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Old 11-06-2009, 03:53:57 PM
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While looking through my files to locate info on early hopper cooled engines I ran accross this letter from W J McVivker to his brother dated Jan 30, 1903. It is some very interesting reading. Enjoy.
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:13:18 PM
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Thanks Preston for sharing this. It is hard to remember how hard it was to type something correctly on a manual typewriter. No spell check. No backspace to correct spelling. It is also insightful to see the doubts of an entrepreneur of that era. How would they know at that time what the future would hold for their product? Very informative!
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Wow. A great historical piece with humor. Preston, after you get to be 100 years old, you need to donate the letter to the coolspring museum. D. Babcock.
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That is one of the neatest letters I've seen. So McVicker started out working under the Patrick-Willson Co. The engines must have worked right off without too much trouble cause he didn't run out the back door haha. I always thought they were all built in Alma, MI but I guess not until the 1908 dated patent in Alma? Does any of the early ones like on the evelope exsist with the complete open under rocker? Neat engine. His patents are;

726,731

http://www.google.com/patents/about?...BAJ&dq=726,731

743,915

http://www.google.com/patents/about?...BAJ&dq=743,915

887,502

http://www.google.com/patents/about?...BAJ&dq=887,502

927,582

http://www.google.com/patents/about?...BAJ&dq=927,582

951,833 (ignitor)

http://www.google.com/patents/about?...=0&as_maxy_is=

My dad has the later model free piston one & another with valves in front of the head. They both start easy & run good. Thanks for posting the letter,

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Old 11-07-2009, 08:32:49 AM
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Hi Nick,

I saw one of the Mc Vicker's engine with the rocker underneath at Coolsprings in June. Nice engine.

It had me stumped until Wayne Grenning explained how it worked.

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I've got a copy of this letter also that I keep with the registry of McVicker/Alma engine's that I've kept for 10 year's and yes, it is very interesting to read.
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