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Posted June 25, 2012 - 10:24 PM

I love seeing old pictures like that. Wish the building was still used for the same purpose, but at least you got to go there.
So many of these buildings now are empty lots...

Thanks for the tour.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 10:30 PM

Thanks for posting more of the photos you got. Is that a Continental engine?

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 10:31 PM

Only the oldest part of the building is not currently being used. It would need upgrades to satisfy local codes.
The time at The Rensselaer County Historical Society was great. I got to scan lots of interesting documents and photos. This time I was mainly interested in the pre-Troy-Bilt stuff.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 10:33 PM

Brian, if you are referring to RT-1, that is a Chrysler six cylinder engine.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 10:36 PM

Thanks Zuck, I thought it was a 4 cylinder flat head Cont.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 10:41 PM

On second thought, I better check with my contact, it may be a 4 cylinder, but I am sure it is a Chrysler.
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Posted June 25, 2012 - 10:45 PM

Your right, it's got 6 plug wires. I went back and looked again.

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Posted June 26, 2012 - 07:54 AM

Did you know a there was a sky diving Troy-Bilt tiller? I met the fellow responsible for this. It was a Troy-Bilt Pony. It took 3 tries. He wanted to get film footage of him going down with it holding on by one hand just like when a person tills. First time the parachute was too large and he ended up below it. Next time not large enough and it was below him. It ended up in a corn field and the farmer was not happy. Of course the farmer was paid for damages, but at the time all he saw was the parachute, not knowing there was a rototiller under it. Check it out at the link below.
http://www.sherwoodfarmgroup.com/crazyideas.htm#skydiving

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Posted June 26, 2012 - 12:14 PM

If you are ever in Troy, NY, be sure to check out the Rototiller/Troy-Bilt collection at The Burden Iron Works Museum. It is not open to the public, but you can tour the museum. It would be wise to make arrangements ahead of time.
http://www.zucksroto....com/Burden.htm

http://www.hudsonmohawkgateway.org/
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Posted July 27, 2012 - 09:43 PM

Thanks for sharing your trip with us Charlie. I am sure that it had to be a great feeling to visit the home of the original Rototiller company. It is great to know that you were able to see the home of your favorite machine.
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