Here is Mr. Charles Bilby at
1999 Pioneer Engine Gas Up
He is standing next to his English Ford link tracked tractor.
ENJOY THE PHOTOS!!!
|This is the oldest tractor in the collection. It is a 1924 model. The wheels are wood spoked with solid rubber tires. According to Charles, it had gas lighting as original equipment.|
|This is a late Thirties or early Forties steel cab. Charles wasn't sure at the time of this session as to when the steel cab was first available. The plate in front of the radiator is a snow guard. Hinged at the bottom, it opens out at the top. Its purpose was to keep the radiator from plugging with snow and causing over-heating.||
What you see here is a middle Thirties model with a 935 cu. in., 170 h.p., six cylinder Hercules engine. This is a gas engine. Later a 180 h.p. Cummins diesel was available. Notice the twin oil filters. Probably one feature that helped these engines to live so long. Many engines of this era did not even have one filter.
|Looking across the plow blades of a 1933 Linn. The cab is wooden with a flashing red light on the roof. The engine in this tractor is a 707 cu. in., 150 h.p. six cylinder gas Hercules. The plows are a vee wedge in front with a wing on either side, for a total span of twenty-one feet.|
|What you see is a beautifully restored 935 cu.in., 170 h.p. six cylinder Hercules engine. It is in the 1935 Linn unit above.|
|The heart of the Linn track drive system is this gear reduced differential. Notice the lifting eyes cast into the main housings.|
|Notice the cleats on these tracks. They help to prevent slipping on ice. There are two oilers on the side of the track. One oils the bogie wheels in the center of the track. The other oils the front idler wheel. Along the side of the dump body is a cable running into a fancy cast guard at the tailgate hinge. This is the automatic tailgate. It opens as the body is lifted and closes as it drops.||
The inside of the 1935 cab. This side of the steering column is a piece of flat steel with a turned down handle. It goes forward through the cab wall. This adjusts the snow guard in front of the radiator. On the other side of the steering wheel is a roundish item. It is the air cleaner. In front of the seat is the filler cap for the fuel tank. And in the ceiling are the hydraulic controls for the plow and dump body.
|The dash panel in the 1935 cab. In the green instrument panel are three gauges. The twin gauge is for generator current (top) and water temperature (bottom). The lone gauge is oil pressure.|
|This beautiful piece of machinery along with the other restored Linn Tractors preserve a time in history that might have been lost were it not for Charles Bilby. This Linn belongs to the Town of Bethel, New York where it now resides.|
|The inside of a 1946 steel cab. It has the same steering post and instrument panel of its ancestors.|
|It is not known for sure but this is believed to be a Coldwell lawnmower, used to maintain golf courses around the second decade of the twentieth century. It had a gang of reel mowers attached to the front. The front drive wheel is a drum the width of the chassis, covered with wooden slats. Notice the clutch and brake pedals on the floor board.|
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