2006 Gas Engine & Antique Reproduction Show (G.E.A.R.S.)

Portland, Oregon, September 23-24, 2006

Photos: Craig Libuse

This was the third year for the GEARS show at the Kliever Armory in Portland, OR. This year the weather was once again perfect and the local model engineering club did a great job of having everything ready for the vendors and spectators. Speaking of spectators, there seemed to be more this year than last, so that is a good trend. Speaking as a vendor, we can say people were spending money more freely this year than last, but one thing some of the exhibitors and visitors mentioned was they would like to have seen more vendors at the show.

Once again, our thanks to the Portland, Mid Valley and Emerald Valley Model Engineering clubs for putting on such a fun and professional show. We are planning to be back for next year's show the last weekend of September, 2007. For more information see the show web site at www.oregongears.org.

Photos from the 2006 show

(Click on any photo to enlarge it to 800 pixel size.)

Sherline's booth at the show again featured the CNC mill system, this time with new Sherline CNC specialist Fred Smittle doing the demonstrations.
Clyde Hackler from Washington represents Plastools carbide inserted tip cutting tools and does all his demonstrations on a Sherline lathe, taking as much as .110" off in one pass. Clyde often shares a booth with us and it's fun watching him make good use of our products.

Also sharing our booth are was Neil Knopf and his wife from Village Press showing the books and machinist magazines they put out. The Home Shop Machinist, Machinist's Workshop and Live Steam are some of the few magazines available to the machining hobbyist, so it's great to have them there.

William Bartram of Albany, Oregon doesn't copy anybody. His projects are pretty much unique and always interesting. His vertically opposed 2-piston, single combustion chamber engine with pivoting connecting rods and spinning counterweights is an engine of his own design and fun to watch run.
Another of William Bartram's new engines features his trademark odd gears. In this case two hex shaped gears drive a single flywheel on a propane powered engine. It makes a heck of a geartrain racket, but runs just fine. See last year's GEARS show summary to see his demonstration of other oddly shaped gear pairs.
One of the larger live steam exhibits, this Case traction engine was beautifully built and ran great.

The second image shows an overall view of the show.

I wish I had noted the name of the builder of this skeleton lyre clock. It was quite nicely done.
A pair of 45 V-twins...enough to make any Harley guy smile.
  A supercharged 6.3 Cubic inch (103 cc) Challenger V8 built by Ken Hurst and Dwight (can't quite read the last name on the tag). Perhaps someone in the BAEM club can help me out here with proper credit. In the foreground of the first photo are some engine castings too.
For the John Deere fans there was this Model A tractor by Don Comstock of Potlatch, Id.
Engines and more engines. The 4th one is Eugene Corl's Chevy small block.
   Jim Moyer's engines are miniature masterpieces, whether 1 cylinder, 4 cylinders or a tiny 1/6 scale Chevy 327 V-8.

The 4-cylinder is called the Coyotee and displaces .25 cu. in. or 3.5 cc. The bore is .400" and stroke .410." The engine took from 1964 to 1995 to complete.

Photo 1--Mt. St. Helens seen from the Holiday Inn before sunrise. No smoke rising this year.

Photo 2--Mt. Hood can be seen best in the evening, here looking over the Portland airport from just past the armory where the show is held.

  Portland is separated from Washington by the Columbia River. Between Janzen Island and the Portland side is a branch of the river that is home to a community of floating homes. They would seem to offer quite a unique lifestyle and are fun to look at.

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