Terry Harper

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  1. Sunny, On the Stanley's they also used Perch poles to help locate the front and rear axles. (one of the buggaboos of using full eliptical springs) Also, Franklin was well known for using laminated wood chassis rails. which allow for some flex and certainly vibration and shock dampening and of course as you know Franklin took great pride in thier cars being relativly light for thier size and quality - all of which helps the ride.
  2. Lost to history! He did make at least a few more machines using Brennan engines. The bottom two photos show the two machines made for H.H. Linn. Linn and his wife had a traveling dog show. For a while he worked for Lombard before developing his own design design - the Linn tractor made in Morris, New York. Linn found the early "RV" to be too heavy for the bridges of the day so Lombard developed and patented the single track design. It was setup with a belt driven generator so Linn could run lights for his show. Since I live in Fort Fairfield I always have visions (dreams) of finding the remains of the single track machine depicted in the second photo buried in some farmers rock pile..... no luck (LOL)
  3. Hello George, Speaking of Brennan here is an interesting rig using a Brennan engine. This is Alvin Lombards first gasoline powered Log Hauler developed in 1908-09. The engine is a massive Brennan four cylinder (9"x10"). Note the household steam radiators. It was featured in "The Horseless Age", April 7, 1909. Good luck with your search and please keep us posted on any interesting finds. Best regards, Terry
  4. With this being (locally) our hotest day of the year to date I thought a reflection on a much cooler time of year might be appropriate. Patty Allison, Imbued with Hues created this for me a few years ago. Circa 1908-1913 Maine, Township 9-14.
  5. Here you go Sunny, Just picture using some Franklin bits & pieces.
  6. The real tragedy is we have all but lost our manufacturing base. through bad trade deals, taxes, etc. If we had to gear-up today for the level of wartime manufacturing as we did for WW2 we would be screwed. The heavy industrial base is simply not there. Niether is the domestic competition that drives prices and quality. Try getting the best price for a military component when there is only one firm in the U.S. that still makes that piece. Or how about having to use a inferior welded assembly rather than a cast or forged assembly because the foundry has gone out of business. Better yet try finding young people interested in learning a trade. Our local community college has a fantastic precision machine program with state of the art equipment - last year they had all of five students.
  7. I am glad you got it fixed and it was a relativly simple repair. I really enjoyed following your updates on your daily use of this wonderful Franklin. I am sure it will find a new owner who cherishes it as you have. Best regards, Terry
  8. Yesterday being Tuesday meant that the "Tuesday" crew was out and about working on a variety of projects at the Maine Forest & Logging Museum. The "Tuesday Crew" a a group of elderly gentlemen who volunteer every Tuesday to at the museum. They are a wonderful group to work with. There was a a lot going on and it was a magnificent Spring day. Herb and Lew and I got the Fairbanks-Morse 3 hp Model Z running. This was donated to the museum last Fall. Thanks to Reg Clement (Clement's Starter & Alternator in Carmel, Maine) for bringing the magneto back to life. The engine is setup with a Fairbanks-Morse pump for display. Unfortunately the drive gear on the engine is cracked so we can't run the pump. Eventually we may set it up with a flat belt. We have wanted to get the water temp. gauge working on the Lombard dump truck. Unfortunately there is no place on the block to screw in the probe so we made a fitting and cut that into the upper radiator hose. It might not be original but with a nearly irreplaceable engine we want to be safe rather than sorry. With the gauge working Herb and I took it for a cruise up the road and back - we got the old girl moving along in fourth gear at a breath taking 5.5 mph. It's aking to riding in a cement mixer with a bunch of nuts and bolts whirring around. It's suppose to top out at 8-10 mph but that would take a far braver and deafer person than me. Anyway, the temp. held solid at 150. The gauges are not original but they all work now and at least match. In additionLew got his beloved Cletrac up and running. It was repowered with a model "A" Ford engine which suits it well. We also prepped and test ran the water powered sawmill after its long winter slumber. The Alwife are running in the stream and its an amazing sight! Charlie and Ed had the rotary sawmill up and running so Herb shot a video for the virtual musem project. All a good days work!
  9. Ha! my daughter seriously wanted to do just that! At her school they have a traditional prom night car parade - tractors, horse and buggy you name it. One year my students used our survey equipment to see if a particularly large tractor would fit under the walkway. I was sweating the trucking costs big time. (10 tons and a 302 mile round trip)Then of course Prom was canceled due to the pandemic.
  10. That is indeed temping with the exception of the distance. The 131" wheel base would actually leave enough room behind the big Wisconsin to fit seats etc. Great offering!
  11. Mike do mean SOHCAHTOA? (Sine=Opposite /Hypotenuse, Cosine =Adjacent /Hypotenuse and Tangent=Opposite /Adjacent) We still teach it that way over here. In fact if you attend a Statics class that's one of the first things you find scratched on tests and papers students pass in. Then there is: Sailors Often Have Curly Auburn Hair Till Old Age. Some Old Horses Can Always Hear Their Owners Approach. Some Old Hen Caught Another Hen Taking One Away. LOL
  12. Ron, I have really enjoyed watching this project come together and how quick its moving along. It looks fantastic! Best regards, Terry
  13. I always cringe when someone decides to use "modern sealant" when its easy enough to fabricate a new gasket using a sheet of gasket material and small ball peen hammer.
  14. Today I found myself back at the museum. First order of business was a compression test on the big 10 ton Lombard tractor. It all checked out good and with a new ignition system - cap, plugs, wire, rotor button, coil, condenser and ballast resistor that narrows it down to the carb as the prime suspect for the sketchy running. Anyway, the old beast was running very well and since we had a couple of Construction Engineering Technology students from the University of Maine meeting with us to discuss cap stone projects we figured why walk when you can ride? Needing another short film section for the virtual museum tour we managed to talk them into working the pit saw as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD5mFT-Tdp0 I decided to test out the drone a bit. It was far too windy to go crazy with it so I just took a few shots around the Lombard shed. If you notice in some of the videos the dump truck has quite bit of bounce to it. At times its like riding a pogo stick. The front end was designed to be rather flexible and has four large coil springs. Long bolts down through the springs are supposed to keep a certain amount of compression on the springs and also limit travel. The bolts were very loose and way, way past their expiration date - bent so the adjusting nuts could no longer adjust and any exposed threads long since gone. A little work with the sawszall and its ready for the new bolts which Herb will install on Tuesday. Hopefully, driving the beast will no longer feel like your in a cocktail shaker.
  15. That would be tragic considering there is a heck of a lot to work with there and its a neat and rare survivor. Some times its not about the financial return - its about the doing - It reminds me of a friend who built an airplane. Financially it made no sense considering what a decent Cessna or Piper were going for at the time and the that he could be flying NOW not 5-10 years down the road. but then I realized for him it was all about the build and the craftsmanship. The finished aircraft came out fantastic by the way! I think we have lost some of that insight over the years.
  16. Very nice Harm! I am really enjoying following your progress. I love the thatched roof in the background. They have always intrigued me. Best regards, Terry
  17. That would be Joey (aka The King of Obsolete) his two machines are Linn tractors. H.H. Linn worked for Lombard in the early days before developing his own design and setting up shop in New York. Linn's were very popular with towns and cities for plowing etc.
  18. Today I worked on modeling the components for a set of skis for the Maine Forest & Logging Museum's 10 ton Lombard log hauler. This particular machine was built in 1934 for the City of Waterville, Maine. Lombard offered both skis and wheels and they could be readily swapped out. Our machine, as (far as we can tell) never had a set of skis since it was used for roadwork and plowing. Back in the day the majority of Lombard tractors were used to haul long trains of sleds over iced roads and that is what we would like to recreate.The goal is at some point to get it setup with a set for winter events. Unfortunately finding the components just isn't going to happen so we will have to resort to fabricating from scratch. On Saturday I visited a local museum in Ashland, Maine and spent the better part of an afternoon taking photos and measurements. Its sad to see such a wonderful beast rotting away! With photos, sketches and measurements in hand I began creating each component in Solidworks and then creating an assembly. There is still quite a bit of work to do. Next step is to create the shop drawings as determine the fits and tolerances. Then its another trip to the museum to verify dimensions and collect any that I missed of may have flubbed the first time. Below are a couple of screen captures. Once that's all done I can start thinking about patterns. The cross member I am thinking we can do as a welded assembly. Now we just need the funds to make it happen!
  19. Sad but true Ed. We have pretty much lost a cottage industry. The little mom and pop shops that would do small runs or one of a kind work are pretty much hard to come by. While CNC technology and 3D modeling and rapid prototyping has certain revolutionized the manufacturing and engineering world its come at a price. Which is a vastly different business model. With a good 5 axis CNC milling center costing upwards of half a million, the overhead for programing etc. the focus is on keeping those machine churning out parts at all hours of the day. Its more mass production than anything else. The days of Wilbur spending a few hours on the old Bridgeport to mill out a part are gone. Same with foundry work. While I am always thrilled to see a 5 axis CNC mill doing its magic it just doesn't have the soul of the old time shops. The smell, the sounds. Watching a good manual machinist twirling handles and wheels and deftly using the vernier dials to place every cut exactly where it needs to be is a sight to behold and sadly a vanishing one at that. The other day while I was working at the Maine Forest & Logging Museum I had to use one of the bench vices in the Grady Machine Shop. Whenever I walk into that wonderful room its a feeling - for a mere mortal like me, akin to daring to lay a finger on the helm wheel of the USS Constitution. How could I possibly dare sully the history and soul of such a relic from the past? I still haven't explored the contents of the machinist chests.You simply do not do it!
  20. Mike, I am so sorry to hear about your health issues. I know its been an ongoing battle and I - and I am sure others - have been inspired by your determination, positive outlook and creativity. As others have said you are part of a large family. When one of us is struggling and hurting we all feel it and pray that we may comfort and help in some way. Though the project may seem like its run its course (I am sure your going to find days to fiddle a bit!) I hope you still remain active here on the forum. I for one always know that when I post a comment your always the first to react - that always makes me feel good. You have a lot of experience, thoughts and ideas to contribute and I look forward to reading them. On another note just finished reading "Open Cockpit" and "No Parachute" both by Arthur Gould Lee - fascinating story!
  21. Today I headed over to a very, very quite museum and managed to get a lot done on the 1928 Lombard dump truck. The new tool box is installed and fits perfect. I also installed a clip to hold the throttle cable tube to the dash panel and spent quite a bit of time topping-off the gear oil in the differential and transmission. About 6 gallons worth! Working around I found one of the trunnion caps was rather loose. The cap secures a shaft that the track wheel carriage pivots on. The nuts were well buggered-up so I had to dress them-up with a grinder so a wrench would fit on them. With everything cleaned and greased it all went back together well. I also spent some time snugging-up fuel fittings to stop a few drips. One other task was testing the temperature gauge. Years ago it was left disconnected and just tucked-up under the hood. Holding a lighter to the bulb the gauge did what its supposed to. Now we need to make a fitting so we can install the sensor bulb. On another note, Last Fall a very generous gentleman donated a Fairbanks-Morse model Z one lunger. I went over it a bit today and tried starting it but I fear the magneto needs some love - no spark... no boom. We had a bit of a wind storm and some trees down so after Herb arrived we loaded-up the 10 ton Lombard log hauler and headed down the old carriage road. It was a bit of a tight squeeze getting the beast turned around at the end. However, once we cut a few trees at the turn-around loop it will make a very nice run. The guts.... The transmission is a four speed by Cotta. A reverse gear in the differential makes it so we have four speeds forward and four in reverse. The long arm and rod running over the top pf the transmission is for the forward/reverse lever. The small diameter rod in the foreground is for the trip rod for the hoist lever. When the hoist reaches either end of its travel the lever in the cab snaps into neutral. The diagonal drive shaft is from the PTO to the hoist gear box. The brake is a cast iron drum mounted to the input shaft to the differential with external contracting brake bands. I think this beast uses just about every type of drive joint known - Spicer type universal joints, fabric couplings, big pot type CV joints and rubber donut type couplings. For a sizable machine there is not a lot of room to work! The hoist for the dump body is a Wood Mechanical hoist. You can see the arms - which are driven by pinion gears by the hoist gear box mounted on top of the differential. Wood Mechanical Hoists was founded by Garfield Wood also known for the exquisite Garwood boats. The museum is off the grid. However, last year they installed a solar panel system so now we have lights and power! - which sure beats running a generator! Messing with the Fairbanks-Morse The green beast - the 10 ton Lombard log hauler tucked safely back in the shed.
  22. Thanks Joe! I might just take you up on that offer!