SMOKE RINGS

Hot-Air Engine

Content Tools

Hi! Hope you all are having a thrilling year-we are as we just had a new granddaughter, in Engine Land language, her serial number is 1-9-79 and a horsepower of 8 lb., 12 oz., Model (yes) a Beauty, tradename Kortni Lynn Gaffney - oh it's so good to welcome a new grandchild-it has been 9 years since our last one arrived. This little one made her appearance via our daughter, Keli and hubby, Mike. They're all doing fine now. (By the way, some of you realize and some do not, that Keli has taken over most of my duties this past year. I still take your phone calls and write the column and keep an eye on the overall picture. I'm sure you'll find Keli very efficient in dealing with our Gas Engine Family.)

Many, many letters beginning with one from GARY R. HARWOOD, 332? South Main Street, Putnam, Connecticut 06260: 'I would like to know the year of my two 3-5 L.A.s. The first one is # LAB6067 with rocker arm oiler located on end of rocker shaft. The other L.A. has no tag, but is different from other L.A. in that an oil tube comes from between the valve pushrods and the oil for rocker arms comes from this tube which drops oil into a felt strip above rocker arms. I'd appreciate any help.'

Some information comes from EVERETT McWILLIAMS, R.R. 2, Box 152, Sheldon, Missouri 64784: 'To all Smoke Ringers - I read and enjoy all the old engine restorers accomplishments. In regard to Harry L. Ritter's letter about a General engine-I have one I think is the same engine he referred to-the engine has an aluminum air shroud with the specifications on a metal plate as follows: General Engine Co., Franklin Park, Ill. Model (D) Type (21), Check oil every 5 hours. Change oil every 25 hours. Above 32 degrees-SAE 20 weight- Below 32 degrees SAE 10 weight. Valves intake .009, exhaust .012 (cold).

My engine is serial 16831. The General Engine was very popular for a few years after World War II, along with the Iron Horse, Clinton, Peerless and Lawson in our part of Missouri.'

BYRON CANN, 103 W. 7th Street, Oil City, Pennsylvania 16301 sends us this: 'In reference to an article on an engine on the Buckeye Pneumatic Water Supply System by Mast Foos and Co. -find picture as per ad in July 1909 Gas Power Magazine. This then is an Erie air-cooled gasoline engine.'

Here's someone looking for important information: 'I am restoring an old potato planter for the Ashburton Preservation Society. There are several bits missing which I would make if I knew what they looked like. The machine was made by the O. K. Champion Potato Machine Co., Hammond, Indiana. It is a model 1909, but any information about any model would be appreciated. I would be grateful if anyone who knows anything about these machines would get in touch with me. This comes from MICHAEL J. HANRAHAN, NO. 2 R.D., Ashburton, New Zealand.'

DOC SCHUSTER, 3535 Glen Oak Drive, Eugene, Oregon sends along this leter: 'The following are a few additional remarks concerning my article on testing igniters in the Nov.-Dec. G.E.M. 1. Four alligator clips are not necessary in the circuit, of course. Two will do nicely. The diagram was drawn too hastily. 2. Be careful to avoid electrical shock hazard or you will light up instead of the neon tube. 3. This is a very sensitive test for electrical leakage. 4. The test may be done with the igniter on the engine if magneto or battery wire to igniter is first disconnected and igniter points are open. Again, caution - shock hazard!

Following is a HELP plea: 'Can someone straighten out a couple of things on the large older Huber tractors. I have a picture of a supposedly Super Four 40-62, showing a solid motor block, as most conventional 4 cylinder motors have. Now, I wenttolook at a Huber 40-62 and each cylinder has its own water jacket, but all are topped with one conventional type head. (In other words, when looking at the motor broadside, you can see through the motor block to the other side). I certainly would be grateful for any and all help anyone can give. (Waiting for your replies is JAMES CONRAD, R.D. 1, Smicksburg, Pennsylvania 16256).

A newcomer asks for help in this writing 'I am new at this hobby and need some help. I am rebuilding a Woodpecker engine, S.N. 30208C. All casting numbers begin with B. The engine is a hit and miss with a Lunkehhimer mixing valve that has a gasoline, kerosene and water line connected to it. Part of the exhaust goes through a brass heater between the mixing valve and head. The bore is 8' and stroke 11' with 36' flywheels. I would like to know age, horsepower, and correct wiring for this engine.

I also have a 4 HP headless Witte, S.N. 57481 and would like to know the age. Thanks for a great magazine! Write to TOMMY NEWTON, Route 2, Box 217A, Reidsville, North Carolina 27320.

RICHARD A. RENDER, 504 S. Maize Road, Wichita, Kansas 67209 writes: 'Pictured is an unidentified gasoline/kerosene engine I have recently acquired. The brass tag on the water hopper reads (Engine No. 13227, RPM600, HP 1? x K). There are patches of deep cherry red paint which may or may not be the original and all casting marks begin with the letters GE. It utilizes a Wico 27 magneto and a ?' pipe thread spark plug with an extended reach. Any information your readers could furnish on make, year and helpful hints on restoration would be sincerely appreciated. Thank you!'

A funny, but true story comes from JAMES HAYNIE, Ash Grove, Missouri 65604: 'An old German friend of mine who had a lot of the old country way of speaking had a 1928 Chevrolet, 4 cylinder auto and when the 1929 Chevies came out with 6 cylinders, he made this remark (Now, why would I want a 6 cylinder car when 4 cylinders will pull the hill up). He said the word cylinder as if it was spelled sylinder.'

From JAMES DEKLE, Thomasville, Georgia 31792 some thoughts: 'The methods of loosening stuck pistons listed in the July-August G.E.M. terrify me. Water is the best penetrating liquid for cast iron. Soak the engine several days, tap the piston occasionally with a hammer and brass bar. Remember, water stuck 'em, water will unstick 'em.

I remember the 80 HP Maytags. Ours ran out of gas while I was still a small boy. It continued to work, however for several weeks, due to good lubrication and poor compression (I think you're kidding us, Jim). Finally broken up for scrap, the brass rod was recast into a town bell. Funny thing was when it rang, this bell still sounded like a Maytag. (I know you're kiddin!). Love ya! (We love you too, Jim.)

This one from MORRIS BLOM-GREN, Route 1, Siren, Wisconsin: 'In the Nov.-Dec. '78 G.E.M. you showed my pictures of the Pioneer tractor pulling the grain binders where I asked if anyone knew the hitch used for such a hook-up. A fellow by the name of Jack Allen, 4404 E. Harry Street, Wichita, Kansas 67218 sent me a drawing of a hook-up. I am sending you the drawing and wondering if the G.E.M. readers might like to see it. I think it is interesting as I am sure not too many have ever seen this hook-up.'

LARRY MAHAN, 737 Race Lane, R.F.D. 1, Marstons Mills, Massachusetts 02648 is editor of Seaworthy Dreams Magazine, written by and for the Amateur Boat Builder. It is published quarterly (January, April, July and October) $8.00 per year. The main purpose of this magazine is to communicate and bring needed answers and inspiration to the amateur builder. Ideas and help put forth by other amateurs in the form of photos, diagrams, stories and listings can do this. Whether your material is wood, fiberglass, steel, ferro cement or other, send in your thoughts, questions, first hand experiences and problems. Tell us your source of supplies, reasons for building etc.

Larry has a home constructed boat named, Larinda. It is a replica of a coastal schooner that was built in Boston about 200 years ago. Larry has an ad in back of this issue for some parts etc. for a Wolvarine diesel engine. He wants this engine to be used as an auxiliary for Larinda. He says any leads would be greatly appreciated and acknowledged. He signed off with 'Fair winds and lots of sunshine.' (I'm sure we probably have some boat builders in our G.E.M. family. Copies of his magazine are $2.00 for a single copy - maybe he sends out samples - you could write and ask.)

A letter from DAVID A. SCOTT, Harmon Heights, Route 2, Stanford, Kentucky 40484 tells of his interest and also he is hoping to hear from some of you in Gas Engine Land: 'I receive and read every line in the Gas Engine Magazine to see what other members want, what their troubles are and I enjoy reading this very much. I have been a member of the Blue Grass Steam and Engine Club in Harrodsburg, Kentucky for three years now and have been collecting a few old engines. My latest, of which I would like some information on, if any of you can help, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Enclosed is a picture of the engine. The can in front I am using for the time being as a water cooling tank. It is an upright engine with a 13?' x 2' flywheel with Gray Motor Co., Detroit, Michigan, No. 02143 on flywheel and No. 19205 on engine. It has brass gas primer on side and brass water pump and brass ignition system which is turned by gears of screw type, about size and looks like gears on old hand ice cream freezer. It takes Model T spark plug, has a Model T carburetor and I am using a Model T coil and battery to start.

Hope to hear from some of you Gas Engine Buddies and have a nice and prosperous 1979.

We hear from a new member of our family, ALLAN J. LEUKUMA, 381 East Highland, Camarillo, California 93010, as he writes: 'I am a new subscriber to your magazine and a novice at gas engine collecting. As soon as I receive my copy of G.E.M. I put every thing else aside until I've read it cover to cover.

Last summer while visiting my parents in Minnesota, I talked my father into stopping at the Roger's Threshing Show. At that point, it was all over-I'd been bitten by the gas engine bug.

Well, yesterday I managed to get my first engine running. It's a make and brake 2 HP Reeves Pulley Co. engine. According to the nameplate, it was made in Columbus, Indiana. Its speed is 525 RPM and it has the serial number 3646. I'd greatly appreciate any information anyone can give me about this company or when this engine was made.

I ran into something that your readers may be interested in. I sent away for a spark coil which was advertised in your classified section. Not having received it yet, I started looking around for something I could use in the meantime. I found an old doorbell transformer and hooked it up to the low voltage side. It produces a good spark and works very well.

That's it for now. I am anxiously awaiting for my next copy of G.E.M. and for information about my engine. Keep up the good work!'

DALE C. SCHIEDEL, 5207 Powell, Kansas City, Kansas 66106 says: 'I have just finished restoring a motor. Most people tell me that it is an Ottawa air-cooled one. It has 35/8'bore,35/8'stroke, 16' double flywheels with 6 spokes with 17/8' face. The number on the end of the crankshaft is A240. I am interested in knowing how many other of these engines are around. Also would like information on age.'

A letter to brighten our spirits comes from CHARLES R. CHASON, 2077 Skifo Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28304: 'I just want to write and let you know how much we appreciate the G.E.M. and all the effort that you put in it. I read the Smoke Rings column first and read the book from cover to cover, time and time again. I like most of all the way you give the Lord the honor and glory, because He makes it all possible. I'd like to wish you and all the G.E.M. staff a Happy New Year.' (Thanks Charles.)

RON WEINER, 4928 Oak Leaf Avenue, Carmichael, California 95608 is grateful as he writes: 'Many thanks for publishing my last problem over a year ago. Your magazine is great and much appreciated by your readers. Would you please help me out with another request for help?

From all the literature I have gathered in the last two years, none includes any data on the Standard Twin Garden Tractor #37C2552 made by the Standard Engine Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a walk behind machine, about 6? feet long and 3 feet wide, wheels (2) are steel, 30' diameter by 3?' wide, complete with spikes and spokes. The engine is 2 cylinder, air-cooled, crank start, magneto ignition and mounted in front of a clutch and 3 speed gear boxes (2 forward and 1 reverse).

I would also like to thank all who helped me out with a Fairbanks Morse and Cushman engine. They include Howard Leaders, Larry Hochstein, Helen Hansen, Lou Chapo, Joe Duncannon and others from EDGE&TA.'

BLAKE MALKAMAKI, 10839 Girdled Road, Concord, Ohio 44077 is hoping someone will write him the year of manufacture of a 4 HP Eclipse engine built by the Myrick Machine Company, Olean, New York. The serial number is 1709. Also any history of this company would be appreciated.'

Requesting HELP from the GEM Family is CARROLL G. GUM, Route 2, Box 125, Camden, West Virginia 26338: 'Anyone out there that has a Fairmont engine with a radiator on it, please write me. The nameplate has this on it (Fairmont Railway Motors Inc., Fairmont, Minnesota. Type RO, Group C, Engine No. 78654.) Would like to know the year it was built. What was it used for and what kind of ignition was used? I found this engine in a swamp. It has a stuck piston and some parts are missing-sure would like to hear from someone with an engine like it.'

EDWARD L.WESEMANN,R.R. 1, Box 102, Hampshire, Illinois 60140 tells us: 'I think I have gotten G.E.M. since you started and I have saved all of them. Naturally, I collect tractors and gas engines. Since I retired from the service station business after 31 years, I have had time to go through some of my paper collections.

I am enclosing a picture of an engine printed on what seems to be fabric paper. Would be interested to know if anyone could tell me anything about this engine.'

JAMES HARVEY, R.F.D. 3, Bluffton, Indiana 46714 would like to correspond with other owners of a 12 HP Banner engine made in Lansing, Michigan. Information desired is: years made, type of magneto, type of carburetor and stripping. (Lend a hand fellas and pen him a note.)

If you can help GERALD J. PESMAN, 1404 S. 5th, Bozeman, Montana 59715, it would be appreciated: 'I hope you can help me trace what has happened to the Associated Manufacturers Company of Waterloo, Iowa. I have one of their single cylinder two-stroke cycle engines about which I would like some historic and technical information. Presently the engine has been cleaned, repaired and runs. It is marked No. 5047,? HP.'

GEORGE BOYER, Smith River, California 95567 writes: 'I would like to get in touch with someone through your column, if possible. His name is Harry Hoffsteder (I'm not sure if the name is spelled right.) I first learned about old gas engines through this man when I was about 15 years old. He showed me his Cushman Cub and started it for me. That was all it took! Ever since then, I've been eating, sleeping and thinking GAS ENGINES. He also had a small hopper-cooled Gray engine, about 3/4 to 1 HP. I would like to hear from someone on these. If anyone knows Mr. Hoffsteder and has his present address, or if he is reading this-I would like to hear from him.

Mr. Hoffsteder was the shop instructor at the high school in Cave Junction, Oregon for several years. As a class project, he had some of his students restore his Cushman. He also has an 8 cycle Aermotor, 1? HP Z Fairbanks, 1? HP Stover with Olympia milking machine pump fastened to the end of the connecting rod, and a 1 HP Sattley made for Montgomery Wards.

My own engines are a 2? HP Fuller & Johnson made in 1915, a 5 HP Ottawa, 2 HP Witte and 2 Eureka air-cooled drag saws, 2 cycle engines made by Hansen Machine Works, Eureka Works, California about 80 miles south of here. As far as I know, they were only sold in Merolicino, Humbolt, Del Monte and Currie counties. Thanks again for the best magazine I've ever read!'

R. G. JACOBY, Route 3, Marengo, Iowa 52301 states: 'In GEM Nov.-Dec. 1978, p. 13, Gordon Aebig wants to know when the F-30 was made. I have a 37 model painted red. It was the first 30 to come on rubber here. Before 37, they were on steel and painted green. I don't remember how long before 1937 they were made. I think the M and H came in '41 or '42 and that was the last of the 30s.'

We welcome this letter from a new member afflicted with enginitis as he pens: 'Within the past year, I seem to have been bitten by the Old Engine Bug. As a recent subscriber, I find your magazine outstanding-just the right balance of informative articles, letters, pictures and ads.

We heat our 150 year old farm house with wood, which I cut with a chain saw. Wanting a faster method of bucking wood, I've been looking for a 5 to 8 HP one lunger to build a sawing machine.

Recently I was fortunate to purchase a factory-made sawing machine-complete. The entire machine seems to be in good condition, but is not operable because of a broken rocker arm. My hope is to restore this unit to new and original condition. Can you or the readers help me to identify the engine make? And the manufacturer of the sawing rig?

The only plate on the engine is located on the front top of the water hopper with this information: Engine number is 31034, RPM 375, HP 7H-can't imagine what the H following the 7 means. The engine has traces of red paint, the wagon and wheels show no paint, just rust. Wico mag. patent date 1920. The seller is this rig thinks it may have been a Sears Roebuck unit with an Economy engine. The pulley flywheel has a small hand wheel located in the center of the pulley-I'm told this is a friction clutch??' Enclosed see picture(s). (This letter was from HARRY OWEN, Stone Barn Farm, Crooked Road, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609.)

ARNOLD GRANRUD, 1547 Hwy. 51 N., Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589 needs to hear from you folks: 'I have been collecting antique tractors for just a little over a year and find the Gas Engine Magazine very good reading.

I have just purchased a Delco light, serial number 199206 in just like-new condition; but I don't know anything about the unit. I hope one of the many readers of Smoke Rings, who has a Delco light or anyone who knows anything about it, like what the D.C., voltage is, etc. I would appreciate it.'

Another man with problems, and awaiting your help is TOM LAKEN, 4606-85th Street, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53142: 'After laying off for a couple of years and working on old cars, I am back to old engines. The one I am working on now is: Mogul, 2? HP, No. CZ718, Speed 500, gasoline, motor spirits, kerosene, Int. Harvester. I see a lot of Int. Harvester literature but none on this model.

My restoration is beautiful but I am lost on the following: igniter repair, direction of flywheel, setting the governor. Also would like to know how it ran on 'Spirits' or 'Gas' and the date of manufacture. Sure would like to hear from anyone out there.'

RALPH H. RAMSEY, President, E.D.G.E. & T.A. Branch 16, Springfield, Missouri sends this story to the readers: 'As a subscriber to your fine Gas Engine Magazine, and a collector of gas engines and related items, I have an almost unbelievable adventure for your readers.

In reading some farm auctions, I spotted one that had a windcharger. As I already had one, including a Model 20 Atwater-Kent radio, thought I would go see what it might be.

After driving about 25 miles from town, I turned off the highway onto an old muddy road, almost impassable; as we had just had a snow. Upon arriving at the farm, I saw an old charger, on a stand about 30 feet in the air. It had no prop or governor, and the tail was all rusted off. What a let down!!

As I walked into the barnyard, I met a friend who knew I collected this type of early day item. He asked if I'd seen the windcharger. I told him yes, but didn't think it was worthwhile. He said, 'no not that one, it's the one sitting on the ground in the yard.' Well you can guess my surprise when I saw an Airline, made by Windcharger, serial number 66, including three glass case batteries. It still had the Montgomery Ward tag, and the generator was still in the cardboard box.

Needless to say, as the sun was setting and I was headed home, that old farm road wasn't nearly as rough or muddy as I had remembered.

Another man with gas engine fever joins our ranks and needs some information: 'I really do enjoy the G.E.M.-haven't been interested in rebuilding gas engines until I found a John Deere my dad used back in the 30s to saw wood. Old memories came back to me as I helped him and thought it was a shame to ignore her (engine) - looked like a pile of rust.

I restored it and now it looks and runs like a new one. I caught the fever! Now, I go to all the shows I can and I want more engines- strange, isn't it? (No, just the typical symptoms of that odd disease.)

I really do enjoy the information articles since they help me so much. Now I have one I'd like to trade with someone and I will refund double postage. I found a 6 HP Witte in a junk yard, almost stripped. I didn't even know the name and how it worked until I attended a show in Dillon, South Carolina. I saw one and asked some questions.

It took about two years and I finally got it together and tried to crank it with battery etc. since it was made for battery fire. I could never get it to pop one time. I tried to sell or even give it away, as I was so disgusted.

I had an old mag that came off a 10 HP Wisconsin engine and was looking at it and tested it for good fire-I fastened it on the Witte by placing another gear the same size in the train of gears on governor so it would rotate right. I started trying to crank it and it popped one time. I felt a tear of joy run down my cheeks. After I got the carburetor adjusted-she took off-no one can explain how I felt unless you've had the experience. I would not sell her for any price now-I love her!

Now, if someone would take the time to tell me a little about a small Jumbo I am trying to crank. It has a Wico mag but does not show any fire except when the points are closing-has lots of it on the ohm meter but no spark. The engine is in time to fire at this point. I thought the mag fired on the down stroke. Could you help me get this information? I can't get it to hit a lick. I'm not disgusted yet, but will surely appreciate some help- thanks a lot! (If you can help, write SAM PHILLIPS, c/o Pacific Columbia Mills, P.O. Box 207, Columbia, South Carolina 29202.)

JAMES REIMSCHIISSEL, R.F.D. 2, Box 359, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660, a new member in our Family writes: 'I just became acquainted with G.E.M. I bought my first old tractor, a 10-20 McCormick-Deering in 1967 completely unaware that other people were interested in old tractors. Since then, I've found others like these old critters too.

I am writing because I need some help on a Twin City tractor built by Minneapolis Steel and Machine Company. The tractor is a Model A, 16 HP, tractor number 5556, engine number 8256. There also appears to be the letters HAP stamped on the engine number plate, which may help. When was this thing made? The successor, White Motor Corporation doesn't have records on it anymore. Also the carburetor was a Kingston, but what model number and what model number was the Stewart vacuum tank and what kind of oiler was used??

In the five years since I bought it, I've found a reference to it in an early automotive encyclopedia, an ad in a farm magazine and an article in Automotive Industries Magazine for February 14, 1918 which said the TC 16-30 was one of four in a series, the other being TC 25-45, TC 40-65 and TC 60-90 which R. B. Gray said was earlier rated 60-110.

I'd be interested in hearing anything anyone could tell me about this tractor. It would be good to hear from some other Twin City owners, too.'

GEORGE N. WHISTON, 508 N. Range Street, Oblong, Illinois 62449 sends this: 'I enjoy reading G.E.M. and only wish it could be published once a month. I have a Fairmont stationary gas engine (not a railroad car engine) which is a 4 HP, Type P, No. 9389 Pat. October 19, 1909, 2 cycle built by Fairmont Machine Company, Fairmont, Minnesota.

I also have a Christensen 6 HP, Type B, 350 RPM, S.N. 9673. This engine was made by the Christensen Engineering Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I would appreciate hearing from other Fairmont and Christensen owners.'

Next we hear from GARY WHEELER, 1020 Laurel Avenue, La Marque, Texas 77568: 'I recently bought an old gasoline engine from a farmer. Regretfully, the engine is not complete and I have been unable to determine what the brand name is, so that I could obtain parts. On top of the water hopper is a name tag, but it is made out of aluminum and information is not readable. However, on the side of the engine I find the trademark and the numbers H75Z. Can you tell me what brand of engine this is?' (Gary perhaps someone can help you with identification but as for parts you would have to run an ad under Want Ads in the classified section.)

An interesting note from REV. GEORGE GOODWIN, JR., Box A, Worcester, New York 12197 tells us: 'I would like to extend my appreciation to all who wrote regarding my St. George's and especially to Lee Hitterly for his help with an identification plate. Being a preacher, I'll get a lot of mileage out of an engine named St. Georges.

I had an nice hot-air engine that I was going to restore for show, but the ramifications of a preacher showing a hot-air engine could be more than I could abide.

Happy Collecting and the Lord Bless You All in the New Year.'

Another short letter comes from BEN J. KINSENGER, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 15552: 'I enjoy your magazine very much and once a week would not be too often to get it. Real good results usually follow from Smoke Rings and ads in Gas Engine Magazine. Keep it up if in the Lord's will.

Now, I'm seeking help for information on a 1 HP Mogul, Serial W 28703 for age and where to locate owner's manual (see ads). What did these sell for new and how many were made?

Also would like information on New Hollands for age and etc. Any help appreciated and letters answered.'

JAY JOHNSON, 6726 Oleander Circle, Roanoke, Virginia 24019 writes: 'I was wondering if you could help me. I have been to several shows in North Carolina, one in Denton and one in Jamestown. There was a man there who had engine carts that he made from scratch. I got one of them. I had his name but have lost it somehow and I would like to get another cart and so would another man.

I was thinking if he gets the G.E.M. he might see my letter and write me or someone who knows of him, please write! Thanks for any help.'

DICK RICHESON, 859 Law Street, San Diego, California 92109 would appreciate any information on an air-cooled 3 HP upright Sattley engine, #V.F. 26884, sold by Montgomery Ward. The engine is missing the entire ignition system. I would like to know what type it has and a diagram of parts. Any help will be appreciated and please include your phone number with your reply.'

VERN TIETZ, Clarkston, Washington 99403 sends this letter: 'Just thought I'd write and let you all know another club has been formed. We are called the Antique Power Club (simple huh?). We are in the Lewis-Clark Valley in Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. The two towns are separated by the Snake River.

We started this club in October of 1978, and so far have 43 members. We feel this is a pretty good start for only four months of existence. We have already put out our first newsletter and have had a good response to it.

We have several different kinds of equipment in our club, and are getting more all the time. We have several gas tractors and steam traction engines, some old farm equipment, gas engines, of course, and some scale model steam, gas and hot air engines. All in all, we feel we are starting of f with a pretty good variety.

We will have our first meet April 26 through 29 at the Asotin County Fair in Asotin, Washington (just 5 miles from Clarkston). We are anticipating around 50 pieces of equipment on display. I hope we haven't set our hopes too high. I wish to extend a special invitation to anyone who wishes to attend or display. We will have another show at the NezPerce County Fair in Lewiston the middle of September.

We have had great times at our meetings so far. One of our first meetings everyone brought a piece of equipment to show off. We all really enjoyed this, it really helped everyone get acquainted, as we were all pretty much strangers to each other. What better way is there to get acquainted than talking over antique machinery?

Well, I will close this off for now. I hope some of you fellow collectors in our area see this and venture over and pay us a visit sometime.

HERB PERSING, Pittsfield, Pennsylvania 16340 is seeking some information from one of the veteran gas engine buddies. 'Have received your great magazine for a few years now and enjoy it very much. It always seems to take so long for the next one to come.

The column 'Smoke Rings' is a big help to all us engine nuts. There are so many wonderful people in the restoration of old engines.

Have recently purchased a 5 HP Galloway in very rough shape. Would like to know the best way to fix a bad crack in the bore. It's about 4' long and opened up about 1/8' Would be glad for any advice on how to fix it.

A letter seeking help comes from MIKE HALEY, 7167 Haverford, Mentor, Ohio 44060: 'Thanks for a great magazine! I need some help on Fairmount engines. My dad and I own a Fairmount 2 cycle railroad engine with a big aluminum water hopper for cooling. It has a name tag on the front that says it is a 8-13 horsepower, serial number 49475. We know very little about these engines, except that this can run backwards by moving a lever. This engine is in bad shape, it is missing a flywheel, and other major parts. I would like to hear from anyone who owns a Fairmount, or has any information on them. I would like to know where the exhaust comes from. I think it comes out of the bottom, but it is hard to tell. Any help at all would be appreciated.

NORMAN H. PALMER, R.R. 2, Berwick, Nova Scotia BOP 1EO says: 'Just another G.E.M. reader from Nova Scotia, Canada, probably some of you have never heard of it. I live in the beautiful Annapolis Valley and am actively engaged in a mixed farming operation consisting of dairy, pork, and of course, the apple industry for which Nova Scotia is famous.

A large number of publications come into our home, but I have to say I enjoy reading the GEM most of all.

I began collecting engines five years ago, bought my first in December 1973, a 10 HP Acadia, built in Bridgewater just 50 miles from here. Now I have 35 gas engines, one single cylinder diesel 16 HP built by DeLavel and two steam engines.

I would like very much to hear from other collectors with this same 'fever.'

Another newcomer to collecting writes us: 'Help! I am now in collecting old gas engines. I have had this one engine since I was 15 years old. I am 23 now. I do not really know what it is. It looks like a V 1 cylinder engine. Some people I have talked to say it is a Maytag and some say it is a Johnson. I have not found any numbers or a name on it. It is a kick start and has a mixer on it.

The camshaft runs on a rod like a Kohler engine built today. I also have a John Deere type E, 1? HP, 600 RPM, Serial number 302951 and a Wisconsin AHH. I would like to know the age of each of these engines-please help! I am crazy about John Deeres. This comes from DOUGLAS SATHER, 5200 San Paulo Street, Orlando, Florida 32807.

That's about it for now and remember It is better to wear out than rust out........What you CAN DO you OUGHT TO DO, and what you OUGHT TO DO, by the help of God DO!