My father hand built a scale model return flue minneapolis steam engine. bought a boiler, made the wheels and differential from scratch etc. I think back and am amazed at how much he knew. We went to steam shows sometimes bringing what he built. A big show was in Manitoba, some massive stuff there, guy riding on the carriage sawing lumber. For a kid 15 yrs old this was outstanding. Always wanted to build one myself, have a scale model that I can drive around the kitchen floor. He was an Iron worker out of Milwaukee and had machine shop tools to do it. Wished to hell I'd have paid closer attention. Good memories.....Thanks!
Just FYI, steam has twice the power of gas, gives power on each forward and back stroke of the piston. All you really need is wood and water to run it. Ok, my dad was a steam nut, some of it rubbed off on me.
Most don't get it when stuff like that was used not much was really done by one person. Today a few people farm 1,000's of acres . Lot of old tractors kept around here. Many shows every year. My older JD was a 1960's gave it to daughter and son in law he still uses it all of the time. Up until father in law died we still used a 1940 Case loader on the farm.
Still cool to see the tractors and understand how we got where we are
Not sure what year tractor it was we had, but had no electric starter, had a fly-wheel you spun to start it. JD "B" I think. Used to watch them at tractor pulls , pop...pop...pop, must have had a stroke as long as your arm. Think they were real popular in the day.