Hi! To each and every one of you out there in Gas Engine Land--How'a feelin? Down a little? Well, regardless what---remember 'That is the Day that the Lord hath made, we will Rejoice and be glad in it'---ever sing that? Its a tremendous uplifting tune comes from Psalms 118:24-I might suggest, if you are down sing praises to the Lord, even if you don't feel like it (The Lord inhabits the praises of His people) and if you don't know what to say-take one of the Psalms and sing it-doesn't matter about the tune, or just say it aloud-God will honor it-I promise you it will help chase the blues, or the downs or whatever--Many good letters coming to you -beginning with one from W. J. RUNDLE, 2565 D. Kleindaie Road, Tuscon, Arizona 85716, (who, by the way, also says Smoke Rings continues to be the most interesting part of G.E.M. to him -and that's because all you fellow gas enthusiasts take the time to share your letters and bits of information with each other)
I need some help in identifying the engine shown in the picture and hope that you will ask the readers of SMOKE RINGS to help. It has a name plate which says 'Kratz & McClelland, Construction Equipment Machinery, San Francisco.' Three collector friends in that area have not heard of Kratz & McClelland and did not recognize the engine. I am guessing that K & McC sold it but did not make it. It is not very old judging from the design and components, but it is different and it interests me. Has a single relatively small flywheel but the crankshaft has heavy counter weights. The crankshaft and camshaft both have Timken roller bearings. Ignition is by an American Bosch Type S magneto. Power take off is from the camshaft and on the opposite side from the flywheel. It is throttle-governed and the mixer sucks gas out of the tank shown in the lower left. Cooling is with water in the tank bolted to the block and head on the right side. The letters A G are cast with part numbers in several places and the serial number is A G 17114. Will appreciate word from anybody who knows who madeit.
Some information and a compliment makes us happy coming from JOHN A. RICHTER, 26444 Taft Road, Novi, Michigan 48050: 'Your magazines are the best on the market today! I am now very nearly 75 years of age and have been around a farm the most of my life. I attended Michigan State Auto school in 1922, received my diploma December 23, 1922. Have been with gas engines, tractors and autos and all kinds of threshing and farm equipment ever since.
Now, a little information for the gas engine repairmen. Timing your stationary water-cooled engines, tractors, autos etc., piston should be a top dead center, exhaust valve just closed as piston travels downward. Itwill then draw in a new charge of fresh gas. Timing ignition S/32 before top dead center on compression stroke. Retard spark if possible before starting engine. I have been asked about using white gas. White gas of Model T days was fine as it was regular gas. A good lot of the water-cooled engines were made to run on a good grade of kerosene. Hope this will help some beginners. Questions will be answered with SASE.'
ALAN C. KING, 4790 River Road, Radnor, Ohio 43066 who advertises two of his books in our magazine, asked me to pass this word along: 'Please tell all my customers out there that I have appreciated their comments, but due to the large volume of mail that I handle, it is almost impossible to individually answer them all.'
REED SKINNER, 807 River Acres Drive, Tecumseh, Michigan 49286 has at this time only two engines, but he is very enthusiastic about them and is awaiting your letters:
'Although I've only subscribed to The Gas Engine Magazine for a short time, I like other enthusiasts, can't seem to wait until the next issue comes out having read the previous one at least thirty times from cover to cover.
My own engine collection is rather small, consisting of a 1? HP Stover, a 2 HP Sattley, and an 8 HP Goold, Shapley and Muir made in Brantford, Canada. I acquired the Goold after completing the painting of two garages for my uncles. The engine which weighs close to 2500 pounds was in poor condition with a badly cracked head, a basket-case Webster Magneto, and a stuck piston which took 42 tons of pressure from a 75 ton press to free! The engine had laid in a drainage ditch on its right side for many years, and had been modified by previous owners (?) because the back set of exhaust ports had been plugged and a carburetor had been installed inplace of the original fuel pump/injector system. I now have the engine entirely apart and hope by some miracle and with a little help from my friends to have it ready for the Portland, Indiana show this summer. What I would really appreciate from anyone out in gas engine land is any information about the original fuel system and paintscheme of this engine. The engine serial number is 12624, it has a 6' bore and a 10' stroke producing 8 HP at 350 RPM.'
PHILIP C. SWAIN, 1, Orchard Cottages, Brewer Street, Lamberhurst, Kent TW3 8DR, England, has some requests: 'I have been receiving the G.E.M. for threeyears now and thoroughly enjoy reading it, but I am hoping your readers can help me out with a problem. Some time ago, I got a vertical International Famous (Nonpareil) engine from a local farmer. It is in a very rough state, but I want to restore it because it is a rare engine in England and also the oldest in my collection. The nameplate is rusted out, but I think it is about 3 HP and it stands 3? high and has twin 2' diameter flywheels with 2?' rims. The diameter across the top of the cylinder head is 7' and I presume the bore must be about 5'. I would be very grateful for any information on the correct horsepower and age. Also, should there be a water pump on it somewhere and if so, of what type? My engine has a sparking plug for ignition, but I wonder if it didn't originally have an igniter and low tension magneto; if so, could someone please send me a sketch of what it looked like. I have some bits of a fuel pump, but can't work out how they fit together or indeed if they are complete. I hope someone out there in America has an engine like mine and can help with my questions.
I have a collection of twenty engines and tractors which I am gradually restoring. My latest job has been a Ruston Hornsby 1? HP, which is coupled to a fruit and hop spraying machine. My tractors consist of a Field Marshall, Oliver 60, Standard Fordson and Ransomer crawler.'
DAVE EACH, Box 149, Seaview Avenue, Absecon, New Jersey 08201 says: 'I just want to tell you what a good magazine you put together every two months and how much I enjoy it.
I would also like to pass along this tip that someone might use. If the piston in an engine is worn and leaks or slaps and a new piston cannot be found, sometimes the old piston can be expanded. This must be done very slowly in a charcoal fire. The piston is brought to red hot, then the fire is allowed to go out slowly so thepiston is cooled in its charcoal bed. If done properly, as much as 004 can be gained. I hope this information is helpful.' (So do I Dave, and thanks for sending it along.)
Somehow, some way, I really 'goofed' on the letter on page 13, March-April G.E.M., the first column -the letter with the picture of engine beginning 'over the water'--I failed to put the address on and now I don't know who it came from--please write me and let me know so I can give proper credit--I'm sorry and I'llgladly take my 20 lashes with a typewriter ribbon.
CHRIS C. DIEHM, 1238 W. 223rd Street, Torrance, California 90502 writes: 'There was a picture on page 3 of 1976 May-June Gas Engine Magaine from Glenn Shoop, Collins, Ohio 44826.
At that time I wrote to Mr. Shoop and gave him the answer to his question as to why the belt is not crossed or run as a twist belt. He acknowledged my letter promptlybut he may have forgotten to tell Gas Engine editors that he had the answer now.
The belt pulley on that make, model and size of Aultman-Taylor turned or rotated opposite or backwards as compared to 95' of the other makes and models of large gas threshing engines.
It had a large flanged idler pulley mounted about three feet ahead or in front of the large belt pulley to help keep that long straight belt from running or jumping off the large belt pulley on a windy day. It is also necessary to have a straight belt pulled much tighter than a twist or crossed belt. The longer the straightbelt was, the more the wind affected it. Not all sizes and models of this make of tractor had its belt pulley running or turning backwards. It was a somewhat unorthodox or odd-ball idea.
All steam tractors could run their flywheel pulley or belt wheel in either direction although all old time'Steam-Rig' threshermen preferred to run a very long crossed belt. Almost all of the gasoline-kerosene and distillate tractors could only operate their belt pulley in one direction. That direction was forward on over 95% of those old threshing tractors. The old Rock Island Heider Tractor Company had one or two sizes or models that could run their belt pulley in either direction. There were one or two more.