Here’s a look at Armond Wickham’s old engine collection. He started collecting more than 25 years ago and has found some nice old relics. Some of this pieces have been on display at the Williamstown, NY Show and other gatherings.
He also has his father’s John Deere 50 tractor and John Deere 420 dozer with a front bucket. Among the other plows and hay rakes he has is an Adams tow behind grader and a make & break powered cement mixer. We are getting pictures together of the rest of the collection (there’s about 35 engines).

Armond is shown here with a display of some of his equipment at one of the shows. The dog, Taffy, is the smartest Pekinese you’ll ever meet (she thinks she’s a beagle).
On the left is the Novo.
Front right is the Alamo.
A John Deere is in back.

The car is a 1971 Pontiac Bonneville with less than 50,000 miles. It has the 454 and is great for towing anything. On the trailer is the Novo, John Deere, Alamo, and a Maytag (doesn’t everbody have a Maytag?). On the ground is a hand lever start engine that is air cooled and has external pushrods and rocker arm. Next is a Reo

mower (that's been in the family). At the corner of the trailer is an outboard motor.

John Deere

One of the first engines he got was a 4 hp Bulldog (red) (Gray gas powered Generator in foreground). This thing weighed plenty and had a stuck piston. He started to free it with Liquid Wrench and a hammer and a block of wood. After beating on it for a while he graduated to the sledge hammer and a small log that fit into the bore. This went on for months. Whenever he’d walk by the thing he’d squirt it and beat on it. After much effort and no change in piston location, he got out the 20 ton jack and the 1/2 inch chain. With the jack pressing on an oak plug and the chain wrapped around the jack and the back of the cylinder, jacking only managed to straighten links in the chain. This went on for a couple of years. He hammered on the top of the jack with the sledge while jacking pressure into the rigging. Next he got a piece of steel that fit the bore and jacked and beat on that and leaving it sitting with every kind of rust buster chemical that was suggested. Finally one day someone suggested packing the back of the piston with dry ice. That did the trick. Once free, everything was cleaned up and after a lot of fiddling, it runs great.


Pictures:    Tractors and other rolling stock (click here)

Owtawa Log Saw (click here)

Ford 60 (click here)