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1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine Restoration
The story of this tractor has been handed down from family to family.
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This type of traction engine was built up until 1916.
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This vehicle can be used as a tractor to turn soil, plant and harvest, in addition to other jobs that require power and mobility.
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This particular engine was ordered in late 1905 by Mr. C. Berczyk of Hennapin, Minnesota after he and his son were awarded a U.S. Navy contr…
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Mr. Berczyk was clearing timber on his 660 acres at the time, and used this engine to skid logs to Mill Pond, Minnesota.
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During World War I demand for scrap metal was so high that this engine was hidden to prevent scrappers from finding it.
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While hauling a heavy load of logs in 1937 a parted sledge support chain pushed the tractor into a ditch. After several months repair it wen…
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During World War II, the tractor was hidden in the same stand of trees as during the World War I. After the war, the engine went back into s…
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In a state of failing health, the steamer was in 1950. Eventually Mr. Berczyk's great granddaughter sold it to a Mr. J. Balek of Spring Lake…
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Sonny Rowlands and Orman Rawlings bought the steamer in March of '91 and brought it to California.
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All that time spent parked under trees did more damage than good. Leaves , rain and snow down the smokestack cuased the lower smoke box and …
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First step in the restoration: stripping the complete boiler of all fixtures and sending it off to Dixion Boiler Works in Los Angeles.
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The lower half of the water drum was replaced along with all the tubes, and the front tube sheet was replaced.
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The State Pressure Vessel Inspector was called to inspect and approve each phase.
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Several gears had to be remanufactured or rebuilt.
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Eighty-seven pounds of bearing Babbitt was poured into the bearing caps, then the whole unit was placed in the mill at Rettig Machine Shop i…
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All the bearings were aligned and bored to the clearance needed.
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After a long haul and the hard work of many, the dream of steam power restoration was realized!
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This engine now stands at 9.5 feet all, 104 inches wide and 24 feet long.
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It weighs 22,000 pounds!
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The engine is now rated at 16 hp, at 350 rpm.
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