| January/February 1998

Well, Fall is finally upon us, and threshing has disappeared for the year in most parts of the country. By the time you read this issue, outdoor engine events will have given way to repairs and maintenance, in the barns and garages where you care for your fine machinery.

Likewise, the family begins to spend more time indoors, attending the many seasonal events that make us all grateful to be a part of our various communities. And after the many gatherings of many kinds are a warm memory of another year, we reach out to welcome 1998, approaching ever more closely to the end of the millennium. Time, perhaps, to start thinking about how we will strive to be better people in the next century, if not the next year!

1997 has been a good year for IMA. We have gotten more stories, more letters, and more compliments from our faithful subscribers. Thanks to all of you for your kind support, and please help us to keep the steam traction engine hobby alive! Send us your stories, send us your pictures and letters. Share your tales with your fellows! And now, on to the first letter:

GARY JONES, 576 Murray Street, Owatonna, Minnesota 55060 writes: 'This is a helpful hint that is aimed at novices like myself. When I am at shows I quite often visit with people who are just getting into the steam hobby and are looking for information about such and such. This letter is meant to help some of the newcomers with a problem that confused me a couple of years ago.

'In the fall, after the shows were done a few years back, my friend George Ohman from Montgomery, Minnesota, wanted to haul my 65 Case to his place to saw some lumber. George and his son Kevin picked it up with their semi a few weeks later and unloaded it at their place. After a few weeks of rain, we finally had a nice weekend and it was time to saw. George had his usual crew of friends and relatives there, ready to saw, and when I had her all fired up and was checking some things over right before sawing, my injector didn't work. This is the injector that would never fail, no matter what. The engine had performed great at four shows'

And now here I sat with egg on my face and ten people ready to saw lumber. After trying my injector tricks to no avail, George looked over the situation and went and got a five gallon pail of water right from his well. He said, 'Put your suction hose in here and try sucking the water out of the pail instead of the tender.' I opened the injector and it immediately sucked the water up and worked perfectly. George said, 'YOU'VE GOT A TANK FULL OF !!CLEAN IT OUT!!'