The Centaur article in the February 2006 issue generated a lot
of response from Farm Collector readers. Several folks
wanted to sell me Centaur tractors they own, while others needed
One, Paul Thompson from Delaware County, Ohio, pointed out an
error in the caption of the photo of the Tractaire air compressor
tractor. I stated that the engine and the air compressor shared a
common crankshaft, but had separate block assemblies. This is
pretty much impossible; a common crankshaft requires a common block
and the engine in the Tractair was, in fact, cast en bloc.
Paul owns a Tractair that he purchased from the Guipel Paving
Co., once located in nearby Dublin, Ohio.
I appreciate Paul correcting my mistake, and apologize to the
readers for letting the error creep into the article.
– Sam Moore
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