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Briggs & Stratton engine

27/5/22

Bob Ellis

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Thanks to Charles W. Whitney, 5 Teryl Drive, Mt. Vernon, OH for sending along an interesting little book. It is entitled, A Century of Growth & Development of Major Farm Equipment Companies to 1948. It includes a lot of material from an official U.S. Government release of that year. For further information, contact Mr. Whitney.

Thanks also to Mike Flint who sent us some material on the D. T. Bohon Company sometime back. Mike can be reached at 128 S. Main St., Lexington, VA 24450.

John Knepper, 2280 Jaeger Dr., Dubuque, IA 52001 sent along some photocopies regarding the Dubuque (Iowa) Gasoline Engine Company, a rare bird indeed!

We also received a videotape from Kevin Hickey at Benton Hot Springs, Benton, CA 93512. It features a 20 HP Fairbanks-Morse Type N engine operating an old stamp mill, complete with rock crusher and other equipment. Kevin tells us that this stamp mill was set up in the 1920s. It sure was nice listening to that Fairbanks engine!

We begin with:

27/5/1 FBM Jack Junior Q. I have a Fairbanks-Morse Type H, Jack junior engine as shown on page 163 of American Gas Engines. It is missing the nameplate, so can anyone supply a copy or a clear photo of one, including the dimensions? Also placing of any decals, and the original color. This engine is also missing the crankcase splash guard, so a clear photo and dimensions of same would be appreciated. I'll be glad to hear from any owners of this engine. J. Gordon Hayes, 46A Jeffreys Road, Fendalton, Christchurch, 5, New Zealand.

27/5/2 Centaur Tractor Q. What is the color scheme for a Model 2G Centaur tractor with a two-cylinder LeRoi engine? Coles Roberts, 210 Church Rd., Southampton, NJ 08088.

27/5/3 Galloway Q. See the photo of two Galloway engines, both 2? HP. The one on the right has the flywheels set off. In American Gas Engines you show a 1? HP Galloway that looks exactly like mine. Did they make Boss of the Farm engines also in the 2? HP size? What color were they, and what years were they made? Byron Boike, 2280 Co. Rd. 5 SW, Willmar, MN 56201.

A. Although we are of the opinion that the Boss of the Farm designation was used on the 1? HP model, this designator may also have been used on the 2? HP engine. It is also possible that later on in production Galloway might have raised the speed so as to squeeze out another half a horsepower. We're not sure whether there is enough data left to make this determination, at least we don't have enough literature to give you a black-and-white answer...the best we can give is a dark shade of gray. The color scheme is the same red, with yellow striping, that was used on the remainder of the Galloway line.

27/5/4 MECO Engine Company. Brian M. Lynch, RD 1, Box 120-B, Wellsville, NY 14895 sends along some important information regarding the MECO engines. Major portions of this fact sheet follow:

Manufacturer's Engine Company engines were built from September 1915 to April 1920 at the Witte Engine Works in Kansas City, Missouri. Serial numbers began with A1000 and ended with A5950. Six sizes were built. (Using serial numbers alone would leave the impression that 4,950 engines were built. However, the numbers were assigned in blocks, and many of the numbers were never assigned to an engine. Thus, the total number of MECO engines built is substantially less than 4,950).

MECO was a secondary sales arm of Witte. This allowed Witte to produce a 'generic' engine. In addition to sales by Manufacturer's Engine Company (from whence comes the MECO name, various mailorder companies sold the engine under their own name. (Brian has a Cray Bros, engine nameplate for a 2 HP MECO, s/n A4476.)

Although much of the MECO engine is similar to the concurrently built Witte Jr. engines, there are some distinct differences, including a slightly different design for the cylinder and water hopper.

Brian would like to hear from other MECO owners.

27/5/5 Phillips Mfg. Company Q. Last October I acquired an engine built by T.W. Phillips Mfg. Company, Butler, Pa. The flywheels are 56 inches in diameter, it has an 8? inch piston, and is a two-cycle, natural gas engine. I can find nothing about it, so if anyone can supply any information on this company, I will be glad to hear from you. John W. Neth, RD 6, Box 527, Johnson City, TN 37601.

A. We have nothing whatever on this one...can anyone be of help?

27/5/6 IHC Famous Q. What is the year built for an IHC Famous 6 HP engine with s/n JA l584? I would also like to correspond with anyone who has restored one of these engines. Ken Hollenbeck, 312 Gillett Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085.

A. Your engine was built in 1908.

27/5/7 C-E Tractor Q. See the two photos of an unidentified garden tractor. The nameplate identifies it as a C-E tractor, Machine No. 395, Cleveland, Ohio. The tractor is about 8 feet long and weighs at least 800 pounds. It uses a 3 speed + reverse transmission, similar to the Farmall Cub. It is powered by a Wisconsin Type AF engine with an Eisemann magneto and a Kingston carburetor. Any information will be appreciated. Tim Hoover, 16476 Todd Rd., Petersburg, MI 49270.

27/5/8 Wheelhorse Tractor. David Ruck, 31 Parlvnt Road, Slough, England SL3 8BD needs information on a Wheel horse Tractor built at South Bend, Indiana. It is Model L107, s/n 379068, and is powered by a Tecumseh engine. If you can be of help, please contact Mr. Ruck.

27/5/9 Friend Engine. R. E. Fisher, 108 Pembroke St., Kingston, MA 02364 has a Friend engine, s/n DX7997. It is in tough shape, so he needs to contact other Friend owners for information, dimensions of parts, etc. If you can help, kindly contact Mr. Fisher.

27/5/10 Some Information. Thanks to Sydney Bunnell, 2265 Lincoln Farm Rd., Hodgenville, KY 42748 for sending some photocopy material on Witte engines and the New Britain Machine Co. For instance:

A 1920 advertising letter from New Britain states that their tractors were built in two models, the No. 1 and the No. 2. Both tractors used the same engine and power. 'The No. 1 is low and narrow, and is for single row work, while the No. 2 is higher and wider and is for multiple row work.' The letter goes on to state that, 'The two cylinder, four cycle, six horsepower engine gives ample power for the various jobs.'

In 1920 the No. 1 sold at $450, and the No. 2 sold for $500. Several attachments were also available at additional cost.

Mr. Bennell also included some information on the 1920 Witte line, offered at 'New Reduced Prices.' Taking the stationary kerosene engine line we have the 2 HP priced at $48.95, and the 3 HP at $80.45, the 4 HP at $112, and ranging up to the big 30 HP model at $954.90.

27/5/11 IHC Titan Colors? Q. What is the proper shade of gray for the IHC Titan 10-20 tractor? Were the water and fuel tanks painted or left with the galvanized finish? Dave Allison, Starbuck, Manitoba R0G IPO Canada.

A. We've never been able to establish the proper shade of gray with certainty. It seems to us that it was a lighter shade of gray than was used on the McCormick-Deering 10-20, and the F-Series tractors. Can anyone supply this information?

27/5/12 Gibson Tractor Club. If you are interested in joining the newly formed Gibson Tractor Club, contact Dave Baas, President, Gibson Tractor Club, 4200 Win wood Ct., Floyd Knobs, IN 47119. (812) 923-5822. Efforts are underway to organize 'meets' at various shows around the country.

27/5/13 Query on Vinegar. Robert Prentice, RR 1, Box 112, Terrill, IA 51364 asks for information on vinegar. He recalls a GEM story that said full strength vinegar out of the barrel was useful in loosening rust. Regular vinegar, Prentice says, is not enough. Can anyone out there in Engine land help? Write him if you have the information.

27/5/14 What Is It? Q. What engine is this?. Robert A. LeBaron, 5801 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ 85711.

A. It is an Associated.

27/5/15 Stover Question Q. I have restored a 4 HP Stover engine, s/n T111985. I found traces of blue paint on the inside of the belt pulley, Is this the true color of the engine? Tom Hopkins, Rt 1, Box 257, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.

A. No, this model Stover is the dark, muddy green, as indicated in the Notebook. The pulley might have come from some other machine, or the engine might have been sold with some machine that was painted that color, but the Stover was not blue.

27/5/16 Hercules or Economy? Q. See the photo of a Hercules (Economy?) engine, 1? 'S', s/n 360670. It has a casting date of 27, which agrees with the 'S' model on page 34 of History of Hercules by Glenn Karch. The gentleman I bought the engine from assured me it was a Hercules engine with an Economy deed, on it. After reading the above book it states that Hercules engines always had a crank guard. This engine has no provisions for one. So, what is the make, and what is the proper color? Harvey A. Campbell, RD 27, Box 212, Millers Mill Rd., York, PA 17402-9355.

A. We're at a loss on this one. Can the Hercules-Economy experts provide the answer?

27/5/17 Recent Restorations. It's been awhile since I wrote, but here are photos of a couple recent restorations. Photo 17A shows an International 1? HP type M engine I bought at an auction. It had not run for about 30 years, but was still in good condition. Photo 17B shows a very unusual lawn mower. The name tag reads, Murry Clipper, All Purpose Mower, Model H, s/n 1941, Schissell Mfg. Co., Cherokee, Iowa. I would like to hear from someone having information on this one, or owning one of these mowers. Elwood Hutt, 109 S. Lincoln, Osceola, IA 50213.

27/5/18 Trackson Registry Connecticut Yankee Tractor, 85 Dayton Rd., Waterford, CT 06385 recently sent us a copy of his Trackson Registry. For further details contact The Yankee at the above address.

27/5/19 Unidentified Engine Q. See the photo of an engine with the following nameplate information: Engine No. 244216,425 r.p.m., HP 5 EK. Don Judkins, 31818 Hwy 18, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356.

A. Can the Hercules-Economy experts enlighten us on this designator?

27/5/20 Unidentified Engine Q. I am a bit green at this hobby, but enjoy it very much. Old iron is hard to find in this area, but I finally found myself an engine. My engine is rough as a night in jail and I don't even know what kind it is. The tag on the hobber says, Engine No. 285261, HP 5FW. Tim Littleton, 32 Bucksaw Jct., Grayson, KY 41143.

A. The FW model from Hercules is fully discussed in Chapter 6 of Glenn Karch's book, noted previously in this column.

27/5/21 Utilimotor Q. Can anyone provide information on the engine shown in the two photos? It is a Utilimotor made by Johnson Motor Company, Waukegan, Illinois, s/n 17209. Any information on age, magneto timing, or the governor would be appreciated. Harrey Worthington, 810 S. New St., West Chester, PA 19382.

A. From what we know about it, the Utilimotor is not so easy to find. We have very little information on this one, but perhaps some of our readers might be able to lend Mr. Worthington a hand.

27/5/22 Shaw Du-All Q. See the photo of a Shaw Du-All with a Briggs & Stratton engine on it. The engine serial number puts it at 1938, and it is 4 HP. The engine and tractor are painted orange. Other Shaw owners we have contacted have never seen one like it, so we think it may be a prototype. Any information on this tractor will be greatly appreciated. Bob Ellis, 2909 Kerrwood Dr., Columbus, OH 43231.

27/5/23 Le Napoleon Engine Q. I have just acquired a Le Napoleon engine manufactured by Eug. Julien & Cie., Ltee, Quebec, Canada, 4? HP, No. 60942, Vitesse 325. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Raymond Druery, 1150 Mulock Drive, New-market, Ontario L3Y 4W1, Canada.

A. We've never heard of this one...can anyone help?

27/5/24 Unidentified Engine Q. Can anyone identify the engine in the two photos? It is air cooled, twin cylinder, with top push rods and an Eisemann magneto. The single flywheel is 18 inches in diameter and 2? inches wide. It appears to have an 'I' over an 'H' symbol on it. The magneto gear cover is E 1580, the manifold is E1047A, and looks like the Monarch on page 312 of American Gas Engines, only more angular. Some people say it is an engine from an IH high-wheeler truck. Can anyone identify this one? Howard Houck, 3585 Galway Road., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

A. We're inclined to think this one is from the IHC high-wheeler but we'll wait for reaction from you folks!

27/5/25 IHC LAA Engine Q. I have an IHC LA engine, s/n LAA832094. What are the proper colors for this engine? I have talked to people and some say it should be grey, some red, and some say red and grey. This one had a red flywheel and the rest appears to have been a gloss black. Since my son and I will be restoring this engine, we would like to know for sure about the color scheme. Lanny and Tom Roth, RR 2, Box 289, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

A. Here's a situation where we don't want our opinion etched in steel, but we think this one, coming along later in production, might have had a grey body and a red flywheel.

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