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37/12/1: Fairbanks Type T

I would appreciate any information concerning the vintage or serial number of this Fairbanks-Morse 2 HP Type T I am restoring. As you can see, the data plate offers no clues (at least to me). I've looked for marks in the castings and stampings in the ends of the crankshaft. The crankcase has a number/letter combo in the casting adjacent to the rod bearing access hole of 23KK2. I doubt that it is of any significance in relation to the engine's serial number.

Also, does anyone have any ideas as to the original color of this engine? I've always thought Fairbanks-Morse engines were green, but on closer examination of parts I'm having second thoughts. The color observed during sandblasting of the crankcase appears to be red. The cylinder appears to have been painted black at some unknown time as there is only bare metal under the data plate and the data plate exhibits black over-spray. Bob Roehm, 3606 East Avenue H, Lancaster, CA 93535, (661) 946-9757, or e-mail at:

37/12/2: Leader Engines

Q: In regard to the Leader engine query in the September issue in which you said Leader Gas Engine Co. was the only Leader listed: Go look to the right hand side of page 281 in Wendel's American Gasoline Engines Since 1872 and you will see Leader Iron Works, Decatur, Ill. Wendell also says there are none known to exist. Love your magazine! Dwayne Simpson, 918 Simpson Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079, or e-mail at:

A: Being wrong has its rewards, especially when it moves someone to show proof of an engine long thought to have disappeared into obscurity! Our failure to note Leader Iron Works was, obviously, an oversight.

37/12/3: IHC TD35

I am a relatively new subscriber to GEM. I enjoy the magazine and am learning a lot from it. It is good to hear that C.H. Wendel is recovering, and hopefully he will be back to work shortly.

My question for him is if he can provide any information on an International Harvester TD35. I find no mention of that model on page 159 of his Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors. A local high school senior has done a great job of restoring one, and he recently took top honors at our county fair.

It is a Model TD35, serial number TDBB1540. It has a four-cylinder engine that starts on gasoline and is then switched to diesel. We are interested in the year of production and any other help you can give or suggestions of where to look. David Ruark, 274 Malone Hill Road, Pomeroy, WA 99347, (509)-843-3506, or e-mail to:

37/12/4:Mystery Marine Engine

Any information that may help to identify this marine engine would be greatly appreciated. It's a two-cylinder, four-cycle engine with dual ignition, Bosch buzz coils and a Bosch magneto. It's approximately 10 HP to 12 HP. Ramon Kyles, 633 Emily Park Road, R.R. 1, Omemee, ONT, Canada KOL 2W0, (705) 799-6920.

37/12/5: IHC LA

I have an IHC LA gas engine, serial number LA3869, that I believe was built during the first half of 1935. I would like to know if this engine would have been painted red or gray from the factory. This engine is not throttle equipped. It has a slotted, threaded bolt with a lock nut that screws into the rear of the side plate to control governor speed. I wonder if this was an option or standard on the early engines? I would also like to know a source for a replacement internal oil wick for the rocker-arm shaft.

Finally, best wishes to C.H. Wendel. I very much appreciate the work that he has done researching and passing on information on old machinery. Ralph R. Look, 8006 Watson Lane, Wichita, KS 67207.

37/12/6: Vacuum Pump

Can anyone identify the rotary vacuum pump shown in the photo? Any information would be appreciated. Ken Hollenbeck, 607 Cherrywood Lane, Sister Bay, WI 54234.

37/12/7:FM Powered Hayes Pump

I have recently acquired a pull-behind orchard sprayer unit manufactured by the Hayes Pump and Plow Co. of Galva, Ill. It is operated by a Fairbanks-Morse head-type dishpan engine. I was told the wood is all cypress, accounting for the excellent shape it is in. It has hand knobs on the roof above the engine so it can be loosened and raised, and has signs of the original canvas curtains that covered each side. It appears the wood was originally painted red and the undercarriage was blue.

I would very much like to hear from anyone who has information regarding color, detailing or any other information. Luke Kissell, 1323 Tannery Road, Westminster, MD 21157, (410) 857-5213.

37/12/8: Lycoming John Deere

This engine came off a John Deere No. 7 combine. It is a Lycoming four-cylinder, and the gas tank mounted on top has John Deere initials. I'm looking for information about the engine, and also wondering if anyone knows whether this engine is correct for this unit or was it installed after the fact? Both the combine and the engine date to 1932. Larry Rife, P.O. Box 135, Henning, IL 61848-0135, (217) 286-3288.

C.H. Wendel is a noted authority on antique engines and tractors. His books constitute a vital reference resource for collectors and hobbyists. If you have a query for C.H. Wendel, send it along to Gas Engine Magazine, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265.