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Here we are in 1977! Don't asked me how this happened so quickly - as far as I'm concerned 1976 breezed by - I used to think it was a sign of getting old when the years went speeding by so fast - but even our 12 year old is saying this, so I guess that old line doesn't hold true anymore.

But, I'd like to wish you a prosperous year, so take a moment and lend an ear -

JANUARY - May you have the love of Jesus all the year through

FEBRUARY - Hope you find many new friendships beginning for you

MARCH - May money matters not be your problems this year

APRIL - Make yourself available to help someone - Volunteer!

MAY - Mercy and kindness bestow on those who need

JUNE - Joy will be yours when you've done a good deed

JULY - May jealousy never darken your days

AUGUST - But appreciate God's world and walk in his ways

SEPTEMBER - Forget the word Self, think of others instead

OCTOBER - Be an optimist daily, and the 'good news' spread

NOVEMBER - Pray for your Nation, your neighbors, your kin

DECEMBER - Be dedicated to God and the victory you'll win.

I used to write a bit of poetry-this is not too good-but I think you get the message.

BILL MAY, 9152 Hector Avenue, San Diego, California 92123 brings us up to date on their young organization: 'California Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Assn. has 433 members on Southern California. Wes Hamilton, president; Jim Wyse, vice president; Bob True, Treasurer and Betty May, Secretary. We are building a museum on 30 acres of park land at Vista, California. You will be hearing from us later as things get underway.'

A. J. BROCKHOUSE, R. R. 1, Meredosia, Illinois 62665 writes: 'First I would like to comment on your wonderful magazine. It has been very helpful in the collecting of my gas engines. I recently purchased an Alamo 7 HP, 6' bore, 9' stroke, hit and miss gas engine. I would like to hear from someone who has one of these engines. I would like to know the color and information. A sketch of the dimensions of the push rod and governor assembly would be appreciated.'

From DAVID HERBST, Box 67, Esparto, California 95627 comes a great deal of information. I'm sure the Gas Engine readers will appreciate his efforts.

'First I would like to thank you for printing my plea for help, but right now I don't know the outcome as it is too early to tell. What this letter is, in addition to a thank you is an attempt to answer a few of the questions raised in your column in the Sept-Oct. 1976 issue. I am writing to you because I felt the information may be helpful to more than one person.

In answer to Mr. Doliff's question about lubrication of the 1? HP Monitor. The following is taken from an original owner's manual:

'On the inside of the crankcase cover we have a little cup holding one-tenth of a pint. Filling the cup with lubricating oil each time the gasoline tank is filled is all there is to do to thoroughly lubricate all important parts.'

However, examination of a cutaway view shows that the engine should be initially filled so that the rod just dips into the oil as shown below. I have run my Monitor this way and have had no problems.

As for Mr. Hochstetler's question about the Hvid engine, he is correct in his assumption that they were made by the same company as was the Thermoil, the Hercules Engine Company of Evansville, Indiana. He is also correct to an extent about these engines being recalled by the factory, as this did happen to the first series of engines made. Actually as far as I have been able to determine there were at least three distinct series of engines made, all technically being a Hvid engine, since this is the name of the cycle upon which they operate. It was named for R. M. Hvid, the man who developed the principles involved, and who for some time retained the patent rights, hence the nameplate bearing his name. In time, however, this was changed to a basic Hercules nameplate. Also as near as I can determine these engines were always marketed by Sears, Roebuck & Co., and they also sponsored a great many efficiency tests on these engines.

Now back to the three types: The first was the experimental engines with the Hvid nameplate and a serial number containing no letters. This engine was made from basic Hercules castings with slight modifications, and had no fuel pump (some of later ones were exceptions as to the fuel pump, but they still used basic castings). Since they used many of the same parts and yet compression was increased almost six times one can see why they were recalled. I have Eng. No. 74 and it blew up in about 1930, although it is now restored and has been pictured in this magazine. As near as I could tell, it is painted a light grey with black and blue pinstripes.

Next came the Model U made for a while in sizes 1? 3,6, and 8 HP models, the smaller two being dropped as time progressed. These were painted red much like the Economy in color, and can be distinguished by the fuel pump located on the rear of the water hopper. The last series was the UA made in the 7 and 9 HP sizes and painted green, about the color of a regular Hercules.

According to 'The Gas Engine' magazine, only the first series were recalled although according to old-timers all models were far from trouble free.

I would like to say that this is taken from old manuals and from looking at my engines and since I wasn't around at that time, I can't be positive and would welcome any other information or corrections.

Mike Lins and John Machacek shown plowing with Mike's Crossley powered tractor at the 1976 Scott-Carver Show, held at Jordan, Minnesota in August.

JACK VERSTEEG, 3935 Cooley Drive, Salem, Oregon 97303 tells us to include this in this column this time: 'This is in answer to the request from Edward Hanson, Chula Vista, California and any other readers who are interested in a list of old engines built from the beginning of ? Alan C. King, 4790 River Road, Radnor, Ohio 43006 has a real good book and Ruben Michelson, Anamoose, North Dakota 58710 has a very good list of over 1600 engines. Both of these are a very good addition to anyone's library.'

The following missal comes from HAROLD E. BURKHOLDER, 108? River Road, Bridgewater, Virginia 22812: 'I have a few questions I would like to get answered. I know I can reach someone with the answers to my questions through this fine column. I have a Centaur tractor. It is a front wheel drive tractor and will go good with my 1917 Moline Universal, when I get it restored. Cast in the transmission housing is the following (2-G Mfg. by Centaur Tractor Corporation - Greenwich, Ohio U.S.A. Patented 1690141 Serial No. 1308). The name plate on the 2 cylinder engine reads as follows (Le Roy engine Model TR 2 Serial No. 96679 Piston 3 3/8 x 4? I wrote to the company that built this tractor and they told me that it was built in 1929. They also told me that it was shipped to King Tractor and Supply, address unknown. They could not give me the paint color. I would like to know - does anyone know of the King Tractor and Supply? What was their address? Are they still in business? What was the color scheme of the tractor? Also, I would be glad to answer any correspondence of any kind on this Centaur tractor. Thanks for the opportunity to run my plea in such a fine column and magazine.'

EDWIN H. BREDEMEIER, RFD 1, Steinauer, Nebraska 68441 has some advice for the readers: 'Referring to Tom McCutchen's letter - the solution to identifying wrenches. Trace around them and put name inside of outline is one way.

Here are a few Do's for gas engine and tractor collectors. The first thing to do after acquiring a tractor is to take the fuel tanks off and paint them with red zinc oxide primer paint. Next thing, cover all openings, put an oil rag in exhaust manifold. Besides covering it, the rag prevents moisture from getting in around valves and pistons. Also oil valves, even if they are stuck. That's enough for now of the things I learned the hard way.'

RAYMOND SCHOLL, Route 1, Sugar Grove, North Carolina 28679 comments: 'I thoroughly enjoy reading G.E.M. and I.M.A. I also found through the years that there is a lot of Christian fellowship to be found with 'Engine People' and their shows.' (Praise the Lord! That comment gives me great joy.)

DANNY FARNEY, R.R. 2, Box 96, Cherokee, Oklahoma 73728 writes: 'I am a 15 year old farm boy. I started collecting gas engines when I was 11. Have restored 5 Maytags and 1 Briggs & Stratton. I have been getting the G.E.M. for over two years and enjoy it very much.

Now for my problem: I have a 6 HP Fairmont gas engine, two cycle Type Q-B, Engine No. 41220. There is a plate on the side that reads (Fairmont Railway Motors, Chicago, Illinois). Could any of you GEM readers tell me the original color and was it made for, or used by the railroad? How old is it and would there be any owner's manuals or catalogs about this engine? This engine has an aluminum water jacket and a wooden point lifter. It also has twin flywheels. What should the RPM be? Any information about this engine would be appreciated. (I feel sure you'll get some letters Danny).

From ART DICKEV, 306 W. Anthony, Corydon, Iowa 50060 comes the following script: 'I have some friends in England who own a couple of Associated Hired Man engines with Serial numbers 135132 and 137587, also an 1? HP Associated Chore Boy, Serial number 311779 and a 3 HP Chore Boy engine, Serial number 501021. They would like to know the years these engines were made. They say the Associated line was very popular over there.

I just obtained a hand cranked fanning mill called 'The American Sifter' made by ERP Dickey, Racine, Wisconsin, patented June 8, 1860. Does anyone have information on this company?

This next transcription comes from JOHN E. CAVANAUGH, 903 N. Grand, Pierre, South Dakota 57501: 'Just want to say I enjoy your magazine very much and look forward eagerly to each issue. I might also offer a couple of hints. One - if you have a cylinder head that is rusted out so it leaks water into the exhaust, just block it off with a solid gasket so no water goes out into the head. Chances are it will never get hot enough to bother, especially on hit and miss. Also, if you have a Model 'T' coil which seems to be bad, chances are it is the condenser. One side of the wooden case is designed to come off. Take it off. Dig the old condenser out of the tar and put in an ordinary 6 or 12 volt automotive condenser. There will be two bare copper wires, fasten one to the tail of the condenser and the other to the mounting bracket. Works like a charm!

A new hobbiest pens this note: 'I have recently become involved in gas engines, purchasing a Lawson 1? HP Model, Serial number W66658 with a Wico Type ER coil. I would greatly appreciate any assistance your organization could give me to dating this engine and providing information for its restoration and operation.' (Help 'em out, Fellas!) His name is J. KENNETH USETED, 8 Victor Drive, Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877.

A compliment to the faithful readers and contributors in answering these letters comes from OLIVER SEELER, Box 12, Albion, California 95410: 'The letters are still coming in, in response to my letter in GEM. I would have paid a lot for the help I've gotten, but this kind of help just isn't for sale. What a great bunch of folks! Hope I can help all of them along the line.' (Now, doesn't that make you feel wonderful? You have another brother in the hobby.)

PETE HUISMAN, Box 187, Wilmont, Minnesota 56185 quotes: 'I enjoy reading G.E.M. I need any information on a Monitor Type H.J. 8 HP, like the one in Sept.-Oct. 1975, page 13. I'll be happy to hear from you.'

JAMES R. KING, Route 7, (Wears Valley), Sevierville, Tennessee 37862 recently bought a Silver King tractor and would like to hear from any of the other fellows that own Silver Kings, as he is going to restore it as time permits.

This letter comes from HARRIS RAFTERY, Route 3, Pittsfield, Illinois 62363 - perhaps it will reach the person to whom designated. 'I had an ad in the G.E.M. for some parts for an engine. I received a letter from a person by the name of B. N. Meskins who said they expected to 'hear from me soon,' but they failed to give me their address. So I wrote anyhow, using the office stamp on the envelope which was mailed from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. In a few days my letter was returned to me.

I'm wondering now how much of this goes on and if you can be of any help. I do know they saw my ad in the G.E.M. I suppose this person lives in the vicinity close to Rocky Mount, North Carolina, however, this is only supposition on my part. (Well Harris, here's hoping B.N. Meskins sees this letter.)

HAROLD DAVY, Brownsville, Minnesota 55919 would like to know the color of paint on the Type M 1? HP International kerosene engine.

A request for assistance comes from BARNEY LANGNER, 24650 Townsend Avenue, Hayward, California 94544: 'I recently acquired a Stover engine 3-3? HP Type CT-3 S/N TC-269942 which is apparently missing most of the ignition and connecting devices. Where can I find a parts list, description or any information on reassembling. I'm sure there is a logical way to proceed but I need a starting point.' (Give him a start GEM'ers.)

WILLIAM M. HASTON, 16 Maynard Street, Seneca Falls, New York 13148 remarks: 'I just rescued an old engine from the local junk yard. It is a 1 cylinder marine engine (Ferro Special), made by the Ferro Machine & Foundry Co., Cleveland, Ohio, Type T, 3 HP, S/N 38402. The engine is missing the carburetor and I am wondering if anyone else has one of these engines and any literature or pictures so that I might know what make of carburetor to look for - would appreciate any help and will answer all letters. I have every issue of G.E.M. They are priceless.'

DARRELL DEY, Vergas, Minnesota 56587 corresponds and quizzes: 'I really enjoy both of your fine magazines. I look forward for the new issue every two months. Last summer my dad and I purchased a 1946 Leader tractor. It was built at Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I would like all the information I can get on this tractor. How many were built and how many are left?

I also have started a gas engine collection. It now numbers eleven. I have two LB Internationals, a 1?-2? No. 95932 and a 3-5 No. 48977. These two have brass crank handles. What year were they made? I also have a 6 HP McCormick-Deering No. CW9222. I have seen many engines like mine, but have a much higher serial number. Could anyone tell me what year it was made?

My dad and I also have a 1/3 scale model Case steam engine that gets to many shows in Minnesota.'

FREEMAN BECK, 11 Granite Street, Millinocket, Maine 04462 says the magazine has helped him a lot in the year he has been getting it. Now he needs help with his old Motor Mower - the engine is a Briggs and Stratton, Model FI, Engine number 7182 and he will welcome all information. Patent date is 9-21-26. He also would like to know if there is a list anywhere of the value of old engines. (I'd like to know that myself.)

From across the Atlantic - P. HOLLOX, 'Trimane,' Stow Road, Magdalen, King's Lynn, Norfold, England - 'I receive your G.E.M. in this country and would like your help please, as I have recently become the owner of an Amanco small stationary engine of 3/4 HP, ratchet start, Serial No. K1538. I believe the model to be a (Colt) but I need details of color, year of manufacture, etc.

I collect stationary engines, also vintage tractors but I wish to restore this Amanco as my 9 yer old son who is very interested in engines and tractors cannot drive tractors at his age. He would be very happy with the Amanco as he has taken it to several rallys in unrestored condition and was the centre of attraction as none of the expert engine men had ever seen such an engine.' (Mr. Hollox also was requesting a certain part - I'm sorry but any parts or anything that could be bought must be put in through the Classified Ad section. Many of you folks do this and then I must write and tell you. This column will help in any way possible, but not to advertise. That would not be fair to our ad patrons or to us - I'm sure you all understand.)

HENRY W. SCHROEDER, 1232 N. Walnut Avenue, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004 relates in this manner: 'For five years I have been enjoying your publication and always anxious to receive it for the valuable information it contains. Recently I purchased a Vim gas engine, as claimed by the seller, and I would be greatly appreciative from the folks in Gas Engine Land for information as to manufacturer, color, pictures, etc. At present, I have eleven engines of which six are Maytags, no duplicate models.'

I am sending you this picture from my files that shows a very early style oil burning engine made by the Fairbanks & Morse Company.

The interesting thing about this engine is that it was equipped to start on oil as well as run on it after starting up. It is a 12 HP throttle engine, type T series, oil start engine, with extra heavy flywheels made primarily for running a generator or lineshaft in a machine shop.

To start an engine of this type you first light the blow torch at the front of the engine, which in turn heats the base of the carburetor. You then fill up the little dripper at the top of the carburetor with fuel oil or kerosene, and when the torch gets the carburetor hot you roll the engine over, turning on the dripper that drips on the hot plate in the carburetor and the engine starts on the hot vapors drawn into the engine. As the engine runs for a little bit you close the shutter in the air intake and open the shutter from the exhaust pipe and muffler combination that keeps the carburetor hot allowing you to turn off the blow torch. As the fuel runs out of the dripper, you turn on the main carburetor which is supplied with fuel from the main tank.

This type of engine worked out well in many areas where gasoline was not available or far too expensive. With an engine that runs day and night for months at a time the fuel cost gets to be a big item to consider.

CARL E. MARTIN, JR., 9004 Riggs Road, Apt. 104, Adelphi, Maryland 20783 pens this letter to Smoke Rings: 'Recently, I started restoring an old water pump that has been setting in the shed for two years. I purchased it from a find ole gentleman in Westminster, Maryland. The pump is branded Humdinger, manufactured by Ralph B. Carter Co., Fig. No. 7002SL 1? Shop No. 2190. It is a centrifugal pump with 1?' suction and discharge fittings. On the frame there is a tag from General Supply in Baltimore, so I will assume that the unit has always been in the Baltimore-northern Maryland area??

The packing, impeller, and wear plate are in like-new condition, so I will also assume that it was never used much, the engine is a Lausen, single cylinder, valve in head. Type VA819, Serial No. 79404. It, like the pump, is also in good shape, except for missing the mag and gas tank. It has tapered roller bearing on the crankshaft, mech. flyweight governor, Tillotsen carburetor and a babbitted Ford connecting rod? I used an old gas tank (round) and made a bracket. It looks o.k., but still isn't original. From the mag. drive I made a striker and used a 'T' coil. It works and runs nice.

I'm seeking information on the engine mainly. Can anyone tell me what make of mag, as well as model or type?? Does anyone have the parts breakdown - any help will be great and Thank You !'

WILLIAM H. HICKLE, 414 NO. White Street, Macomb, Illinois 61455 would like to correspond with anyone who has a Lauson-Lawton side shaft 4 HP engine.

A note comes from WALTER A. TAUBENECK, 4213 80th Street, N.E., Marysville, Washington 98270: 'I have read every G.E.M. from Volume 1 to Volume 11, No. 5 and I can't remember any mention of a Bulls Eye gas engine. I now have two of these side shaft beauties and am seeking information on them. All you collectors out there, please help if you can!'

JAMES F. CREWS, Star Route, Box 4, Arbovale, West Virginia 24915 has a few statements: 'I have subscribed to GEM for a little over three years and enjoy it very much. I recently acquired a 4-cycle air-cooled engine for which I need some information.

The engine is labeled Nelson Brothers Co., Saginaw, Michigan, 5/8 HP and 1450 RPM. It is a horizontal cylinder engine with long external push rods and a rocker arm on the head to operate the valves. It is started with a kick type rachet system, similar to the Maytag. Most of the parts have numbers beginning with 2 HB. For example, the 10 5/8' cast iron flywheel has part number 2HB1. The magneto is under the flywheel.

The engine sets over a two part tank, cast iron, one part for oil, the other part for gas. There is a pump inside the crankcase which pumps both oil and gas. It appears that the original color was green. A governor arm comes out of the crankcase and controls the carburetor. The choke lever is missing, although the choke butterfly is intact. If there was an air breather on the carburetor, it is missing. Also the muffler is missing. I need, any advice I can get, but desperately need information on timing, valve clearances and governor adjustment. Would also like to know when it was made. Serial number is XB62093.'

DAVE KILEN, 965 North Twp. Road, 73, Tiffin, Ohio 44883 sends along this picture with a plea as he writes: 'Need help on this one. I believe it's an Elgin. Some parts missing . Need information as to proper color red, striping, etc. Also how to set timing. No markings except some casting numbers. Also have 1 3/4 HP Little Jumbo and 3-4 HP United. Thanks a lot!'

JOHN DAVIDSON, Box 4, Bristol, Wisconsin 53104 would like to borrow Field Brundage catalogs for an article on the Field engine to be printed in a future issue.

LLOYD BERNARDY, 246 W. Bartlett Road, Lynden, Washington 98264 wants you to know: 'I would appreciate any help I can get on the engine pictured here. I bought this engine last summer in Fairbanks, Alaska.

This engine is a S. F. Pacific 2 cycle water-cooled diesel. The exhaust has parts that exhaust thru a water heat exchanger for shop heat or whatever. The intake has parts that take air from the pressurized crank case. The crank case has poppet like check breather covers. The head has the combustion chamber in it with a preheat dome and injector part. The cylinder has a gas vacuum poppet valve for starting. To start, the flywheels are turned in reverse to the gas pre-ignition which will throw the wheels in the correct rotation and the diesel will take over. The engine is 60' tall and the flywheels 36' in diameter.

I would like to know by whom and where this engine was made. Also what year, its horsepower and what degree to set the pump. I need a picture of the complete engine to build an injection pump, injector and blow torch. Also I would like to know the correct original color.

We enjoy your magazine even though we have not been subscribers for very long. Any help I can get will be appreciated.

RODNEY EPPING, Funk, Nebraska 68940 is pondering this item: 'In the past few years I've been trying to find what some of the old engine companies used as a smooth finish for their rough castings. Am afraid I haven't had much luck in finding anything very good. I was just hoping one of the other collectors might have had more luck with maybe a more modern substitute. Would want something pretty durable and fairly easy to apply. Hope to hear from somebody with the information.'

BLAKE MALKAMAKI, 10839 Girdled Road, Painesville, Ohio 44077 sends: 'On page 26 of the November-December Gas Engine Magazine is a photo of my 2 HP Standard Pump & Engine Co. engine made in Cleveland, Ohio. The serial number is 5120. Does anybody know anything about this engine and company or when the engine was built? Howard Van Driest and I also have the other engines listed in my article. Does anyone know anything about Franklin-Valveless engines?'

MR. AND MRS. W. R. MUNSON, 9240 E. 96th Avenue, Henderson, Colorado 80640 are seeking help with an old tractor they have. It is a Zoro or Toro (I'm not sure which spelling it is) and was probably built in the 1920s. The motor number is 78062 and it has a machine number 2231-BC708. Any information would be appreciated.

LEWIS MURRAY, 525 Roberts Street, Lansing, Michigan 48910 has a question: 'I have a single cylinder Maytag engine. Magnets is flywheel have gone dead. Can they be recharged and how?' (He'll be looking for your answers.)

A note from REV. TIMON DAVISON, 1607 Roosevelt Drive, Atlantic, Iowa 50022: 'I've been subscribing to your fine magazine for two years now and have failed to see or read much about the United engine. It was made in Lansing, Michigan. I'm not starting to restore a United, Type A, 2? HP, S.N. 20540. I need to know its original colors, year manufactured, places where I can buy or borrow some information-the more info the better.'

A longer notice from WALTER L. SKRDLANT, 709 N. 2nd, Norton, Kansas 67654 as he says: 'First of all, would like to congratulate you on a find publication, the G.E.M.--can't wait 'til it comes every other month.

I wrote a letter to Smoke Rings about an engine a couple of years ago and it took me over a month just to answer all the letters I received. I guess I'll try again. This time I would like to know what the original colors of a Kincade Garden Tractor were. I have one I am rebuilding from a junk yard. The tractor number is 402L 3300. Also, can someone tell me about what year it is and how many of them there are around.

One other thing puzzles me - in all the pictures I've seen of them, there is only the one drive wheel with the engine inside of it. Mine is like that too, but it also has an axle going out the right side to another drive wheel with an over running rachet drive. Then, on mine the plow pulls from that axle shaft. Is this the same as all of them, or is this one different? I sure hope someone has the answers.'

ARVIN SHELTON, Route 4, Rolla, Missouri 65401 comments: 'The Gas Engine Magazine is number ONE with me. I enjoy every issue. I have worked with and enjoy running most any kind of old gas engine. I have worked on tractors, cars and truck engines about as long as I can remember. So, it only came natural for me to collect, buy, sell, repair and rebuild old 1 cylinder gasoline engines. At the present, I have around fifty of the old engines and fourteen tractors. A criticism that I have is that the magazines only come six times a year. My wife and I usually go to twelve or more shows a year. We would go to more, but time does not permit it.'

Turning to Smoke Rings for information is J. F. POLLARD, Box 55, R. R. 2, Vanleek Hill, Ontario, Canada KOB 1RO: 'I have a 4 HP I.H.C. Titan engine, all restored and running with battery and coil. Now this engine, when first bought had a rotary magneto and igniter. The magneto was gone when I got the engine, but the bracket is on yet.

Any of these engines I have ever seen, 4 HP or larger, of I.H.C. make had their own oscillating magneto, not rotary, if they were magneto fired and there used to be a lot of them in this district.

I have a very good rotary magneto. I do not know what it is off of; now if anyone out in Gas Engine World has an engine like it, would they please write me, telling the diameter of magneto gear and number of teeth in it, so I could make a gear for my magneto. I have all the life history of this engine. I am third owner, the first owner bought it in 1914. He died two years ago. It was the second gas engine on that road before the horse tread powers and sweep powers.'

From HAROLD R. EDWARDS, Dings Road, New Hartford, Connecticut 06057 is excited with his 7 HP Alamo and is eagerly awaiting your letters:

'I recently acquired a 7 HP tank cooled Alamo engine with only a four digit serial number on it: #1933. It's quite large for a 7 HP and incorporates the use of much bronze on the igniter, mixing valve and other parts which leads me to believe that it could be quite old. Can anyone tell me from the serial number? I'd appreciate any information on the Alamo Company itself, such as the years and various types and sizes of engines that they manufactured etc.

Thanks ever so much for the hand folks, it seems the scarcer the information, the more it's appreciated.'

Everyone on our staff is quite trustworthy, but the mail passes through a lot of hands and we thought we'd better caution you a bit. When sending in your orders for subscriptions or books, we urge you to send a check or Money Order - it protects you and us. We've been getting quite a bit of cash through the mails lately.

An appreciative letter and another request comes from BERNARD LEAHY, 1208 Michigan Avenue, St. Louis, Michigan 48880: 'Thank you for printing my letter in G.E.M. This brought the solution to a problem that has bothered me for two years. I wish to extend my sincere thanks to those who offered help.

I would, if I may, like to impose on you and your readers again with another letter and another problem. While visiting in Oregon two years ago, I purchased a Vaughan log saw. I assume that it was built by Vaughan of Portland, Oregon, in that the engine bears that name.

It is built on a triangular wood frame work, 2' x 6'. The engine is horizontal, 2 cycle, water-cooled which is connected through a clutch, sproket chains and pitman to a slide mechanism which holds the saw. There is a tubular two compartment tank for gasoline and oil. I would like to know the proper location of this tank. The water tank is missing so I need the approximate size and location of it. To complete the job, I'll also need to know the routing of the fuel and oil lines as well as the water lines.

Again, I thank you and your readers for their help.'

A note from THOMAS PENDLAY, R. R. 3, Burlington, Kansas 66839 as he tells us: 'I have been collecting engines for fifteen years and there is one make of engine that I haven't heard much about in this part of the country. It is the Emerson Brantingham. I have a 3 HP that is in excellent condition. I also know a dude near Beagel, Kansas that has a smaller one and another one near Lawrence, Kansas that is a 10 HP. Would like to hear from some of you cast iron collectors that might have some information on them.'

Perhaps I had better close this with a few thoughts to ponder: So live that people will want your autograph and not your finger prints The greatest remedy for anger is delay Faith is developed more by action than argument The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention. God Bless You.