27th Annual East Tennessee Crankup

June 12-14, 1998

The Crankup is held every year in mid-June at Jeff Hutchings' farm near the Laurels picnic area, between Elizabethton and Unicoi, Tennessee in mid-June. The East Tennessee Antique Engine Association hosts the event, and there is a good turnout of old iron lovers from all around. Jeff's farm is pretty much a museum anyway, with a wide selection of rare and very old gas engines and a large group of huge oilfield engines.

My 10 year old Joseph and I were able to attend the show for part of the day on Saturday, June 13. We didn't carry anything to exhibit except our little model Stirling engine, a Solar-13. It wouldn't run well outside in the breeze, so we ended up running it in Jeff's machine shop where it got a good bit of attention. We had a surprise visitor in the shop, a cute little ringneck snake. We enjoyed meeting and talking with lots of nice folks.

I carried a video camera and digitized images with my Mac of many of the engines and other sights of interest. I'm doing this "quick and dirty," so just click on the links below to view the pictures and click your browser's "Back" button to get back here. It's getting late, I've got to work tomorrow, and life's too short anyway to make every one of these pictures its own page!

Feel free to browse my home page or E-mail me. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Let me know if you can fill in any of the gaps in my recollections. Come to next year's Crankup if you can!


This one was the first one I shot when we arrived. It's called an Acme Suckerrod. Curious name, no?

This is an interesting shot of two guys successfully hand-cranking a 30 H.P. Cooper-Bessemer after the starting air supply ran out. Those guys were determined!

Here's the big Cooper-Bessemer running after they got it cranked.

This one's the oldest of Jeff's engines, an 1882 Otto engine built by Crossley Brothers of Manchester, England. This one has the original slide valve, with ignition through a passage in the valve igniting the charge from a torch on the head. Originally designed for producer gas, it now will only run successfully on bottled hydrogen donated by a welding supply store for the show. Here it is running, but it always draws a crowd!

Another old timer, a Geiser. (Not a Geezer, as Joseph said.)

And another, an Angola.

A really nice old Backus.

I don't recall what this one is. Brain fade again.

This pretty Witte normally resides in the shed with the above Otto, Geiser, Angola and Backus.

This 20 H.P. Superior chugged away throughout the show. My sister says it's "Nail-polish red." Must've taken a bunch of those little bottles to paint it!

This is the John Deere Ice Cream booth. It came out a little dark.

A beautiful miniature, working water powered machine shop.

This is a lovely, working live steam replica of a Case steam tractor. Here's another view.

Here's a "little" Evans, a 10 H.P. I think. Another view.

A nice 7 H.P. Galloway.

Another one I don't recall the make of.

A garden tractor powered by an International LB 3-5 H.P.

What's this one? I dunno.

A nice little IHC M on a cart.

A pretty Economy.

Another IHC M.

A 15 H.P. Evans on a horse truck, running. The other side.

A little Fairbanks-Morse Z, style D, running.

A Fairbanks-Morse "Dishpan," running.

A Wolseley and a Cushman on the same trailer. I didn't get a good shot of the Lister with them.

Another unknown.

A couple of Briggs and Strattons on a trailer.

Joseph checking out the engines.

I think this is a Foos, with the odd little funnel on top of the hopper.

A couple of nice homemade antique-style motorbikes.

A Fairbanks-Morse "Jack of All Trades."

A Dunning, running.

Don't remember what this air-cooled vertical is.

A Woodpecker.

A lovely, newly restored New Way.

Joseph standing next to a running Maytag 92. (It started with 1 kick, Dave!) You can just see one of the little smoke rings whizzing up to Joe's left. He doesn't look too happy about being positioned downwind, but that's where the light was. He likes the engine, but he's smart enough to want to stand upwind! 

A little air-cooled Associated.

I'm not sure what this is, but it's another Waterloo engine, probably Associated.

This friendly old dog hung around the show. Here he's wishing I'd rub him some more with my foot.

What's this one? I dunno, either.

A Bates and Edmonds.

Jeff's old Weber.

A big IHC Mogul.

The engine shed with most of Jeff's oilfield engines in it.

Jeff's 70 H.P. Bessemer with inline air compressor. Another angle. It's not yet running, but should be soon.

Jeff running a Superior. He's just cranked it up and is adjusting the gas mixture.

Some model engines on display.

Another New Way.

An 8 H.P. Westinghouse. Here's the same engine being belt-started by Jeff's tractor. It's actually running in this picture. It didn't run well or for long. I helped tinker with it a little and cranked it a lot, but something was amiss in the fuel system. Here's Jeff on the tractor.

A 12 H.P. Joseph Reid. I like this one.

This Schleicher-Schumm is the second oldest engine on Jeff's place, built circa 1888. It was later factory-converted from slide to poppet valves. 

A 1907 Otto engine.

The Foos shed.

Yet another big Superior, I think. Head end view.

A Wisconsin.

This was Joseph's favorite engine of the whole show. It's a homemade inverted vertical single. It has a muffler made from a pineapple hand grenade casing. It rotates a peanut roaster for its owner-builder.

This reel mower is a REO.

This engine has never been positively identified. Here's another view, and another. The owner believes it is a Kamey Perfection, built in Detroit. It has an interesting little "fuel-saver" fork on the exhaust pushrod to hold the intake valve closed while the governor is holding the exhaust valve open. I hadn't seen this device before.

Here's a Fuller & Johnson engine off of a Coldwell mower.

Several steam models and a "quarter pounder."

Joseph with our little Stirling, which is running.

Joseph and me together. You can't see the little engine in the picture, but it's on the bench we're sitting on. My hat says I'm "Hard at Work."

Joseph holding the little ringneck snake that came in the shop. He probably came in to check out the Stirling engine.

That's all for now. I know I didn't get all of the nice engines pictured, and I'm sorry I can't remember more of their names. I think one of the big engines I said was unknown is an Ohio, but I can't remember which one. Might be the last one I called a Superior. If anybody can enlighten me, please do.

John Culp, Bristol, Tennessee


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