Hi to all the Gas Engine Enthusiasts all over the country. I suppose by now you have that engine all ready or at least are putting the crowning touch onto it in anticipation of the many excursions ahead of you this summer. May you all have a wonderful summer and meet with many old friends and make new ones too as you enjoy the many wonders of each enjoyable Reunion.
We have quite a number requests for engine information from letters that are coming through the office, so I'll get onto them right away. Clark B. Dowler of Winterset, Iowa would like to know the original paint color and if there was any trim on the Associated Manufacturers Co., Waterloo, Iowa, Chore Boy engine. He has a 1 3/4 hp Serial No. 322033. How about it, you fellows that know these things? Drop Clark a friendly note and let him know. He'll appreciate it.
Frank Hamata of Schuyler, Nebraska writes: "A picture in the January/February 1968 issue has the wrong caption. I say it is a Frick outfit located somewhere in Pennsylvania, southeastern part. Who knows for sure?" Well, Frank, I don't. But who wants to argue?? Any takers? Good. Argue with Frank.
Does anyone have any information on Lauson tractors prior to 1919 Full Jeweled? If so, Clifford A. Caron of Faribault, Minnesota would like you to write him. Please do so—it makes us happy if we can be the connection between perhaps a good friendship, as I'm sure many of these letters turn out to be—due to two folks having a common interest.
Roger Kriebel, Mainland, Pennsylvania wants to know: "Can anyone give me information about the governor linkage on my 6 hp Ohio gas engine? It has a side shaft with an upright governor along side of the head. It is a hit and miss with separate intake and exhaust manifolds. Ignition is by a make and brake igniter located in the head. The Ohio Motor Company in Sandusky, Ohio built it. RPM is 290. It is a very nice engine and well built. Also, could you tell me where I can get glass for oil drip lubricators?" Well, here's another fellow in need of advice from his Gas Engine Magazine friends. Let's not let him down.
A letter from Albert Erbele of Lehr, North Dakota states: "'I have a one cylinder 3 hp engine, open crank case, 450 rpm, and it has two nameplates. One is Koehler Hinricks Butcher Machinery, St. Paul, Minnesota and the other says that it was manufactured by the Globe Iron Works Company, Menocne, Wisconsin. The engine is in very rough shape. It appears that someone tried to make an air compressor out of it. Lots of parts missing. Can someone give me more information on this engine? Also, if parts would be available somewhere?" To his aid Men!
David Babcock of Cass City, Michigan needs help also (boy, we have a lot of people in need of assistance this issue), so let's not let them down. David wants to know if the Hercules company is still in business. He has two 1 1/2 hp models—SN 106178 and SN 242421—and would like to know the years of these engines. Well, it's Greek to me Dave, but I'm hoping some of the veterans in this business will come through for you.
HINT: If you have trouble blowing gaskets on a gas engine try using one cut from copper screen door wire and one cut from thin sheet asbestos. Place together with plenty of shellac. The water passage openings need not be cut cut of the wire. If this works - give me credit but if it doesn't, blame William S. Strayer of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania—he sent this information.
A note from Lyman Matthews, C/O Dustan Matthews of Aberdeen, South Dakota: "Could anyone send in details of the Kansas City Light and Balanced Stationary Gas Engine? I worked on a Maza, N.D. Farm in 1917 that had two of these engines. This engine was, as I remember, built with two pistons end to end and operated from connecting rods from the same crankshaft in such a way as to use the pistons to work against each other as a cylinder head for the other and intake and exhaust was arranged so to enter the area between the pistons when at nearest or closest spot. This was on the Art Horn farm one mile east and half mile south of Maza, N.D. One was a 3 hp and the other either 1 1/2 hp or maybe 5 hp. I am sure that was the name on the name plate. Believe me. I would be happy to learn more of this engine." If you know the answers to this one, get the message to Matthews and we'll all be happy.
Robert J. Hayes of Muscatine, Iowa writes: "Enjoyed Stan Read's articles on the engines, particularly the one on the Maytag, since that was the first gas engine I ever owned. The old single sold me on the two cycle principal and have been with two cycle motors ever since, although not the Maytag. This fall I wrote the company about an old one I was cleaning up and received considerable information in a letter from Mr. Ryder. Maytag bought the Elgin Gas Engine from the Elgin Gas Motor Company of Elgin, Illinois or at least the patent rights some time before 1914. A battery ignition single cycle motors from 1914 to 1921. Magneto Ignition single 1922-1926, not equipped with foot starter. Magneto Ignition single 1927-1936. Maytag Twin Multi-Motor 1936 till September 1952. Hope this will help some of the fellows figure the approximate age of their Maytag 'Multi-Motors.' Fuel mix is one part oil to 16 parts gasoline. Any good grade outboard oil is recommended. Maytag also built a battery charger and a small 110 volt light plant, and I would like very much to locate one of them.
Will second the motion for an article on the hot air engine as they are most fascinating to watch run. There have been several at the Mount Pleasant show including a fan with a lamp in the base providing the heat to make 'er go." Now, there fellows, instead of wanting information, Bob gave us some. Thanks!
"In Gas Engine Magazine for November/December 1967 there is a picture of a 30-60 Type E Rumely Oil Pull Cira 1923. I believe the old girl did a little fibbing about her age, at least ten years. I would believe that she was manufactured about 1910. This model used M & B ignition. The flywheel was 4-in diameter weighing 1300 pounds and turned clockwise as you faced it. Bore 10-in and stroke 12-in, 375 rpm, total weight 26,500 pounds, one speed forward 1.9 mph, drive wheels 30 x 80 high, pulley 36-in dia. x 11-in face. The steering was similar to that of a steam engine: chains and a swinging axle. A thresher man in our neighborhood purchased a 20-40 Oil Pull in 1920 and this model had automotive type steering. The engine turned counter clockwise as you faced the flywheel and it also had high tension ignition instead of M & B. [Now, I thought you folks might be interested in this letter, so there it is, but I don't know who it's from. Probably my fault, but I can't find the name and address anywhere with this item. So, if anyone recognizes it as his telling, let me know and I'll give you credit. And I'm sorry this has happened. I like to be sure the contributors get credit.—AMB]
In the March/April 1968 Gas Engine Magazine there is a drawing and it looks like it is part of Lewis Cline's article on Liquid Fuels. It isn't. The drawing was sent in by James Bove of Los Angeles, California. We're sorry the credit line was not on, but that was one of Uncle Jake's gang's mistakes. We all make these errors and we are sorry. We try to do better each time and that's what life is all about, isn't it? Trying to do better each day. We aren't perfect but we're trying.
And so ends another column for the Gas Engine Magazine and in closing must leave you with a few "food for thought" lines:
Ideas are funny things; they do not work unless you do.
A friend is one who puts his finger on a fault without rubbing it in.
Life is not so short that there is no time for courtesy.
A good thing about telling the truth is that you don't have to remember what you say.
A quitter never wins, a winner never quits.
God Bless you all. Have fun at the get-togethers—Anna Mae