Yankee Engine-uity Show

25th Anniversary Show

This year CMSGMA hosted the New England Chapter #18’s

International Harvester Collectors

*6th Annual Red Power Gathering*

2001 Raffle Engine Winner


We raffled off a 1-1/2 HP McCormick-Deering engine.

2001 Featured Engine

The 1906 12 hp International Horizontal Engine

The featured engine of our show for 2001,

The 12 hp International.By Dave Songer   

In December of 1976, my wife Sally and I paid a visit to her Dad in Franklin, Maine. I had been bitten by the gas engine bug by then and talked my father-in-law into going on an engine hunt. I was lucky enough to find three engines: a 5 hp Witte, 6 hp Fairbanks Z, and my wonderful 12 hp International. The engine was located within sight of the main road through Franklin but lucky for me it was hidden by a clump of trees. I will never forget rounding the back corner of a house and not 50 feet away seeing the huge flywheels sticking out of the trees. My heart was in my mouth as we walked up to the engine and I saw that it was an International 12 hp, built in 1906. You must remember at this point I was still new to the hobby, and this was a great find! There were 3 inch saplings growing up through the wheels, and behind the engine a building had completely fallen down but you could still see the square hole the belt had passed through. 

By now I was bursting with enthusiasm but still had enough collective wisdom to ask my father-in-law to negotiate a sale for me as I had heard that people from Maine are good negotiators. My father-in-law returned shortly with a price which I paid instantly. I remember it was very cold and I bought two quarts of automatic transmission fluid at the local garage. The next day we returned to the engine, and I still remember that the fluid would barely pour as I wet down every nut and bolt on the entire engine.

My Dad and I spent the winter in eager anticipation of going back to Maine in the spring. In March of 1977, with snow still on the ground, we returned in Dad's car, and with the help of my father-in-law's Case tractor we took off the cylinder, complete with head and connecting rod attached. I was lucky that the only thing missing from the engine was the fuel bowl cap. A carburetor had been fitted in its place. The rocker arm tower was snapped in half, a sure sign somebody tried cranking it after the valve was frozen. The brass igniter body was still there with a badly rusted point arm and the springs long gone. The fuel pump was intact. I believe that had this engine not been hidden from sight, it would have been cannibalized long before I got there.

I found out that the engine had always been in the same spot. It originally ran a small saw mill and was also belted to an early Carver shingle mill. (I have all the metal parts for that.) During the second world war, the engine was used to run machinery that polished the mirrors for bombsights. After the war, the engine was never used again.

Now that I had this engine, I had to find a way to get it home. My company was selling a 1969 Dodge box truck so I purchased this in New York and drove it to Orange, Massachusetts. Dad and I spent until October fixing up the truck, painting and a new deck. In October of 1977, we returned to Franklin, Maine, and with the help of my father-in-law's Case tractor, we removed the flywheels one at a time and then unbolted the base from its brick pedestal and loaded it.

I should note here that the automatic transmission fluid had soaked completely into every nut and bolt and everything came apart like greased lightning. Once at home, Dad removed the cylinder head and made a tight fitting block in order to drive out the frozen piston. He would go out every day and hit it once. After a month and much oil, it came loose. I'm glad he did this as I don't have that kind of patience and may have damaged it in my rush. Ed Bergquist made us a new exhaust valve, and I rebuilt the igniter. We honed the cylinder, 7.5", with a homemade hone built by Doug Johnson, a very early collector and charter member of CMSGMA. The rocker arm tower was brazed, and the crankshaft journals were polished in place with a jury rigged belt sander while we rotated the engine. I realize these methods were less than perfect but resources dictated our actions at the time.

In May of 1978 I took some vacation time and Dad and I put the engine together. It started on the first turn and has always been an easy starter since then. I have always felt a little guilty that I have not properly restored the engine, but most of the people who see it running have encouraged me to leave it original. Someday I will paint and restore it properly; in the meantime it has been a great experience watching the spectators count the time between firings and try to figure out how it runs. I have answered thousands of questions about its simple operation. I think it's fair say the two most exciting moments of my engine life were first sight of the engine and hearing it start for the first time.

This International engine appears

on the show button for 2001

The 1910 6 hp International

"Famous" Engine.

     This is a 1910 6 hp International Famous engine. It's a horsedrawn portable, belonging to Mike Kemper of Gillett, PA. As you can see, the engine is screen cooled. Standard equipment on the portable are the clutch pulley and the Motsinger Auto Sparker. The engine is started on batteries, but once it is running, the Auto Sparker acts as a generator. It has its own flyball governor to regulate the voltage.

The International

Horizontal Engines

1905 6 hp International horizontal engine. International first began to manufacture engines in 1904. These two early examples are owned by Steve Upham. Steve has had these tank cooled engines for about six years. The 8 horse was once used to cut cordwood.

1906 8 hp International horizontal engine, running with a hot tube ignition.

2001 Featured Tractor

The Farmall Model M

    A familiar sight at all of our CMSGMA shows is John Dupre's 1948 Farmall Model M. John has had this tractor for approximately the same length of time he has belonged to the Club - just about 18 years.

The restoration of this tractor was started many years ago by an older gentleman. All of the mechanical work was done and the engine was rebuilt, but then at some point the tractor was vandalized. All of the small items (generator, magneto, hydraulic pump, etc.) were stolen, and the old gent gave up. John was contacted by Henry Anderson, an equipment broker in John's hometown of Lunenburg, MA. A deal was made with the old fellow; John became the new owner and

completed the restoration.

This picture of the Farmall M appears on the show plaque for 2001    

"Farmall" is the name given to International Harvester's line of rowcrop tractors introduced as the "Farmall Regular" in 1924. The more familiar F12's and F20's came along in 1932. As with other manufacturers, Farmall tractors were redesigned with grills and "styled" sheetmetal in 1939 with the introduction of the Models A, H, and M.

    This Farmall M has a narrow front end, a belt pulley, a rear P.T.O., the solid drawbar, and the original 6 volt electrical system. It weighs 6400 lbs without wheel weight. It wears 12 X 38 tires and is capable of 34 hp at the drawbar and 37 hp at the belt pulley. The "missing horsepower" is what it takes to actually MOVE the tractor's own weight on level ground.

You never know for sure WHO will be driving John's tractor!!    

The REST of the tractor's horsepower is usually spent towing another familiar sight - John's 1000 gallon water wagon. John built the wagon himself from the chassis and rear end of a 1-1/2 ton Chevy truck. John had gone to a local watertank manufacturer, hoping to buy a used tank. He discovered that someone at the company had "squirreled away" a brand new tank, hoping to hide the fact that it wasn't made to the correct specifications and the customer wouldn't take it. It was offered to John for let's say "a bargain"!!

    When the tank is full, the entire water wagon weighs 11,500 lbs! There is an engine-driven pump mounted on the back of the wagon for the rapid filling of steam boilers and large engine hoppers. The water can also be pumped through sprinkler pipes for use in wetting down the show grounds for dust control.

International Tractors

This year CMSGMA hosted the New England Chapter #18’s

International Harvester Collectors *6th Annual Red Power Gathering*

     The N. E. Chapter of the International Harvester Collectors Club was sanctioned by the National directors in 1995. They have approximately 150 members. Dues are $20 per year and there is a newsletter published quarterly. If you'd like to join the club, please contact:

     The N. E. Chapter of the International Harvester Collectors Club was sanctioned by the National directors in 1995. They have approximately 150 members. Dues are $20 per year and there is a newsletter published quarterly. If you'd like to join the club, please contact:

Mark Wells

1 Minton Rd.

Billerica, MA 01821-5263


More International Tractors

Fred and Charles Moore own this 1950 Farmall C. In 1950, about 100 Farmall C's, Farmall Super A's, and Farmall Cubs were painted white and sent to the major dealerships to be used as demonstrators. After the promotion, they were painted red and sold as "ordinary" tractors. It wasn't until years later when people began to restore them, that the white paint was discovered under the red. Only THEN did the owner discover what he REALLY had!!

Even More....

International Tractors

These tractors, made by International Harvester,

are owned by members of CMSGMA

This is Alden Piper on his 1937 Farmall F-12. Alden lives in Leominster, Massachusetts and is a member of the board of directors of CMSGMA. The F-12 is what is known as an "unstyled" tractor.  

This 1947 McCormick Deering S6 Orchard Model belongs to Kim Spaulding of Pepperell, Massachusetts. Orchard tractors had fixed front axles, and were generally built low to the ground for getting around close to trees. Some orchard models of other brands had rear fenders that completely enclosed the rear wheels to keep branches from getting caught.

    This 1948 Farmall Cub is owned by Chet Grennell from Billerica, Massachusetts. The Cub was a small utility tractor especially designed for cultivating. Many Cubs that are equiped like Chet's are still in use as "lawn mowers"!

The C.H. Brown Steam Engine

Our own steam engine was once again at center stage.

You would have to climb up ONTO the trailer to see the C.H. Brown from THIS angle!!

More Steam

Ed Jones always has an interesting display of steam items.

This is only PART of his collection of hydrostatic oilers for steam engines.  

     Chet Bomba resurrected this 7-9 hp A.B. Farquhar steam engine. It was built sometime between 1875 and 1890. Don't LAUGH; those are the paint colors that Chet found under the dirt; although there HAS been some conjecture as to what BEVERAGE Chet had been drinking just before he mixed up the new paint.

     This "Mystery Engine" has a rack, but no pinion. It's a very unusual connection between the piston rod and the connecting rod. The engine belongs to David and Jackie Dearborn of Campton, NH.

Even More Steam

 Todd Cahill, from Grafton, Mass., had this display of what he calls "STEAM SCULPTURE".

He views his collection of steam models as an ART FORM.

     Todd has been building and collecting steam models for about ten years. He was inspired when he studied art and architecture and also by the fact that he was interested in trains as a kid. This piece has a potbelly stove for a firebox, and a double oscillating cylinder engine driving a "hypnotic disk"