POST CARD


| November/December 1988



Steam tractor

This 1884 Lansing 4-wheel drive steam tractor owned by Edd Sigmon is the oldest 4-wheel drive tractor in the U.S. and perhaps the world. The only one of its kind in existence, the Lansing was salvaged by Rev. Elmer Ritz-man, founder of IMA. Bought by Paul Russell of Apex, NC at Rev. Ritzman's estate auction, the Lansing was purchased by Sigmon in 1984. Built by Lansing Iron Works in Lansing, MI this unique tractor was completely disassembled when Sigmon bought it and scraped, sanded and filled before getting 23 coats of Emron paint. Restoration work was done by Robert Starnes of Newton. The Lansing is almost in mint condition today and is a real showpiece. See report on Sigmon's show where it is displayed each June on page 2.

The photo above shows three scale models built by two mode builders, one deceased and one very much alive. The engine a left is the work of Elmer Gray, P.O. Box 171, Belto, MT 59412 The other two are the work of the late Cliff Ryan of Great Falls MT, and its story was written by his widow, Gladys, of 3600 5ti Ave. South, Great Falls, MT 59405.

Elmer Gray's Model

I started to build my scale 65 Case They rolled the wrapper sheet and fire box sheet and cut 8 inch pipe to length for biomodel July 16, 1959.I bought the material for the boiler at Great Falls Iron Works. ler barrel.

I was actively engaged in farming then, and had to keep the model out of the shop, as there was no room because of tractors. I got most of the castings from Jack Kauer of Wichita, KS. Jack was an expert machinist and did much of the important machining for me.

I got some other castings from Alexander Enterprises of Kansas City. I also bought the water gauge, boiler test cocks and a couple of size hex head cap screws or bolts from Coles Power Models of Ventura, CA. The also sold me the U.S. pressure gauge.

There were no size blueprints then. Mr. Kauer suggested I get Cole 1-inch to a foot blueprints to keep my model in proper perspective, so I did, and multiplied dimensions by 3.