The cover picture is of Harvey Hoffman, Rheems, Pa., and his famous engine. Harvey is a well-known and respected citizen and thresherman. He exhibits this engine at all the Central Pennsylvania Reunions and Meets.
The engine is kept in mint condition and it always attracts much attention.
It is a Frick a very popular engine of the East.
Here are snapshots of the engine that I have been working on the last three years off and on. Our daughter is looking it over. It is all made from scrap iron. The smoke box door is an old corn planter box lid, the boiler a 8' gas main. The smoke stack is the cast iron hub of a wooden wagon wheel. The steeling gear is from a Deering binder head. The steering wheel is a neck yoke ring. The water glass a stem from a coffee per coater. The cyl., crank disc, governor and wheels are made up of odds and ends. The front spokes are 40pd. spikes and the rear are 5/16 rod. It has a 2 x 3 cyl. I use a cross head pump, displacement oiler and link reverse. It is fired with wood or coal. Grates are from a corn sheller cob stacker. There are 4-1 flues. Seems to fire quite well. I still have the differential, clutch and draft doors to make. I have had as much fun making this engine as running it. I also made a 1/4 size 24 x 40 separator some years ago to use it on.
The other engine is an Ajax. This type of engine was used in oil fields on oil drill rigs. It is belted to merry-go-round.
This picture was taken by Ernest Hoffer, 2225 Front Street, Toledo, Ohio. 'Erny' and his wife are avid steam fans and excellent photographers, having supplied the Editor with many photography classics. The picture comes from the collection of a good member and friend of THE AMERICAN THRESHER-MAN ASSOCIATION, Mr. A. H. 'Ace' Shear of 35135 Joy Road, Plymouth, Michigan. A native of Illinois by birth, Ace Shear has performed with various engines at previous shows of the Association and is looking forward to meeting his old friends at the Pinckneyville exhibition.