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Mr. Wendel is guiding his tour in Australia this month, but we want our readers to get attention to their questions, so we will rely heavily on our many experts out there to help us.

We might also take this opportunity to say that we are now receiving more questions than ever, via the handy use of e-mail. In fact, we receive several each day, and often have a hard time keeping up with the demand since we are generally involved in the various tasks of publishing magazines. So, if you are one of our internet questioners, please be patient with us sometimes it takes awhile for us to find your answers. We do have a lot of great resources in our office, but sometimes the books simply don't have the right answers in them! There's also the possibility that a request has the appearance of 'junk mail,' when it comes in via e-mail. It is helpful if you identify an engine or tractor name in your 're' space, so we don't assume that you're sending one of the daily low-cost mortgage requests we get!

And we shall begin with:

36/5/1 Kohler Power Plant Q. I am trying to repair an old Kohler power plant. Can anyone tell me where to find a model number? It has a four cylinder inline valve in head engine. The head is 12 inches long; piston is two inches in diameter. Crankshaft goes all the way through the arm of the generator. Thank you. Jim Kountz, HCR 271-2017, Glasgow, MT 59230.

36/5/2 Stover, Novo Engines Q. Harvey D. Cain of 70621 M-62 S., Edwardsburg, MI 49112 sent us several pictures of his engines, with the following questions and comments.

36/5/2A is a Stover KE 850. I need a conversion kit for 859. Any help? This engine was built by Stover Engine Works for Brackett, Shaw & hunt Co. of Southworth, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts.

36/5/2B, a Novo, is serial number 41720. It is all original except the cart and was a junkyard special.

36/5/2C, D and E are of another Stover, with a name tag saying CT2, sn273557. All parts have an 'I' on them. Note in 36/5/2D the gib key puller that I made from the original, that has been in use for three generations. 36/5/2C is the way the engine looked when I got it on a cement mixer I sanded the flywheel. 36/5/2E shows that 'Freeport, Ill' is printed on the flywheel.

36/5/3 Easy Washing Machine Engine Q. I am interested in the history of the Easy Washing Machine engine. This engine was used on the Easy washing machine which was manufactured in Syracuse, NY. Can you or one of the GEM readers help out? Harley Collins, 2540 Fox Road, Bath, PA 18014.

A. We got some great help on this one from Onondaga Historical Association in Syracuse. See the end of Reflections for the whole story!

36/5/4 Coleman Bros. Engine? Q. Here are pictures of an engine I bought last summer. Cast in the water hopper is Coleman Bros. Mfg. Co., New Albany IN. There is no tag or serial number.

This engine is a headless design, throttling governor, with brass carb, brass flywheel, brass crankcase cover, estimated horse. Does anyone have any information about the company or this engine? Are there more of these engines around? I would like to hear from you. Merlin Yoder, 25115 CR 54, Nappanee, IN 46550.

36/5/5 Witte Year, Color Q. I have a Witte 6 HP, serial #82551, 480 rpm. I would like to know the year of manufacture and color. Ray LeClair, P.O. Box 389, Winchendon, MA01475.

A. Wendel's Notebook indicates that engines numbered 76401 to 83160 were manufactured in 1928, so that's where we'd date yours. For black engines, Dupont 99 is listed; for forest green (gas engines), Dupont 5204 is indicated.

36/5/6 F-M Dishpan Color Needed Q. I am realizing my dream and rebuilding my first engine, a F/M 1 HP Dishpan. I have dissembled it and had the paint removed by a machine shop. I am now in need of some suggestions on painting. I have read rebuild articles in GEM about using primers (acid etching?), various paints and clearcoats. Any thoughts on a specific color, brand preference? The engine will be primarily used for show, but will be run. I prefer to use spray aerosol cans. Thanks! Joseph M. Palmer, 356 W. Cardinal St., Wheeling, WV 26003. E-mail: JPALMER256@AOL.COM.

36/5/7 Roberts, Pacific Pumper Q. Here are five pictures of two different engines.

First, the Roberts engine (36/5/7A and 36/5/7B). It is a model M, 5 HP, No. 850, made in Sandusky, Ohio, six miles from my home. I believe it is complete except I am missing the mixer for carburetion. What kind did it take? Also, is it missing part of the ignition on top of the fiber commutor? What color and what year is it?

The Pacific Pumper engine needs a starter. Who made this engine? Maybe an Austin? What was this used for? I was told it could be a firefighting pump on a ship. It has a two inch pump mounted on the rear with a separate belt driven water pump. What year would this model U serial 5015 be? I am new at this engine collecting and restoring hobby. Any information would be of great help. Robert Dahs, 4814 Delematre Rd., Monroeville, OH 44847; phone 419-359-1837.