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Branch 158 Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association


Branch 158 is a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assn., Inc.

Individual dues for principal members are $25.00 per year. Dues for auxiliary members are $17.00 each per year. Spouses and dependent children from 12 to 18 years old of principal members are considered auxiliary members. New members joining during each membership period will be considered members through the end of that period. Those with membership in a different EDGE & TA branch, may join Branch 158 with full membership privileges for $17.00 per year along with proof of membership (i.e., photocopy of card) in the other branch. Dues become due and payable on January 1st and are delinquent if not paid by April 15th.

Dues may be paid by mailing a check payable to EDGE&TA, Branch 158 along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Secretary-Treasurer Sue Esdaile, 310 Cross St., Woodland, CA 95695.


The Baling Wire is the official newsletter of Branch 158. It provides members with reports of past events, calendar of coming events, letters, ads, club information, and tips for the restoration and preservation of vintage farm, mining, construction, and related machinery. There is no charge for ads in the Baling Wire. All ads must be related to antique engines/tractors. For sale ads will be accepted from anyone, regardless of EDGE & TA membership. Wanted ads will be accepted only from EDGE & TA members. Your input for the Baling Wire is most welcome. Send to John Boehm, Editor, 14151 County Road 98A, Woodland, CA 95695-9134; e-mail:

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Branch 158 now is on Facebook with a group page devoted to the club. When you are on Facebook, just type “Yolo Antique Power Association” into the search bar and you will find our group page. Please join the group so you can post about our events and share your photos of them with us. In other words, Like us on Facebook!


Branch 158 Calendar 2018


Coming Soon!






Mike Cristler

Vice President
Kathy Boehm

Sue Westwood

John Boehm

Safety Director
Wilbur Reil


Ed Morris


Branch 158 Coming Events

Coming Soon!


Branch 158 T-shirts are now available in all sizes. Contact John Boehm to obtain yours!!

President's Message

I took some time the other day to look at the national web page, They do a good job, it is very easy to browse. Please take some time to look at it, there is lots of good information. Take five minutes to look at the safety tips. One of the tips that caught my eye was “Don’t be too busy to be safe.” Words to live by.

Mike Cristler
EDGE&TA, Branch 158 President

Dues are Due

A reminder that your dues are now due and payable. Please help Sue with our records by renewing soon. Details are above if you want to renew by mail. .


Safety and Our Increased Cost of Insurance

by Wilbur Reil , Safety Director

Safety is the responsibility of each and every member. Our hobby can be safe for everyone but it requires continually thinking safety. Rules and regulations have been written to make events safe. If members don’t follow these rules and act in an unsafe manner no amount of supervision can prevent accidents. A safety director or club officer cannot be everywhere to supervise. It is each member that needs to maintain a safe environment around the equipment he or she is showing.
Safety regulations for each show can be found on the National website at There is also other information that can be found on the website.

Our dues went up this past year due to insurance costs. Our liability insurance was cancelled by our previous carrier because of too many claims the past two years. The new policy we have costs double what the old one cost. It also has a $1000 deductible that is paid for by the member who caused the accident. It was felt that the member should share some of the responsibility for the claim. Other parts of the policy seem to be very similar to the old one.
The national newsletter that is available on the national website contained some paragraphs that are written below:
Please review the safety section with your branches. The safety requirements are not optional. You can’t use the ones you like or agree with and ignore the rest. The safety requirements were put together by members of the organization with experience in operating tractors, engines and the other equipment. These requirements are not difficult to follow. These were put into place to protect the membership. If you are not following them, you could be putting the other members of the organization at risk. A club or organization is a group of people with the same goal or vision. They look out for each other. Please keep that in mind as you are showing off your antique farm machinery.
Our insurance does not cover trucks or cars. If you are exhibiting trucks or pulling trucks you do not have any coverage under our policy.
Loading and unloading a tractor or any kind of equipment is probably one of the most dangerous things we do. If you see something that is not right, stop and keep your distance. If help is needed, offer only if you see what the problem is and that you can make it safer. Try to keep all spectators at a safe distance away from all loading and unloading areas. We all like to watch people come in to a show and unload their equipment. It is also scary to look at some of the trailers that tractors and equipment are being hauled on.
Some of the ramps being used are not safe. I have watched people load and unload narrow front end tractors using only 2 ramps, and some want to use a wooden 2 x 8 for the front wheels. If one falls off a ramp, it is instant; you don’t have time to prepare yourself for the fall.

We can have great shows but always remember that no matter where you are or what you are doing.
Think Safety First.

Financial Report

EDGE&TA Branch 158
Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 2015

Dues Income 1079.00
GasUp Income 290.00
T-Shirt Sales 269.00
Total Income 1638.00

T-shirts 191.00
Flyers 69.32
Dues Expense 480.00
GasUp Expense 206.33
Newsletter 104.00
Plow Day Expense 20.00
Total Expense 1070.65

Net Income 567.35

ASSETS As of Dec 31, 2015

Current Assets
Chase Checking Acct 3,352.91
T-Shirts On Hand 712.59
Total Current Assets 4,065.50

Fixed Assets
Trailer 500.00
Total Fixed Assets 500.00


Minutes of Branch 158 Meetings

Annual Meeting

February 13, 2016
Raley’s Meeting Room
Woodland, California
Board members attending: John Boehm, Kathy Boehm, Mike Cristler, Richard Marshall, Ed Morris, Sue Westwood
Pledge of Allegiance
President’s Report by Mike Cristler
Treasurer’s Report by Sue Westwood
Event Calendar Discussed:
March 19 - California Agriculture Museum Reopening Celebration, 11:00 – 4:00 pm
May 7-8 - Colusa Tractor Ride
May 14 – Boulet Gasup
June 11 – Coppin collection open house
July 9 – Yolo Tractor Ride, Plainfield Fire Station. This ride is for slower tractors with lunch in Winters.
August 17-21 – Yolo County Fair
October 22 – Yolo Tractor Ride, Zamora, Road Trip Bar & Grill
November 12 – Fall Plow Day
Other shows discussed: EDGE&TA show in Palmer Alaska, June 11-12; Patrick Ranch, June 11
Old & New Business:
T-shirts discussed. There are long-sleeved shirts and some short-sleeved shirts left.
Ed is maintaining a list of email addresses for announcements
A new banner has been made for the club, and was on display at the meeting.
Outreach – we need help staffing the table at the museum on March 19 to promote the club. Kathy and John have set up a Facebook page for the club to share events and photos. The page can be found by people who are not on Facebook through a Google search.
Boulet Gas-up: We need people to help with lunch. Mike will purchase the food.
Safety and insurance discussed. We need to make sure we have good brakes and fire extinguishers on our tractors for the events. We do have safety meetings at all events. The $1,000 insurance deductible is paid by the individual member when there is a claim, not the club. There is more information about our insurance on the national website, such as the rope stand distance required (three feet for engines).
Election of Officers. The following officers were elected:
President – Mike Cristler
Vice President – Kathy Boehm
Secretary/Treasurer – Sue Westwood

Editor – John Boehm
Safety Director – Wilbur Reil
Board Member – Ed Morris
Board Member – Richard Marshall
Meeting Adjourned

Board Meeting

January 6, 2016
Attending: Sue Westwood, Mike Cristler, Wilbur Reil, John Boehm, Kathy Boehm, Ed Morris, Richard Marshall
Events for 2016 were discussed and dates were set.
Possible threshing show was discussed. It was decided to table a show this year for lack of volunteer support.
Election of officers at annual meeting was discussed.



By-Law Change

The EDGETA national organization is requiring its member branches to have a legal name that includes the words Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association as well as the Branch number. To comply, the membership will be voting on a simple by-law change at the annual meeting at the Heidrick Ag History Center on February 8, 2014 at 9 am. The changes that we will vote on are these (the italicized words are the words to be removed):

Also known as


The name of this club shall be the ANTIQUE MACHINERY ASSOCIATION, also known as, EARLY DAY GAS ENGINE AND TRACTOR ASSOCIATION, BRANCH 158. This club may be referred to in this document as the “Club”.

This serves as the required notice to the membership of the changes to be made and the time and place of the meeting.

Show Reports

Colusa Tractor Ride
By Kathy Boehm
Saturday, May 7 was a cool, drizzly day. But weather did not stop our intrepid tractor drivers in their ride to Colusa. Participants included Wilbur Reil, Sue Westwood, Mike Hilton, Dudley Newton, John Boehm, Ed Morris, Erwin Graves. New member, Dave Honer, and out of towners, Austin Hurst and Richard Johnson, also rode along. Alan Avery drove the support vehicle and kept Maria Corona out of the rain.
Our hosts at the Riverside Inn were very hospitable, as always, and had an outdoor fire pit ready for happy hour. Dinner at the Colusa Casino buffet was somewhat disappointing this year. Sunday morning dawned cloudy, but no rain. Thanks to Wilbur for buying sandwiches for all for lunch. Everyone made it safely back and a good time was had by all.

Boulet Ranch Gas-Up
By Mike Cristler

Well once again the weather was nice for the third annual Gas Up at the Boulet Ranch. The engines were set up on the green grass with plenty of shade. Tractors were parked along the driveway. Don had a newly restored Oliver complete with cultivator. He also had the big John Deere R out. He just finished the steering and clutch. Dave Fidler came down from South Lake Tahoe with two engines. Wilbur Reil was there with an engine that Dave’s Dad used to own. Dave pointed out the muffler that his Dad had made from a scuba tank. David Wall also came down from Corning with an engine. There was a nice lunch of barbequed hamburgers on the pool patio. I would like to thank Kathy Boehm for the lunch setup and Dick Marshall and his friend Steve Heringer for flipping all the burgers. A big thanks to Don Boulet for his time and use of his ranch.

Plow Day 2015

Branch 158 Fall Plow Day 2015

Our Ninth Annual Plow Day was successfully held on November 7, 2015 at the Beeman Ranch on Road 95 west of Woodland. We had some rain about a week before, but the heavy clay ground was still a bit too dry for ideal plowing. At least this year, we were on safflower stubble, so we did not have any plugging problems. We plowed a lot more ground than last year and there was enough good ground to satisfy all who showed up. In addition to plowing, we also did some disking and dragging.
We would like to thank Greg Rieff, who is currently farming this land, for allowing us to dig up the soil a little bit. He appreciated that we opened up a bit of ground for him to seed for his haying operation. Greg also loaned us his forklift. Thanks also to Wilbur Reil for providing the signage as the field was a good distance from the road. Thanks to Mike Cristler for arranging the use of the land. See you out here again next year as this is a well received hands on event that is quite different from the rest of our show schedule.

Below: Plow Day 2015 Photos by Howard Hatshek



Plow Day 2014


Plow Day 2013

Branch 158 Plow Day November 2012

Branch 158 Plow Day 2010

Branch 158 hosted a very successful Plow Day on Nov 13, 2010. Three perfects! - The location at Silmer Scheidel’s ranch in Pleasant Grove, the weather, cool and sunny, and the soil, with just the right amount of moisture. No count, but there were 30 to 40 tractors present and about 60 acres were plowed and disked. Photos courtesy of Wilbur Reil

The shiny plow says it all

An overview of the grounds

Good plowing is a straight, deep cut with the soil fully turned-Erwin Graves on his Farmall pulling JD No. 52 plow

John Boehm contemplating setting up a few plows to begin the day

Jeff Wallom and his Eagle tractor did a slow but thorough job

Host Silmer Scheidel on one of his Minneapolis-Molines

Bob Hinds unstyled JD B

Lee Hardesty with his JD G

Don Boulet on JD 820 and 4 bottom plow

John Boehm trying Don’s Farmall M

Wyatt Coppin on his dad’s Cat 10

Warren Berg disking with his modified Cletrac

Sue Esdaile knows how to handle Lowell Coppin’s Cat 60

Frank Vantacich and his AC WD.

Lowell on his Cat 60

Old Time Harvest Days 2010
by John Boehm

Branch 158’s summer threshing show, Old Time Harvest Days, was held on June 19 and 20, 2010. Perfect weather, not too hot, made the show much easier. We had many exhibitors and a good turnout from the general public, considering that it was Father’s Day weekend. Our show grounds this year was the smaller 4 acre parcel. We had ample room for the show and were able to cut some of the wheat for our threshing demonstration from the nearby field.

We would like to thank the following sponsors of our show. Duane Chamberlain of Windmill Feed loaned straw bales. Jess Gilbertson loaned us his threshing machine. Amos Metz Rentals provided the forklift and water wagon. Greg Pollock was kind enough to let us cut some of the grain from his next door wheat field. Denny’s West St. restaurant paid for some of our posters and flyers. The Woodland Daily Democrat and Jim Smith, editor, provided valuable publicity. The Zamora 4-H provided the snack bar as a fund raiser for their club. And Linda Street, owner of the show grounds, was kind enough to let us use her property again this year.

Many Branch 158 members had a hand in making the show a success. Our wet spring kept the weeds growing like, well, weeds. In April, Don Boulet, Wilbur Reil, and John Boehm disked down mustard that was already five feet tall. The group followed up with a second disking and dragging in May. Finally a finish smoothing with the drag was done by Sue Esdaile prior to the show. The result was a smooth, weed free although dusty) show grounds. During the show, Eddie Gray provided night time security. Mike Cristler and Greg Reiff collected and dumped the garbage generated at the show. Wilbur Reil laid out the show grounds, set up the fencing and signs, hauled the bales, and did countless other administrative tasks to make the show happen. I would like to thank Sue Esdaile for helping me put together and test the binder prior to the show. And I really appreciate the help from Sue, Tim Morris, and Katey Taylor in cleaning up the threshing machine after the show, an itchy and not very fun task!

Don Boulet doing ground preparation a few weeks before the show

Janice Reil and her teddy bear display

Bob Hinds and John Paur binding wheat

Young helpers learning to pitch bundles. Photos courtesy of Katey Taylor.

Floyd Percival

by John Boehm

Floyd Percival passed away February 13, 2010. He was born in Meeker, Oklahoma on December 22, 1926 and grew up on a farm near Shawnee, Oklahoma. Floyd's parents grew corn, grain, hogs, and cattle. With all the chores that needed to be done, Floyd certainly was not spoiled. By the time he was ten years old, he was out in the field with a pair of bib overalls and a team of mules. Floyd still had the overalls to the end, though I suspect they were a few sizes larger by then. The Dust Bowl hit Oklahoma hard, so in 1938, Floyd and his father left the farm and moved to Capay, California. He married his first wife, then in the mid 1940's, his sons, Wayne and Jerry were born. He found work on a pipeline, then at a copper mine in Arizona. But a big, hot hole in the ground and no trees was a bit too much and he soon found his way back to California. He worked at various ranches in the Madison area for the next fifteen years. For a time, he also had a gas station in Esparto. In 1958, Floyd was remarried to Augie and they had five daughters. In 1959, he started work as a mechanic for the City of Woodland. He retired in the mid 1980's as the foreman of the vehicle maintenance shop.

Floyd never forgot his roots in farming. He was introduced to collecting antique engines and tractors by Cliff Hardy. Floyd joined Branch 13 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association shortly after it was formed in the mid 1970's. Over the years, he served as Vice President for three years, President for three years, and many more years on the board of directors. More recently, he was instrumental in founding of Branch 158 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. He had been on its board of directors since 2004. He was also a volunteer at the Heidrick Ag History Center.

I first met Floyd when I joined Branch 13 in 1979. Then when we moved to Woodland in 1992, I really got to know him better. I started going in to the morning coffee group at Denny's once in a while. Floyd was always there and welcomed and encouraged me to come. Today I am still not much of a mechanic, but was really a greenhorn back then. Floyd always had the time to willingly and patiently show me how to do the various jobs involved in bringing an old machine back to life. Floyd really became a mentor to me. More recently, I got a grain binder and a threshing machine for our shows. Once again, Floyd was the man with the needed knowledge to set up and operate them. He took his time to instruct me, but I think he had fun getting the old machines going, too. I know that we will all miss his vast store of knowledge, his tales of how things were done in the past, and his helpful encouragement.

Floyd was a quiet leader who could and did get things done. For many years he ran the antique machinery display at the California State Fair Farm, coordinating the display, supervising all the helpers, and putting on a good show for the spectators. He was not content to keep doing the same old shows over and over again. Not one to sit around, he challenged us often by pushing us to start new events and expand older ones. For instance, six years ago, he told us that he was going to go on a two day 120 mile tractor drive, whether or not we joined him. We thought he was crazy when he first proposed it, but he persisted, and this drive has now evolved into the Branch 158 Colusa Endurance Run. Those of us who have participated now realize how doable it really was and that it was not beyond our capabilities. We have repeated this ride every year since then.

Floyd did start to slow down some in the past few years as health problems started to take more of a toll on his body. But he was active and alert to the end, just the way he would have wanted it. Even though he could no longer drive due to failing eyesight, he was usually eager to ride along when I went to deliver or pick up another old tractor. He enjoyed seeing the countryside and sharing in the discovery of some new old iron. Two weeks before his death, we found another tractor that he was interested in buying. We were making plans to take a look at it, when we found out it already had just been sold, so that was one that got away. He still had projects he planned to complete, ideas for the shows, and words of advice and encouragement.

Floyd was one of my best friends. And one could not have asked for a better friend. He was always helpful. I have never seen him get mad at anyone. Upset, maybe, but not mad. Floyd may not have been rich in monetary terms, but he was rich in the knowledge that he had of people and things. He understood how people thought and knew when they were not being honest with him, but usually did not let on that he did. He had a wealth of knowledge about old time farming methods and tractor and equipment repair. This knowledge he was willing to share and we have all learned much from him over the years. Floyd was a great father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a true friend who will be greatly missed.

1. Young poppa Floyd holding Jerry with Wayne sitting on the car

2. Floyd baling hay in Capay with the Ford 9N

3. The living accomodations on the ranch

4. Floyd taking the freshly killed deer home, Capay, 1944 (note the alternate high clearance
wheels on the Ford that were used while cultivating).



Oil for Old Tractors
Today's modern motor oil meets "SJ" specs - the oil that our old tractor engines were designed for something like SA or even earlier. Usually we get told that newer oil is better, but is it true? And if true, better in what way? Engine oil contains many additives, and the primary anti-wear and anti-oxidation additive is a chemical by the name of zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP). ZDDP, while good for engine wear and reduced corrosion is bad for catalytic converters. New oils have less ZDDP to make the catalytic converters live. But this is a compromise which results in more engine wear and internal corrosion. Older engines want a good big dose of ZDDP to keep engine wear down. New engine oil may be good for catalytic converters, but it's not as good for your engine from the point of view of reducing corrosion. Fuels of today often have oxygenates - MTBE or Ethanol - added to them. A trace of these oxygenates gets into the engine oil, and apparently these chemicals are tremendously corrosive, and they attack gaskets, seals, and certain metals. No problem for automakers; they choose new polymers and alloys that are immune to these attacks. But what's to prevent the attacks and the corrosion in older engines? For a seldom used engine, corrosion is a much bigger problem than wear, even the wear from starting an engine that's been sitting long enough to drain oil off most of its rubbing surfaces - because one little patch of rust on that same rubbing surface is doomsday.

While you could design a custom oil for this problem, the best off the shelf oil is 'heavy duty' oil intended for Diesel trucks. Instead of SJ, look for combinations that begin with C (for Compression ignition). CG-4 is the latest. While the oil part of these diesel oils has the same lubricating qualities as passenger car oil, the most common heavy-duty viscosity is 15W-40; more syrupy. But the diesel oils get bigger doses of additives; up to 80% more ZDDP, the anti-wear/anti-corrosion additive, and 30 to 50% more detergent, dispersant, and corrosion inhibitors. Good news if you have sticky rings, erratic compression, and blue exhaust smoke. This high-detergent oil will quickly free them up.For corrosion, heavy-duty oil is the silver-bullet solution. So, older conventional oils protect your older engine better than newer oils and the best modern oil for the engine of your old tractor is oil designed for diesel trucks!

From Material Supplied by Warren Berg