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This message is for Rick McCay. I'm new to this site and am hoping it's ok for me to ask if it's possible to get a copy of the photo you posted (Austin Road Roller). I work for a paving company and we are exhibiting in a trade show very soon that has a 1920's theme. We thought it would be fun to display that photo as it fits the theme, and of course the services we provide as a paving company. Please let me know - and if I'm out of line by asking, I apologize. Thank you!
I just brought home this Austin roller that I found here in Virginia. I believe it's a 10-ton size. It seems to be in OK shape, drivetrain and wheels are all there, missing some small parts... and missing the original engine unfortunately. Someone cobbled together a Chevrolet inline 6 cylinder, transmission, and truck rear end to drive the main gear. I'm hoping to find a suitable engine for it, and a friend suggested a 25hp Superior may be a good candidate. Here are some pics.
Nathan, pretty certain mine is the single cylinder model. I've seen pictures of that 4 cylinder roller and there are a number of differences between it and mine.
I'm not convinced that 4 cylinder roller is a factory model. The cooling tank looks nowhere near adequate, and the exhaust through the roof seems odd on a smokestack roller. I've seen catalog images of late model single cylinder rollers with the smokestack omitted.