Rural Route 2, Roseville, Illinois 61473
Your new Gas Engine Magazine is a wonderful addition to your many publications; I have enjoyed it very much the past year. I was glad to read of the restoration of number 160 in the Jan.-Feb. issue. The Kallista farm is located about 7 miles from me. I had watched that old tractor for years, and when I learned it had been sold to Carl Mowery, I knew it had gone to a good home. When Carl told me he had sold it, that was the last I knew of it till I saw the article in G.E.M. A little more information about the plow that was mentioned in the article: It was disassembled with care by the junkman. I saw it loaded on a truck. It went to Michigan and was re-assembled, painted and resold, I am told.
I am restoring a gas engine that came from this same farm (Kallista). Pictures number 1 and 2. It is a two cylinder opposed 4 inch bore, about 4 inch stroke; grease cup lubrication on main bearings with sight feed oilers on each cylinder. The large tank is a fuel tank with water in the bottom half, and fuel in the top half. Battery ignition is by spark plug and vibrator coil. The coil is double, but enclosed in one box. It was made by the Dayton Dick Company, Quincy, Illinois. The age is a guess, 1910-1920? The only thing on it that has any identification on it is the carburetor (Kingston). The water pump is a Lipman (Beloit, Wisconsin). It is about ready to run, but has to be painted. The original paint appears to be engine, aluminum, with the tank green. Can anyone identify it? The engine was used to run a baler.
Picture number 3 is a trailer load of engines I displayed at the July 4 show at Raritan, Illinois, and at the Berwick Homecoming. They are left to right: 1?-2? H.P. L B I.H.C.; unknown 1? H.P., looks like an Economy; Fairbanks-Morse 1? H.P. Model Z (1917, spoke flywheels) ; on the lower board is a Fairbanks-Morse 2 H.P. Model Z (1925, solid or disc flywheels). The large engine is a 7 H.P. Economy (1918) : the last one is a 3-5 H.P. L B I.H.C. Out of sight on the other side is a 1? H.P. Model E John Deere. They are all running; except the unknown. It is just like I purchased it. I found this engine while moving my house trailer out ahead of the big Mississippi River flood of 1965. The engine brings forth many comments from the public when they are told that the John Deere 1? H.P., and the 1?-2? LB looked just like it before they were restored. It is rusty, stuck and the grease cups, oilers and muffler are missing. After the comments about an unrestored engine among restored ones, I may never do anything to it and just continue to display it as is.
The trailer the engines are mounted on is made from an old Chevrolet truck frame. The axles and wheels are from an old sprayer. It is painted black with yellow wheels. The main frame is 18 feet long with the boards between the wheels 17 inches wide and 7 feet long. It weighs 990 pounds empty and loaded 3,750. The box on the rear end is from an old threshing machine. It is very handy for cranks, oil. grease, tools, etc.
My collection contains a number of unrestored, hoppered-cooled engines of different makes.