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One of the buildings still stands in Janesville. Pete Burno used to know Roy.

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Wisconsin Historical Society has some advertisements up in their Visual Materials Collection.
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Pinning down the Townsend is a mystery. The 12-25 replaced the 10-20 with a bore and stroke change. The info I just read places this change in 1918. The 12-25 turned into the 15-30 in 1919 (this can't be right, the 15-30 is bigger). I am sure this is the same reason the 25-50 and 30-60 are the same size when you stand next to them, just a bore and stroke change. The 10-20 and 12-25 must be the same size as well. I struggle with this information again, because the 10-20 I've seen has a patent in 1919. If what I read is correct, the only explanation is that they were filling 10-20 orders after the bore stroke change and went ahead with an update (auto steer maybe). Also, unless 12-25 owners tend to show more videos and pictures, they could not have been produced for only one year, unless it was a production year record, just seems to be more of them. If the auto steer year is known, that could help. I think it took place around the same time, and the 10-20 I know of has auto-steer.

I have some photos of the 10-20. I will find them and post them.

Any ideas, comments, best guesses? Thanks-Jeremiah
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this doesent have much to do with the tractor company but I thought some might find it interesting, I was watching extreme prison breaks and on one of the episodes I kid you not one of the criminals names was Roy C. Townsend wonder if there is any connection.
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These are all the photos I have of the above mentioned Townsend portable engine.
Digital cameras then weren't what they are now.
We got everything except for some clutch operating parts and a fuel pump which I made.
The original Fairbanks cooler sheets were ALL sound save for one tiny hole in the front panel!
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Pretty cool radiator on that thing Craig. Dad had a 15hp Fairbanks-Morse Z that had an oil cooler similar to that one.
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Thanks Craig. That is cool.
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Not sue which size it is, but we're hoping to have a Townsend at the Threshing Show in Freeport Illinois this year. August 7th 8th & 9th.

It would have been there last year but didn't quite make it, though the owners did bring in quite the collection of other tractors including 30-60 Oil Pull, 20-40 Case, Waterloo Boy, Eagle tractor, and a few others.

Not sure what all they're bringing yet this year, but I heard the Townsend will hopefully be one of them.

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This is the 25-50 Townsend from the Oscar's Dreamland Sale.
I was buying for Chet Krause at the time and he kindly invited me to accompany him to the sale in Billings.......
When this one hit the block Chet said "You bid it".......
I think I opened at $10K and 4 bids later it was all over.......Chet looked at me like "are you NUTS?".......
I said don't worry Chet.......it's worth it.
He found out a very few years later when it brought $70,000.
Anyway, in the second pic it can be seen we had to weld and reinforce a corner of the crankcase which was badly cracked.
You could watch the crack widen and narrow when the engine was running.

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I remembered this photo at my website.
This is how and where the portable was in Crosby, ND, when we made the deal.
And one more photo of the 25-50 as it stood at the auction.
The engine was stuck at the site but by the time it rumbled over several hundreds of miles was loose when when it got here.......
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Craig, I remember reading about the repairs to the crankcase on your site. Do I recall, correctly, that you had to fabricate part of the case?
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