In 1985, when Dick Moody got a lead on a 1930 Cletrac K20, plowing snow was the last thing on his mind. But old iron has a funny way of calling the shots. “I didn’t know what a Cletrac was,” he says, “but I had always wanted a crawler, and being young – in my early 40s, and ‘can do anything’ – I went to look at it. It did look pretty sad, very rusty with no paint showing, no tin, gas tank badly dented, engine stuck, no magneto and no carburetor. Still, being young and stupid, I bought it for $450.”
Back when Dick was restoring the Cletrac, Wayne Fisher – the man who’d loaned him the tin work – asked if he wanted an old wooden snow plow that had been used with a Cletrac Model K20 years before. Left sitting behind Wayne’s barn for years, the plow – a Sargent built in Bangor, Maine – was in bad shape. “Still being young and foolish,” Dick says, “I drug it home.”
Dick didn’t exactly rush forward with restoration. “I piled the pieces behind my barn,” he says, “where they continued to rot for another 25 years.” In 2012, his wife asked him to move the remnants and Dick gave the plow a second look. “I thought it would be a good little winter project,” he says. He and his wife literally dug the plow out of the ground; she even used a metal detector to find parts. Dick spent a lot of time studying what remained. “First I had to figure out how it was supposed to work,” he says.
He laid the pieces out in his garage but none of it made sense. He tried to find information online but had little success. He found an advertisement for a Sargent snow plow for Cletrac 12s and 20s with a line drawing and dimensions. “But I still didn’t know how the lift mechanism worked, how the plow was attached to the tractor or how the two wings were attached and lifted,” he says, “things I thought were sort of important.” FC
Find out how Dick Moody solved the puzzle for the snowplow in the below video and read the full story in: Master Sargent Snowplow: Tackles Snowdrifts With Ease.
For more information:
- Dick Moody, New Boston Livery Co., P.O. Box 148, 19 Baker Ln., New Boston, NH 03070; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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.