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Port Hurons Are Perky!

FWurth

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07/29/2019
So what your saying is that it's a mongrel ? ( insert smiley face) Just like most of my oddities around here, We can't expect these relics to be in their original configuration after all these years later.
 

Fred Saunders

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Dad took photos of the engine the one time they fired it and one was a front end shot. Using a magnifying glass, the engine number on the smokebox door APPEARS to be 5514. However, the picture is grainy so that might not be exact.
 

Ask The User

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The inherent problem with the numbers on PH engines is the plates often travel with the smokebox door and are easily swapped from boiler to boiler. Most often they are correct but as Dave has pointed out on several occasions, they don't make sense at all. It's a shame that they didn't stamp the engine bed and dome with the number.
 

tannerbrethorst

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4 bolts on the High Pressure head, no flange on the outside of the drivers, 6 ? Foot tubes. Could it be the predecessor to the 17 hp, which became the 19 when the boiler went to 9 ft tubes? (Longfellow). My $.02 and worth what you paid for it. TB
 

JBoogie

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That engine looks to have an "over center" clutch instead of the ubiquitous PH "push the flywheel off the crank" style clutch. 🧐
 

FWurth

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07/29/2019
Had to enlarge it a lot to see it, but I believe your correct. Did they have one of their own or is this a later after market change over?
 

FWurth

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Posted earlier from FB site and this next..Back to Port Hurons are perky
Brand new Port Huron steam traction engine ready for threshing to begin. Farm at south of Calista Kansas. Not even wear out!

Don't know how I missed this one before. The detail on that photo really shows the canopy in detail. Now I know how ours is supposed to look, it was dismantled very roughly for transport by the trucking co to ship here.
 

casertractor

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04/24/2018
Would Beth or anybody else know more about the PH compound engine at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn?
 
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Beth V

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03/03/2018
Would Beth or anybody else know more about the PH compound engine at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn?
What would you like to know? Matt Goodman works in the roundhouse and operates the 19 at the Greenfield Village. He can answer all of the questions. From memory, the water tanks are from a 16, but they have the correct tanks built.
 

WaltM

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01/20/2019
The Henry Ford Museum engine is a 19-65 1917 serial 7920. Will try to get to the museum this year as it has been 30 plus years since been there last. WaltM
 

Matthew Goodman

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Would Beth or anybody else know more about the PH compound engine at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn?
Our Port Huron was built the last week of 1916 but was sold as a 1917 Model. Engine No. 7920 was originally sold to Joseph Freund of Westphalia , MI July 1917 for custom threshing powering a 33 X 54 Port Huron separator owned by Herman Fox. The two, as a company, threshed Clinton and Ionia counties with this engine until 1924 when it was traded back to the Port Huron Engine and Thresher Co. for a 32-100 HP. Engine. Our engine was then purchased used from the Port Huron Co. in 1924 by Earl Lidel of Maybee , Michigan . The engine was acquired by The Henry Ford Museum at an unknown date from Earl Lidel. Last year the engine received a new set of tubes, new 100 gallon water tanks, and a new sprung platform. The engine is typically run during the fall flavors weekends end of September/beginning of October. The engine is state inspected and certified to operate at 150psi.
 

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