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Steam traction engine race

Taken August 2, 1959 at Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club, Carlton Park, Hastings, Michigan. The crowd is moving up to the next event the steam traction engine race which will take place at the foot of the hill ahead of the crowd. Tractors at left

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It is 6hp and has no spark plug. There is a compression relief lever to facilitate hand cranking. They, Otto Hintz and his son Otto, Jr., used this engine for a long time but someone used calcium chloride for anti-freeze and left the stuff in the cooling system so that a number of holes have been eaten through the cast iron. I believe by some careful welding, reboring and a new piston, etc., it can be restored. Cylinder head and cylinder valves seem to be restorable.

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