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This is a photo of my father, at 3yrs old, riding barefooted on his uncle Ed's steam tractor in 1923. I have searched and searched, but I am unable to identify what make and model tractor this is, and would love to find some clean pictures or information on it. I'm new here.
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Looks like a Reeves to me
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That is a high wheel Reeves. Made in 16-20HP.
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Yes, I believe that's it. Don't know what the purpose of high wheel is. I have plenty to entertain myself with this evening. Thank you.
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If I recall correctly, Reeves had leftover wheels from the factories building their Gas tractors, so they decided to throw them on some steamers since over-sized wheels were also being tested out by other companies. You don't see Highwheelers around much these days unfortunately.
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I don't know a thing about steam tractors, but I have a mechanical engineering background and I know transmissions. My first thought is would a surplus of large wheels be worth the cost of re-engineering and manufacturing new drive gears. This particular tractor was used to harvest Iowa corn, the stalks of which were 10-12 feet tall. A farmer would likely have preferred a high perch for viewing his field. As a youngster, I use to spend a couple weeks every summer in Independence KS visiting a family friend who farmed a section or more of corn and wheat, and had two of the tallest air-conditioned combines I had ever seen. But a farmer I am not, and I know nothing about steam tractors.
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Definitely, a Reeves Highwheeler. I wonder if it might be 16 that sold at Nolan's in 2017?
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I thought that our resident Reeves expert from Montana would chime in on this one. The steam line from the dome to the engine would tell what it is. I kinda wonder if it isn't the 20 hp. version. These engines were mostly used for plowing and belt work, the high wheels have nothing to do with the height of the corn crop. The larger dia. would lower the rolling reistance , making more power available on the drawbar. By the time Reeves was trying this theory, steam was on the way out so not many were built. So rather than build special wheels they simply used what they had in surplus stock left over from the big gas tractor line that was also on the way out. The final drive gearing likely was the same on either application. The smaller general use tractors were the new thing that the farmers were buying now.
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