National Threshers' Association Reunion, 1998

The National Threshers' Association held its annual reunion on the weekend of June 25 -> 28, 1998 and I (Jim Dunmyer) attended with my Epson Photo PC. As much of the stuff is there every year, I skipped over it, looking for things that I hadn't taken pictures of previously. See NTA97 for the "every year" displays.

Unique this year was this 1924 Altman-Taylor 30-60. Those numbers indicate 30 HP on the drawbar, 60 HP on the belt pulley. This view is from the left-front, this one from the rear. This shot of my wife next to the rear wheel gives you an idea of the size of this monster. Here's a closeup of the operator's platform, a shot from the platform looking down on the engine, the air pump used to start the thing (or you can crank it!), a closeup of the power steering mechanism with the dual cone clutches. The radiator is a tank with a bunch of tubes running through it, and there's a fan on each side to pull the air through the radiator.

There are always many tractors at the NTA shows. Several caught my eye, including this 1926 Hart-Parr. Notice the friction drive for the fan shaft and the 2-cylinder engine.. This 1941 John Deere has a home-made manifold and is used in antique tractor pulls. And this 435 John Deere Diesel uses a GM 2-53 engine, just like my J-D 440 backhoe. His has the cover over the governor linkage on the LH side. Here's a nice set of 4 Baker gas tractors, and a John Deere Type W stationary engine. Sitting nearby was this corn husker/sheller.

Of course, the main attraction at the NTA shows are the steam engines. Our friend, Ben Carpenter had 2 engines at the show this year! This is his 12 HP Frick, and this is the 16 HP Frick. The owner of this half-scale Garr-Scott also has other steam-powered toys that he's built from scratch, boilers and all. Left-side view, and Right-side view. This Baker #1 was built in 1898. Here's a 1/4 scale Baker, actually fired with wood or coal. And this Port Huron appears to be 1/2 scale, as does this Case.

Model making is popular, as you can see by this mail wagon, Studebaker buggy, and Borden milk truck. I thought that these wooden models were cute. This Ford V-8 was running when I took the picture, as was this hit 'n miss engine. The same fella had these aircraft engines, and this OHC job. (Offenhauser?)

Of course, there's lots of other stuff. This CNC Embrodery machine caught my eye. The computer runs Window_95, of course.

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