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Well, it's hard to believe that we are now making footsteps into a New Year-1980-may we make them worthwhile to be followed-I came across this poem in one of my cookbooks-seems very appropriate as we look forward to the next twelve months: 'Dear Father, you are ushering in another day- untouched and freshly new. So here I come to ask you, God-if you'll renew me, too. Forgive the many errors that I made yesterday-and let me try again, dear God-To follow in your way-But Father, I am well aware I can't make it on my own-So take my hand and hold it tight-For I can't walk alone.

And now onto the letters: BILL BEEMAN, 2022 Bel Air Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2C 0W9 is a new subscriber and he writes: 'Over the past few days while going through a stack of a friend's GEM's looking for sources of parts for a number of engines, I have reached two conclusions-first, that I should subscribe to GEM and second, that I must trace down the history of the BEEMAN garden tractor. Most of you readers will appreciate the logic of the first decision; perhaps the second deserves the following explanation:

I have always had an interest in old engines, motorcycles, cars and boats and have tried whenever possible to develop a detailed story of the design, manufacture, sale and use of the product by its successful owners until it reaches my hands and is restored to the best of my ability. As many of you readers know, this poses a challenge, wrapped in mystery and threatened by frustration!

In addition there is the background my father passed to me of his lifetime interest in family history and records leading back to Captain Daniel Beeman who first landed in Massachusetts from the ship KING from England and took up residence in Norwich, Connecticut in 1680. Somewhere I believe, there must be a link between Captain Daniel, the manufacturer of the tractor and myself. What a challenge to find that link, locate a tractor and put it to work!

I would, through your column, seek help and guidance in this task. Any information regarding the BEEMAN garden tractor, memorabilia, pictures of the factory and original owners, etc.' (Please help Bill fill in this background data of a BEEMAN engine.)

JAY JOHNSON, 6726 Oleander Circle, Roanoke, Virginia 24019 has this to say: 'I am in need of more information on an old garden tractor I just purchased. It is a David Bradley Tr-Trac and has two wheels in the front, 12' and only one rear tire, 16' with a Wisconsin engine mounted in the middle of the tractor. When you turn the wheels to the left or right it swivels in the middle. Serial No. 917-59101. Has anyone seen one or know what year it was built? Thanks to everyone who has helped me in the past.'

A letter from JANES REIM-SCHISSEL, RFD 2, Box 359, Spanish Fort, Utah 84660 tells us: 'Here is something that may be interesting for some. Many people may know the early McCormick-Deering and Farmall tractors did not have oil filters as standard equipment. The oil filter became standard equipment on 10-20 chassis, number KC 139067 and NT 1372. It is listed as an accessory for tractors prior to this time. The oil filter is listed as an accessory for Farmall tractors, serial number T 64392 and below.'

MIKE ZENKO, 2283 Boardwalk Avenue, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301 sends along this letter: 'I have been interested in antique engines only two months and have already found most of a F-M Z 1? HP, less mag and cam assembly and a 1924 and a 1925 LeRoi engines-one has a water hopper and one has a fan- these engines are complete, plus 2 -45 year old Briggs and Stratton and a frozen, complete IH 3 HP engine, no. B38076.

Looking forward to receiving your GEM and meeting many interesting acquaintances through gas engine collection in years to come.' (He says any info or help from readers would be appreciated.)

A question for you veterans- from JOHN LODER, 4116-268 Avenue N.E., Redmond, Washington 98052. Phone 206-883-0969. 'Does anyone know how to build a rock crusher? I have a 1? HP John Deere engine, circa 1923 and would like to put it to work with a small crusher if its possible.

Also, I could use some technical help in restoring a 1940 (?) John Deere (Orchard) tractor and a 1935 (?) Caterpillar Model 22 Crawler.

Your magazine helped me get the 1? HP running! Thanks!'

TOM ENDERSON, R.R. 1, Jim Falls, Wisconsin 54798 sends this letter: 'For the last five years I have been chasing down Keller engines, as they were manufactured about 15 miles from my home. I have received some real nice letters from other collectors who have them, but Alas! -they don't know any more about them than I do and I have seen only one ad about Keller engines.

Is there anybody out there in Engine Land who has seen any literature or ads on Keller engines manufactured by the Bloomer Machine Works, Bloomer, Wisconsin? Please call or write to the above address. Phone is 715-382-4431'. (With a little luck you'll be getting some letters Tom).

Here's another one of the readers -sounds like's come down with Gas Fever - 'I have only been collecting old gas engines for about a year, but have been bitten by the bug. I look forward to each issue with greater enthusiasm. Also like the color photos on the recent covers.

I have a couple of questions for your readers - First, a friend recently purchased an old steam whistle for me at a Swap Meet. I would like to know what it was used on - it was made by Gabriel Horn Mfg. Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Pat Date October 24, 1905. It is brass, 34' long, 3' diameter and has 4 different tones, serial #18414.

Second, I have a 2 HP Fairbanks Morse engine and factory Air Compressor 3' X 3?' vertical. The compressor has a water-cooled head, but hopper?? or cooling system?? is missing. I know F.M. Morse compressors on larger HP models were rectangular in shape, but this one is round. Any information as to what the hopper and air tank arrangement looked like would be most appreciated. Also, anyone out there who can help me get Gabriel's horn working again, I'm sure Gabriel would appreciate it too! Have a warm winter! '(This is from GARY R. FISHER, 925 Rosewood Avenue, Camarillo, California 93010).'

JOHN J BONAWENT, 644 E. Katella Avenue, Orange, California 92667 is interested in clubs that might be in the Santa Cruz or San Francisco Area. (The only clubs we know of in Calif, are South Shasta Organization Old Time Threshing Bee. Contact G.A. Humann, R.1, Box 445, Gerber, California 96035. AND Western Antique Power Associates - Altadena, California. Contact Wm. Baldwin, Box 1561, Rosemead, California 91770. If there are any others, please let us know).

A member of the G.E.M. family shares his interest of his engine with you readers: (This comes from SCOTT L. LAMONTAGNE, 38 Elliot Street, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747).

Over the summer I acquired a five horsepower, type E, Economy engine which can be seen in the enclosed photograph. It originally came from North Carver, Massachusetts. There it was used to power a water pump which flooded the cranberry bogs. These bogs were flooded to prevent the plants from freezing during the winter and it also supplied water for irrigation in the summer months and harvesting period. The engine later saw service in a sawmill in the same area.

I am curious as to how old this engine is and who manufactured it. I know Sears, Roebuck and Company sold them, but who was their manufacturer?

It is unclear to me who supplied Sears with this engine. From what I can gather there were four possible manufacturers. These were Economy Gasoline Engine Works located at Sparta, Michigan; Hercules Gas Engine Company located at Evansville, Indiana; Jaeger Gas Engine Company, or Arco Gas Engine Company. I believe it to be Hercules, but can anyone clear up this dilemma? Does anyone have the records of that company so that I may find a manufacturing date? I believe it to be approximately 1922.

The engine is a five horsepower, type E, with hit and miss ignition. It also has an ignitor powered by a Webster tripolar oscillator. The name, Economy, is on the water hopper at an angle instead of the propeller type, and the body of the engine is red with black pin striping. The engine number is #84769. It has a 425 RPM rating, a bore diameter of 5' and a stroke of 7? inches. The flywheels have a diameter of 28 inches.

I would most certainly appreciate any help or information I could get.

KENNETH W. SMITH, Cram Road, Surry, New Hampshire 03431 calls for help: 'I would like to know if any readers have the year of my 5 HP Witte engine. Serial No. B17406. I would greatly appreciate any help.'

RICHARD D CURTIS, 302 N. Ridge Street, Cambridge, Illinois 61238, a newcomer writes: 'I just received the first Gas Engine Magazine that I subscribed for and the boys and I really enjoy it. My son, Wilbur, age 15, liked the Sad Little Tractor Part 2 as he bought and we restored a 1937 B this spring and summer.

As new collectors, we have lots of questions that are probably 'old hat' to the veterans.

We now have 2 RC Cases, a CC Case, AC Case and AL Case besides Wilbur's John Deere. All are on rubber and we enjoy driving them around the streets of Cambridge.

The question I have is this - is there anything to paint on the tires to preserve them and fill up the weather checks? I tried tire paint, it looks good but didn't fill the cracks and it is doubtful if preservative - any help would be appreciated.'

One of our newer members would like some answers as this letter comes from DAVE BIANCHI, 210 W. Elm, Kent, Ohio 44240: 'I recently acquired a Sears Economy gas engine. I was told that it is a 2 HP model, equipped with a Wico EK mag, all original and running well. Is there any way of determining the date?? What was the original colors of the Economy? I thank you in advance.

A PLEA FOR HELP!! From Al Gregoritsch, 3 Iby Street, South Burlington, Vermont 05401: 'I'd like to compile a list of serial numbers and horsepower ratings for Associated engines manufactured in Waterloo, Iowa. Results of the findings to be sent to G.E.M. in the future. Please include 1. Serial number of engine? 2. Horsepower rating? 3. Is nameplate on the water hopper or on rear of base? 4. Does engine have magneto? How many holes in magneto bracket? 5. Any other information such as known date of purchase etc. (Well Al - you will probably soon be getting letters from the Associated fans).

Seeking some data on Cockshutt tractor - this letter comes from DONNIE ANDERSON, 180 Mangham Road, Griffin, Georgia 30223: 'I presently have only a few 'artifacts' as I own a restored Model 'MC' John Deere crawler tractor and a Model 'E' John Deere engine.

I am planning on trying to get a Cockshutt Model '30' or '40' tractor. These tractors were manufactured in Canada by the Cockshutt Plow Company in 1944-45. Several Cockshutts made their way into the mid western United States during this time. Additionally, many were sold by the Indiana Farm Bureau Co-op as Co-op Models 'E3' and 'E4' (respectively).

I have owners manuals, shop manuals, and parts books, for the Cockshutt Model '30' (Co-op Model E3) which I would be happy to copy if anyone needs information. If you have any information on Cockshutt tractors perhaps we could trade some information.

I again look forward to receiving the Gas Engine Magazine.'

RICHARD D. CURTIS, 302 N. Ridge, Cambridge, Illinois 61238 would like to find the year for an (L) Case serial number 41063 and a (C) Case, serial number 486052. If you know the answers please write and let richard know - these little items are of utmost importance to those who are seeking the answers.

From ROY D. HOLLER, 3838 South 80th Street, Franksville, Wisconsin 53126 comes this letter: 'I never can wait to get my hands on the next Gas Engine Magazine. I have a small collection of gas engines and tractors, but now I need some help. I have just purchased a few different pieces. They are one Uni Motor garden tractor, 1 wheel and one Kinkade garden tractor, 1 wheel made by American Farm Machine Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Also old 2 cylinder air compressor with a large pulley in the center. This has Milwaukee Air Power Co. stamped on it.

I would like help in finding colors or any material on these. Any correspondence from other readers regarding these units would be appreciated.

Is the American Farm Machine Co. still in business?' (Help him if you can, Fellas).

WM. GOERTZEN, 1129 Weyand Way, Shafter, California 93263 is in need of information on B.F. Avery 3-wheel tractor - any dates or other data will be appreciated.

A second letter from MIKE ZENKO, 2283 Boardwalk Avenue, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301 as he asks for more aid: 'I wrote earlier for some information on engines and now need some more help. I'm enclosing a picture of an engine with a Novo brass plate stating it is a Model KU 3 X 4, No. 26127. It looks like the tag was put on by someone.

Some of the casting numbers start with S and SU. It has a Tilotson carburetor and it is painted green with a red gas tank.

The other engine I would like information on has a Worthington pump and machinery, Ingeco tag and it is a 6 HP, number 21918 manufactured in Cudahy, Wisconsin.

I've only had the bug since August 1979 and have found ten engines, with a few sold to friends who also have been bitten.'

MICK ECKART, Worcester, Vermont 05682 sends this request: 'I'd like some information from the readers who might know something about my Stearns 1500 watt, 32 volt light plant made in Rudington, Michigan. I use the thing to charge batteries for my electric system in my house. It will soon be a part of my wind-electric system which is also a vintage item. It is a Parris-Dunn 32 volt unit made in Clarendon, Iowa in the 1930's, 40's. I am very interested in pre-REA electric systems. Any correspondence from any of you fellows out there would be most appreciated.'

Here is an article with diagrams that will be of interest to many of you - from GEORGE F KEMPHER, 110 Seventh Street, Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834: 'In the Sept. Nov. issue of GEM Mr. H.L. Ritter asks what the master Vibrator coils were used for without the high voltage lead.

These coils were used on early cars to excite spark coils without vibrators.

The car was started with the switch in the battery position, when started it was moved over to the Mag. side, if not, you soon had a run down battery which were dry cells at that time.

These coils can be used with any modern car coil or with the vibrator type coil by screwing the vibrator down tight to prevent movement. The diagram show? how they were used and how they can be used with any type jump spark coil. No condenser need be used as it is in the box with the Master coil.

NORMAN BACHMANN, Route 1, Box 336, Dothan, Alabama 36301 in recent correspondence writes: 'I see I've already made two mistakes on this typewriter. Perhaps you can overlook each and everyone of these mistakes if I explain to you that as of next Wednesday it will be six weeks to the day since I had major surgery on both my feet for bunions, and so forth. Our typewriter is atop a card table and it is at just the right height to slide a wheel-chair into. I don't think I'm going to like this set-up on account of the chair's arms seem to get in the way of my own arms.

My reason for requesting the Nov.-Dec, '79 issue of the Iron Men Album is that over on page 13 is a picture of LaMoille, Illinois. Bill Earley married one of my sisters and they have a farm over near Princeton and they used to live there a few years ago. We have vacationed a number of times in all three towns. However, I hasten to add that none of us were born before 1920!

As I so aptly stated to you in my last letter to you a year or so ago, I am still an arm-chair gas tractor and stationary engine collector. In the Sept.-October issue of the GEM Mag., Philip A. Vazzana over on page 15 hit the nail on the head when he stated '-that there are no shows to speak of in the South.' It's too bad Mississippi is such a far piece from Alabama. There are no shows in this part of the South either. I discovered back in the early forties that this part of the country depended on quite a bit of mule-power on the farms. There were some tractoring farms, too, but most tractors were of the newer variety.

Did anyone ever make a one-quarter HP stationary engine? Or one small enough to sit atop a card table and operate from a wheelchair? Sure would like to own one that size. (Do hope to be wearing a pair of shoes in the next couple weeks, but would love to have a one lunger in the small variety). More power to GEM and IMA!'

L. LINICH, 7 Gibson Creek Road, Oakville, Washington 98568 writes and hopes to gain some help: 'I recently inherited a small tractor. The tractor has a Wisconsin air-cooled engine belt drive to a 3 speed transmission, appears to be a husky truck differential off of which there appears to be chain drives to the axles???? As there are no names anywhere on the frame or axles. The only name appearing is on the front wheel hubs which reads 'Ground Hog'....???? I realize without a picture or more information it is hard to identify. It would take much work and TLC to restore as it must have set outdoors under two huge cedar trees for years and years.

Well I'm hoping to hear from you.'

Here is a short letter from HENRY WILKS, Route 2 Box 221, Brinkley, Arkansas 72021: 'Enclosed is a picture of a 'Domestic', side-shaft engine I recently bought. It is 2 horsepower and the serial number is 26451. The magneto is a Wico, Type PR. It has an extra tag on it that says, 'Sold by the Queen City Supply Co., Cincinnati, O.' Also, it has a water pump on it that the previous owner told me was used to help irrigate tobacco. I'm not sure, but I may take the water pump off.

What I need to know is, when was this engine made, what color is it supposed to be, and any other information will be helpful.'

A.L. HEILAND, 15323 C.R. 25A, Anna, Ohio 45302 sends this for Smoke Rings: 'This is my first time I have written for information. I don't know just how to ask for what I need to know, but here goes - 'I recently got a 1 HP Buckeye engine that was built in Lima, Ohio by the Buckeye Machinery Company. The brass plate was ripped off and just the rivets and a corner of the plate is left, no numbers.

I am wondering if anyone out in Gas Engine Land has a picture of one of these engines as there was no skid or coil box with this engine. That way I could make these parts as originally put on these engines.

When I found this engine the piston was rusted fast in the cylinder. The push rod and roller was nearly eaten up by rust. The governor arm and latch is also gone. The valves were rusted and the inlet valve spring was gone, so I hope to make several things, but I've no pattern. I hope to get it running by 1980 Show Time. Any information will be appreciated.

I have some old machinery such as a 6 HP Huber traction engine, a model (B) Huber tractor, a 22' Huber Separator,' a Frick hand feed thresher, a 2-roll Rosenthal husker shredder, a Huber Husker Shredder, a Victor Clover Huller, one each of John Deere, Continental and Buda power units. Also a John Deere grain binder and several hit and miss gas engines. All the above are in a good dry building and in good repair.

I almost forgot to ask if anyone knows what type decal or picture was on the side of the water-hopper.'

JOHN H. STONE, 674 W. Montecito, Sierra Madre, California 91024 sends a few lines regarding a beautiful Horton Washing Machine: 'Thanks for putting my note in your Sept-Oct. magazine, so far I've had no replies, but am still hoping.

Now that I've got the washing machine in top condition, I am enclosing a snapshot which I am happy to send. I received a letter from Westinghouse in Lima, Ohio stating the 50 cycle motor was made in December 1926, so can assume the washer is about that vintage. Notice it has a copper tub.

I am also an Edsel buff having 3 beautiful convertibles and 1 two door hard top.

Thanks for your help.'

DON FLUKE, Route 9, Box 332, Idaho Falls, (the Atomic Research City of the World), Idaho 83401 writes: 'After reading Smoke Rings for a year now - an old engine bug has bitten me. Would you entice some nice 'ole Saint to help me restore a 6 HP Type 'T' FM upright? I need some pictures of the original and any and all information will be much appreciated and paid for. God bless!

Our Gas Engine Family is certainly growing and here is a letter from another newcomer: 'I'm fairly new to engine collecting and I surely enjoy the magazine - just wish it were monthly.

I just purchased a Hagan engine Model D, No. 419. It has 42' flywheels, 7' bore and 12' stroke.

The complete igniter assembly is missing (see Want ads). There is a patent date on the carburetor or mixer, whichever, of 6-23-1903. I want to know the horsepower, speed and year of manufacture. I also need any information on this engine I can get. I would like to correspond with anyone else with a Hagan.' (This was from BILLY O BRITT, R.R. #1, Box 336, Beech Bluff, Tennessee 38313).

Another request for SMOKE RINGS come from DICK GIBBENS, Route 2, Box 175, Schriever, Louisiana 70395. He would like to hear from anyone having any information on gas engines sold by the Gibbens & Stream Firm around the turn of the century. Dick has a one cyl. marine engine of 8 HP. The founder was Dick's grandfather's cousin. Please send any information you might have.

A bit of help comes from DONALD GOODBURN, Lake Crystal, Minnesota 56055: 'In answer to H.L. Ritter's letter on page 15 of Sept-Oct magazine - about No. 1 coil master vibrator. I have an engine 1? M IHC. That has this coil box on it. It is a dual engine coil and plug, mag and igniter. I am third owner and the original owner paid $19 or $21 dollars more for this dual engine.

Really like your magazine and learn a lot from Smoke Rings and like your Christian part too - thanks again. See you in church.'

DALE VOLGAMORE, R.R. #1, Almena, Kansas 67622 tells us: 'I see in your last issue I am still getting help on my FB M engine - wish to thank everyone who responded to request for information about my FB M and Kohler engines.

Need more help -I have a Hercules built engine, l? HP, 204117E without a scrap of paint on it. Need the age and a way to tell if the engine was sold as a Hercules or one of the other names they manufactured for. Also would like the age of 6 HP Witte headless 36614.

To anyone wanting to clean brass in a hurry, try Naval Jelly and steel wool - it really works.

Thanks everyone and thanks for this great magazine.'

A picture and letter comes from GEORGE MAITRE, Box 163, Garnavillo, Iowa 52049: 'I have a Marine Engine that I need some help with finding information. The Serial Plate states The Clinto Lamb Boat and Engine Co. Manufacture Serial # 105M4, 20 HP, Clinton, Iowa. The engine is in very good condition but missing some parts. I have listed the parts in this month's magazine (see ads), but would like to know if any of your readers can tell me more about the Company and the Engine. The engine has a great deal of brass parts. It will be nice when restored. All letters will be answered with your stamp back.'

A letter and an invitation from PAT FARNSWORTH, 10369 Bigwood Drive, Boise, Idaho 83709: 'I have moved to Boise, Idaho and would like to say Hello to the many friends I have made through the gas engine shows in the Ohio, Pennsylvania and, of course, my home State of West Virginia. I operated Pat's Machine and Engine Service in Glenville, West Virginia for ten years where I did the rebuilding of my gas engine collection. I still have my engines and am interested in getting together for some good conversation with anyone in the Boise area with this same hobby.' (So - you Boise gas engine boys let Pat hear from you -I bet there is quite a few gas engine enthusiasts there).

Help needed by JAMES W. BOICE, Route 82, Salt Point, New York 12578: 'I have recently acquired a I.H. vertical 5 HP Engine Manufactured by International Harvester, Serial No. M 159 K. It runs very well but there are details I need help with. I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who owns one of these engines or has any information or literature that includes this Engine. I would like to find out such details as what the original water tank looks like so that I can make one that is correct, also pin striping and style of battery box that was used.

This is a very rare engine and I need all the help I can get from fellow I.H. collectors. Does anyone have any production figures for this engine? Also I would like to hear from anyone who has a 1916 I.H. Auto Wagon. Mine is serial No. 1688.

The following is a Poem written by our son Jimmy Boice Jr. when he was 7 years old. It is about our 1921 I.H. Titan tractor that we show at the Dutchess County Fair and our local shows.

He will be 9 years old in December and is already an avid engine enthusiast and likes to read G.E.M.

'The Titan'
I'm a wonderful old tractor!
And I know my Manufacture!
International Titan!

I use to have a plow!
But I do not have one now!
International Titan!

I am not very loud!
But I gather a big crowd!
International Titan!
I need a carburetor!
But I'm sure I'll find one later!
International Titan.....

(Isn't that great - I think it's wonderful - one of the nicest things about the gas engine hobby is that in many cases it includes the whole family. Jimmy, I think your poem is a great start in your hobby with gas engines - any more poems?

An informative letter comes from JACK H. MANSKA, 306 Fairfield Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303: Ref Page 15 of September 79 Gas Engine Magazine. 'Mr. Ritter's Master Vibrator is an old idea which survived into modern times and had been applied to airplane engines as late as the mid-fifties. It contains a circuit interrupter similar to a door bell or buzzer. In application, one end terminal is hooked to a battery, the other end terminal is grounded through the Magneto Moveable Breaker Point. The magneto is of course the high tension type. One terminal of the battery must be grounded to the magneto case or machine frame. The Vibrator operates full time during the engine starting process. Current flows from battery to vibrator to grounded points when points are closed. When points open, current flows from battery to vibrator through the low tension side (primary) of the magneto and then to ground. The Magneto Condenser is used in this circuit and since the flow is interrupted direct current it energizes the high tension (secondary) side of the Magneto Coil, producing a continuous spark just like a Model 'T' coil. This is a starting assist, or booster as it is sometimes called. It operates well at hand crank or low starting speeds. Battery polarity is critical because at improper polarity the magneto and battery will oppose each other and at a certain speed they would equalize and no spark wil be produced. The system works well on single cylinder or multi-cylinder engines as the distributor section of the magneto will deliver the spark to the proper cylinder at the proper time.'

Perhaps you can help LONNIE GODLEVSKY, Route 1, Homedale, Idaho 83628 as he says: 'I have a 3 HP Moline engine #51089, 400 RPM made by the Moline Plow Co. It has a Wizard magneto. Would like to know year of manufacture?

A friend of mine has a 3? HP Alamo that is a twin to my engine, even some of the casting numbers are the same. What is the relationship of these two companies? The Alamo uses a Wico magneto.'

A lengthy letter with lots of information for some of you comes from LEONARD J. RAHILLY, 1028? Bement Street, Lansing, Michigan 48912: 'I just ran across the note from R.G. Jacoby (Nov-Dec 79 issue) about manufacturing dates for the Farmall-30. In the Agricultural Tractor Tractor 1855-1950, R.B. Gray lists the F-30 as having been introduced in 1931. Several old tractor parts catalogs I have, show the F-30 as 1931-37.

Gray does not mention the introduction of the F-20, perhaps because he considered it to be just an improved Regular Farmall. I have a 1931 IHC machinery catalog which shows the original Farmall and the F-30. As nearly as I can tell, the F-20 was first made in 1932. The very first models had the old semi-circular rack steering gear, but enclosed, early F-30's were made this way too.

According to Gray, the F-12 was introduced in October 1932. I have seen a few of the early F-12's which had a Waukesha flat-head engine. I don't know how many Waukesha F-12's were made, but I know that the 1932 F-12 had the overhead valve engine.

Again - according to Gray, the Farmall A, B, H, M series was introduced in 1939. There definitely was a 1939 production run of F-14's and F-20's, so I presume that the new tractors were introduced during that year. Incidentally, I learned recently -via CBS '60 Minutes' that Raymond Loewy designed (styled) the new IHC tractor. He also gave us the U.S. Post Office symbol, of several beautiful locomotives and the post war Studebaker that was the first car with 'modern styling'.

I spent many hours on McCormick-Deering 10-20's, Farmall F-12's, Regulars, F-20's, A, B, H and M tractors. In the first few years after the introduction of the new IHC series, farmers would argue about the merits of the new versus the old. There isn't any doubt that the H and M were no match for the F-20 and F-30. The older tractors used big slow-turning engines with high torque and great lugging ability. It was very difficult to stall them no matter how much they were lugged. The H, especially, relied on a smaller, fast-turning engine and just didn't have the moxie in tough going (a hard clay spot in the field, for example). The other side of the coin is that the H and M were light years away from the older tractors, in comfort. They had nice seats, steered fairly easily (and did not kick back), had mufflers, individual foot brakes, starters and lights as an option, and with their road gear, could be transported quickly to the field. The Regular and F-20's were designed using World War I technology, when the operation was apparently considered only after the machinery was dropped into the frame. The rearward-projecting seat was a see-saw, always rocking up and down. The Regular had a wicked habit of kicking back through the steering, and the F-20's worm gear steering wasn't immune to that either. They both were brutish, growling, fire-eating dragons, capable of doing hard work at good speeds and never seeming to wear out. I loved them. G.E.M. is fun to read.'

Let me remind you there of a search for John Deere Serial Numbers. This is being done as a service to all John Deere tractor collectors. You will find all this information on a Display ad in this magazine. Be sure to read it carefully and if you can help by sending in your Model, Serial Number and owner's name and address, please write Criswell John Deere Tractor Museum, Box 709, Lamar, South Carolina 29069.

Wanting information of an engine is the letter from IRAD L. FRANEY, Box 41, Barstow, California 92311:

'Can any of you readers tell me anything about the Maclache gas engine? This is a 3 cyl. horizontal, radial water-cooled engine of perhaps 10 or 15 HP and probably weighs about 6 or 7 hundred pounds. The radiator is from a Cadillac of about 1915. The engine is mounted on a high stand and the crankshaft is connected to and old car differential under the engine. There is no data plate on the engine and the name Maclache is cast on top of each cyl., head. (I've never heard of this engine, how about you fellows?)

This engine is high up in the mountains of Death Valley in a gold mine which has been abandoned many years ago and now could only be gotten out by helicopter.

If anyone has any information on this engine you may write to me or Smoke Rings. I would appreciate anything you can tell me about this engine.

TOM STOSKOPF, Route 2, Waverly, Iowa 50677 sends this: 'I would like information or to correspond with anyone about the following engines manufactured by John Deere Tractor Co., Waterloo, Iowa. American Boy, Big Chief, Cray, Economy, Gault, Harris, Hustler, Imperial, Jackson, Lester, Majestic, Overtime, Parks, Ball Bearing, Penn. Boy, Sandy McManus, Unito, Van Duzen, Weel.' (You ought to get in touch with CRISWELL John Deere Tractor Museum mentioned in a few paragraphs before this letter).

C'mon Guys! - Get your pens ready and correspond with JOSEPH A. CISSEL, Route ,1, Box 8,Melber, Kentucky 42069 as he asks for some help. 'I have just purchased a 20 HP F.M. Type 'Y' with center injection. Well, the injection nozzle valve tip has rusted out oversize and is letting my engine flood out before I can get it started. I am going to have to make a new injection nozzle valve tip, but I don't know what size to drill the little hole in the center of the nozzle valve tip. Maybe one of your readers can tell me what size to drill the hole? I would like to hear from other members who have one of these big engines, or have had one. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

I, too, like all GEM readers, enjoy your magazine and look forward to each and every issue. I wish it came once a month. Here's thanking your readers in advance for their information. Phone 502-856-3262. (You don't need pens, Guys, just use your telephone).

We hear from a G.E.M. reader by the name of JOHN K. KREIDER, R.D. Box 5, Narvon, Pennsylvania 17555: 'I've been reading your excellent magazine for about the last three years. I really appreciate all I have learned from it.

I have been into collecting old engines and farm related items for about twelve years now. I really appreciate this old machinery. The people in this hobby are really great too.

I need some information from out there in G.E.M. Land. First of all, I would like a little bit of history of the Quincy engine and machinery made at Quincy, Pennsylvania. Any data would be very helpful.

Secondly, I would like to hear from anyone knowing anything of the Barry-Zecher pump, which was supposed to have been made in Lancaster, Pa.

Keep up the great work now with a good publication like this. (Thanks, we'll keep doing our best).

Here's a note from a happy fellow as WAYNE COLE, Box 54, Page, North Dakota 58064 writes: 'I asked for information on the M-M UDLX tractor in the Nov-Dec. issue and I was rewarded richly. I tried to answer every letter, but in the hurried atmosphere of sunflower harvest, and our son's wedding, someone might have been overlooked and I don't want that to happen - so will you let me say THANKS FELLAS!' (How nice -some folks are really grateful for efforts put forth for their problems).

That about winds it up for this time and may I leave you with this thought - You will find as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you have done things for others-Henry Drummond.

God Bless Each and Every One of You - Have a Blessed 1980 - Love Ya!