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The 1960 Central States Thresher man's Reunion


| November/December 1963


Here is a picture of the half-size steam traction that I built. I purchased the cylinder assembly which has a 4' bore and 4' stroke. The flywheel crank disc. reverse gear and brackets have been cast from wood patterns which were made to dimensions to fit with the size of the cylinder assembly, The flywheel is 17' dia. and 5' wide, crank disc is 8' dia. x 1' with a 13/8' shaft 26' long. The base for this engine is made to resemble a 15' dia. boiler to which the engine frame mounting brackets fit perfectly with the hope that I find someone that can furnish or sell me a 14' or 15' dia. horizontal boiler.

I am quite proud of this engine, possibly because I have designed and built a lot of it, looking at the picture it is difficult to determine the size. I should have put a yardstick in the picture with the engine for a comparison. I call this THE ROGGE ENGINE. Suppose you can guess where I got that name.

This picture was taken in front of our house at the Annual Pioneer Automobile Assoc. Meeting held at our home. It is held every year on the third Sunday in October. We also have a Port Huron 19 HP which was used that day hauling a trailer with children as passengers.

This picture was taken in Russia in 1913. The tractor is a Case 2040, two cylinder with 9' bore by 10' stroke operated at 450 rpm. The plow is a 5 bottom John Deere Engine Gang. In our opinion, it was the best plow available to us at that time. The photograph also gives you some of the appearance of the Russian Steppes as well as the people who live there. This photo graph was taken at what was the Western Asiatic frontier in the prairie lying between the Volga and Ural Rivers north of the Caspian Sea. The tractor was operated on what was known as 'White Naptha' which came from the Sorokahn Oil Fields in the Baku area and was burned just as it came from the ground. Its distillate characteristics were comparable to No. 1 fuel oil but must have had an excellent octane rating as it could be used in this tractor without any auxiliary water injector through the carburetor.

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