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| June 2000

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    George FogleTrolley puzzle
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    Frank and Pat GrensingHand-Forged Piece Stumps
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    Robert H. MillerModel Truck
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    Gary NicholsAncient norwegian stone still
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    Paul L WarnerInternational potato digger

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This trolley-winch combination is definitely a manufactured tool, not homemade, but the manufacturer and the use are unknown. If you can run this sometime, maybe the puzzle can be solved.

George Fogle, 2611 Okemos Rd., Mason, MI 48854; (517) 349-5185; fax: (517) 349-3088; email:


I have a grinder that is identical to the one pictured in the Letters section of the April 2000 issue. I purchased it at a farm auction many years ago for 50 cents. I was told it was a paint pigment grinder. Way back then, you made your own paint by buying blocks of paint pigment, pulverizing them and mixing them with linseed oil or turpentine. Color pigment could also be bought, pulverized and mixed into a prepared base paint. When I was a kid, my dad had lead roll-up tubes of prepared oil-base pigment additive. These were just like rolls of toothpaste. The pigment was brownish-red in color, and it was added to white base for painting barns. This eliminated the need for a grinder.

Ivan Pfalser, Caney, Kan.


The scale model of the Western 80 was made in the mid-1960s. Few were made. On the model, the bed was red and the cab yellow. It had a friction drive and a bed that raised, just like the full size model. The original truck was powered by two VI2 CMC diesel engines. Some of them were used in copper mines in Utah. I'm interested in knowing the value of this model. There weren't many made; mine is in excellent condition.

Robert H. Miller, 3402 Lakeside Road, Junction City, KS 66441; (785) 762-3655


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