Branch 158 is a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Branch 158 Coming Events
Open Barn and Shop
Pat Garrison will host the event this
year on June 9, 2018. His address is 1411 Crystal Springs Drive,
Woodland 95695. Pat has a very nice collection of hit and miss
engines. This is planned to be a morning of fun and learning,
followed by a pot-luck barbecue for lunch. We will start at 9
am and the barbecue will be about noon. Hamburgers, condiments,
and bottled water will be supplied. Please bring a side dish and
any other liquid refreshment. It will be for EDGETA members only.
For more information, please call Pat Garrison at 530-867-4210
Plainfield Tractor Drive
The July Plainfield Tractor Drive is cancelled. However, we will be doing our Fall Tractor Ride on a similar route to the former July Ride, details below.
Fall Tractor Ride
The Fourteenth Annual Yolo Tractor Ride
will occur on Saturday October 20, 2018. The starting and ending
location this year will be at the West Plainfield Fire Station,
24901 Co. Rd. 95, Davis. We will ride from Plainfield around Lake
Solano to Winters and back. We will stop for lunch at the Winters
Park, where you can either enjoy your picnic lunch or have lunch
at one of the many nearby restaurants. Tractors should have a
minimum speed of nine miles per hour. Come enjoy a pleasant drive
through beautiful farming countryside.
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Lillard Hall next to the West Plainfield fire station on 24901 Road 95 a few miles west of Davis. We will leave at 8:30 a.m. The return route will be different from the morning route. For more information, contact Dave Honer at 530-681-2694 or email@example.com
Branch 158 Fall Plow Day
If we have a plow day site, our Twelfth Annual Plow Day will be held on November 10, 2018. The site at 21000 County Road 95 west of Woodland is questionable, but unlikely, as the owners would like to start a marijuana farm. If they do, they do not want any other activities on the property. We will update the plow day information in later editions of The Baling Wire as the situation becomes clear.
We held our annual meeting and I was
elected to be your new president. Mike Cristler wanted to step
down after being our president for several years and devote more
time to his business. We owe him a huge thank you for doing such
a terrific job guiding us. He is still planning on acting as a
past president and giving his advice and direction. We also want
to welcome Dave Honer as a new director to the board. Dave lives
near Winters and has been active on many of the tractor drives
and events. Ed Morris is now our new Safety Director. The other
officers remain the same.
Like I said Mike leaves a big hole to fill. As the new president I am open for any ideas and suggestions on making this club one for all its members. Let me or one of the board members know what can be done to improve it. As a club it takes active members to set up and participate in events and keep it running. Participation is a key. Having fun or enjoyment is a key. Visiting with friends and meeting new people is a key. Lets make 2018 a great year for EDGE&TA Branch 158.
For those of you that have not paid your dues for this year please pay them as soon as possible. The dues pay for insurance, subscription to this newsletter and for club expenses. You are not insured and cannot show or participate at events until you pay them. If you are a paid member of any EDGE&TA club you can participate in the events of all other clubs. The yellow membership badge and the white sticker that says 2019 is all you need.
You can see the schedule of events planned for this year in the calendar section. Our first club event is the Colusa Tractor Ride on May 5 and 6. This has been a fun ride and a very enjoyable evening in Colusa. The Boulet Ranch show on May 12 is a one day event for both tractors and engines. We have decided to combine the summer and fall tractor drives into only the fall ride. We will alternate the drive with one year in the West Plainfield - Winters area and the next year in the Zamora - Capay area. The summer ride was extremely hot this past year and had not drawn very much participation in the past so the board decided to cancel it.
Safety should be a concern with everyone in the club. No one wants to get hurt. When you work around machinery, especially old machinery, you should be careful and never rush doing something. If it doesnt seem safe or it doesnt feel right dont do it. Take the time to make it safe.
Most equipment and tractors manufactured in the early and mid 1900s were not made for safety or for comfort. They were built around an engine. Tractors were put on wheels and engineered to do the job such as pull a plow or cultivator or run a saw or elevator. The engineer then said oh yes we need a driver lets throw a seat on it. Comfort and safety was not in their vocabulary. Stationary engines had the big flywheels and pulleys generally were belted up without guards. It is great to see them running at shows especially operating equipment. That is where the ropes come in. Keeping the general public out of the flywheel and belt area is a must.
Most of us haul our tractors and equipment to the shows. Now is the time to get the trailers in top condition. Make sure the lights are right. Make sure you have the proper ramps, tie downs and chains to secure the load. Replace that broken board in the deck. Be ready.
The national web site has lots of useful information. Check it out at http://edgeta.com
President Yolo Antique Power
Like us on Facebook!
Branch 158 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 T-shirts are now available in all sizes. Contact John Boehm to obtain yours!!
I took some time the other day to look at the national web page, http://edgeta.com/. 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 Dont be too busy to be safe. Words to live by.
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. .
The Annual meeting of Branch 158 was
held on February 10, 2018 at the the Raleys meeting room
in Woodland. After the pledge of allegiance and introductions
of members present, the treasurers report was given by Sue
Westwood. The event calendar for the coming year was discussed
and several events are being dropped from the calendar, in part
due to poor participation by the membership. This poor participation
was also a subject of discussion and John Boehm suggested that
if participation does not improve, that disbanding of the club
should be considered as an option. Full details on this years
events are given elsewhere in this issue of the newsletter. Other
events discussed included some of the lighted Christmas parades
in the area.
Old & New Business discussed: T-shirts, Porta-potty, Safety.
The meeting ended with the election of officers. The following officers were elected: Wilbur Reil, President; Kathy Boehm, Vice President; Sue Westwood, Secretary/Treasurer; John Boehm, Editor; Ed Morris, Safety Director, and Pat Garrison and Dave Honer, Board Members.
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):
ANTIQUE MACHINERY ASSOCIATION
Also known as
EARLY DAY GAS ENGINE AND TRACTOR ASSOCIATION, BRANCH 158
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.
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 Scheidels 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
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.
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