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Old 04-30-2010, 02:24:56 PM
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This building is still in Harlan Iowa minus the lettering.

The gas engine is on the original cart.
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"T K Nelson began m'f'g gasoline eng's in Harlan in 1896...established first auto repair shop in Shelby County. In 1905...Nelson Gas Eng Co became Nelson Gas Eng & Auto'ble Co.
...first car had 3cyl 4 stroke AC eng of his own design...also built its frame, friction drive...diff and brakes...upholstery and...fenders. Body???... "
Nelson believed autos were flash in the pan, never built another, but repaired, and invented motor stands, burning-in stands (??), a crankshaft truing device and other eqpmt...(all per Std Cat Amer'cn Cars 1805-1942.
Car in pic doesn't look like Nelson pic in book (my copy a cheap reprint, the Nelson pic quite hazy, with boy with bike alongside, but the Nelson much more substantial.
Any existing copies of the local paper of those days??
Neat old pic!.
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Not sure of existing copies of the paper from those days but i will ask my Mother in law-she lives in Harlan and is T.K's Grand Daughter.
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Was just wondering if TK built more than just the one car.
Many thxx for making inquiry. Bud
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Hello Bud,google "Nelsongasengine" and it will take you to"1915 Shelby Co.Iowa Biographies". In that article it states that Nelson built "an automobile for himself".Nothing else is mentioned of other autos,only tractors and gas engines.
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(Sigh)...I always did read too much...
That quite nice 1915 bio said TK was working on two gasoline tractor engines, a 2 cyl opposed 71/2x8, and a 4 cyl vertical 61/2x8, quite large for a vertical, each to go into a different tractor...
No mention of a Nelson tractor from Harlan appears in I&T's tractor history books or in Wendels Std Cat or his Encyclopedia (of US farm tractors). Nor does TK or his Co appear in Wendels 900 names list of US tractor m'f'rs, apparently culled from trade and published sources, etc, which includes a fair number for which announcements were made but no production could be verified (some no doubt selling stock to widows and orphans)...
Now I wonder if TK ever got either of his tractors together...
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I am searching for a good mechanic whom is experienced in FM Mags.
would you please forward this message onto a good mechanic.
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Where is the building at in Harlan? Do you know the address?
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