STEAM ENGINE JOE (RYNDA) Montgomery, Minn.
Enclosing you this Xmas Day Sun Shining over one foot of Snow outside on the level a Card of my 12 hp Cyl. D. 7' S. 10' C.C. Balance Valve: Link Motion: R. F. Straw Burner; J. I. Case Threshing Machine Co., Engine No. 4348; Built 18/9/1890. Thought you might be interested in how I got this Engine. Think God gave it to me after 7 years of Praying the Rosary on my knees for the blunder I made in year 1952. In 1952 Mr. H. M. Jones of Little Falls wrote me about R. F. C. C. Case engine. His writing was not too clear and I was thinking of him referring to the R. F. C. C. 16 H. P. Case engine at Pontiac, Ill. Then my son Leonard was working at Brainerd, Minn. and stopped at H. M. Jones place in Little Falls and told me about the R. F. C. C. Case Mr. Jones sold into Indiana and then is when I felt so bad and done my praying for the blunder I made.
In 1953 we had our threshing Bee at New Prague, Minn. A stranger unloaded a Fly Wheel Steam Pump and did not want anything for it. Think it was a Miller Bolier Feed Pump. Hope I could find out who it was. 1958 Mr. Geo. Wondra of Montgomery, Minn., seen me one day and said, Grandpa the Junk Man at Warsaw ,Minn. wants to see you. He has something for you. I stopped there one day and he had for me I' Crosby Outside Huddling Chamber Pop Valve; pat. 1875; and a Hydroastic with top condensing chamber steam filled 5/8' Tubular Glass Down Feed Cylinder Lubricator, pat. 1874. Only cost me think $3.00. Year 1958 bought an 1888 J. I. Case Threshing Machine Co. catalogue from Tom Zahratka, think for $10.00. In 1959, James Shilling of Spring Grove, Minn, came over and wanted me to trade me came over and wanted to trade me his 10 H. P. Rumely for a New Case. In the Winter of 1958-59 Tom Zahratka took his Station Wagon and we drove to Spring Grove to look at the Rumley. During the visit James Schilling told me of the 12 H.P. C. C. Case that Henry Vickerman has at Canton, Minn. Mr. James Shilling took us to there about 25 miles from Grove City to Vickermans place. We called at the Vickerman house in the Hills. Mrs. Vickerman came to the door and we asked for Mr. Vickerman and she replied that he was not home. Asked if we could see the engine on the Hill in the field and Mrs. replied that was nothing to see but gave us permission to look at it. Then when we came back Mr. Vickerman was in the house. We got acquainted and since are very good friends with Grandpa and Grandma Vickerman. However Grandma wears the pants, she is the boss. James Shilling made about 3 trips to their place trying to get the engine for me reasonable and Tom Zahratka and I made about 3 trips too. But Grandma stuck out for $1,500 once I offered her $1,000 and finally after almost a year of negotiation she took me up on the offer and I paid her the $1,000.
Her son-in-law and daughter were here about a month ago and got a Xmas card from Vickerman that they would like to come to see the engine next Summer steamed up.
This engine did not have any of the parts above mention on it and according to the 1888 Case Catalogue they all belong on it. Now I don't think that I could have that much luck or even if God gave me 4 talents that wouldn't be enough and I don't think that I have even 2. So think it was God's doing.
The Miller pump bolt holes fit the Feed Water Heater Cover holes like if it were made for it. The Boiler is like new, it was grease covered, even the 60,000 Pound Flange Steel Stamping looks like it came from the Steel Mill last week. Pumped the boiler 182 lbs. cold water and not a leak. The engine can have on 90 pounds of Steam and if you did not look at the Steam Gauge you would not know it was even warm. The Gearing is like new. The North-field Foundry and Machine Shop of Northfield, Minn. made me a new Alloy High Strength Counter Shaft without any charge. That was broke. The cylinder was full of saw dust and the Piston rod was ate up so put in a New one of Stainless Steel.
The engine had been tipped once and it has on some other Fly Wheel with curved spokes instead of Case Fly Wheel with Straight 6 Spokes.
The 2' Waters Governor top was also broke and they replaced the top from another Waters governor which has a different flange. On Oct. 8, 1961, Budinske Brothers brought me a 2' Waters Governor the top of which will match the base of the Governor on the Engine and for only $13.00. Son Leonard and others tell me don't change the governor as this governor of Makeshift top work so perfect when a Wet bundle hits the Ajator Cylinder the drive belt flips up and about 3 barks and everything is to normal again.
Would like to know if any one has a R. F. C. C. Case with the large steam chest with the Case Balance Valve. It was made by Case about 1888 to 1891. My Direct Flue Case 10 H. P. No. 5103 is built 4/5/1892 and that has the small Steam Chest and plain D. Valve and two Fly Wheels and Friction Clutch.