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    USA, Northwest Ohio Farm Country
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  1. You are making some serious progress. Awesome work on that fine, old FWD!
  2. What year catalog is that from? I see a couple of different power ratings, one as high as 58 hp @ 1700 (brake) in a Mercer (per Langworth's Mercer history) and one resources lists 60 hp for the Stutz. The Stromberg on the FWD unit had a 1.5-in. bore. I was looking for the materials on the Stutz or Mercer carbs, but I have evidently filed them too well. I hate to quote from my feeble memory but 1.75 inches keeps coming into my head.
  3. I have read that a lot of war suprplus FWD Model Bs lost their engines to those "hotrodders" driving Stutz Bearcats. From what I remember, the only real difference in the engines was that the Stutz had a larger bore carburetor and spun up a little faster. Maybe some difference in the mags, though I recall less about that. Too busy this morning to dig out those files.
  4. You are living the dream, my friend! I've rebuild hundreds of engines but a Wisconsin T-Head is not on that list... nor any truly classic engine. It looks amazingly good considering.
  5. Was that from Don Chew's estate? Looks like you can also get a matching wheel replace the off one, right?
  6. Made me want to stand and salute! Two FWDs as well!
  7. Fantastic work! The crew should be proud of their work and the museum proud to display it. You need to get the Chieftain back to do an in-depth feature on it!
  8. Yeah, Bruce's truck, right? Have driven that one in the distant past. IIRC, it's a '21...?. Can't remember if it's a rare 2-wheel steer. Anyway, I saw that truck stripped down to bare bones and know it was done very well.
  9. So awesome that you have images of this ancient truck when "living" and have some idea of it's early history. THe images are great but they must induce at least a little intimidation at seen just how far you have to go. If you aren't intimidated, you are a better man than me, Gunga Din!
  10. That makes sense. I did not fully adapt my brain to the inadequate braking technology of 100 years past. Was that a vintage carrier for the Holt? It looked it... but I don't know much about British transport from that era as it relates to a steamer.
  11. Did that lowboy with the Holt really need two tractors? I know it looked good that way but having seen similar tractors move some ponderous loads and drag sleds down a tractor pulling track with impunity, I wonder. Awesome video!
  12. Wondering how you mean that? Certainly, if unarmed people are rounded up by armed men, lined up in front of a wall and shot... those lives have been taken! A soldier who volunteers is essentially "giving" his life, at least potentially. If he doesn't understand that, he probably isn't intelligent enough to be a soldier. Conscripted soldiers are admittedly a grey area. In one sense, being a voluntary citizen of a country (when you are allowed to leave your country in protest of it) knowing your country conscripts troops, you are a defacto "volunteer" if you chose to continue to live there. After all, most people in free countries are allowed to determine their country's direction and policies with their vote. If they don't take that responsibility seriously, well..... I guess my point is that if you look at this in the noblest possible way, as a volunteer you are essentially signing a blank check (or cheque to some of you) made payable to your country for an amount up to and including your life. Given the way WWI was fought, and how frivolously it started, we could debate how "noble" any of it was, but often the motivations of the individual people were noble. That's why I don't often mind the high road being taken with regards to speeches and such because it honors those people's intent and their sacrifice. Often the nobility is found in the bonds between soldiers One can argue that not "telling it like it was" furthers needless war. Maybe that's true. It doesn't seem to matter, though. The human race will find ways make war on each other and most of us are powerless to stop it. Even if a country or a group of people are totally in the right and trying to avoid war, war often finds them. Forgive me this post. As an old soldier from a family of soldiers, I often get reflective as Veterans Day approaches.
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