Hi, dear folks! Is it possible that 1984 is getting gray and heading down the path to the beginning of a New Year? Yes, it is possible the Holiday Season is nearly upon us as we put away the Hallowe'en costumes for another year. Thanksgiving is really only a few weeks away and then Christmas comes upon us so quickly. Enjoy the Season, and to all the parents with children still at home really take the time to appreciate the family together, for too fast do the years fly by, and they leave to make their own lives and families. 'Course then, they come back in more numbers, so that's a happy note too. You know what I'm trying to say: cherish not only the Holidays, but all the days you are on God's good earth. Truthfully, aren't we blessed?
And now onto the communications for this, the 114th issue...
'I just rebuilt my first one-lunger and would appreciate some help to determine its age. It is a vertical motor with an external exhaust valve push-rod. The nameplate says: The Peerless Motor Co. Makers, Lansing, Michigan USA. Shop No. 686, HP Z. Thanks for any help and keep up the good work!' (If you can assist, please write EDWARD C. AMADUCCI, 12 Alpine Road, RD# 1, Boonton, New Jersey 07005).
CAREY K. ATTKISSON, SR., Box 242, Rockville, Virginia 23146 would like to exchange shop talk with someone who owns a Hercules throttle-governed kerosene engine. Phone 804-749-3595.
PAUL WALTERS, Friendly Lodge, Station Road, Raunds, Wellingboroush, Northants. NN9 6BT, England, air mails his letter: 'Having been interested in gas engines for a couple of years, everyone thought I was very lucky when I turned up at a rally with an Amanco, or its proper name, Associated.
'Britain's gas engine magazine retails various items, but when I inquired about Associated Hired Man transfers, everyone told me that original transfers can only be obtained from the U.S.A. Can you tell me where in America I can buy them? I am interested in any records and dates of Associated engines. My engine is an Associated Hired Man, 2 HP, Engine No. 145617. Sorry to ask so much.' (Please don't be sorry about your questions, that is the prime use of this columnto introduce enthusiasts to each other so they can solve each other's problems. By the way, this letter is from another of our younger generation as Paul is 14. Again, thank you for communication your need with us, Paul).
'Could someone please give me some information on a Utilitor S/N 2605? This tractor seems complete, but cannot figure out how handles attach.' Send your letter to DONALD J. QUILTAL JR., 1131 W. Lowell Avenue, Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830.
Sending a letter and also running an ad in this issue, this note comes from DAVE SCHULTE, RD# 1, Sperry, Iowa 52650: 'I am hoping the readers can help me with information on an Easy washing machine, Motor #21821 manufactured in Syracuse, New York. Any photos, ads, operating information, literature, etc. would be appreciated.'
'I have three items for the readers of Smoke Rings,' writes ISAAC G. GEER, 947 Col. Ledyard Hwy., Led-yard, Connecticut 06339.
'Several years ago, I wrote to a man who was making a list of horsedrawn mowing machines. I have lost his address. I am hoping he will get in touch with me, or someone else will send me his address.
'Then, I am planning to make an air-compressor from an old car engine to run from tractor power engine take-off. If anyone has done this, I would like to hear from him and get some more ideas.
'And, if anyone needs the cast iron top and bottom from a Euclid radiator, I will give it to him.'
ARNOLD BOLYARD, Route 1, Box 129, Terra Alta, Wyoming 26764 sends a photo of his R & V engine which he says is the same engine that is on our 1984 Show Directory except the S/N is BL15464.
He adds: 'A hint on how to free frozen pistons: Use denatured alcohol stove fuel. It will soften carbon under the rings. Add ' on top of piston. Let stand over night. When it disappears, lubricate with transmission fluid. Use a round block of wood exactly straight, tap with post maul, not sledge hammer. This method is very good. We love GEM. Thank you!'
'I own a Standard Twin tractor, Standard Engine Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, S/N 407C9O51. I have been unable to locate any information regarding it in terms of parts list, manual or general information about it. Can you assist me in my search for information. Thank you in your assistance in this matter.'
(This comes from ANTHONY L. TRUOG, Box 45, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538. If you could help Anthony in any way, please let him read your letters regarding same.
'I would like any information on this tractor. See enclosed picture,' writes CHLOE MERWINE, Box 196, 201 South, Ashley, Ohio 43003. 'I would like to know where and when made, number manufactured and possible value. On left rear axle it reads: Gibson, Seattle, Washington. On right rear, Gibson Longmont, Colorado 300. It has a chain drive large center gear and 4 belt drives. I have been unable to find any serial number or other identification. It is steered by a lever, not a steering wheel. The Wisconsin air-cooled motor is Model AEH, S/N 1083799. On bottom frame of motor is BB101A.
I also have a 12' plow, cultivators and disc plus the scraper shown on tractor. Maybe someone could tell me where I might write to find out more about it. Any info will be greatly appreciated.' (According to Wendel's Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors, Gibson (of Longmont, Colorado)marketed tractors for only a few years, in the early 1950's, and made four models. Their small SD model used a Wisconsin AEH engine, as your does. This is all the information we havecan anyone else help?)
KEVIN A. BEHNKE, 3325 North 65th Street, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401 writes: 'In reference to letter of Glen Burroughs on 2 HP Economy: Bad cylinders, worn, cracked, or pitted, can be fixed by boring and installing an over-sized sleeve, then boring and honing the sleeve to fit the original position. This procedure can be done by most engine machine shops. The cost locally with milling, out of ignitor part is about $100; not cheap, but better than junking the engine.' (Thank you for passing this data along, Kevin.)
'I am sending a picture that I found in my Dad's stuff on a postcard that was dated 1914, so the picture was prior to that year,' says LLOYD WESTERLIND, Mercer, North Dakota 58559. 701-447-2678.
'It is a grain train that was used to haul grain from the area around Mercer. I talked to the old-timers around here, but they couldn't remember the name of the owner. Also, we couldn't figure out how they got the wagons into the elevator for dumping, because the tractor was too big and heavy to run through the old elevators. Maybe some of the GEM readers could share some answers to that bit.'
CHLOE MERWINE BOX 196 201 SOUTH ASHLEY, OHIO
LESLIE MOFFATT, Route 1, Box 222, Brighton, Tennessee 38011 shares with us: 'I have enjoyed reading every issue of GEM for the past two years. I could now use some information on a Case threshing machine I recently acquired. The machine is size 22 x 37, constructed of steel and appears to be in very good condition. The S/N is 403033. I would like to know the year, model and any information such as owner's manuals, etc.' (I think sometimes, these folks would just like to borrow a manual or he able to talk or write to someone who has one. If you could help in this way, please write to Leslie.)
GLENN BONNES, 2201 5th Street SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55902 has questions regarding information on a Sandow engine, 2 HP, S/N 87684 manufactured Sandy McManus. He would like to know the year of the engine and if anyone has a picture or information on the color and pin striping.
'I'm enclosing a picture of my 1936 John Deere B, S/N 15479,' writes JIM HUTCHINSON, 14328 13th Street, Milan, Illinois 61264. 'I am 13 years old. My Dad gave me this tractor for Christmas of 1982. We have completely restored it. We also have a '38 Farmall F-14 and a '34 F-12, both unrestored. This year we are busy restoring a '35 F-12. I hope to have the B at the Freeport, Illinois Show of 1985.' (Jim did not ask for any help. He just wanted us to know of his and his Dad's interest. Thank you for writing and sharing with us, Jim. We surely do appreciate hearing from our younger enthusiasts. Sometimes it is hard for a teen-ager to find time to sit down and write a letter to share with us. Let us hear from you as your hobby interest continues.)
'This letter pertains to Delco Light Plants,' states OLEN L. QUESEN-BERRY, Box 483, Galax, Virginia 24333. 'If someone out there in Engine Land could come up with a way to date these engines, I'd like to hear from him. I have written to the Delco Co. in Dayton, Ohio but they apparently don't have any system by which to date them. My letter from them said that they built power plants until 1945 only. Copies of the manuals show that they were first manufactured around 1916. Engines I have are models 850 and 600 which is also used to show the output in watts. These are 32 volt plants. S/N's are 16676, 104490, 175363 and 242525 for the 8950 engines and 277742 is S/N of the 600 Delco Light.
'I'm in the midst of restoring these engines and have a couple of them that are running now. If any reader has a number close to one of my Delco Plants and knows the year built, I would appreciate hearing from him. I will answer all letters I get.'
Happy about his find, this letter comes from DEAN TAPLEY, Route 2, Elsberry, Missouri 63343: 'I have been a subscriber of yours for quite a few years and enjoy your magazine very much. I bought an engine from an auction advertised in the March-April issue of GEM. It is a 1 HP Handy Andy made by the Galloway Company of Waterloo, Iowa. They are very hard to find and purchase, especially in complete original condition. I just finished restoring it and am so proud of the engine, I wanted to share a picture with you and the readers.' (Looks like a beauty.)
'While on an old engine hunt, I came across an old Minneapolis-Moline tractor at a local construction site. I got in touch with the owner and in making a long story short, it now sits in my yard,' writes BOB CIAC-CIO, 70 Fireside Lane, East Setauket, Long Island, New York 11733. Phone 516-331-1904. (Sounds happy about it too.)
'As I know nothing about tractors, I would appreciate any help such as year of manufacture, operation, hints for restoration and would like to correspond with anyone who has one. Engine tag reads 35/8 x 4, 4 cylinder, Model EE, S/N 413251 and the tractor tag reads Model RTU S/N S413117U. All letters will be answered and pictures would be appreciated.' (Sounds like another one coming down with the 'Engine Bug' better help him out.)
'I bought a garden tractor at the fine Winamac Show this summer for my grandson, Cory,' writes JACK HARRELL, Box 142, Roanoke, Indiana 46787. 'It has a tag that reads Pony Tractor Co., Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska. Can anyone help me with any history, time of manufacture, etc. The tractor has seven different coats of paint. The original probably is a light green and/or orange.'
LUTHER MOORE, 9640 S.E. Holgate, Portland, Oregon 97266 needs help: 'I got an engine the other day and so far I've got a couple pops out of it and that is all. I think it has the wrong carburetor on it. It is supposed to be a marine engine, but I am not sure. It has one 14' flywheel. The tag on the engine says Sandow Engine manufactured by Detroit Motor Car Supply Co., Detroit Michigan #2033. Can anybody tell me anything about this engine, or if the Detroit company is still operating and if so, their address.'
'I am hoping someone can help me answer a few questions,' writes STEVE P. FRASL, 524 No. 4th Street, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401. 'I have a Monitor pumping engine which has no HP listed on the tag. I have heard that they were 1, 1 and 2 HP. I need to know which it is. S/N is 49417, Type VJ, 500 RPM, single flywheel and all set up with pump attachments. I would also like to know the proper color and striping color and also how to hook up the wires for the ignition. All help will be greatly appreciated.'
'Can someone tell me the age of my two all wooden Sandwich corn shellers? Are there serial numbers any place on the machine? I also have a New Idea Sandwich 6-hole all steel sheller. How can I determine the age of it?' (These questions come from EDWIN H. BREDEMEIER, Route 1, Box 13, Steinauer, Nebraska 68441he'll be waiting for your letters).
'In reply to W. Winkelman re: General tractor end, enclosed is xerox of General as sold by Massey Harris Company in 1942. Don't know how many they sold nor do I know the serial number range,' comments D. McVITTIE, Box 508, Alliston, Ontario, Canada LOM IAO.
'The later B.F. Avery models were sold in Ontario, Canada by Geo. White & Sons Ltd., London, Ontario, Canada.
'I received quite a few compliments on MH story in GEM and I'd like to point out to persons writing to Canada and enclosing SASE, that U.S. stamps are not valid on letters going from Canada. A letter requires 37 cents in Canadian stamps, so please do not put U.S. stamps on your SASE. It would be better to send coins so that Canadian stamps could be purchased and put on letters to be posted in Canada. Thank you!'
'I need information on two tractors I have, a Minneapolis 17-30, #2289, and 8-16 IHC with no Serial number. It has an oiler on the right side of engine and I have gotten it to run,' says MERRILL SHEETS, 4596 County Home Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015.
'The Minneapolis is complete and running and I took it to Greenville, Ohio in July to the National Prairie Gold Rush Show. I would like information on each tractor pertaining to years manufactured and possible year of each. I am not certain as to the color these tractors were painted.
'I have interesting stories about getting these tractors and would enjoy hearing from anyone knowing anything about either one.'(Buddies out there with same interestslet Merrill become your pen pal).
'We would like information as to paint colors for the little Associated engines. The one we have has some black, and some apple green on it, but would like to know original colors. Also, where can a person find information on the Standard cream separator engines?' (These questions come from MYRON & VIRGINIA KORN-MEYER, Box 153, Lucas, Kansas 67648;.
Sending a picture of his 6 HP Geiser, MAX BROWN, 982 Nash Road, North Tonawanda, New York 14120 has this comment: 'I'm wondering how many of the other readers out there have one of these? I would appreciate hearing from anybody who has one.
'A good friend of mine, Glen Murphey has a 1 HP Home Power, made in Sandusky, Ohio. Does anybody out there have one?'