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Ottawa Log Saw was abandoned in a woods lot for 25 years. It represents six months of spare time work to put it in A-1 running condition. Acquired the cord wood attachment for this machine-Serial No. TE26266, 5-H. P., 550 Speed.

For those of you who live on farms, here is something that may prove helpful: A very good and effective single wire fence stretcher can be made from an automotive bumper jack. I don't believe any directions are necessary for this. It's also very handy as a belt tightened, when needed, as well as a hoist for lifting heavy objects.

I've worked on some engines (grinding valves, etc.) where it was almost impossible to unscrew the exhaust pipe and remove it from the cylinder head. A bit of graphite mixed with oil would have made removal much easier, if applied originally.

Some owners of McCormick-Deering Type M Engines operated them for some time before finding out that the ex tension on the crankshaft was a grease cup for lubrication of the connecting rod bearing. This was threaded left hand, so it could be screwed up while the engine was running. These engines had a removable cylinder sleeve, which apparently some are not aware of.

An I. H. C. famous engine was ready for the scrap heap when found; has been restored and is now in A-1 running condition. Serial No. LA24995, 3-H. P., Speed 360.

A squirt of oil on the fuel pump plunger and packing will greatly pro long its life. In timing engines of this type, the exhaust valve should have just closed when EXH on flywheel is straight down. Turn nearly one revolution then till IGN is straight down when spark should occur.

Always oil the governor collar (next to the flywheel) on these engines, other wise it may set up shearing off the pin which keeps it from turning, which is difficult to replace.

While attempting to test the high tension magneto, I've found it nearly impossible to hold the spark plug wire steady close to the terminal while cranking the engine. I made a little gadget, which I found to be very handy, as shown in the drawing.

Make two of these and put a Neon Blub (NE-2) on the other instead of the spark gap, for testing low tension ignition system. Connect from igniter terminal to grounded metal part of engine. When igniter is properly synchronized with magneto, NE-2 will flash brightly. If using battery and low tension coil for ignition, it will flash providing igniter points are not shorted. NE-2 will not flash on less than 65 volts. However, due to the sudden collapse of the field in the coil, the voltage across the igniter points is much higher than that of the battery alone.

Pictured is an Oliver 70 waiting to be restored. I wonder how many of the readers have seen a wide front Oliver 70? I found this tractor after looking for three years. I am still looking for a wide front John Deere A or B.

Appearing above is an unusual Cushman upright. It is a 6 HP with a Wico mag, rotary. It belongs to Bob Wood fall, Box 423, Charleston, Illinois. Does anyone know when they made this type?

Shown is my latest gas engine waiting to be restored. It is a 1932 model John Deere, 6 HP. This engine completes my set of John Deeres.

Bill and John Tichenor of Charleston, Illinois owned this 8 HP Galloway Engine. They bought it from an Amish man who first wanted $800 for it. Bill and John own several fine engines and gas tractors.

Frank Samson Tolono, Illinois, showed his nicely restored Monitor, 6-HP engine at Pontiac, Illinois, last fall. Frank also has a smaller double fly wheeled Monitor.

Pictured is my family--wife, Doris; daughter, Michelle Lee; son, John Robert-viewing my latest addition to my collection. The engine is a Hercules, 5-HP, sitting on an original truck that used to have a buzz saw wagon.

I also have an Economy, 7-HP, on a truck with a buzz saw.

30-60 Rumely Oil pull in the Thresh-Contest--steam against gas, taken at Saskatoon some time in early 1960s.

Thick and Thin Lumber Mill--we run our mill with an old Rumely, mostly for fun--life needs a lot of fun. (Nice looking family,--Bob contributes some interesting articles to our magazines and has some more about ready--just needs some more of the item called lime Anna Mae).

Our 6 HP Galloway Engine that we are restoring. It was made into a tractor some fifty years ago. It had been standing outside for forty-five years without running. The engine was manufactured in Waterloo, Iowa. It has an old Reo car two-speed planetary transmission. Engine was used on two-hole Sandwich corn shelter.

An F-30 tractor I had 24 years ago. This was a good tractor and would always start.

At the Road Builder's Show in Chicago in 1948--an I. H, C. made of wood for advertising.

Sanderson, 2-cylinder tank-cooled Tractor, 10-20 H. P. Made in England, 1917. At rear 12-24 HP Waterloo Boy at Saskatoon Pion-era 1965.

Lanz German, 1-cylinder, 2-cycle hot bulb Diesel Oil Tractor.

This snapshot shows our Dempster 8HP Engine, built at Beatrice, Nebraska. Engine runs very well. In the background is a '22' McCormick-Deering threshing machine.

Two Tom Thumbs about to get some tender loving care. If you look real close back of the muffler of the engine on the left, you will see one of Ole Evinrude's first outboard motors which is almost all brass, except for the head.

I have restored quite a few engines and about the time I get them all painted and running, along comes some guy with a long face that doesn't have any engines and of course, I commit the cardinal sin amongst engine collectors and sell him one. Oh, well I can't take them with me and if I did, I'm afraid they might start running the middle of night, or worse yet, right in the middle of an organ solo-WOW!

I have a Taylor Vacuum with a serial No. 9800 which would make it a very early engine as the Taylor engine was the second engine to appear in the Farm Journal on file here at the N. W. Library in Madison and the first publication was 1856.

I also have a Fuller-Johnson NB which I have incorporated into a quarter scale cord wood saw. I'm interested in obtaining a V2 HP New Holland. Courtesy of OlafJ. Venden, 7029 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, Wisconsin 53562.