Farm Collector

Letters to the Editor

Waterloo pump jacks and engines, continued

I really enjoy the Farm Collector. It is amazing all
the things that were made and invented to make life easier. Some
were amazing for the times they were made; some are even revived
and improved for use today.

I am writing in regards to an article in the April 2005 issue of
Farm Collector on the Waterloo pump jack. I am a collector
of old stationary engines and machines as well as anything from the
past, including bottles and license plates, to name a few. I also
have a couple of John Deere GP tractors, one of which (a
wide-tread) was my dad’s. I grew up on that tractor and have many
fond memories of it and my dad.

Back to the pump jack: I was fortunate to come across an engine
and pump jack coupled together. As you can see from the photos,
this is what the pair looks like when hooked together. I have taken
it to a few shows, and many people have never seen one like it. I
have also been to the big John Deere show in Waterloo, Iowa, and
have never seen a set-up like it.

The article in the April issue showed a photo of a pump
jack-driving disc with “Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. Waterloo,
Iowa” cast into it. I have pump jacks cast with “John Deere,” “John
Deere Tractor Company, Waterloo Iowa USA,” and “Dain Mfg. Co.,
Ottumwa, Iowa USA.” I have others stashed someplace, but I don’t
know what the castings on those are.

I know John Deere took over the Dain Manufacturing Co. Dain made
an overshot hay stacker that was bought out by them, so I assume
they did the same with the pump jack. The parts book I have is
dated January 1927, so I’m assuming they took it over shortly
before that. In fact, my parts book has a hand-written notation on
the page pertaining to the pump jack: “See Dain price list.” Also,
notice the change in the main housing. I don’t know when they did
this, but it looks like a good improvement.

Norman Osnes
541 N. Green St.
Valentine, NE 69201-1622

New Zealander looking for info on shearing equipment

First, can I say greetings to you and your readers from the
North Island of New Zealand, and say how much we enjoy Farm
magazine each month, and all the information it
contains. Can I compliment you on the editorial in the April 2005
issue? You have a wonderful knowledge of what collecting is all

My main interest in collecting is sheep shearing machinery. I
have machinery dating from 1900 to the present day, mostly all
restored to its original condition. As I gather information from
several countries, I would like a contact in your country with a
view to gaining some information on the Stewart Sheep Shearing Co.,
and hopefully pass on some of the information that I have on other

In my younger days as a professional shearer, I shore 35,000
each season, but now run a cattle farm with three Ferguson

Tony Lock
Makirikiri Road
Marton, New Zealand 6450

Pumping both ways

This is a pump that will pump both ways. It will pump 5 gallons
in 10-15 seconds with the handle that sticks up in the air. It can
also be run with a gas engine, as I have tried it. There is no name
on it. Do any readers know where it was manufactured and what it
was used for?

Leroy J. Pearson
3718 W. St. Road 18
Delphi, IN 46923
(574) 967-3326

Putting hay hooks back to work

Here is a good use for those old hay hooks hanging in the barn.
Mount them to a 6-foot-by-6-foot pole and paint a jumbo-size
mailbox like a bale of straw, and voilá! You have the most unique
mailbox in the neighborhood. That’s what I did, and let me tell
you, it gets a lot of looks!

I love to bring the old John Deere tractors back to life and
show them to the kids at parades, but have found out that the ones
that get more excited about them are the old timers who remember
using them when they were kids and the tractors were new.

I love the magazine; keep up the good work and God bless!

Mark Grimes
Valley Center, Kan.

Neighbors remember the Dain tractor

In reference to the letter (Farm Collector, June 2005,
page 4) by Dale H. Brumm. That John Deere Dain tractor used to set
across the fence on the Timm farm adjoining the farm my brother,
Elmer Walters, rented from his father-in-law, Andrew Schlink, near
Altura, Minn. It’s the only one in the world that I know of. I’m
from Dover, Minn., 20 miles from Altura. My wife, Eileen, and I
have seen the John Deere Dain in parades in this area. It is very
interesting to us since my brother Elmer and his wife Cindy
remember seeing it across the fence from their farm. I have a toy
replica of it. I enjoy Farm Collector.

Glenn Walters
16001 Quincy Road N.E.
Dover, MN 55929-1207

Unknown tractor purchased at sale

I own this tractor, which I bought at a sale. There are no
plates or identification on the tractor. Can anyone help?

Irvin Smith Sr.
5185 Old Harrisburg Road
York Springs, PA 17372

Searching for horse-drawn equipment paint colors

I have just started collecting antique horse-drawn farm
equipment. I am especially interested in sickle mowers, dump rakes,
cultivators and discs. I would like to restore and paint these
pieces of equipment to their original colors. I am wondering if any
readers know of the original colors of these pieces.

Gary Mason
655 Mason Lane
Gladys, VA 24554

Check out this twin set

After seeing several pictures over the years of “twinning”
tractors, I thought I might try something I hadn’t seen before. So,
I put two Farmall Model H tractors together. They can be operated
from either seat. You can also power it by one engine or both: It
is up to the operator. There is a clutch and transmission for each
one. If you are using one power train and you come to a hill and
start to lose momentum, you can simply engage the second power
train, and double the power and away you go. I wanted to keep the
two tricycle front ends, so I fastened the two together and linked
the steering together so you can steer from either seat. The rear
tires are only 7-1/2 feet apart from the outer edge. There is
enough rear axle to make it a dually if you want.

My two great-granddaughters like to imagine that they are
driving through the fields and having fun.

David Evans
York County, Pa.

Combine harvester info sought by reader

I am looking for information on old pull-type combine harvesters
like Caterpillar, Holt, John Deere 36, International Harvester 51,
Harris – what were they like in the 1930s and 1940s?

D. Bowman
8292 Liberty Road S.
Salem, OR 93706

Case gets a second wind

This Case VAC tractor was purchase new in 1952 by Truman and
Chelsea Mullins, my wife’s parents, Jackson, Ohio. The tractor was
built on Sept. 7, 1950. It was used on the Mullins farm to bale hay
and clear land. The tractor has about 16.98 HP on the belt and
12.54 on the drawbar, and weighs 3,199 pounds.

The VAC was built from 1942-1956. Production stopped in 1943-44
during World War II. The VAC is a dual wheel tricycle-front row
crop tractor. The Case VA Series was the first to use the new Eagle
hitch system introduced by Case in 1949. The Case VAC was built as
a means of competing with Ford and Ferguson tractors. Nearly
150,000 VAC tractors were built in a 14-year production run. Cost
of a VAC in 1942 was about $710; by 1952 it had risen to about
$1,380. We are the current owners.

Ron and Debbie Kanouse
South Webster, Ohio


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