LETTERS


| March/April 1959



NEEDS HELP

We have been reading the recent issues of your magazine. In our Museum work we find some valuable information in almost every issue. Many times it is a matter of reference material, which enables us to form another link in the chain of history of some of our ancient machines.

Personally I find the letters from time to time appearing in your magazine from old time threshermen most interesting. Having been a thresherman myself, starting when I was 14 years old, pitching bundles for the first two years on an old fashion hand fed Stanley Jones combination outfit and at the age of 16 having to take over full responsibility and operate progressively larger outfits, as well as manage the crew, I must admit that I still like the smell of chaff and steam.

We invite any or all of the readers of your magazine to come up and visit us in Canada, as I guess we maybe have the largest collection of old fashioned steam and gas tractors, automobiles and horse drawn rigs that there is in quite a large area. We are not boasting but we admit we are proud of our collection, although we have a great deal yet to do to complete it.

Was wondering if some of your readers could help us. We are reconditioning a number of gas and steam tractors at the present time, and we are rather stuck on two of them. One is a Nilson Senior. This tractor, according to specifications was rated as a 36 horse power. What we are stuck on is the radiator and all the cowling, that is the engine cover, the frame work for same, as well as the screen or whatever should go in the front end where the radiator usually sits in most tractors. To remind you in the case of the Nilson Senior the radiator is at the back of the hood. In fact it is just about the centre of the engine, just in front of the steering wheel and the driver.

We have secured some pictures from our old friend, Hal Higgins, but we still can't get a detailed one of the front hood, close enough up to see how the screen or whatever arrangement was used in the front end construction, or what type of material and what design exactly.

The other tractor on which we a: stuck is the Pioneer Special, manufactured in Winona, Minnesota, rate as a 15-30 with horizontal motor. On this one we are short a radiator and the hood, in fact all the cowling in the front end of it, as well as several of the inspection plates that are made of cast off the motor. If any of the readers know where we can get any of these parts or close-up pictures of the Nilson Senior tractor taken from the front end, we would sure like to hear from you. Maybe we have something to trade that you could make use of in return.