Letters & Miscellanies

Notes and Responses From Readers

Lufkin engine

Lufkin engine on matchbook cover, date unknown.

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Recycling and Recirculating

I would like to offer a suggestion to readers regarding disposal/recycling of their back issues.

A friend of mine who does volunteer work noted the local nursing home did not offer much reading material and asked if I had anything that might appeal to folks in their 70s, 80s and 90s. I bundled up a year's worth of GEM and other antique/car magazines thinking these might be of passing interest to some. What an underestimation I made of the residents' enthusiasm for your publication! They nearly fought over any issue left unattended, and all copies quickly became dog-eared and worn. Men and women alike reminisced about the old trucks, tractors, engines and equipment they used to use.

My suggestion for readers is to consider sharing their back issues of GEM with the appreciative folks at their local nursing homes. And, if they spend a little extra time with the residents during the magazine drop-off, they'll learn more about a past era than we could ever recapture in print and pictures today.

So, make space in your home, make a new friend or two at the nursing home, and make many folks' day by gifting your GEMs to some good people who will truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

John Sudlow, 6301 E. 1550 N. Road Oakwood, IL 61858

Reflections:

Regarding the following queries in C.H. Wendel's 'Reflections'( See GEM February 2002)

37/2/1: The unidentified marine engine appears to be a Caille, possibly the Liberty Drive model.

37/2/2: Friend engine serial number DXA1100. This serial number looks like it may be missing one digit. DXA engines were the largest of the old single flywheel gasoline engines Friend Manufacturing used on its 'motor-pump' found on sprayers (see GEM, November 1994 'Design Evolution of the Friend Engine,' page 10, and December 1995 'Friend's Unique Domed Engines,' page 24, which has a color photo of my DXA on page 28 to the far right of the photo).

The DXA engine was a 6 HP upgrade of the DX engine rated at 5 HP and came out sometime in the late 1920s, by which time Friend was up into five digit serial numbers. The appearance of the pump is also a later type Friend pump. The last of the DXA series was made in March 1939. Correct color is a bright silver. The best paint I've found so far is PPG Delstar acrylic enamel tinting base #DMR 436 with 20 parts per quart of DXR 495 sprayed at low pressure or brushed on, which looks good, too. Remember, everyone - a man cannot have too many Friends!

Dave Dickinson, 6190 Keller Ave. Newfane, MY 14108 friendengine@wzrd.com

Lufkin-Cooper-Bessemer

Several readers wrote in response to Alton Garver's query to C.H. Wendel about a Lufkin-Cooper-Bessemer engine (see GEM, February 2002).

Duane Hildebrand, 366 East County Rd., Drums, PA 18222, sent us a photocopy of a match-book cover he has featuring advertising for Lufkin engines, and Tony Suykerbuyk, 78 East M20, Hesperia, MI 49421, called in to say that two Lufkin engines he found in Michigan are currently for sale.

Tony says both engines were built sometime between 1940 to 1943 and carry 33 HP ratings. Lufkin engines were clearly designed for oil field service, and Tony says both of the engines he found were so employed, pumping oil and running on natural gas. Tony says both engines were in use up until 1995.

The matchbook cover Duane found claims Lufkin made two-cylinder, two-cycle gas engines ranging in size from 20 to 60 HP. The cover also claims Lufkin 'Pioneered and developed gear reduction units for oil field pumping and has placed more in service than all other makes combined.' Given how little seems to be known about the company this claim seems to be mere hyperbole, but perhaps we'll learn more as time goes by.

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