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|Original reminiscences of IHC executives from April 1920. Includes factory photos not published elsewhere, plus manuscript and illustrations from collector Leroy Baumgardner Jr.
John Deere Balancing on Coke Bottles
New from Gas Engine Magazine Preservations Series: Coolspring, Discovering America’s Finest Antique Engine Museum.
For more than 25 years, the Coolspring Power Museum in Coolspring, Pa., has been recognized as housing the world’s finest collection of early and historically significant internal combustion engines. Designated a Mechanical Engineering Heritage Collection by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the museum boasts a collection of more than 250 engines in 20 buildings, 40 of which are profiled here in a museum overview edited by former Gas Engine Magazine editor Christian Williams.
If you’ve visited the museum before, you’ll appreciate the unique selection of engines profiled here. And, if you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Coolspring personally, you’ll simply be amazed to discover the incredible selection of historically important and technically fascinating engines preserved for engine lovers everywhere in the most amazing museum of its kind in Coolspring, Discovering America’s Finest Antique Engine Museum.
Driving a tractor was a rite of passage for every farmboy and girl. Anyone who grew up on a farm has nostalgic stories about his or her first tractor: the Farmall that replaced the draft horses, the John Deere "Poppin' Johnny" that ran forever and the cursed tractor that would never start. The long hours spent in the metal tractor seat, come rain, snow or the glaring sun, were formative in a farmer's life.
Here are 25 stories from notable rural authors relating fond or not-so-fond memories of their first tractors, including Michael Perry, Bob Artley, Roger Welsch, Bob Feller, Ben Logan, Gwen Petersen, Ralph W. Sanders, Robert N. Pripps, Patricia Penton Leimbach, Randy Leffingwell, Lee Klancher, Don Macmillan, Scott Garvey, John Dietz and more.