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38/9/1: Unidentified weed cutter.

I recently acquired this weed cutter, and I'm looking for any information from you or GEM readers as to how old it is, what horsepower it is, etc. On the mower it says 'Mono Power Saw and Mowers' manufactured by Mono Manufacturing Co., Springfield, Mo., Model BJ-3, serial no. 2075. Power comes from a Clinton engine, serial no. 2807283B, Model A 801 COB. I have never heard of this company and would welcome any information. Thanks. Gregg Simpson, 4271 Rutland-Dunn Road, Oregon, WI 53575.

38/9/2: Unidentified Engine

Does anybody know what this engine is? I bought it at a yard sale, and there are no markings or nameplate on it. Thanks in advance for any help. Richard LaRusso, 28 Hine Road, New Milford, CT 06776.

38/9/3: Holloway Mower

Robert Comer sends in some photographs of an interesting little mower, hoping someone out there might have more information on the piece. The only identification on the mower is a plate giving operating instructions and noting the engine as built by McCullough of Los Angeles, Calif.

Robert has a little bit of background, however, including an old newspaper clipping from a local paper dated May 16, 1948. According to the clipping, the mower was the brainchild of one Doc Holloway, who operated a small hospital in Byron, Mich. The noted feature in the clipping is the mower's cutting blade, composed of four cutting points mounted on a cast hub, itself bolted to the engine's crankshaft. The blades can be removed for sharpening.

Robert has had the mower since the 1950s, and it hasn't been run since. Even so, it turns over and has compression. Robert would like to hear from anyone who has one of these mowers, or anyone who can fill in the missing details of the company. In fact, so would we. Contact Robert Comer at: 7998 E. Clinton Trail, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827-9089.

38/9/4: 3 HP IHC

I am rebuilding a 1920 International 3 HP engine and would like information on why the three following parts are made of brass:

Governor break shoe, Eccentric strap, Fuel pump, with the exception of the body (discharge check value, plunger and plunger top).

I would appreciate any information regarding why these parts were made of brass. Thank you. Louis J. Werner, 405 E. Mill St., Freeburg, 1L 62243; (618) 539-3950.

38/9/5: Unknown Device

What is this thing? I bought it for $5 at a farm auction in Hudson, Mich., because I didn't want to see it trashed. I don't know if it has any value, and there seems to be a lot missing. On the flywheel is cast 'Dicks #7 Feed Cutter Manufactured at Dicks

Agricultural Works, Canton, Ohio.' Thanks for any information. John Plotz, 11299 Cardwell, Livonia, MI 48150.

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