Went to the Marshalltown, IA show yesterday. Been wanting to hit that one for several years. The time available, weather, and finances were finally in sync for this year so off we went. 180 miles from my pad to the show grounds. I cheated and used some back roads for shortcuts. Iowa back roads are better than Misery [Missouri] main roads. MapQuest told me to go 40 miles west to the interstate when the show is north-northeast of me. Crazy stuff! We took the minivan without dragging the trailer and with the air-co on fresh air the MRS didn't complain too much about the gas smell from the engines I took.
At first glance the show looks to be not that big. They have everything setup perfect so displays are not strung out making for extra walking. We didn't take a butt buggy and got along pretty good without it. Lots to see and do.
I highly recommend this show to anyone. Worth the drive.
The people working the show bent over backwards to help in any way they could, were super friendly, and showed much appreciation for our participation.
And since I don't want any point assesment for not supplying pictures.....
I didn't take tractors to display. I took my new-to-me Cushman Binder engine. Also took a couple of small air cooled engines. A continental made Detroit, a Lauson made Fairbanks, and a small Lauson on my gas powered fan.
After running it a while it got to running faster and faster until it was shaking badly. These are a low speed engine and can jump around if turning very fast. The design of my cart also doesn't help. I shut down and adjusted the governor to carb linkage making it just idle along. The throttle shaft needs rebushed as its floppy but the engine itself is tight with good compression. I can make it run slow enough that the water pump won't circulate water. Of course it'd get hot like that so I turned it to where it just does circulate a trickle.
We stopped off in Newton, IA for a couple chunks of absolutely wonderful prime rib @ Montana Mikes steakhouse, then resumed our trek home. 25 years ago I went through Newton, IA often and asked the hostess if this "used to be a Country Kitchen?" She said yes it was. Nice to see that area again. I've often said if I had to move to another state it'd be Iowa.
Edited by Gtractor, August 07, 2016 - 01:14 PM.