The next meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM, July 18th. Host or meeting place to be established
The show season is upon us. Some of our members have enjoyed attending several shows already this season. The early event was the Craddock Days right here locally, in Portsmouth. It is a very small, but still an enjoyable event. It is a neighborhood shaking out the winter humdrums and getting together to clean out the attics, sell a few crafts and visit for the day while saying “I am proud of our neighborhood.” They treated us like special guests by feeding us and visiting our site often to make sure we were ok. I expect we will support that event next year if they should want us to. We had room for more equipment than we were able to muster on short notice. This event has not been a regular or our circuit so the club as a unit was not prepared to support the event. Because it is relatively close, it is not impossible to make a couple trips to get all the gear there.
The next event we attended and with a relatively large crew, was Chippokes Steam and Gas Engine Show in Surry, VA. They did a tremendous job this year of putting on a class act. The hard work and diligent planning was evident throughout the show. The registering lanes made ‘check in’ the best I have seen since that show started. The weather was great all weekend, and everyone was very accommodating. I didn’t look over the campsite for the exhibitors so I don’t have a report on how that went. Except for requiring a unit to be ‘fully self contained’, I heard of no complaints in that particular area. It was a pleasure to be part of that particular show this year and we wish them well in the future. The Denton Show is going on this very weekend (July 1-??), and there are several members down there enjoying that event. Denton is one of the larger shows in this immediate area, and always a treat to attend. Due to health reasons, I stayed home this year. Craig Matthews went down, Buck, and possibly Earl and Rose Kight. Hope they are having a good time and will give us a report when they return.
Carl Fuller was able to come up with a ‘hit & miss’ engine finally. He has had feelers out, but not actively engaged in a search of anything special. The Chippokes show produced a 1924 Hercules that had some barn dirt on it, some visible decals and striping, and was seemingly in running condition. With Chuck at the controls(?), it took about 30 minutes to grease it all up, wipe down the dirt some, oil it a bit, and give it a few pulls. In relatively short time, it ran like it was supposed to. Any members remembering David Parris, he was in on the package deal for two engines, his being a Fuller Johnson, a little larger in size. It was possibly a 6 horsepower. Wasn’t long, and we had it running in the back of the truck that brought it to the show. Had that truck hopping.
Rose and Earl Kight had their Spring Crank-up in their back yard in June. It was a good day, consisting of a potluck dinner, picnic style, and some engine running, tractor driving fun. Earl cranked up several tractors he uses for ‘playing around’ in his huge back yard. He brought out his ‘big iron’ model airplane, four cycle engine and gave us a treat running that. He allowed the two younger members, Tyler and Adam to drive anything that moved basically. Adam and Tyler also put plenty of miles on their two smaller units, Tyler’s being a hodgepodge of lawn tractor parts assembled by his uncle, using a International LA for power, Adams being his older Sears lawn tractor. It was a very enjoyable day and we look forward to planning the event again in the fall, possibly at another location.
Member Dave Dewitt has this to “admit” to us. “Turns out the 2 engines I bought at Chippoke’s was not enough to build one good engine. Carb was missing as well as the plumbing to the gas tank. Have some parts left over as both had like new rod and main bearings. Still had all the original shims in place!! Have been in touch with Hit & Miss about trading some of my parts for his. Went to Dana, NC last sat. ( 1st ) and picked up a 3hp FMZ igniter fired engine. TG like my 6hp. Going to mount them on my iron wheeled trailer so I can have my transport trailer back !! The 3hp is kind of rare for an FMZ as it was only made from 1916 to1920. Most were converted to spark plug but mine is still original. Needs gas tank and all the plumbing but it will run on the gas in the carb. The beat goes on, all for now.
Check the updated calendar of events. Some of the dates are not in place yet, but will be corrected as I get the information straight.