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Mystery solved, Foos sightings, 4-H, 1914 Bingo, prizewinners


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Mystery engine solved

It was very interesting to see the RAN kerosene engine in the October/November issue of Gas Engine Magazine ("A-Z" Mystery Engine). This exact RAN engine, no. 1435, has its home at the Dansk Motorsamling stationary engine museum in Denmark.

We were very surprised to see a RAN situated in the United States, but then we took a closer look and found the very special exhaust, built by us, to run the engine inside the museum.

About the engine: It was built by an engineer named Eriksen, who built a small engine shop in the Danish town of Randers in Jutland. Mainly, Randers Engine shop was building engines for small fishing boats. But, as shown in the photo, the Type R was a 4-1/2 HP stationary engine built in 1926.

Niels Mygind
Dansk Motorsamling

Foos Type K sightings

Here is a photo of a Foos Type K engine that was sighted at the Coolspring (Pa.) Power Museum some years ago, when Foos engines were featured.This engine was apparently built to the patent featured in the October/November 2007 issue of GEM.

I don't know who owns this engine.It is 3 HP, throttle-governed, and features the Sumter Plugoscillator system usually found on Fairbanks-Morse Type Z engines of the 1916-1918 period. Other than the unique hopper and built-in oil supply, it is of fairly conventional design.In all the years I've been in the hobby, I have never seen another one, or indeed this one anywhere else.

Woody Sins
New Hartford, N.Y.

4-H club puts on great display

Richard Sealander is the leader of the Patterson, Calif., 4-H Club, made up of four boys and one girl.

They put their gas engine projects together and represented the club in fine fashion at the Stanislaus County Fair, July 27-Aug. 5.

Dave and Mary Hutchens
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1914 Bingo, big and small

I just returned from a great show at Portland, Ind. My display was next to my friend, Bill Wyrick. Bill has a very special engine - a 1914 Bingo. It is an air-cooled 2-cycle hit-and-miss with the bypass through a poppet valve in the piston. As a scale model builder, I fell in love with the little engine. About three years ago, I asked Bill if he cared if I made a model of his engine, as it is a one-of-a-kind. Some people would not like that, but he said it was OK. So now, we put the two engines side by side in our display area.

Bill Garman
3609 Brentwood
Independence, MO 64055

Bill Wyrick
4485 County Road 1250 E.
Forrest, IN 46039

Prize drawing winners

Winners have been named for prize drawings held by Gas Engine Magazine and sister publications Farm Collector and Steam Traction at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2007, at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Congratulations to all!

- Dan Sutera, Muscatine, Iowa; 1/16-scale model John Deere 70 tractor from Nixon Auctioneers

- Mike Murray, Woodstock, Ill.; 1/16-scale model Allis-Chalmers WD45 tractor from Nixon Auctioneers

- Mike Henry, Barnhart, Mo. and Donald Mueller, St. Louis, Mo.; 11-piece tap socket set from Dick Rulon

- Fred Haier, Lawtans, N.Y.; 1/16-scale model Oliver 77 diesel tractor from SpecCast Toys

- Charles Robbins, Warrensburg, Mo.; 1/25-scale model International Harvester TD-24 crawler with cable blade from SpecCast Toys

- Warren Wise, Hiawatha, Iowa; 1/16-scale model John Deere M wide-front tractor with plow from SpecCast Toys

- Bud Zerzanek, Crossville, Ala.; Passin' Gas Productions T-shirt from Passin' Gas Productions

- Melody Kleffman, Bethany, Mo.; Don E. Bodager, Crawfordsville, Ind.; David VanNess, Burlington, Iowa; Richard Hembrough, Jacksonville, Ill.; and Andy Robinson, Lapeer, Mich.; two jars corncob spread from Krogh's Family Farms

- Angel Jacobs, New London, Iowa; six cans of Strong Arm Spray from Strong Arm Spray

- Ken Anderson, Allerton, Iowa; gift certificate for one pair overalls from Klein Brothers

4 HP Clinton outboard

I have acquired an early model 4 HP Clinton air-cooled outboard boat engine that has lost magnetism in the flywheel.

Several calls to advertised magneto repair sources provided no results. I have read several texts on the subject of magnetism. I even constructed a simple electromagnet and applied it to the iron bar in the flywheel with mild results and no sustainability. I have restored several old model engines and their magnetos have always functioned well.

Any help and advice from readers would be greatly appreciated.

Reginald Dunning
150 Woodridge Place
Oakley, CA 94561

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