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South Dakota's Overby brothers, John and Theodore, designed and built the first corn picker, completing their device in 1904. Descendants of the Overby family donated the original picker to the South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, Brookings, S.D. Restorer Bill Lee spent more than 1,600 hours restoring and reassembling the picker. This video gives a glimpse into the intense restoration.

Video courtesy South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum.

For more on the Overby check out the April 2014 issue of Farm Collector, or read Corn Picker Makes a Hard Job Easier


In the October/November 2013 issue of Gas Engine Magazine, Woody Sins reports on his European antique gas engine vacation he went on with fellow enthusiast Wayne Grenning in 2013. The two made the rounds in Europe: They started at the 25th anniversary Internationale Stationaire Motorenshow Nuenen in the Netherlands, viewed private collections in the Netherlands, got access to the reserves at the Museé des Arts et Métiers in Paris and attended a special event at the Technikum at Deutz AG in Cologne, Germany. Luckily for us, Wayne captured many of the engines they saw on video. You can see the whole collection on his YouTube channel. We've included some of our favorites below.


The Crossley 2 HP "piano base" slide-valve engine from the Anson Engine Museum in England.



A Hille inverted flame ignition slide-valve at Nuenen.



Hand-starting the twin slide-valve made in Liege, Belgium by Fetu-Defize & Cie.



Starting the twin-cylinder flame ignition slide-valve 4 HP electric lighting Deutz at the Technikum.



Starting up the oldest 4-cycle Deutz engine at the Technikum.

There are many more videos on Wayne's channel. Be sure to check them out!


In the June/July 2013 issue of Gas Engine Magazine, Jim Hilgartner shares his story of rescuing and restoring a 1952 Murphy Diesel engine that spent its working life in a Northwest #25 crane. Be sure to read about Jim's restoration, and then check out video of the engine at work at the 2012 Mason-Dixon Historical Society Steam and Gas Engine Roundup in Westminster, Md., below.


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In the May 2013 issue of Farm Collector, Terry Spahr shares his story of finding the perfect miniature steam engine to make old-fashioned ice cream with. After locating and transporting the 1/3-scale, 2-cylinder custom-built Gaar-Scott model steam engine to Los Angeles, Terry hooked it up to a Country Freezer ice cream freezer to make some delicious confections.





Want to try some of Terry's delicious ice cream recipes? Here are just a few:

All of Terry Spahr’s “steam cream” recipes start with a commercial low-fat ice cream mix (vanilla or chocolate) he gets from a local dairy. To each portion he adds heavy cream on a 2-to-1 ratio (2 quarts of mix to 1 quart of heavy cream).

• Vanilla Ice Cream: To the base above, add 1 can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk and 6 tablespoons vanilla extract. There are many vanilla recipes on the Internet, but add heavy cream as an enrichment.

• Butter Pecan Ice Cream: Follow directions for the vanilla mix above and add the following: 1-1/2 tablespoons maple flavoring, 1-1/2 tablespoons butter flavoring,  1-1/2 tablespoon instant butterscotch pudding (dissolved in water or milk), 1 pound pecan halves, 1/2 stick butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Melt the butter and brown sugar in an iron skillet and add the pecans and saute until toasted and covered. Refrigerate the pecan mixture, adding when you put the base mix in the freezer (that preserves the candy-like coating on the nuts).

• AC/DC Ice Cream:  Start with the vanilla base recipe  as above and add 2 cups of maraschino cherry halves and a cup of cherry juice, 1-1/2 cups almond syrup, and 1-1/2 cups dark chocolate chips (chop the chocolate chips in a food processor before adding).

• Oreo Cookies and Cream: Start with the vanilla base recipe above. Pour into can; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. After the ice cream is finished and prior to serving, dump in a generous amount of chopped Oreo cookies.

• Chocolate Ice Cream: Start with chocolate-flavored dairy mix. Add heavy cream and chocolate syrup, about two cups.


There were lots of fun things to see at the 36th annual Meriden Antique Engine and Threshers Association Show in Meriden, Kan. In this video, a McCormick-Deering WD9 provides the belt power to run a sawmill.


According to the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshers Association website, this is a 8 hp 1-cylinder gas engine. It is installed to the side of the blacksmith shop, powering processes inside. I enjoyed watching it work - it's the first gas engine I've seen and heard in person, rather than simply on a video like this one.


Take a look at Rob Skinner's (the brains behind Western Model 1905 Geared engine that was built in 1908. It sure is a beauty, and Rob gives a great explanation of the engine's special features.

You can see more videos of Rob's engines on his YouTube page.


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