There is another Magic Kingdom in Florida: the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club show grounds
The General Store at Flywheeler Park. Buildings like this make up the village at the Florida Flywheelers' showgrounds. The buildings offer a touch of history, and a handsome way to house members' collections.
A look at the village (from left to right): church (under construction); an early "cracker" house; and tobacco barn (also under construction).
Blacksmith Carl Austin, Zolfo Springs, at work in his shop in the village.
A covered bridge – built with lumber from the club's sawmill – copied from one in Indiana.
This 150 hp Fairbanks Morse diesel engine is typical of units used in communities throughout Florida in the 1930s. Donated to the club by the city of Sanford, Fla., the engine weighs 22,000 pounds and stands 8.5 feet tall. "It was unusual to find an engine like that in that good a condition," said Flywheelers president Dick Edwards. "We just cleaned it up, and painted it, and replaced some missing piping." The engine's maximum rpm is 300. "It's not a high speed engine," he said.
A 1928 Koehring Dumptor: If you look for one of these anywhere else, you're likely to be disappointed. "It's very rare; one of a kind," said Flywheelers president Dick Edwards. Flywheelers member Lew Donaldson – also a member of the Antique Construction Equipment Club – found the Dumptor in Grand Rapids, Mich. The unit was originally used in road construction, particularly in sandy areas where other equipment might get bogged down. Manufactured in Milwaukee, Wis. (serial number 122), the Dumptor is powered by two 10-20 McCormick-Deering tractor engines, one on each track. It hauls five cubic yards, and weighs more than 20,000 pounds. "It was all complete but one magneto when we got it," Lew said. "We had to rebuild both engines; it hadn't run since '55. And both tracks were stuck solid; they wouldn't turn." Lew got the Dumptor to Flywheeler Park in January. With help from several enthusiastic assistants, the unit was up and running about a month later.
The 1928 Koehring Dumptor
A 2 1/2 hp Aermotor, shown by Lindo Harvell, Laurinburg, N.C.
The motif of ears of corn and ox heads on the 1897 Sears kettle.