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Old 10-18-2010, 02:44:13 PM
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

At every show, when I'm driving around on the Hoyt-Clagwell, someone will ask where the radiator cap is on the ZC-52 engine.

I politely explain to them that the radiator is actually a condenser, returning the steam from the hopper to water over and over.

I also go on to tell them that it's a very efficient system. I only have to add about a pint of water a year. I say that I guess the process wears the water out.

Only occasionally I find someone who falls for it.

That's all part of the fun of showing off engines.

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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

I had my Thornycroft marine engine complete with 12" propellor at a show with an advertising poster showing a ships lifeboat , and I was asked " what was it used for " ?

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"That's a pretty big sewing machine ya got there!"
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:48:47 PM
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

"What's that noise the engine makes every now and then", I said "that is the engine firing". Next question "what's it doing the rest of the time". My answer: "coasting".
Once it is warmed up (which can take a while) my 12hp R&V will do 42 revolutions between firing
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This year at one of the shows a guy came up to me and asked what my 1 1/2 M was used for. I told him I didn't know what it was origionally used for but now we use it to cook hot dogs,and I proceded to pull out a baggie loaded with cooked dogs from the hopper.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:13:39 PM
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Several years ago we had the Economy in my Avitar at Welton Arizona for the big show and it was making steam after a day of hard running...had 2 men and their gals come by in their brand new "wanna be biker" leathers...lots of fringe and all...really "dolled up"...the "tough guy" asked what the steam was about...I told him about the evaporative cooling...he asked "how hot"? I said "hot enough to make steam"...he decided to test it for himself (and his girlfriend) and plunged his hand into the hopper....pulled it back pretty quick...in addition to being really hot I had a hole drilled into the stand pipe to bleed off compression for the oiler and a mist of oil was spraying into the hopper all day long. The sleeve fringe of his new fancy leathers were covered with a nice film of oil...."Y'all come back now ya hear".
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I have a marine engine running a shaft and propellor enclosed in a perspex sided box . I have styrene beads in the box . A father told his son that I was making beads for bean bags .
Sometime I feel sorry but you dont want to embarrass dad.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:53:02 PM
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For thoes of you who may not be familiar with them, I have two "Hoberman Spheres". They are a childs toy plastic ball. They are made of many pieces kind of like an old erector set. They collapse to a 9"diameter and look like a "porcupine". They expand to a 30" diameter and look like a geodesic frame work.

I hang them from a "T" frame. I use a 1 1/2 hp Sattley engine, belt it to a Green Giant pump jack. I attach strings to the arms of the pump jack, run them through pulleys up the arms of the "T" frame and attach them to the spheres.

As the engine runs, turning the pump jack, the strings alternatly pull the spheres open and closed. As one opens, the other one closes. This really attracts the kids, and I see them pointing out to their parents how it works.

I had one middle aged man look the whole display over, then ask "Is there a little battery that makes them open and close?"
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

The one I get the most is how many horse power does it have.
When you say 1 3/4 they look at you like your nuts and most say something like my mower has 3 1/2 hp and it is 1/4 the size so you must be kidding me right.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:34:46 PM
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

While traveling to a show last weekend a car with two men, and the one in the passenger side had his arm going around and around explaining the engine to the driver. The driver had a perplexed look and was muttering it seemed. Round and round?
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:50:53 PM
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My brother got the idea to put tennis balls in the hoppers
Some of the explanations that guys give there other halves are hilarious "the fuzz on the ball does...." insert any crazy thing you can think of Sometimes we just keep quiet but sometimes there sooo far of base tht we have to say something but most of the time we just nicely tell them its so that people will ask questions
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Everyone ask's me, "What you going to do with it now?"
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I have 7 engines bolted to my show trailer and numerous times have been starting one and someone ask... "that yours..." I say yes sir, sure is. They say "all of these on trailer yours... "
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

Had two old fellow almost get in a fist fight arguing about my Massey Ferguson 97 (built by Minneapolis Moline for sale by Massey). One insisting that it was a Minneapolis Moline and the other insisting that it was a Massey Ferguson . They just couldn't believe that both were right until I showed them the engine plate.
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

When I had my Case 60hp engine people routinely would ask "What does it run on?"

Um.......there IS a reason they are called STEAM engines.......anyway.......I always found the time to explain things.......

Lots of times what WE regard as "stupid" questions lead to some interesting conversations.......
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When I had my Case 60hp engine people routinely would ask "What does it run on?"

Um.......there IS a reason they are called STEAM engines.......anyway.......I always found the time to explain things.......

Lots of times what WE regard as "stupid" questions lead to some interesting conversations.......
Yep, I do enjoy explaining it to someone that's really interested and cares about what we do...
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2 men and their gals come by in their brand new "wanna be biker" leathers...lots of fringe and all...really "dolled up"..


I think fringe has replaced the Bolo tie in Arizona
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I once just gave up answering by mouth (for the 110th time) and hung a sign on my H & M engine that read: "It is a water pump".
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Re... "It's a water pump"

Each of the engines on my exhibit have an attached sign that states in large letters:
When the engine was built
The model number
The HP rating
For what it might have been used (often including a picture of the piece of equipment it ran)

Of course I like to talk to the folks who stop by my exhibit with questions but...
Guess what questions I get asked over and over again?
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

A couple weeks ago at the Cabotfest,,I was the only load of engines there and I was asked these questions at that show,(The usual) ,Is that a Steam engine,what do they do ,Is that a Tractor,,it that a fire engine,,and is that a train,,,I was close to a couple sets of train tracks and there were fire trucks close by,,I answered questions all day because it wasn't a engine show,,this is the second year I've taken them,,I enjoy it,,the town mayor seen them a few years ago and asked if I would bring them,he seen them at my work a few years on the base,(Family day),,,,,,Thanks,,,,Jim
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