May-June issue means the snow is away and the Shows are really underway across the land -- anybody sorry -- NO! Everybody ready for the good times, gassing-up, gabbing, good pals -- all to make glorious memories -- seems I hear a lot of affirmatives on this sentence. And so, in between your packing and putting the final touch on the displays I'll send along a few letters of interest.
HOWARD WAGENBLAST, R. D. 4, Box 158, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601 writes: 'I have a De Laval engine (type V W, number 75018) which was used to power a milker. I am wondering if any readers of GEM would estimate the age. Also, I would appreciate any technical information -- particularly on the magneto. What type was the original magneto and where can I get one?'
Answers, Fellas -- that's what the man wants!
From RICHARD D. HAMP, 1772 Conrad Avenue, San Jose, California 95124, arrives this information and we thank him.
'I have some information on a couple of engines pictures in the March-April 1971 issue of G.E.M.
The little engine in the upper left hand corner on page 7 is a ? hp. 'Franklin Gas Engine.' I have a 1903 booklet from the Parsell and Weed Company of New York City who sold a kit of parts and semi-finished castings to build the 'Franklin Gas Engine.' The price of a complete set of castings and materials to build the engine was $16.50.
The engine in the lower right corner of page 7 is a 'Bean' engine, not a 'Beam' as stated in the caption under the picture. These engines were designed by Mr. Cushman of the Cushman Motor Company, and built by the John Bean Spray Pump Company of San Jose, California and Cleveland, Ohio. If any readers of G.E.M. are interested in more information on these Bean engines, please have them write me as I have instruction and parts manuals for these engines.
I am now in my third year of subscribing to your fine magazine. I enjoy it very much, and I wish it came out every month. So long for now.'
HAROLD E. STUMP, 116 West Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964, sends along this nice letter and would like some information.
'I enjoy reading your column in GEM very much. The way you mix both humor and information is so amusing that even my wife, a devout 'Engine Widow,' enjoys it.
My father recently gave me a small cast model gasoline engine for my collection. I wrote the manufacturer, Mr. Gray, who informed me that although he used no specific make, the model does resemble the APPLETON, of Appleton Mfg. Co., Batavia, Illinois.
I would like to thank Roy Krpoun of Drake, North Dakota, for the specifications I needed to convert this no-name model into an Appleton.
I am now in need of repainting information, and wonder if any fellow readers could help. If anyone knows the original color, and striping scheme (if any), a letter and/or color snap-shot would be greatly appreciated.
I am also restoring a 3? S hp. Jaeger, Size No. 5L, Serial No. 49,479, made by Jaeger Machine Co., Columbus, Ohio. If anyone out there knows the color formulas, please write.
Have Brush - Will Paint?'
Had a letter from ED DEIS, Ranger, CHAPIN FOREST, 10373 Hobart Road, Kirtland, Ohio 44094, recently and it seems he and Bill Hatchel got the ball rolling for another club that is forming in the Kirtland, Ohio, area which is in Northeastern Ohio 20 miles east of Cleveland. It will be a gas and steam club but is yet unnamed -- plenty of interest though and as of this writing they had over thirty names on the roster. They have decided to meet every second Thursday of the month. I don't know how other clubs do, but they plan to have one member at each meeting that will bring an engine, model or otherwise and everyone will have a workshop on it. I know the fellas are going to have a good time although Ed says he and Bill are thinking of setting up cots in the service garage for when their wives kick them out due to their weekend junkets.
But like Ed says all you men interested, 'Come to the meetings, bring something interesting, even if it's only a story or a good lie.'
Best of luck to this new group and may their group grow in number and happiness.
DAVID REED, 1306 Kirkwood Hwy., Elamere, Wilmington, Delaware 19805, sends this thought: 'I just realized that most of the threshing at the Gas Engine Shows is done by steam traction engine, and occasionally, if not rarely, done by gas tractors. Does anyone remember threshing wheat with a stationary gas engine?
Many small farm threshing rigs, especially in the east were powered by 6-15 horsepower, if not larger gas engines. I'm not saying we should do away with steam threshing, but I think that the large shows have the facilities and machinery to thresh with large gas engines and should represent both methods. I believe that using both gas and steam threshing will make bigger, better and more interesting shows.'
Sounds like a good idea to me -- what about you veterans of threshing -- is there a reason there aren't more large gas engines used in this?
JOHN W. SNYDER, 137 Prospect Ave., Franklin, Pennsylvania 16323, gives us an answer on a former WHAT IS IT? picture.
'Mr. Martin's engine pictured under 'What Is It?' in the March-April G.E.M. is a Home hobby project. We have an old hardback book called GAS ENGINE CONSTRUCTION or DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A HALF HORSE POWER GAS ENGINE. The authors are Henry V. A. Parsell, Mem. A. I. Elec. Eng., and Arthur J. Weed, M. E. This book goes into the details of the castings patterns building, the casting finishing, and the final assembly of the engine. All machine work is done using an eight inch lathe. Also in the book is an advertisement announcing that 'complete sets of castings can be procured from the Franklin Model Shop, Parsell and Weed, 129-131 West 31st Street, New York City.' (This volume is copyrighted 1900 by Norman W. Henley & Co. Our copy is dated 1906 and is the 'third edition, revised and enlarged'.'
GENE DRUMMOND, Rt. 1, Orient, Ohio 43146 sends us some more information on a story that was in the last issue of G.E.M. 'I just read the article in the March-April of GEM on the Wallis Bear tractor owned by Bluffton Farm Equipment Company. The article states that the tractor was in a junk yard and that it would soon be cut up for scrap. This is not so. The tractor was bought new by a farmer from Plum Wood, Ohio, and sold to J. B. Anderson of Kiousville, Ohio, who was a Massey-Ferguson dealer. I first saw this tractor when on our way to the NTA steam show in 1952 and a number of times at Kiousville. To say that it was about to be cut up is not so, as J. B. Anderson knew what the tractor was and what it was worth. In fact, the Massey-Ferguson Company wanted him to fix it up for them to show at the State Fair. I can't see why this part of the story has been left out on this tractor. I hope this brings the history of this tractor up to date.'
Glad to hear it -- we hate to see these historical items hit the junk pile. Perhaps this part of the story was not known -- so we are glad you wrote me.
WM. W. WILLOCK, JR., R. R. No. 1, Box 196-A, Chestertown, Md. 21620, we get this cheery complaint. 'Just a line regarding the picture of the Rider Hot Air Engine on the back cover of the March-April issue. There are two minor errors in the caption; it is a four inch engine, the smallest Rider made and was listed in their very early catalogs.
Also, it was never made coal burning in this size; it was originally an oil burner, but we converted it to gas for convenience. They were furnished new, either oil or gas.
And incidentally, I am not drooling in the picture -- must be a mark on the negative.'
It is just a beautiful day out as I finish this column -- the day after Easter -- and looking out at the world, don't you think Easter comes at a most appropriate time? The land looks washed with the sunlight and everything is about to begin anew. The shoots are out on the bushes, the trees are in bud; everything is aglow with the newness of life. What a beautiful way for us to remember the Ressurrection! Bless each and everyone of you and enjoy the summer, but better yet -- enjoy each day.