Rawleigh-Schryer Engines, Rusty Hopper, Pontiac Engines and Fiberglass

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Barry Ingram

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I came across this advertisement in a 1916 issue of Barry's Almanac that I found in my great-aunt's house. I have never heard of this brand of engine or seen one at an engine show. On another note, I have a Speedex Model S-24, serial no. 0175A, with a 42-inch deck. If anyone knows the year it was made I would like to hear from him or her. Barry Ingram 125 Stovall Road, Pulaski, TN 38478, trikerhd@igiles.net

Rawleigh-Schryer Co., Freeport, Ill, started life as the Ziegler-Schryer Co. in 1909. According to C.H. Wendel's American Gasoline Engines Since 1872, W.T. Rawleigh took over operations in 1910 and the company name changed to reflect his ownership. Paul Schryer, the other half of the company, started his engine career with Stover Engine Works, Freeport, Ill. Rawleigh-Schryer manufactured hopper- and tank-cooled engines until a fire in 1916 destroyed the factory.

As for your tractor, the Pond Tractor Co., Ravenna, Ohio, manufactured Speedex garden tractors. The S-24 appears to have been introduced about 1966, with production lasting to perhaps 1970.-Editor

Hats Off to Hopper

I was very interested and pleased to read in your forward to the December 2003 GEM that you are starting a section in the magazine devoted to the building and running of scale and model gas engines. This will fill a void left with the demise of the Strictly I.C. magazine that was published by Robert Washburn from 1988 until about 1997.

Hopefully, Rusty Hopper can come up with enough material for a few pages of his own material along with contributions from us model engine builders. I think this feature could add to the circulation of GEM and, who knows, perhaps some day lead to you and Rusty starting a new magazine devoted to this hobby!

I have built eight model engines so far and will send in to Rusty what I have experienced while constructing these. Paul Brien 4312 Lone Oak Road, Nashville, TN 37215

Pontiac Gas Engine

I was surprised and interested to see the query about the Pontiac Engine (GEM, December 2003, page 4). I acquired one of these in the spring of 2002. The engine didn't have a nameplate on it, and I didn't have any idea of what it was until our local engine show in August of 2002. At that time I was out of action due to illness, so my son and son-in-law took it to the show with the hopes of getting it identified. It turned out that an acquaintance I have known from attending the local shows for many years happened to have one, and he had it at the show, as well. He identified the engine as a Pontiac - which you already know. He also said it was supplied on an orchard sprayer manufactured by Arlington Orchard Sprayer Co. of Arlington, Mass.

When I took my engine to the 2003 show a fellow who stopped to look at it said he had one in running condition. Apparently, these are not as rare as I first thought. In fact, the fellow I met at our 2003 show spent quite a bit of time taking pictures and making drawings to reproduce the tank for his engine. He was sure it was original to the engine when used on the sprayer rig. It seems like we'll never know for sure.

I have made some inquiries, and to date have been unsuccessful in getting any additional information on either the engine or the sprayer company.

By the way, after loosening up a few of the parts and cleaning out the mixer, this engine purrs like a kitten. Walter Jones 44 School St., Northboro, MA 01532

I have a Pontiac engine identical to the one owned by David Akridge shown in the December 2003 issue of GEM. The engine is throttle-controlled, and it also has a unique advance/retard spark lever. Ignition is of the buzz coil, battery and spark plug type.

The engine was used as an orchard sprayer and is coupled to a beautiful pump, but the pump manufacturer is unknown. The pump has two pistons 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches long. The manifold has five, 3/4-inch brass check balls. The inlet and outlet are both 3/4-inch. If anyone has any information about this pump, please let me know.

The pump has two pistons 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches long. The manifold has five, inch brass check balls. The inlet and outlet are both -inch. If anyone has any information about this pump, please let me know. Stanley Pietryka P.O. Box 392, Bondsville, MA 01009


Regarding query 38/12/3 (GEM, December 2003, page 5) about fiberglass in the gas tank of the Briggs & Stratton engine on a Jari Sickle Mower: I would suggest the fiberglass was placed in the tank to act as a baffle to keep the gas from splashing out of the vent holes in the gas cap. Whether the manufacturer of the mower or a subsequent user placed it there is anyone's guess. I have a gas-powered posthole auger I bought new that had a rectangular block of foam rubber inside the gas tank when I purchased it. I assumed it was placed there by the manufacturer of the auger and not the manufacturer of the engine (Tecumseh) to keep the gas from splashing out the vent hole in the gas cap when using a rapid up-and-down motion to fling dirt off the auger flighting. I've since replaced the gas tank with another one that I've mounted to the handle bar. The original tank was attached to the engine cowling, which kept breaking from the jarring. The tank I'm using now has a different type vent, and splashing gas hasn't been a problem. Bill Sherlock Box 144, Maymont, SK S0M 1T0, Canada

In regards to the fiberglass-stuffed gas tank, I have several railroad lanterns that have some type of material in the fuel tanks. I also have a shredder/chipper that has material in the tank. I believe this is to help prevent sloshing in the tank so as to prevent excess spillage of fuel. Gordon P. Cole gcole 173700MI@comcast.net

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