By the time this issue lands in the mailbox it will be winter for many of us, and the idea of sweating over a stubborn engine on a hot day will become almost a romantic memory once we get into the dead of winter - all the more reason to forge ahead on getting our equipment ready for the next season.
With that in mind, I'd like to make a suggestion for people submitting stories to the magazine. First off, thanks to everyone for the great material you've been sending along to share with the old iron community. Some great photos, articles, questions and comments have been coming in, and all I can say is, keep it coming. But, I need to get a word in about photographs. More and more of you are taking pictures with digital cameras, then e-mailing those images to me. That's great, because it definitely makes things cheaper and easier for you - the problem comes in the quality of the images we receive. Most digital cameras are designed to provide images for viewing on your home computer or for pasting into a web site, but processing those images for commercial printing is another matter. I routinely receive pictures that look great on the screen, but to process them for printing I end up with a 1-inch image. In truth, traditional photographs still work better for our purposes, so whenever possible I encourage you to record your restoration on real film. If you're going to send digital images, please take and store your pictures at the highest quality setting your camera and software will allow.
Also, it's come to my attention that there's some confusion surrounding the availability of books previously sold by Stemgas Publishing. Rest assured, those books are all still available through Ogden Publications' Farm Collector Books division. You can find them on-line at www.gasenginemagazine.com, or simply by calling customer service toll free at (800) 678-4883.
As ever, I look forward to your comments and questions about Gas Engine Magazine. Contact me anytime at (785) 274-4379, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.