1929 Otto KV 50 

The engine in this story is one of the last built in the United States with a direct connection to the beginnings of internal combustion. If the name “Otto” tickles your memory a little, it’s…

The Orange & the Green

In 1970, the United States Air Force announced it’s first operationally ready Bare Base squadron, the 336th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Part of the 4th Fighter Wing, which dated back to the…

Endurance

Anybody here think their truck will still be in service 111 years from now? Here’s a 118 year old tugboat that remained in service for all but seven years of it’s life. The tug we now know as…

Middie Minnie

The M-Series Minneapolis-Moline tractors debuted in 1960, replacing the 5-Star tractors of the late 1950s in the middleweight tractor role. It was not a particularly good time for…

Coolspring Power Museum

If you follow Vintage Smoke you will know we’ve covered engines from the Coolspring Power Museum several times and there are many more lined up for future articles. It’s truly a magical place…

Vintage Smoke – Ford 6.9L IDI

Public and governmental outcry after the oil shortages of the early ‘70s forced U.S. auto, light truck and commercial truck makers towards economical diesel power. Inroads had already been…

JIMMY & JOHNNY

John Deere was just couple of years away from debuting a completely new line of tractors when they found a giant hole in their small agricultural tractor line. They didn’t have a small diesel…

FLYING DIESELS

Whether you’ve seen them in person or not, you know there are diesel in ships and boats, road vehicles of all types, off road vehicles of all types and in every conceivable stationary use. If…

Small, Tall Tractor

Consult the books on Massey Ferguson tractors and you will see no high clearance model of the MF165 listed. So what are you looking at here?  Well, it’s the real deal but it’s not the factory…

Black Hole Cummins

Not all diesel engines have glamorous jobs in fancy places… like under the hood of your pickup. Some toil in the dark, buried deep in the bowels of a ship. Such was the life of this…

Red Heavyweight

The Farmall 1206 was International’s first over-100 horsepower tractor as well as being the first over-100 horsepower rowcrop tractor on the market period. It was also their first turbocharged…

The Perky Massey

The Massey-Ferguson 65 Diesel debuted for 1958. The DNA for that tractor started with the 1939 intro of the Ford-Ferguson 9N, a brilliant tractor designed largely by Harry Ferguson but…

The Giant Swiss Watch

The name Kahlenberg may inspire only quizzical looks from a modern diesel pickup enthusiast. If you operated boats on the Great Lakes from about 1900 into the 1980s, you knew them as engines…