Ferro Engine


Doug Best

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Due to a tremendous amount of material this month, this paragraph will be brief indeed. During the past few weeks we have heard from numerous readers with photocopies of important material for the files. Thanks to everyone for taking an interest in the hobby and for adding to the files. All of these things help ease the monthly task of answering the questions we receive.

Ye olde Reflector has been putting the finishing touches to a book on Minneapolis-Moline. Andrew Morland of England has supplied a great many color slides of existing models, and we have supplemented this with a great many more illustrations from old Minneapolis, Twin City, and M-M catalogs.

Work is continuing on our comprehensive history of J. I. Case Company. The photographs are nearly complete now, and we are in a position to proceed with the actually copy writing. In response to a great many questions regarding our progress with this book, it is our guess that it should be ready about a year from now. At least it is our goal to release the book during the early part of 1991. For those who are impatiently awaiting its release, perhaps a word of explanation is necessary.

Compiling a comprehensive history of a major company like Case is a project that requires a tremendous amount of organizational work, long before the first words hit the paper. This situation is complicated by the fact that to our knowledge, Case did not maintain a production record for many of its machines. So far as we can determine, there is no listing which would indicate for instance, the production years of the various plows, disks, and other implements. Although serial number lists do of course exist for tractors, threshers, steam engines, and a few other machines, in many cases, there simply is no such list. We have not found one, and in communicating with a few people at the company, we are told that such a list has never existed. This alone has complicated the research phase tremendously and has required far more research time than originally anticipated. In fact, for our purposes we had to build our production file, virtually from scratch. So, please be patient- we are working on the project, and it is making steady progress. Now to our first query:

25/4/1 Unidentified Engine Q. See the photo of an unidentified engine . It bears the serial number 67507, and the horsepower is 3E. Please identify and tell me the year and model. R. W. Powers, 207 2nd Ave No., Canton, AL 35045.

A. Your engine was built by Hercules, and the E suffix would indicate that it was built in the 1914-25 period. This series was the most popular of all Hercules engines.

25/4/2 Ferro Engine Q. See the two photos of a Ferro 7 ? hp Type K engine. It was made by Ferro Machine & Foundry Company at Cleveland, Ohio. The engine is directly coupled to a planetary gear reversing transmission. Any information will be appreciated. Doug Best, 10270 Traci Lane, Norwich, OH 43767.

A. We have virtually no information on Ferro in our files, but perhaps some of our readers who specialize in marine engines might be of help.

25/4/3 Huber and Trac Tractor Q. First of all, see the photo of a 1917 Huber Light Four tractor which I finished restoring in 1989. I have a question on a 1936 McCormick-Deering T-20 Trac Tractor regarding its proper color. Any help will be appreciated . Merrill J. Kuster, RR 2, Box 5, Stanley, ND 58784.

A. Our compliments on the Light Four. These tractors are indeed hard to find! Regarding the IHC Gray, we have DuPont's 93-27625 listed as the proper color of gray.

25/4/4 Unidentified Governor Q. Can anyone identify the governor shown in the photo? Any information will be appreciated. Albert J. Ruhland, 8290 W. 280th St., New Prague, MN 56071.

25/4/5 Massey-Harris Model Q. I have a model of the Massey-Harris four-wheel-drive tractor. It has no markings except the letters L.L.E. and a factory seal on the seat which reads Model no. 11. Made Nov. 1938. Any information will be appreciated. Morris Willsey, 4397 Switzkill Road, Berne, NY 12023.

25/4/6 VAC Case Tractor Q. I am restoring a Case VAC, s/n VAC-14, sn/6001521. Any information is appreciated. Charles J. Conroy, 17654 Beaverton Road, Capron, IL 61012.

A. Our records indicate that the VA Series production of 1953 began with s/n 5750001 and ended with s/n 6004357. At this point our data on the VAC-14 is not organized for ready access, but as noted above, we hope to rectify this over the next few months.

25/4/7 Unidentified Equipment Q. See the three photos of unidentified equipment. No. 7A illustrates a small three-wheeled tractor with a 12 inch front, and 24 inch rear tires. It uses a Briggs & Stratton cast iron engine, a transaxle with built-in brakes, and pressed steel frame. The lower channel iron frame is for a push plow. Photo 7B is most likely a marine four-cycle style. The cam shaft is at a right angle to the crankshaft. The water pump and part of the ignition system are missing. The engine in 7C is also a marine style, and the top of the cylinder is brass. Again, the carburetor and water pump are missing. Any help on these engines will be appreciated. Rick Simmons, 5258 First Line, Milton, Ontario L9T 2X5 Canada.

25/4/8 Unidentified Engine Q. See the two photos of an unknown engine. It is of two-cycle design and uses a Tillotson B-39 carburetor, Wico FW magneto, and a pull-rope starter. The engine is orange, and each part is numbered similar to the Maytag models. These numbers include 2350A on the cylinder, 2351A on the head, and 2505 on the base. Your help will be appreciated. Jim Bender, Rt. 7, Box 82, Goldsboro, NC 27530.

25/4/9 Phelps Engine Q. See the engine-generator combination in the two photos. It didn't have the intake manifold or carburetor. What was the carburetor used? There is a plate over the side of the crankcase with 'Phelps' cast in it. Any information on this engine or generator would be greatly appreciated. Don C. Wiley, RR1, Sparta, IL 62286.

A. A similar style of the Phelps engine is illustrated on page 388 of American Gas Engines. Since there are still a few of these engines in existence, we hope that some other owners might come to your aid.

25/4/10 Unidentified Engine Q. See the photos of an unidentified engine. In cast letters it reads, 'Mr-Tom Motor Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, s/n 638.' It has battery and spark plug ignition, but is missing the carburetor and some small ignition parts. Any information will be appreciated. Jason Harvey, Box 167, Page, NE 68766.