The operator had returned home but stored the machinery with a relative
At that time Kansas laws regarding Chattel Mortgage Sales, required Sale Notices posted in at least five public places and at least. 10 days before the date of the sale. I posted the notices and went to attend to other business.
Between the date of posting the notices and the sale, no commitments relative to selling or buying the machinery were supposed to be made, neither was the machinery to be moved.
When I returned for the sale, to my amazement, during the 10 days, the dealer steamed the engine and moved a church building. It was a heavy load. The dealer was conscientious. I doubt, he thought he did a wrong.
After the sale, I drove to Hays-26 miles. An operator's engine was too small. He traded for the engine at Plainville although he had but a day's threshing. The Company was to deliver the engine.
It was necessary ho ford the Saline river which flows 10 miles south of Plainville, but the ford at that point could not be used to cross with an engine because of quicksand. I was directed to a ford several miles west. The road from Plainville to that ford was fairly good. I forded the river with the engine but when south of the river there was no returning to the Hays road. South of the river were hills, rocks and canyons for 8 miles. The road was not much more than a cowpath. Houses were few and water scarce. It seemed the most lonely and desolate region upon which the sun ever shone. I was happy when I emerged from those hills and gorges with a noisy engine, upon the flats northwest of Hays. Many pumps pump oil from beneath those hills and gorges through which I drove that engine that day.
When about half way to Hays, in those hills, the engine developed a peculiar noise. I stopped ;it and examined the bearings. They were properly adjusted. When started again, the noise continued, t stopped the engine again and removed the connecting rod, examined all the bearing and assembled them. Readjusting did no good. It continued noisy until delivered. The buyer threshed his work that remained with the engine but it continued noisy. He said, 'he could not locate the noise', I told him I would return, re-lire and re-babbitt the crankshaft.
When the piston was removed, I discovered the piston was loose on the rod. That had caused the noise. The Company shipped him a new piston and rings. I re-lined and re-babbitted the crankshaft. The engine was ready for the piston and rings.
He had had much experience with engines. I trusted him to install the rings and piston. He did. threshed half a day with the engine and said, 'it pounded worse than ever.' Advance Thresher Co. shipped him a new engine. I wished no dissatisfied customers.
I have wondered 46 years, what part, if any, moving that heavy building played in loosening that piston. When I pulled the engine into Plainville, it made no similar noise. While driving it to Hays, I was careful with it, running the engine at normal speed, I never removed governor belts.