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The Model N tractor donated by the estate of August Eliason of the Gimli area. Waterloo used a two-cylinder engine design as it was cheaper to manufacture than a multi-cylinder engine. Being a shorter engine block, the two-cylinder design could be more easily mounted crosswise on the chassis, simplifying the transmission and mounting the clutch out on the side of the tractor where it could be more easily serviced if necessary. One further advantage claimed for a two-cylinder engine was that intake/exhaust manifold was relatively short with a corresponding short distance between the carburetor and the cylinders. So when burning kerosene there was a reduced possibility of vaporized fuel re-forming as a liquid as it travelled to the cylinder for combustion.

The Waterloo Boy Model N tractor

This tractor company pioneered the use of gasoline engines

The Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company was the first company to manufacture and sell gasoline tractors. The company was formed in 1893 by John Froelich and a group of Iowa businessmen. Froelich built the first successful gasoline tractor in 1892 using a VanDuzen engine, mounted on a chassis built by the Robinson Company. This tractor completed

Willard (l), and son David Moffett have common interest in keeping farming history including “old iron” working.

Passion for antique farm machinery

This father and son share the love of farming equipment of the past

You may take the man from the farm, but you can’t take the farm from the man.” That definitely sums up a father and son from Strathclair, who love telling stories of the past from their shop on the town’s outskirts. Willard Moffett and his son David are well known for their passion for antique