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Old 12-29-2008, 11:01:37 PM
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G Willikers:
Here's two old CASE portables at Rollag. The first photo is of Engine # 1147, and the second photo of Engine # 1886.







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I shot this photo of an AMES portable steam engine at Rollag, Minnesota on September 1, 2006.



This information was painted on the boiler shell next to the flywheel:

1885 AMES IRON WORKS
Oswego, N.Y.
Purchased from the late Art Bayliss
Owner: Norman Pross



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This is a picture I took of Case #1 at the Smithsonian Institution in 1964.

This is a picture Larry Mix sent me of Case #1 at an expo in Michigan in 1955, and it was under steam too.

This is a Buffalo-Pitts portable at Twin Bridges, Montana.

This was a Case portable loaded on the steamboat Baby Rose headed for Fort Benton (The world's innermost port), Montana, likely circa 1915.? Gary
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This is an old picture I got from the late Mort Christensen. I have no idea what it is.

This is a Huber portable, on the right, that belonged to Louie Gutnecht. I photographed it at Waterloo, Iowa in 1958.

This is the second engine I ever (I was going to say, "pulled," but it was turned.) opened a throttle on when Max Tyler took his son Mike and me to Stanford in 1955. My late friend Jack Kulish owned this 6hp Case portable near Stanford, Montana and he ground feed for livestock once or twice a month with it.

This is the Barnes' 25hp Aultman-Taylor portable they ran the sawmill with for years. Casey's mother, Laurie Ford always engineered it. And besides building a draft door for it, I became very intimate with the interior of this firebox, replacing flues (still very warm water, below the flue line) during a show one year. Actually the crowd quit following "the show" and basically watched Lance Barnes and me changing flues... the kind of thing they don't get to see at every steam show. Gary
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Hey guys!
I am getting low on the thanks button so THANKS for the above. It has been terribly windy here tonight and the lights have been flickering so I kept the computer off, so no scanning tonight! It was worse here Sunday and we were without power all day - a real We also went from about 3 feet of snow on the ground to almost nothing in a couple of days so there is plenty of water laying about. I miss winter already!
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This is a picture of Carl Mehmke's 18hp Case portable he bought from the late Chris Busch's estate near Colton, WA.

This is "Monte" a 30hp Case portable at Barne's show. It got its name from the late Monte Chadbourne, who fired it for years. After Monte's death, son Mike started firing it, as it is used to cut up all of the firewood for the other engines at the show. Mike became so proficient at powering the buzz saw with it, he inherited the nickname, "Monte."

This is a friend's photo postcard of a 6hp Case portable threshing.

This is a 6hp Case portable, but notice the larger rear wheels. They must be a carry over of the 6hp Case center crank portable engine? Also notice that early style steam gauge. Gary
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Still out of "thanks" so thanks for the above!
Here are some scans from some old Farmer's Advocate magazines of the early George White return flues. In the early days it was called the Forest City Machine Works as London, Ontario has always had the nickname of the Forest City.
Also, when they talk about "The Northwest" that is referring to the Canadian Prairies. In those times, most of the settlement was through southern Manitoba. The names Alberta and Saskatchewan hadn't been invented yet and they didn't become Provinces until 1905.
A couple of the scans show a different type of wheel bracing from the long beam that Gary talked about above. You can see the X bracing between the wheels to keep that rock-n'-roll action from getting out of hand!
There are a few of these old Whites still kicking around. A buddy in Saskatchewan has the remains of one. He calls it his pot bellied pig! They weren't overly fancy but got 'er done just the same and made untold fortunes for the threshermen
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Gary: I really like the "Cat in the Hat" spark screen on the stack of that last image you posted.

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Here are some photos of French-built portable engines at Festi'Vapeur, Digion, France in 2007.

Breloux


Fives-Lille


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Onkel G, Robert & David,
Likewise, I'm starting the day out without any THANKS. I complain about it frequently, but Harry learned the last time, when we had unlimited THANKS that I was one of his culprits, using up bandwidth or some technology term. I guess I frittered them away last night. I guess it should be more like a hunting rifle and a ration of five bullets per day. I go hunting for the day, see and "bag" a skunk, a porcupine, a jack rabbit, a coyote and a gopher. Then on the way home I get eaten by a grizley bear? Anyway, thank you all. And Robert, maybe Dr. Suess did own this Case at one time?
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