Scantic Valley Antique Engine & Tractor Club


May 2019 Newsletter

Posted by John Bajumpaa on May 6, 2019 at 11:35 AM

Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club

May 2019 Newsletter

Club Officers


Hickory Lake 3 Slater Rd Stafford Springs Ct 06076 774-462-2945 hickoryl4@gmail.com

Vice President

Glenn Reichle 27 Harrington Rd Broad Brook CT 06016 860-930-4331


Archie Tanner 693 Buff Cap Rd Tolland Ct 06084 860-871-7373 archie.tanner@gmail.com 

Secretary and Newsletter

John Bajumpaa 13 Mullen Rd East Windsor CT 06088 860-623-3906 johnbajumpaa@att.net  

Club Website http://svaec.com/ 

Email svaec.com@gmail.com  

Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/257052221148643/ ; 

Upcoming Meetings  

Monday May 13 2019 7:00pm meeting at Tolland Agricultural Center  

Monday June 10 2019 7:00 pm meeting at Duane McDuffees 27 Hopyard Rd Stafford CT  

Monday July 8 2019 7:00 pm meeting at Mark Fonicello's 4 Handle Rd Stafford, CT. 

Monday August 12 2019 7:00pm meeting at Dick Pippin's 37 Woolam Rd East Windsor CT.  

Months of September thru December are still available If you would like to host a meeting see John Bajumpaa at a meeting or call 860-623-3906 or email johnbajumpaa@att.net . 

Dates to Remember  

Saturday May 18 2019 Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club 42th Annual Show & Swap Meet

Tolland County Agricultural Center 24 Hyde Ave. (Rt 30) Vernon, CT 06066 860-558-3043

I-84 exit 67 onto Rt 31 toward intersection of Rt 30 & Rt 31, 150yards EAST on Rt 30 toward Tolland on right

This is our clubs biggest event of the year everyone's help is needed see the task at our next meeting at TAC, Monday May 13 2019. 

Saturday August 11 2019 from 1pm to 4pm the East Windsor Historical Society Ice Cream Social 115 Scantic Rd East Windsor. It will give us a chance to show of our engines and tractors and promote our club. More info to follow this is East Windsor's 250th Anniversary. 

Saturday September 29 2019 Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club

10th Annual Fall Tractor Ride & Engine Show for Charity

9am registration (includes meal) – call Archie 860-871-7373 or e-mail archie.tanner@gmail.com


President’s Message


With spring in full swing things have been a little crazy. Things at the Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club are no different. 

We ended winter with a work day there were 10-12 members that got together in my shop to put a 1912 Christensen Engine back together and attempt to run it. We learned some things that day, not all old hardware is good, and Jerry’s donuts are better than any other. That aside I have always believed that old hardware is usually much better than today’s. This project proved that theory wrong, we had a connecting rod bolt brake with no effort at all and a wrist pin retainer bolt break deep in the piston with little to no force on it. Upon closer inspection the connecting rod bolts were obviously over tightened and stretched, but the wrist pin retainer bolt showed no signs of trouble. With some time drilling, easy-outs and determination these issues were overcome and the engine came to life a few weeks after with the help of a couple of members that did some intricate machining to make a new mixture needle and throttle/ needle valve for the carburetor. A good time was had by all and we will do another one of these next winter.

Plow Day was held on a rainy 4/27/19 at the Rothe Farm. Many thanks to the Rothe family for hosting us and the Winn team for cooking. We had a fraction of the tractors as we normally do and operators ranging from 10 years old to 85 but we still managed to plow almost the entire field. (if there were a couple of Ford instead of Olivers on the field we would have finished.) We had Farmalls, Allis Chalmers, and Olivers this year ranging from 1938 to 1966, single bottoms to four or five bottoms. It was a wet and chilly day but everyone who attended had a good time. 

Our Show is the next big event and we need your help. Please come to show, work, or just support the club. Most needed are show workers, John Bajumpaa has the task list and we need some names on it. Exhibitors are just as important. Please consider bring some of your treasures down for the paying public to see. And don’t forget to talk your buddy into doing the same thing. Remember this is one of the events that you do not need to be a member of the club to participate in.

One final note, we are forming a Steering Committee to help our club survive and flourish in this modern world we are in. John Bajumpaa has been very busy and done a great job with the web site updates and posts to Facebook lately. However the leadership and others in the club have concerns about the future and frankly are unsure how to deal with it. We are asking for 5-6 positive minded thinkers to come together every couple of months to start brainstorming ideas that will help us continue to be a great little organization well into the future. Please if you have any interest in this contact me so we can start to work on this.

That’s all for now, thank you and be safe on the show trail

Hickory Lake Pres 2019


Please we need more help for the show contact John at 860-623-3906 or johnbajumpaa@att.net .

The task list will also be at the meeting at the TAC on Monday May 13. Please be sure to sign up.

As mentioned by our president's message more updated info is being added to our website. We have also added an email account to improve communications. The new email address is:

svaec.com @ gmail.com 

You can pay your dues for 2019 

Make Checks payable to SVAEC and mail to:

John Bajumpaa

13 Mullen Rd

East Windsor Ct 06088

or by seeing John Bajumpaa at any meeting or event.

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