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Farmall Tractors13 of 161957 800 Ford restored ...Jim ArmstrongBoyceville FFA Farmall 300
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Posted 3 years ago


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Bought this at a garage sale from an 80 + year old fellow who worked in Detroit in the '30s and '40s. resembles a IHC upright engine ,Very heavy and well detailed ,Could this be a salesman sample?

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  1. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 3 years ago
    its the real deal gargoyleco its a little steam engine and it will run to very highly collectible and brings good money
  2. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 3 years ago
    Thanks van although not a steam engine[has a spark plug,and carburator] the tank is the radiator
  3. kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Could be IHC or maybe early Fairbanks-Morris, NEAT piece, thanks for sharing!!!!!
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    It may have been home built, the plate that it sits on appears to be torch cut. That's not saying that it isn't old, someone did an excellent job of building that engine, a true work of art & craftsmanship.
  5. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 3 years ago
    Thanks for all the love ,wish I knew how to run it!
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    Do a Google search for stationary engine clubs in your area, there are several in your state. You should be able to learn a little bit more about your piece and maybe get it running.
  7. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 3 years ago
    Thanks Vontrike!
  8. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 3 years ago
    I've taken this engine to The Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor assn. show a few times and no one knows ANYTHING about it ,I thought sure I would get some info from a bunch of collectors like them!They just wanted to buy it.
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    A friend of mine builds model engines & I have sent the picture to him, I have not heard back yet. I'm giving you a link to a video of his engine that he built, his is the second one shown. This video was taken at a model engine show, the machines these people build are amazing, there are four videos in the series.
  10. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 2 years ago
    Thanks petey!
  11. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 2 years ago
    Thanks walksoftlymanikin,kerry,ronm,and toolate!
  12. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Still unsolved?
    Here is a link to a model engineering group out of Michigan, that may be able to help you or put you in touch with someone local.

  13. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 2 years ago
    yep,thanks walk,I'll try that!
  14. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 11 months ago
    Thanks stonie,brat,petey,jjsr,kingshawn,tom,ronm,and packrat!
  15. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 11 months ago
    Thanks packrat,sean,and rustfarm!
  16. hotairfan hotairfan, 3 months ago
    hi gargoyle,
    I am kind of liking this engine to a model engine instead of a salesman's sample. Both Fairbanks and IHC made verticals that were similar to this , and although your pic shows a very detailed and well made engine, some of the features on the engine don't jive up to the way they made the full sized engines. for example, it looks somewhat like the IHC upright screen cooled, but they were cooled by a screen , not a water hopper, and I don't recall any IHC vertical screen cooled engine that were sparkplug ignited. Could be there were sparkplug models vertical engines, I just don't recall any, most of the early IHC verticals were of igniter ignition.
    There's another thing leads me toward a model engine and not a salesman's sample. Salesman's samples were very detailed even down to the proper nuts and bolts. This engine, although a very nice model, doesn't appear to have the exacting details that salesman's samples have. If Portland didn't get you any exacting response, try the "Smokestack" site on the Web. Membership is free and you get great responses from members. I would love to hear from other posters as to what their thoughts are. By the way did you have it running yet? It looks like it would start right up... a very nice find
  17. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 3 months ago
    Thanks Hotairfan!I should take some new pics of this,it is more detailed than it looks here.I am thinking that maybe he built it in the machine shop he worked in.
    My main concern is what fuel it would use ,and what to use for a power source.I'm leery of the coil as it is dated in the late 1800's!!!!!!!
    Also what type of oil,I have put motor oil in it to lube the cylinder,and I turn it over every once and a while.
    This is decor in my bedroom at the moment!
  18. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 5 days ago
    Thanks RonM!

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