I was fortunate to find this PTO last weekend. I have several pictures of this type of machine but not this particular one. Notice the cast front wheel struts and the arms that are designed to adjust the the stands for the car rear axle. Anyone have any information on this one?
THAT"S AWESOME!! Great find!
jay, you dont have one new in the box ?
Great find, I have always wanted one of them. Someday I will run into one for myself.
Clayton No, But I have the original sales literature!
I can already taste the ice cream!
Jay, does your sales literature include a photo or illustration of that contraption in actual use? It would be interesting to see. Thanks...
Jeff, Here's a shot from one of the pages.
Lol Clayton - I was thinking the same thing when I first saw this thread: "Jay probably has one still in the box."
Of course we think that sort of thing because he really does most of the time. Or, if not, he has the original brochure. Unreal.
They made one like that called a "Henry's Helper" also. Don't know anything about it but I wouldn't mind getting my mitts on one myself.
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This patent looks like a possibility - perhaps a slight change was made to the height adjusters.
The wheel support castings are very similar in design . ..
Emmet L. Van Dolsen
Patent Number: 1225081
Filing date: March 16, 1916
Issue date: May 8. 1917
Thanks Jay and Art! My machine design seems better and cheaper to make. This is stated in the legal description as follows - "that many changes may be
made in the construction without departure
from the spirit of my invention and within
the scope of the appended claims".
Lance, That quote sounds like something God would say about Man.
It's also a standard disclaimer included in many/most
patents to give the patent a little more leeway in design .
I suspect that using pins thru the upper part of the fancy casting
was deemed inconvenient in more than one way, so the ratchet pawl
with the remote release was added after the patent was applied for.
The position of the belt pulley and drive wheels would likely be
either adjustable or perhaps vehicle specific when ordered.
Were there any names or dates cast or stamped any where on the parts?
Out of 102 patents covering this class designation, this was the only
one with that fancy casting.
I have not found any markings so far. I do know from the owners manual that Jay copied for me, that the company was the J. Comer Jones Power and Pump Co. They called it a "Porta Power". In the 1929 literature they stated - In speaking of the "Ford", we refer to the Model T. We have not yet measured the new style "Ford". My drive pulleys were set perfectly for a T.
Do these babies come up for sale often? I don't remember seeing any, but I haven't been looking very hard. Be a neat display item for farm shows.
Jared - No. In my opinion. This is the first one I have seen that was for sale. I have heard of guys passing on things and then not seeing another one again. I didn't hesitate!
Here's the one at the Model T museum in Richmond.