The Annual MMOGTA Gas Tractor Show: Come to Oakley & Hear ‘em Run
Mid-Michigan club puts on true working tractor show
This 10 hp Advance lap-seam boiler was built in 1895. “For the first 10 years it was used in the factory,” says Lon Meyers, Henderson, Mich., who bought the engine with his dad in 1983. After a factory rebuild, it was sold in 1905 with an Advance separator; the two worked together at the August show.
Bud Rosema’s Rumely Model F 15-30, fully original. The one-cylinder tractor has a 10-by-12-inch bore and stroke.
“It’s a pretty uneasy feeling to drive it,” says K.R. Hough, Hobart, Ind., shown here being coached by Justin Click in driving a Rumely line-drive tractor. “There’s no steering wheel, no clutch and no brakes. It’d probably work better with an implement behind it. Basically, you pull and release to go forward, and you pull one rein at a time for reverse. It’s like pulling the cords on window shades.”
Tinware produced by Craig Halovach.
A 1954 Allis-Chalmers forage harvester and WD-45 on the job. The pair is owned by Bill and Dorotha Bugard, Webberville, Mich.
Craig Holovach demonstrates the art of the tinsmith. In addition to kitchenware and decorative pieces, smiths also fabricated stovepipe.
Using an 1878 broom vise and locally grown broomcorn, Theresa Schonert shows how brooms were once produced. “I use brooms like these at home,” she says. “I do think they sweep better than brooms made of polyester.”
Dave Snyder’s Rumely Model G 20-40 with its original after-market cab.
This unidentified 12-14 hp single-piston steam engine with a wooden flywheel was shipped to Port Huron, Mich., in 1836.