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Gas Traction Big 4 from Blomgren Estate


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Old 12-24-2015, 12:52:16 PM
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Thank You.

Our hope is to take it to some shows this year. It may not be totally done, but it will be exciting to take it anyway.
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Our hope is to take it to some shows this year.
As long as it makes it to Rollag in 2017 we're good.
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We just completed making 9 sets of basswood strips that fit under the radiator hoops on the Big 4 Thirty tractors. There was a lot of basswood so we made up a number of wood kits.
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One of the tractors we are working on has a broken front pedestal.Today we are machining the ball that will be cast into the new bolster.
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It's interesting using basswood or linden. Was that on original?
We try to thin basswood out of the timber because it has no economic value. Timber buyers don't want it. It is easy to carve and wood carvers will buy small blocks of it to carve ducks from, but that's not worth bothering with.
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According to the parts book, the wood strips, part number 1494-T and part number 1495-T, were basswood. My brother-in-law does logging and agrees that there is no value to basswood. He says in todays market, if it's not walnut or oak, it's not worth much.
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shop party today at Al's shop :-)
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Looks like lunch break in the BIG Four Factory, you guys do great work.
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shop party today at Al's shop :-)
That is such an awesome photo with the size of those tractors and the people gathered in the shop!
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.... My brother-in-law does logging and agrees that there is no value to basswood. He says in todays market, if it's not walnut or oak, it's not worth much.
I would have guessed Cherry, Oak, Hard Maple, and Walnut as the money makers.... Pretty much in that order too, though I suppose prices may vary a little with different locations.

Love the dinner party picture.

I remember you posting a shot of the two in-progress tractors together before, but I don't think I've seen the three of them lined up like that until now.

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I sold 200 trees priced standing "on the stump" in 2008/2009 winter. Walnut top value by far, then oak, cherry and maple at bottom with elm and locust taken for very little to get rid of them and used for pallets. Walnuts and oak top grade is for veneer, lesser, for saw or walnut shorts for gun stocks. Maple maybe some veneer then saw or pallet or couch frames. Ash is as valuable as oak, but scarce. Some, walnuts in particular, turned out hollow, likely due to a fire 72 years earlier which scarred them and the growth covered all evidence while the inside could rot. Buyers say that northern maple and cherry are much superior to Illinois. Hard maple is a weed tree, being shade tolerant and shading out desirable trees and requiring thinning. Two walnuts each had two 16 foot veneer logs. One got stolen 10 years earlier, the other brought $3200. None others near that high, about $200. The thief stole trees from three other local timbers but could not be proved. When things got hot, he moved 120 miles south and took a whole absentee owner's timber and later was caught back in our area. He gained knowledge of our trees when he worked for another buyer who quoted on ours. Beware of timber buyers! Mine seemed honest but he offered $250 for a 6 year downed walnut and I said, no. I found it on his truck and I made him take it to a sawmill and cut into dimension lumber as I specified and deliver it to me at no cost to me. He was concerned about his reputation.
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Allan --

I just logged in to let you know, that I sat here and read the entire 54 pages of this thread in one shot. Hope that helps with the motivation! I know how it is when you get bogged down and things feel slow. Reading things like this inspire me to get going on my own project too! Thank you.

PS I did take a couple potty breaks tho.....
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We just received this from a local business in town. It is a copy of a magneto cover for the Big 4 tractor.
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We decided the fuel tank for the Big 4 tractor needs to be fixed. At some point in time, it had a flap cut into the end so they could get inside the tank. It appears that the baffle came loose and they cut the tank to remove it. There were 3 rivets about midway back that would have supported a baffle. We cut the end out of the tank and this is what was inside the tank.
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Wow, a built in fuel filter. Who would have thought?
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Looks like a nice bed for a critter, all snug and warm in the winter!
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Really the surface inside the tank dosn't look to bad considering its age
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We have the new end in the tank for the Big 4 tractor. We made a fixture to bend the material for the new end and riveted and soldered it in the tank.
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We have the radiator and fuel tank ready to be prepped for paint for the Big 4 tractor.
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Has anything happen lately down in blooming prairie?
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