Gas Engine Magazine readers share their thoughts on engines and their appreciation of the quality of the magazine.
Reader Robert Seabold asked about "the thick porcelain like coating found on some old castings."
Most likely the material referred to is Rough Stuff, this was used over an oil primer to build a good surface for finish coats.
After work was primed it was spotted, a hard drying putty was knifed on, filling all holes, cracks, etc.
After sanding a thick smooth coat of rough stuff was brushed on, If needed a second or third coat was applied, sanding between coats.
After hard and dry and good clean up the color and varnish was applied. Varnish was rubbed out with ground pumice and water. Work and material was kept warm and dry, 80 degrees was ideal.
Rough Stuff 3 parts whiting, 2 parts dry white lead, 1 part white lead ground in oil, 2 parts Japan dryer, 1 part rubbing varnish and enough turps to make brushable.
Hard Putty Dry white lead, Japan and rubbing varnish in equal parts. (When not in use keep under water)
If you think it would be of interest I will be glad to give you a finishing schedule using modern materials.
This so thrilled me that I decided to put it in the magazine Elmer
—Letter by A. D. Mast
Your new Gas Engine Magazine is just great and everyone I spoke with is more than pleased. The Iron-Men Album and the GEM never get thrown out at our house.
After I finished reading the GEM I just got carried away Elmer and I put my thoughts on paper. You have my blessings if you think it is suitable for publication.
Well you know it will be reunion time before we realize it. I have been working at R & T several days each week, I have my 10-20 Titan in the shop now. I hope to have more in better shape by next summer.
Say fellows, isn't this new engine magazine just what we dreamed of. I was so very well pleased and excited with the first issue that I just wanted to congratulate, blow smoke rings and, express my appreciation to Uncle Elmer and his staff. We engine lovers don't realize the time, money and effort involved in getting out this GEM (lets not call it a little GEM any longer, Anna Mae) its really a big GEM to anticipate a rapid growth. You all well remember these sayings. Give tribute were tribute is due and, In all things give thanks. So, clean the grease off of your hands, shut the engines down and write your note of appreciation to Uncle Elmer. Now Teddy Roosevelt, John Brown, Stephen and our Lord had convictions long ago and stood by them. Elmer too had a conviction and stood by it, he also put gas in it, oiled her up and started it with a full hot shot. Wasn't it nice of him to do all of this for us engine lovers. Thanks and good luck Elmer.