WE have been attending Pioneer days for over 15 years off and on. It is interesting if you are familiar with what is called by most as ‘Hit and Miss’ engines. Here is a small one:
They are easily recognized when running they ‘pop’ or hit when the engine fires. The the engine seems to take a rest as the heavy flywheels keep the engine turning (the miss). Then another Pop. They are very fuel efficient. The ruling feature and very visible, are the heavy flywheels. From wikipedia:The sound made when the engine is running without a load is a distinctive "POP whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh POP" as the engine fires and then coasts until the speed decreases and it needs to fire again to maintain its average speed.
This is a large one, some are a little larger, but he huge ones are too big to haul from show to show. These engine run everything you can imagine, from saws, washing machines, Ice cream mixers to power generators. They were used from the late 1900’s until about 1950.
If I am not mistaken Henry Ford ran his factories with this engine hooked to generators. The engine was two stories high. We saw one in the Henry Ford.
‘Pioneer Days’ is a festival of antiques, a flea mkt and entertainment.
In the fore ground is a huge Stover cross cut saw run by a hit and miss engine.
Above is a powered washing machine, not your mama’s machine, this was for commercial washing, hotels etc.
Now this could have been your mama’s machine, the three you see here made from barrels are run by a hit and miss.
We had a great time just walking. More tomorrow.
PS: We walked to Pioneer park in 12 minutes, just down the road.
Okay, I gotta show you what was there waiting for Sherry to buy for me.
Wouldn’t my girl look cool in this?
A 1953 MG (But the keys were not in it!)