Yankee Engine-uity Show

1999 Featured Engine

The John Deere

One-Cylinder Engine

The feature of our show in 1999 was

Clark and Heather L'Abbe's collection of

John Deere engines 

The engine featured on our button.

See how the logo is cast into the hopper.

The engine featured on our button.

See how the logo is cast into the hopper.

The John Deere Pump jack.

 The John Deere Cement Mixer

The entire line up of

Clark and Heather L'Abbe's

collection of John Deere engines 

This collection contains one example of every variation

of the three sizes of one cylinder engines

The following begins a list of Clark's engines

(from left to right) 

1. Root & VanDervoort. This engine was made, in 1918, for the John Deere Plow company BEFORE they even bought the Waterloo Boy Engine Company. 

2. Waterloo Boy. This engine was made in 1923, After the purchase of the Waterloo Company. For a time, Waterloo Boys and John Deeres were made simultaneously.

3. 6 hp Standard. This was the standard 6 hp "hit or miss" engine (1933) in original condition.

4. 3 hp Standard. This was the standard 3 hp "hit or miss" engine (1930) in original condition.

5. 1 1/2 hp Standard. This was the standard 1 1/2 hp "hit or miss" engine (1935) in original condition.

6. 6 hp Kerosene. A 1935 Throttle governed 6 hp EK (kerosene) engine. This one had been exported to Africa!

7. 3 hp Kerosene. A 1928 Throttle governed 3 hp EK (kerosene) engine.

8. 1 1/2 hp Triunfo Kerosene. The 1932 Throttle governed 1 1/2 hp EK (kerosene) engine with the "Triunfo" logo. This one came from Argentina

A continuation of the list of Clark's engines

(from left to right)

9. 6 hp with opposite primer cup. An error was made in the foundry, the primer cup is on the wrong side.

10. 3 hp Brass Tag. This is a 1924 "hit or miss"

11. 1 1/2 hp High base. This one is 1922. There are no letters on the flywheel, it has a 1" muffler, and a short mixer.

12. 3 hp Battery ignition. A 1924 "sparkplug" model.

13. 3 hp Southern EP. 1935 "sparkplug"... EP means envirnomentally protected. No...it didn't protect the environment.... I was protected FROM it! It is all enclosed, with a valve cover, aircleaner, and high muffler.

14. 3 hp Northern EP. 1933 "sparkplug", Northern enclosed version.

15. 1 1/2 hp Brass tag with JD pump jack and Baker pump. A 1925 engine with a 1924 pump jack.

16. 3 hp Embossed ser #88 w/high base and Sumter mag. 1922....Only seven of these engines are known to exist. Too many castings were scrapped due to the logo in the mold.

17. 3 hp Embossed ser #77. 1922....This engine, and the one above have hooks for a crank in the flywheel.

18. 1 1/2 hp Battery ignition with Handifarm mixer. A 1922 "sparkplug" engine (picture above)

19. 1 1/2 hp hit or miss with Handifarm mixer. The unrestored cement mixer (not shown) has a 1928 engine. 

Clark says:

"I started seeing the old one-lunger engines at the Topsfield Fair, and they intrigued me for years. After collecting a few engines, I discovered that John Deere had made three sizes of old engines, or so I thought, and I HAD to own them! After meeting and talking to many people across the country, and through Gas Engine Magazine, I found out that John Deere actually made approximately fourteen different models. Here was a good challenge!

I finally met a person in Indiana who has an extensive knowledge of the collection and has all but three key pieces. When I mentioned that I wanted to put a full collection together he laughed at me and said a sarcastic 'Good Luck'!! This person would later turn out to be one of my good friends.

I have checked out all the serial numbers through the John Deere archives to insure that all of these engines are genuine. I want to thank my wife, my mom and dad, and all my friends who helped in putting this collection together. I really appreciate all their help. As far as I know, and my John Deere friend in Indiana agrees, this is the only AUTHENTIC, complete John Deere collection known to exist! This display is dedicated to my dad who passed away last year. I know he would be happy to see this achievement."

"My cut-in-half engine was just done by my buddy in Indiana, which he was glad to do for me, because how else do you get rid of "junk" parts?"

1999 Featured Tractor

The John Deere

Model B Tractor

Our featured tractor this year was

Dan Grenier's 1939 Early Styled John Deere Model B.

 Dan's tractor is pictured on our brass plaque this year. It has beautiful factory round-spoke wheels, and with its American flag it usually leads our tractor parade every year.

The Model B was made from 1935 to 1952. The tractor was first "styled" in 1939. That is, a grill appeared in front of the radiator, and a hood blended in with the grill and completely covered the fuel tanks.

Tractors without the grill are called "unstyled". Dan's tractor is referred to as the "early styled" type. The example below, with the plow, is the "late styled" type.

 Gene brought a few of his Model B's to the show. Is there a Model H in the mix, too?

One of the guys from the East Coast Tractor Club tried his hand at plowing with his Late Styled Model B.

Dan also owns this 1937 unstyled Model B,

which made its first appearance this year.

One of our other exhibitors brought

this example of an unstyled B.