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Friday, October 16, 2015

Dacusville 2015

The Farm Show at Dacusville this year proved to be interesting in more ways than one. About a week before the event I received an email from a descendant  of the original owners of Kay-Gee 1640. She had been trying to locate the engine and saw the post on the "Mule" about the 2014 show. It's always gratifying to hear from visitors but it's even better when they contribute information about the subject.



At the show I saw a photocopy of the original bill of sale. Keck-Gonnerman built the engine, a 20 hp with a 9" cylinder and 12" stroke in 1922 on order for William and Charles Schisler who used it to power a sawmill they operated in Mt. Vernon Indiana.  It remained in service at the sawmill until they sold it in 1955. How it found it's way to South Carolina remains unknown. Can anyone out there in webland fill in the missing years?




It seemed to me that the turnout for this year's event was down from 2014 but there was still plenty to see.



Like last year there was a nice assortment of highway tractors on hand. What could be better for hauling your vintage equipment to the show?



Stationary engines were well represented as were highly specialized equipment like this Farmall A that's been outfitted with a night vision device for nocturnal farming.



Another innovative modification was this rumble seat equipped John Deere.




On the other hand there were alterations of questionable utility.




The majority however, were nicely restored classics.




This Allis-Chalmers G model looks like it just rolled off a dealers showroom floor.




The Leon Moody Memorial Collection always provides some interesting exhibits like this 1950 Case Model DCS "High Crop", one of just 1206 units produced between 1939 and 1953.




Window shopping your wish list is a fun part of every show. This 1952 Minneapolis - Moline was offered for a very reasonable $2950.




But the for sale sign on this 1937 Farmal F-12 didn't list a price.




Likewise for this 1959 Massey-Ferguson.




And now for the Editors Pick for Best of Show, and the winner is........Well, no show plackard on this beauty but my guess is that it's a one off prototype produced by the Frankenstein Tractor Company that briefly operated out of Transylvania County, NC. around 1939.

 

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