The MTFCA engine book describes replacement of water jacket plugs, but neglects to mention that if you're using coins they must be from the same year as the engine. Nothing else would be correct.
I think thats bull !!
I do not think you would find a 1918 dated nickel in a 1918 engine, unless it was placed there much later, as a soft plug would have been much cheaper. 5 cents was about the same as 5 bucks now. But, if you are going to use a period dated nickel, it should not be a worn one, but a nearly mint one
PS Oh crap, I keep forgetting that 5 bucks is not worth that much any more, it is worth about a nickel.
Inflation is not quite that much.
What cost $0.05 in 1918 would cost $0.74 in 2011.
Of course to a collector that nickel may be worth about $150.
Charlie Russell (famous western artist) said of the Buffalo nickel when it came out, "Damn small money for so much meat."
Here's a little thread drift for you. One of life's pleasures is visiting Russell's studio in Great Falls or the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody and reading Russell's letters with his little drawings in the margins. What a treat.
Is that a 1918/ 7 buffalo nickel? If so it is worth a a LOT of money in that condition. I would sale it and buy a back up rebuilt engine and a new set of tires and put the rest of the money in the savings account.
Wow Mark might be on to something!
I would get a new buffalo nickel and put it on there wit buffalo out
According to that link, $20 would be equal to $295.37, that does not add up, as the monthly pay for a US soldier in 1918 was about $20. I know our servicemen and women are underpaid, but I suspect they are paid more than $295.37 per month. The problem with inflation indices is that they take into account food and house hold appliances. Wheat (and flour) one of the basic components of food, are about the same price as they were 100 years ago. Things like phones, TVs and that sort of think are cheaper now than they were in the 80s. The real judge of how much money is worth, is how much an average person can expect to be paid for a day's work.
A private in the US Army currently makes $1,491 a month. For the first 4 months of service it's a little lower than that.
Most US Soldiers in WWI would have been conscripts, so their pay was minimal. It was about $65 for conscripts in 1966. With a wife, my total was $105.
The above figure is for privates with less than 2 years service, and is only the base pay. It does not include any bonus, allowances, or other benefits. It's just the rock bottom figure.
Pay for WW1 soldiers would vary by country. Some Canadian forces received about $1.10 per day. However, most military units didn't receive full allotments of their pay, as it wasn't considered a good idea to give it all to them. So, some was held for them, or distributed as allotments for family or insurance.
slightly worn buff nickels are cheap and can be had all day long in piles from E-Bay. I got a bunch to use for water jacket plugs in the future.
Anyone have a picture of some installed in a T engine?
My old 24 came with wooden plugs driven in. My family was so poor they would have searched all day for a dropped nickel, they darn sure would'nt a used it in a T engine! Have fun, KB