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Lake Itasca Show - Hudson Thurber engine?


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Old 08-21-2005, 08:57:56 PM
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Default Lake Itasca Show - Hudson Thurber engine?

There was a nice Threshing / Tractor / Engine show in MN this weekend near the begining of the Mighty Mississip (Lake Itasca).
"Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers' Show"
I drooled on one orphan engine that I'd never heard of. It's a Hudson Thurber.
Does anyone know anything about these engines? It was made in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The owner said it was a basket case when he got it. The rocker arm is homemade, but I believe he said most else was original.
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Default Re: Lake Itasca Show - Hudson Thurber engine?

Tom, I hate to burst your bubble , but that engine was actually made by the Armstrong Gas Engine Co. out of either Waterloo, IA or Charles City, IA depending on serial number and year produced. The company of Hudson Thurber was actually a selling outlet that the Armstrong company used to market the engines. They are neat engines. By what I see the mixer is not origional. It shgould have had a mixer that stuck strait out the side of the head. I have a 7Hp model Armstrong myself. Wish I could afford a smaller version as well. If you would like some history on the Armstrong company let me know.
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I asked the owner if it's possible that his Hudson Thurber was made by someone else, but he didn't think so........ he even had a Hudson Thurber wrench that someone gave him. My bubble won't be as "bursted" as the owner when he learns of the real manufacture! Thanks.
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I'd like to change the subject a little bit and ask if you saw any activity over at the hot air engine shed. The main organizer of the hot air show, Ole Berge, died recently. I'm wondering what will become of the hot air operation now that he is gone.

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The hot air building activity was done somewhat from the small exhibitors, but most of the larger stationary hot air engines from last year were up and running. Mr. Ellis, 99 1/4 years old, was there again in the evening music show singing and playing his violin......... older than a lot of our antique engines! Some Hot air photos attached.
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Thank you, Tom, for the pictures and report of hot air activity.

Do you recall who showed the fluidyne pump and Bremen engine? Was it Neal James, by any chance?

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Sorry, the only person I knew in the hot air building was Mr. Talonen,
who had a variety of small model hot air engines.
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Tom, I hate to burst your bubble , but that engine was actually made by the Armstrong Gas Engine Co. out of either Waterloo, IA or Charles City, IA depending on serial number and year produced. The company of Hudson Thurber was actually a selling outlet that the Armstrong company used to market the engines. They are neat engines. By what I see the mixer is not origional. It shgould have had a mixer that stuck strait out the side of the head. I have a 7Hp model Armstrong myself. Wish I could afford a smaller version as well. If you would like some history on the Armstrong company let me know.
I have a steam pressure gauge made by Ashcroft, where the user Company name is Hudson & Thurber CO out of Minneapolis. It reads to a Max of 300 psi and I was told it had been used as a replacement gauge on a steam traction engine. I believe it to be a rather newish gauge as both the case and the bezel are stamped steel. I believe that Ashcroft supplied these under a contract?? with H & T--who in turn sold them as a replacement part to be used on whatever the customer might have.
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