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Dempster Engine

28/10/17 A

Ken Kafka

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28/10/13 Maytag Information Needed Q. Mrs. Chuck Wagner, RR 2, Box 157, Alexandria, SD 57311 writes that she has a Maytag washing machine needing some parts. Is there a source out there for parts no longer available from Maytag, either NOS or used? If so, please contact Mrs. Wagner, as well as dropping us a line, so that we can keep this information on file.

28/10/14 Maytag Information Needed Q. Can anyone provide the proper color scheme for the Standard Separator engines? I would also like the date built for the following Witte engines: 51519 and 16362. ]. D. Wescott, 1304 S. Ranson Dr., Independence, MO 64057.

A. Regarding the Standard, we once had one that looked to have original paint, and it was a deep green, about like New Idea green, and with the cylinder and head painted aluminum. However, we've seen a couple of restored engines that were painted blue. Thus, we're not sure of the original color. Regarding the Witte engines, the respective years are 1921 and 1914.

28/10/15 Barco Hammers Thanks to Richard Kibble, Box 135, Pt. Sharp, MT 59443 for sending a reprinted copy of the instructions for Barco hammers. If you need this information, please contact Richard at the above address.

28/10/16 Ferro Engines Thanks to Mr. J. A. Holly, Box 84, Bordertown, 5268 South Australia for sending along a photocopy of the instructions for Ferro engines. Mr. Holly has several different Ferro engines, and also a 4 HP Foos Jr. He would like more information or instructions for the latter engine. If you need further information on Ferro, perhaps Mr. Holly could accommodate you.

28/10/17 Dempster Engine? Q. See the two photos of a twin cylinder engine, possibly made by Dempster Mill Mfg. Co. at Beatrice, Nebraska. It has no name tag, but looks like the 1903 model on page 126 of American Gas Engines. It has a 6x7 inch bore and stroke, bronze rod bearings, and a crosshead like a steam engine. What years was this engine made, and did it originally use ignitors? Also, the carburetor is missing, and I don't know what was originally used. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated. Ken Kafka, 14450 WCR 88, Pierce, CO 80650.

A. We have no further information on this most unusual engine, so if anyone can help, please drop Ken a line.

28/10/18 Friend Engines Recently, I received a letter from a GEM reader in Wistow, South Australia. He had an engine which he thought might be a FRIEND engine made in Gasport, New York. Until he sends more information and a photo, I can't be sure. However, it appears that Friend did export their sprayers to Australia. Photograph 18B is the cover of a 1911 Friend catalog, and 18A is another photo identifying the NEW FRIEND engine. Dave Dickinson, 6190 Keller Ave., Newfane, NY 14108.

28/10/19 Monovalve Diesel Q. I have a Mono Valve four-cylinder diesel made in Oakland, California. It is four-cycle ... no ports in the cylinder, and only four valves. . . it intakes and exhausts through the same valve. It runs good. I would like to hear from anyone having one of these engines or any information on it. Ted Paproski, 803-232nd SE, Bothell, WA 98021.

A. Does anyone have information on this one? We have none.

28/10/20 Farm Lighting Systems Thanks to Jim Albaitis, 3064 Lincoln Rd., Ludington, MI 49431 for sending along some information on the above. The data consists of wiring diagrams for numerous makes of farm lighting systems, as compiled by the L. L. Cooke School of Electricity of Chicago, and printed in 1929. The schematics are quite worthwhile for those having this equipment. We suspect that Jim might be able to provide this information for a nominal sum.

28/10/21 Waterloo Boy Q. 1 have a 13/4 HP Waterloo Boy engine, s/n 124125, sold by Burridge-Cooper Ltd., Winnipeg, Canada. It carries patent dates of August 6, 1907, August 7, 1900, December 3, 1901, and October 7,1902. I would like to know the year built and the proper paint color. Gene Wroten, 5638 Taylor Bro.Rd., Union City, TN 38261.

A. Your engine hailed from the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company at Waterloo, Iowa. The early ones, apparently before about 1913 or 1914, were a very dark red, similar to DuPont 93-2564H, and the later ones were similar to 93-5316 Green. There are no serial number records available for these engines, so ascribing an exact or even an approximate date is impossible.

28/10/22 Swayne, Robinson & Co. Q. I have a stationary baler made by the above company at Richmond, Indiana about also has a self-feeder attachment. Please advise as to the original color scheme and any decal transfers that might have been used. Any information will be appreciated. Steve Hoogestraat, Box 573, Lennox, SD 57039.

A. Can anyone be of help?

28/10/23 Corn Shelters Q. 1 have two 1HC one-hole corn shellers similar to the ones illustrated on page 208 of the GEM reprint o/IHC General Catalog No. 20. The wooden sheller has remnants of 'McCormick-Deering Com Sheller' stencilled on the sides. Can anyone tell me the period these were made, and when did IHC discontinue making spring shellrs? Any help would be appreciated. Joe Shoemaker, Box 589, Waynetown, IN 47990-0589.-

A. Although IH kept very good records on most of their farm equipment, some of the smaller items, including the small spring shelters, weren't well documented. However, given the state of the industry before and after World War Two, we would guess that production of these machines probably terminated no later than about 1950.

Readers Write

s28/7/4B & 4C Sears Tractor The tractor in these photos is definitely a Sears Economy tractor. This is a 1939 model with a Model A Ford motor and transmission, with a truck rear end. It was sold through their catalog.

We heard from Maurice Wahl, RR 2, Box 15, Blanchardville, Wl 53516 and from Donald Richardson, 2511 - 4th DR SW, Austin, MN 55912 regarding this query.

Modelmakers Corner

Joseph T. Hanson, 111 Fairway Dr., Haines City, FL 33844 writes:

When a person gets tired of building the same engine, he tends to daydream. Two engines pictured here are the result.

The walking beam engine of MM-1 is a hit-and-miss with 11/4*11/2 inch bore and stroke, and 6-inch flywheels.

The Atkinson Cycle engine of MM-2 is controlled by a flyball governor, and uses a 13/8 inch bore. There are four different stroke lengths in a single revolution of the flywheel, the latter being 8 inches in diameter.

A Closing Word Even after having returned from the engine tour of England some weeks ago, the pleasant afterglow remains. Our group of 75 bonded very well, and there were many new relationships established as a result of the tour. In fact, that was yet another highlight of the journey. For this writer, the most touching moments came at the end of the tour. Wade Farm Tours chartered a cruise for our group on our last evening in London, and we all enjoyed a wonderful meal while viewing the beautiful sites along the River Thames. We docked near that famous clock tower of Big Ben, and as we closed with some final comments and appropriate tokens of thanks, Big Ben struck the hour of 11. We all parted with mixed emotions of joy and sadness . . . joy for having experienced what even our seasoned travelers called 'the best tour we've ever been on,' and sadness that the two weeks flew by so quickly ... all the more incentive to look forward to another tour in '94!