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 Calendar 2017
April 28-30 California Antique Farm Equipment Show
International Agri-Center, Tulare International Agri-Center (farmshow.org)
May 6-7 **Branch 158 Colusa Tractor Ride
Woodland to Colusa overnight round trip tractor ride Kathy Boehm (email@example.com)
May 13 **Branch 158 Gas-Up (EDGETA Members only)
Boulet Ranch, 32620 County Road 13, Zamora, CA Mike Cristler (530-666-7395)
May 19-21 Rio Linda Farm Days (R.L. Historical Society, sponsor)
Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda Deacon VanDerostyne (209-810-5913)
June 24 Binding, Threshing, Tractor, and Engine Show
Durst Ranch North of Capay at County Roads 13 and 85
Mike Cristler (530-666-7395) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Westwood at 530-304-4735
July 8 **Yolo Tractor Ride: Plainfield
Start at West Plainfield Fire Station, 24901 Co. Rd. 95, Davis Wilbur Reil (email@example.com)
August 16-20 Yolo County Fair
Woodland, Setup Aug 15, Teardown Aug 21 Rich Cleland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
October 7-8 Branch 13 Fall Gas-up
McFarland Ranch, Orr Rd., Galt Julie Alvey (email@example.com)
October 21 ** Yolo Tractor Ride: Zamora
Start and end at Zamora Mini Mart, I-5 at Zamora exit Ed Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org)
October 28-29 Branch 13 Swap Meet
Yolo County Fairgrounds, Woodland, CA Rich Cleland (email@example.com)
Rain Date Nov18 **Branch 158 Fall Plow Day
21000 County Road 95, Woodland, CA
John Boehm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
December 2 Open Shop/Potluck Lunch at Cristler Ranch
32003 County Road 14, Zamora, CA
Take I-5 Zamora exit and head west two miles Mike Cristler (530-666-7395)
Branch 158 Coming Events
Branch 158 Annual Meeting
The Branch 158 Annual Meeting and Election of Officers will be held on February 11, 2017 at 9 am. Please note that the location for the meeting is at the Raleys Community Meeting room at Raleys 367 West Main St. in Woodland. This is in the shopping center at the intersection of West Main Street and County Road 98. The meeting room is in the back/left hand corner of the store. Coffee and donuts will be served. Show dates for the coming season will be discussed. The election of officers for the new year will follow. If you are interested in running for any club position, please contact the nominating committee chairman, Wilbur Reil, at 756-1018 or email@example.com.
Museum Tractor Family Fest
The California Agricultural Museum (formerly known as the Heidrick Ag History Center) will host a Tractor Family Fest on March 18, 2017. Branch 158 has been invited to bring tractors and engines in order to give demonstrations of starting and operation of vintage equipment.
We will also set up a table to promote Branch 158 and sign up new members. We will need people to help with that. The show will be open to the public from 10 am to 2 pm. We can start setting up as early as 8 am and should be finished before 10 am. We will be under cover inside the museum, so weather should not be a problem. We participated in their events the past few years and it seemed that both exhibitors and spectators really enjoyed the event. Please check with Mike Cristler at 530-666-7395 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information closer to the show date.
California Antique Farm
Equipment Show Tulare
The California Antique Farm Equipment Show in Tulare is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. You aew invited to display your tractors and/or engines. It is recommended that you contact them for a registration pack before the show to save time once you arrive. There will also be a swap meet and antique equipment auction, as well as some tractor pulling and other special displays. For more information on the Tulare show in general and to register to display go to www. antiquefarmshow.org. The show dates are April 28-30, 2017.
Colusa Endurance Run
Join us for the Branch 158 Colusa Endurance Run, a 110 mile, two day tractor ride that will parallel the Sacramento River from Woodland to Colusa and back (different routes each day). The event will occur on May 6-7, 2017.
This year we will be staying again in downtown Colusa at the Colusa Riverside Inn. To reserve your room, please call the Colusa Riverside Inn at 530-458-5880. Let them know that you will be a part of the Tractor Ride group and you will receive the special rate for the night of May 7th. We have a block of 10 rooms reserved, but they have only a total of 19 rooms, so reserve early. Last year they filled up and some drivers had to stay elsewhere. The room price will be $59 plus tax. All rooms are non-smoking, no pets, and there is a 72 hour cancellation policy on reserved rooms.
Last year, we were disappointed with the buffet at the casino, so we are researching other dinner optikon for this year. Be sure to bring a lunch for the Saturday ride. On Sunday, there will be a box lunch available for purchase.
Our starting point will be from John and Kathy Boehms Rusty Acres Ranch at 14151 County Road 98A, Woodland. There will be plenty of room to park your pickups and trailers. Be ready to start by 7:30 am as we have a lot of miles to cover.
This event is sponsored by Branch 158. All drivers must have a valid drivers license and show proof of membership in any branch of EDGETA in order to participate. All tractors are subject to a safety inspection and must have a kill switch, working brakes, a slow moving vehicle safety triangle, a fire extinguisher, and a minimum speed of 9 miles per hour. NO riders unless they are in a seat designed for a second person AND approved by the Branch 158 safety director.
Please contact Kathy Boehm at 530-668-9410 or email@example.com for more information.
Boulet Ranch Gas-Up
Branch 158 will repeat the one day Gas-Up at Don Boulet's ranch west of Zamora on May 13, 2017. This event will not be open to the general public but only to members of all EDGETA branches, their families, and close friends. EDGETA members are encouraged to bring their engines and tractors for display. Normal EDGETA safety and layout guidelines will be followed. Don will also showcase his extensive collection of tractors and engines. There will be a forklift available for loading and unloading. Dry camping spots will be provided for those wanting to arrive Friday afternoon or stay until Sunday morning. We plan to provide a hamburger lunch with condiments and chips for $10, if we can find enough volunteers to organize the meal. To reach the Boulet Ranch, take I-5 to the Zamora exit, which is also County Road 13. Proceed west on County Road 13 about two miles from the highway to the driveway at 32620 County Road 13. For more information, call Mike Cristler 530-666-7395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plainfield Tractor Drive
The eighth running of Branch 158s Plainfield Tractor Drive will occur on July 8, 2017. This will be a slower speed tractor ride for some of the older tractors. We will ride from Plainfield to Winters and back, with a top speed of 6 mph. 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 Road 95 west of Davis. Leave at 8:30 a.m. Our lunch stop in Winters Park will not be catered, so be sure to bring your own lunch. You can also buy lunch at one of the restaurants in Winters We will return by a different route through Solano and Yolo County.
Directions from Davis or I-80. Go north on Hwy 113 to Covell (Road 31). Turn West and go 5 miles to Road 95. Go right (north) 1.3 miles. Lillard Hall parking lot is on the right (east).
Directions from Woodland or I-5. Take Hwy 16 west to Road 95. Turn left (south) on Road 95. Travel about 6.5 miles. West Plainfield Fire Station and Lillard Hall is on the left (east).
Directions from Vacaville and I-505. Travel north on 1 505.At Winters turn right on Hwy 128 (east). Travel about 7 miles staying on Road 31 to Road 95. Turn left onto Road 95 and travel 1.3 miles. Lillard Hall and parking is on the right (east).
For information call Wilbur Reil at 530-756-1018. or email@example.com.
Yolo Tractor Ride
The Thirteenth Annual Yolo Tractor Ride
will occur on Saturday October 21, 2017. We will meet at the Zamora
Mini-Mart (Shell gas station) which is at the Zamora exit from
I-5 about ten miles north of Woodland. Be there between 8 and
9 am. We plan to start the ride at 9 am and will have a route
with a tentative lunch stop at the Road Trip Bar and Grill in
The Zamora Mini-Mart has a deli and a small picnic area. They have a large area for truck and trailer parking and we can park and leave them at the far north end of their lot. Most of the route is on lightly traveled country roads with a lot of different scenery. For more information, please contact Ed Morris at 530-662-7648 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Branch 158 Fall Plow Day
Our Eleventh Annual Plow Day will be held on November 11, 2017. It will be at the same location west of Woodland. From Highway 16 and Road 98 in Woodland, head west three miles, then turn south on Road 95 to 21000 County Road 95. The fields are not visible from the road, but turn in at the Branch 158 signs and proceed past the houses and barns to the designated parking area. We will have a lift available for unloading and loading your equipment. This will be a hands on learning experience for those who have wanted to try their hand at plowing. We will meet around 8 to 9 am. Bring your tractor and plow, disk, or other tillage implement and put it to work. If you dont have an implement, thats no problem. Bring your tractor and hook it up to one of our plows or just bring yourself and we will put you on a tractor and plow. If you have never plowed before, that is all the more reason to show up and learn! Be sure to bring a lunch as there is nothing close by! Please check with John Boehm at email@example.com (preferred) or 530-668-9410 after mid October for updated details. Rain date is November 19.
Fun Day/Open Barn and Shop
This year's Branch 158 fun day/open barn
and shop will be at the home of Mike and Roberta Cristler. They
have many engines and tractors as well as a very complete machine
shop. This is planned to be a morning of fun and learning, followed
by a pot-luck barbecue for lunch. The date is set for December
2, 2017 at ???? County Road 13 in Zamora, CA. 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 Mike Cristler 530-666-7395 or
Branch 158 T-shirts are now available in all sizes. Contact Mike Cristler to obtain yours!!
I recently brought home what looked to be a nice John Deere BW -you know the old saying it was running when I parked it. Well it must have set in front of the barn before it was rolled inside. The engine was full of water along with the carburetor, so much for that good deal. I now have two and hope to make one from the two. I didnt make the Colusa ride, but I did make it to the Boulet Gas Up and the open house at the Coppins. I had a good time and nice lunch at both.
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. .
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 dont 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 www.EDGETA.com. 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 cant 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 dont 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.
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
Dues Expense 480.00
GasUp Expense 206.33
Plow Day Expense 20.00
Total Expense 1070.65
Net Income 567.35
ASSETS As of Dec 31, 2015
Chase Checking Acct 3,352.91
T-Shirts On Hand 712.59
Total Current Assets 4,065.50
Total Fixed Assets 500.00
TOTAL ASSETS 4565.50
Minutes of Branch 158 Meetings
February 13, 2016
Raleys Meeting Room
Board members attending: John Boehm, Kathy Boehm, Mike Cristler, Richard Marshall, Ed Morris, Sue Westwood
Pledge of Allegiance
Presidents Report by Mike Cristler
Treasurers 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
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.
August 20, 2015
Attending: John Boehm, Kathy Boehm, Mike Cristler, Ed Morris, Wilbur Reil, Sue Westwood
Guests: Rusty Lucchesi, Lorili Ostman, Lindsey Hickman
1. A small 2016 threshing show was discussed.
Museum participation in such a show was discussed, with guests
Rusty Lucchesi, Lorili Ostman, and Lindsey Hickman present to
support interest in a 2016 threshing show. Possible locations
discussed. The admission fee would cover basic costs of portable
toilets and any other necessary costs, with any additional money
raised to go to the museum. Various issues discussed, such as
food trucks as food vendors, insurance issues (related to horses
and vendors), things for kids to do, sponsorships, the need for
a budget, and primarily, the need for people to be there to provide
support (ticket sales, kids activities, etc). The museum
would be able to provide team leadership. Branch 158 board members
emphasized that we dont have enough people to provide support
Mike Cristler said that his family could help and hoped others
would, too. Another meeting to be held October 22.
2. Minutes reviewed. MSC to approve the minutes.
3. Financial reports distributed.
4. Renewal notices discussed John has been sending them out this year.
5. Discusssion of Zamora tractor drive.
6. Ed suggested that we have an email list. Sue will send the complete roster.
7. Plow Day discussed. John is the chair of that event.
8. Meeting adjourned.
November 5, 2014
Attending: Mike Cristler, John Boehm, Sue Westwood, Ed Morris, Kathy Boehm, Wilbur Reil
1. Saturdays plow day discussed. Wilbur is putting the signs up. Greg Reiff is letting us use the ground for our plow day. We are using their forklift, and we will supply 5 gallons of diesel fuel for it. Mike and John will be the only people using the forklift. MSC to reimburse John for the five gallons of diesel fuel.
2. Outreach brought up again. John will update the club information flyer so we can distribute it as advertising for the club. The flyer could have the upcoming show dates for 2015.
3. Minutes MSC to approve the minutes with one change: Katey Taylor was a guest of the meeting and added to the list of attendees.
4. Sue will get the clubs trailer registration finished with the DMV.
5. Wilburs open house was discussed. Everyone enjoyed themselves.
6. Zamora tractor drive discussed. There was good feedback about the drive, despite a few minor mechanical problems There were 9 tractors on the drive.
7. Calendar discussed. Annual meeting scheduled for February 14, 2015, 9:00am. Mike will check with the Heidrick Center to see if we can have it there. Mike will take care of the coffee, Kathy will bring refreshments.
8. Nominating committee discussed. Wilbur will be the nominating committee again this year.
9. Colusa Tractor Drive discussed. May 2-3. Kathy will call and notify the hotel.
10. Don Boulets show May 23 or 16 (alternate date). Mike will be the show director. Lunch discussed we will do the same thing as last year, since it went well. Charge $10 instead so it will pay for itself.
11. Zamora Tractor Ride discussed. Routes discussed. A stop at a new tasting room at a winery was discussed Giguere Winery.
12. Mike noted that we can easily post our events on the EDGE&TA National calendar on the website.
13, Plow Day discussed. We might be able to use the same ground next year.
14. John and Kathy Boehms open house date discussed. It will be either June or September.
15. Treasurers report discussed.
16. Membership discussed. Checking membership at events was discussed.
17. Insurance on tractor drives was discussed. Vehicles that can be licensed by the DMV are not covered by the insurance.
January 8, 2014
Present: John Boehm, Mike Cristler, Wilbur Reil, Sue Westwood, Tim Morris
1. MSC to raise the offer for the port-potty to $500. Also, we will start looking for another one if we can not reach an agreement on this one.
2. Current checking balance is $3459.22
3. By-law change presented by John.
4. MSC to form a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation for Branch 158. Sue will complete this.
5. Discussion of Annual Meeting, including setup and a payment of $40 to the Heidrick Ag History Center for use of the facilities.
6. Upcoming shows were discussed including a new gas-up in May at Don Boulet's ranch in Zamora in May and a fun day open house at Wilbur Reil's in September.
7. Promotion of club to recruit new members wwith various ideas was discussed.
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.
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 Daves 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 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
Old Time Harvest Days 2010
by John Boehm
Branch 158s 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 Fathers 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. Dennys 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 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