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Gas Traction Big 4 from Blomgren Estate


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Old 10-15-2010, 03:52:59 PM
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They are truly awesome tractors to drive. When driving the Little Log House tractor, it is so big it becomes dangerous to drive alone. My wife usually goes along side the engine to watch the front wheels so no kids run in front of it.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:27:05 PM
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Just a note to make sure the story is even more clear. Morris would have acquired this chassis from the original Reynolds Museum owned by Mr. Stan Reynolds. After Mr. Reynolds completed his gift to the Province of Alberta, he began to sell off surplus machines in the interest of expanding his aviation collection a large part of it is now part of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum, owned and operated by the Province of Alberta.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:47:10 PM
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How many Big 4 tractors still exist?
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Bubbles, David Parfitt has ninteen 30s listed.
http://www.steel-wheels.net/registereb.html
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With the amount of progress done in such a short time, it obviously went to a good home.

Keep us posted on the progress.
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Bubbles, David Parfitt has ninteen 30s listed.
http://www.steel-wheels.net/registereb.html
Thanks for the link.

Are there any (30's) that are not listed on David's list?

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Bubbles, I'm sure there are more, and I'm sure that some of the Big Four aficionados that will be reading this thread will chime in.
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I know of one still in the wild!
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:28:44 PM
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Onkel G,

In your back yard????

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Way to go Allan. We saw your tractor at the hastings show this year and took a picture of out son Emerson with the restored tractor. Maybe you would be kind enough to give us a ride on it when you get it done. Can't wait to see the finnished product and glad it stayed local and did not go over the pond.
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I know of one still in the wild!
Aww c'mon Onkel G, how 'bout some pics of that!!!!!! Don't have to reveal the location, just I and many other stakers would love to see pics of some old iron like that.
Gives us something to dream about!

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Allan,

A great project that went to a great home.

In your photos I see another Big 4, are you using that one for patterns? Who owns that one?

Do you own the machine shop that is doing the machining.

This restoration is a feat of a giant!

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The other one in the picture is owned by The Little Log House Village in Hastings Mn. and yes we are using it for some of our patterns. Other patterns have used from the Flatmoe family tractor.

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In regards to Big 4 tractors still in existance, we have made a list of tractors and came up with 23. It would be nice to put names and or locations of known tractors on the list from David and compare. Mine is S/N 1131 and was sold to Morris as being a 1910
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The other one in the picture is owned by The Little Log House Village in Hastings Mn. and yes we are using it for some of our patterns. Other patterns have used from the Flatmoe family tractor.

---------- Post added at 09:09 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:47 AM ----------

In regards to Big 4 tractors still in existance, we have made a list of tractors and came up with 23. It would be nice to put names and or locations of known tractors on the list from David and compare. Mine is S/N 1131 and was sold to Morris as being a 1910
I do own the machine shop that is doing the machining on the tractor parts.
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Allen,

Fantastic thread of yours is this.
Looking forward and keep us up to date about this tractor.
With the help of guys like the Flatmoe Brothers , John Tysse and al the other technics i am sure there wil be an fantastic tractor coming out.

Its good that the last ones also are going to be saved now for our generation and the next generations.

Clemens Brothers,

Holland
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Way to go Allan. We saw your tractor at the hastings show this year and took a picture of out son Emerson with the restored tractor. Maybe you would be kind enough to give us a ride on it when you get it done. Can't wait to see the finnished product and glad it stayed local and did not go over the pond.
I would be honored to give you and Emerson a ride, however my Aunt wants the first ride.
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The other one in the picture is owned by The Little Log House Village in Hastings Mn. and yes we are using it for some of our patterns. Other patterns have used from the Flatmoe family tractor.

---------- Post added at 09:09 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:47 AM ----------

In regards to Big 4 tractors still in existance, we have made a list of tractors and came up with 23. It would be nice to put names and or locations of known tractors on the list from David and compare. Mine is S/N 1131 and was sold to Morris as being a 1910
Allan, can I ask where you found the serial number marked on your tractor? It would be useful to know this for future reference. The earliest Big 4 I have found so far is the one in the pics below, which is based at the Pioneer Museum, Paso Robles, California. I couldn't find an obvious serial no. marked on it, but the information board said that the tractor was bought new in 1907 and it has an earlier style of radiator than any others I've seen so far.

Perhaps you could drop me an email (at david@steel-wheels.net) and we could compare notes on surviving tractors? I have names and locations for most of the tractors in my list, but thought it was best not to put them online unless the tractors are on public display or I have the owner's permission.

All the best

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David:

One of the collectors frpm Canada who looked over the Paso Robles Big Four at the Best Show on Tracks found the serial number and told us it was No. 6. I had always heard 1908 but I will confirm it with Lester Patterson as I believe he still has the original paperwork when his great grandfather bought the tractor.

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The serial number is on the front of the tractor over the top of the words Gas Traction Co.
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I have had the Seversons do machine work for me and would recommend them to anyone that asks. A wonderful couple to know and very capable of doing the work on these fine machines that they and others own.
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