Well, I don't know about you folks, but we had a White Easter, yep! No wonder we couldn't see the Easter Bunny -- we really had quite a snowfall and the shovels had to be brought out again from hibernation (we thought for quite a few months) and put back to work. Just goes to show us -- the Master is still supreme authority over us -- and I'm glad. I think we get so smug in this day and age and think we can solve our own problems and then along comes lots of those beautiful snowflakes and we are thrown into chaos -- transportation comes almost to a standstill, communications are interrupted and we fret and fume. I like it though in this respect -- to me it is as a gentle warning from a loving parent to stop and think -- we're not as great as we assume we are -- everything is not solved scientifically and we should not take all our wonderful blessings for granted. Some of you folks may not understand what I'm trying to say -- but methinks many will.
Anyhow, Easter has come and gone, winter is past (I think) and this is the May-June issue and you'll wonder why I was talking about all that snow in the spring issue, but then it has been an unusual year with snow so late in the season. So, stop reading my ramblings and get to shining that engine or putting that coat of paint on to beautify it. And by the time this printing reaches you you'll be heading for the Reunions. -- and for some of you it will be your second, third or fourth Show of the year as they start quite early now in the South and some of our readers journeyed down to those affairs.
In the Nov.-Dec. magazine on page 22, Mr. Al Troyer of Sturgis, Michigan, has a question about a two cylinder Edwards engine. I do not know what year they were built. I had one in the early 30s and it was old then. But about starting, they have no outside fly wheel and no place for a crank. They start very easy, nearly always on the first pull. Mine had no muffler, so I poured gas in the ext. pipes to prime. Then I used a 1-inch wide strap with a ring on handle on one end. Wrap it around the pulley like the small lawn mower or boat engine. Be sure to wrap the strap over itself so it will not slip. That is all there is to it.
The above advice comes from Jacol Vander Hoff, Lowell, Oregon 97452. Hope it will help some of you folks, including Al.
LeRoy Under, R. R. 3, Box 247, Monroe, Wisconsin 53566, writes: 'I think I have the answer to your What Is It? on page 12 of your July-August 1969 issue. The two cycle marine engine is a Lockwood Ash. The information on the nameplate of one says: 'Lockwood Ash Motor Company, Jackson, Michigan, Model 24, 2? hp. No. 21808. Use only Mobil Gargoyle Motor Oil, mix 1 pint to five gallons of gasoline. Turn grease cups once a day. It runs in either direction by moving the lever on the distributor.' I hope this information will help.' Thanks LeRoy for your efforts.
Philip D. Hochstetler, 204 W. Reed St., Napanee, Indiana 46550, would like to know the address of the Diesel Power Publication. Do I hear any answers?
Richard Frazer, RFD 3, Preston, Minnesota 55965, sends us this communication: 'In response to the letter written by Gerald Jacobson in the March-April issue of GEM on the 3/4 hp. Associated Engine, I beg to differ. There was a leather strap riveted to the drum that rotated on the flywheel shaft. Inside the drum was a spring assembly that rewound the leather strap, after the engine started. The dogs that you will see are fastened to the flywheel so that centrifical force will make them disengage when the engine is running so the drum will return and stand still.'
Well, there is Mr. Frazer's comment and I don't understand a thing about it but I'm sure you gas engine fiends know what he is talking about. (I've never heard the term 'dogs' used before as being fastened to a flywheel - tell me, someone, what that is and I thank you -- Anna Mae.)
Richard D. Hamp, 1772 Conrad Avenue, San Jose, California 95124, relates this bit of information: 'I have found a couple of items which have helped me in my engine restorations. First, I have found a cure for worn threads on carburetor needle valves. I wrap the thread with a layer or two of plumber's 'Ribbon Dope' made by the Permacel Company of New Brunswick, New Jersey. 'Ribbon Dope' is teflon tape.
Next, I have found a way to seal small pin holes in old gas tanks and prevent further rusting. I use 'Slushing Compound' made by the Fuller Paint Company. This is used to coat the inside of aircraft tanks. You pour it into the gas tank and slosh it around to coat the walls and then pour it out. It coats the tank walls with a layer of a rubber-like substance to seal small holes and prevent rusting. It is rather expensive as it is about $11.00 per gallon, but one gallon should coat over two dozen one gallon tanks. A friend of mine coated the gas tank on his 1933 Pontiac and only used about a half pint. The Fuller Paint Company number for this 'Slushing Compound' is 8509.'
As you will note from Elmer's column, he is spending the weeks from Sunday night until Friday evening in a convalescent haven only a few miles from his home. His steam is down a little and he's in the shops for a tune-up, I'd say. Many friends drop in to see him and he is still our wonderful BOSS -- it's his word that counts in getting out our publications. I'm happy that he can be having all the care he needs and deserves and his family visits him daily. As a matter of fact, I'm leaving soon and go down and heckle him a bit -- he likes that.
Bye bye and I'll see you next issue. Have fun at the get-togethers.
My Fordson tractor down on my farm in Campbell, New York with Cindy, waiting to go for a ride in the wagon behind the tractor. Whenever an engine is started, be it steam or gas, Cindy will be there for the ride.
Many readers of the Iron-Men Album will recall that Cindy was on the front cover of Nov.-Dec. 1965 Album with me. I was sure proud of that -- as it was a surprise to me.
An M. W. Savage gas engine. This engine was built by M. W. Savage of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The nameplate reads 'Dan Patch.' He named the five horsepower and larger engines he made after his famous race horse - Dan Patch. As you well know, he was the fastest race horse. He ran sixty miles per hour or a mile a minute. I guess he has never been surpassed.
The smaller engines he named Dassele Patch, after the other racing horse he owned.