going to another person telling how he KNEW the machines coming were steam engines because of the way they were built.

In fact, they were a group of the big prairie tractors we know and love so well. I had to keep a real tight grip on my tongue, or I would have asked him where the heck the boiler was then.

The Townsend really threw him! Guess the popping sound coming out of the exhaust didn't give the poor feller a clue!
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Had a father and son come up to us at a show, and the father was explaining how it worked, he said that you pour coffee beans into the hopper and it crushes it to make coffee...... He was being serious!

Then we explained what it really was, the hopper was for the water to cool the gas engine, and that it wasnt a coffee maker, and ended up having a good conversation.

Guess we could use the warm water to make coffee???

Its always fun to go to a show where you get people that have never seen one of these engines before, I am surprised at how many actually are interested in them when we are explaining what it is.
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The best I've heard in a while was at a show last month where a feller was explaining to his entourage that these engines didn't actually use any fuel, they used water to make steam to make the engines POP and run!~
I never knew that...Did you?!~
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

Just yesterday, a man and woman (not that young) was looking at one of our engines running. The woman, who apparently knew more than her husband, said " I wonder where the gas goes". If you think about it, this is a decent question because a lot of the time the tank is not visable in the base. To this the man, who should take a lesson from his wife, replied " there is no gas involved with these, they run off a magneto".
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i always love it when im asked "why do you collect these things?" or "why do so many people have such interest in these engines?", that always cracks me up!!
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I had a new comer that had recently purchased a JD E. He had not tried to start it yet but had down some testing of the mag and was concderned that it did not have enough spark. During our conversation I grabbed the ignitor of a running engine to demonstrate the low voltage. He looked at me like I was Superman. Once I talked him into trying it he called his buddy over and dared him to try it. Of course he wouldn't so the bets were on i.e. 'what'll give me.....'
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

You really have to expect those kinds of question from a populace that gets it's info from snippets on TV. They know more about Paris Hilton then the first 200 years of our country's history.
When I'm pumping water (recurculating bucket and pump), they will ask me if I drilled the well for the show. Then there are the smarty pants, who after finding out the date of manufacture, like my 1917 Fuller Johnson, they ask me if I bought it new. I'm not 50 yet!!!
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I all ways get "whats the big air compressor for"
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

A number of people call them "steam" engines & I hafta correct them by telling them that they're "GAS" engines...
BUT...I've had THIS asked several times, too: "Do you put corn in that big thing on top (hopper) & where does it come out???". (I argued with one guy & had a helluva time convincing him that it was a WATER HOPPER & NOT A CORN GRINDER!!!)
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I have a 6hp. jd and have been asked what i am doing with that big water pumping thingy??? Always get asked where the gas goes, and does that really burn water, those are the 2 biggest for me at the shows. Some of the younger crowd will ask what good are they. I tell them that they bring me great pleasure now, but in their day they did a lot of work that we take for granite now. They basicly did everything that you turn a switch on for now!!! Yes there were even some generator engines that put lights in peoples houses before the REC was everywhere. I shell corn and always try to find some white cobs to go along with the red ones. I explain one of the uses of the cobs, was in the outhouse. Many don't even know what that is. Any way I tell that that you use a red corn cob, and then a white corn cob to see if you need another red corn cob. The older generation just smile from ear to ear, while the younger generation looks puzzled. Marty.
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The first year I brought my 18hp twin cylinder tank cooled Detroit to a show I had a gentleman ask me if it was a whiskey still and he was serious. I guess the galvanized tank and tapered top cap with steam coming out of it threw him off. When I told him what it really was he did not seem very happy. I think maybe he was thirsty.
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One of my favorites: the gentleman ask my buddy "how do you get your engine to run so so slowly?" Without cracking a smile my friend just said "computer chip"...

Jim in Indiana
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