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34/1/20 Vaughan Motor Works Q. Can anyone provide information on the following drag saw:

LIGHT WEIGHT TYPE D SERIAL NO. 18878 VAUGHAN MOTOR WORKS, PORTLAND, OREGON

The saw uses a single-cylinder, two-cycle engine. Any help would be appreciated. Verne Sullivan, PO Box 704, Mead, WA 99021.

34/1/21 Unidentified Engine Q. See the photo of an unidentified engine. It is a four-cylinder horizontally opposed air cooled four-cycle engine. It is started either with a rope around the front pulley or with an electric starter motor. The carburetor is a Tillotson, and the charging system is from R. S. Phelan Co., Longmeadow, Mass. It uses a Fairbanks Morse magneto. The engine is about 1000cc, and was originally on a generator I believe. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Stephen Coppin, 1 Moorland Gardens, Poulton-le-Fylde, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY6 7HD England.

34/1/22 Delco Engine Q. See the photos of an engine from Delco Light Company, Dayton, Ohio, s/n 200155 and what appears to be the date of 1-30. The only other number I can find is 7S. The engine is four-cylinder air-cooled. Can anyone supply further information on this engine? Any help would be appreciated. David Mozol, 213 Mozol Lane, Oden, AR 71961.

34/1/23 Fairbanks-Morse Q. When was a Fairbanks-Morse engine built, s/n 702907? John Hamilton, 461 Algonquin Pl, Webster Groves, MO 63119.

A. Your engine was built in 1928.

34/1/24 Fairbanks-Morse Q. What is the age and proper color for a F-M dishpan 1? HP engine, s/n 592576? Also advise how to remove the flywheels from the crankshaft. The crankshaft has to be rebuilt because the journals are pitted. Darryl E. Hassell, 14721 Brightview Ct., Baton Rouge, LA 70819. email:dhassell@demco.net

A. Your engine was built in 1924- The dishpan model is red, similar to DuPont RS910.

How bad are the journals ? Given the fact that the engine runs at a relatively slow speed, and probably not with a load, it may be possible to spend an hour or so with some emery tape polishing the rust and crud from the crankshaft to give a relatively smooth finish that won't tear up the babbitt bearings. If you have access to a fair-sized lathe, it may also be possible to set the crankshaft up, flywheels and all, and use a lathe file to polish up the journals. In other words, it may be worth a try, rather than having to take off the wheels. I'd try this first, and if it works, then you've saved yourself a lot of time and expense. Besides, you might be surprised at how many engines have had this treatment with no trouble at all. If the flywheels must come off, try pulling the keys--they have to come out before anything else. This can be a problem sometimes, and may even require that they be drilled out and removed in little pieces. Once the keys are out, it is relatively easy to get the flywheels loose and remove them. If there is enough key to work with, I have had fairly good luck in welding a piece of rod say a foot and a half long to the key and using a chunk of steel over the rod as a slide hammer. New gib keys are available, so I don't worry much about saving the keys.

34/1/25 Endgate Seeder Etc. Q. See photos 25 A and 25B of an endgate seeder from Joliet Strowbridge Company, Joliet, Illinois. Note that there is only one spreader fan. Note also the heart-shaped openings in the drive gear. A few parts are missing, but otherwise it is in good condition. Any information on this seeder would be appreciated. See also my recent restoration of a Galloway Handy Andy 1? HP engine in photo 25C. Raymond Wickham, Box 402, Dumont, IA 50625.

34/1/26 IHC Type M, 10 HP Q. We have a 10 HP IHC Type M, s/n DW 152. In all the serial number list, the numbers start with DW157, so could anyone give us any information on this serial number? Any help would be appreciated. Lawrence Hacker, 150 Jackson St., Jackson, MN 56143. E-mail: 1hacker@animalhouse.com

Q. The DW prefix is for the 10 HP with the Wico EK magneto, and you are correct; the first number we have is 157. Perhaps someone can explain this; does someone have a list showing DW152?

34/1/27 A. W. Stevens Grist Mill Q. See the photo of a grist mill made by A. W. Stevens & Son, Auburn, New York, Size 20. I may be missing a couple of small parts. Any help would be appreciated. David Babcock, 3491 E. Deckerville, Cass City, MI 48726.

34/1/28 Farm Craft Tractor Q. Do you have any information on the Farm Craft tractor made in Cleveland, Ohio? I advertised for help in a GEM ad and never received a single response. I am interested only in the transmission and final drive which is one unit. Any help would be appreciated. Don Greiner, 5586 N. 108th Ave., Hart, MI 49420.

A. The 1957 issue of the Tractor Field Book shows several models of the Farm Craft garden tractors, but beyond that we have no other information.

34/1/29 Earthmaster Tractor Q. I have an Earthmaster Model C tractor, s/n C-5136. It has no brake mechanism or linkage on the left side (connected to the clutch). Can anyone help me find parts for this, or does anyone know of a source for parts? Also, could someone send me photos of the battery cover? My tractor has orange paint under red paint; does anyone know the original color? Bob Adams, 28300 Alpine Way, Shingletown, CA 96088. E-mail: bob gayle@concentric.net

A Closing Word

Since this is the last copy of GEM you'll receive before Christmas, may we take this opportunity to wish everyone a Joyous Christmas Season, and All Best Wishes for 1999! We're not sure where the year has gone, but there's no doubt that a new year is knocking at the door.

During the winter months, we'll be plugging away at our Standard Catalog of American Farm Tractors. Hopefully, we'll finally have this project completed in time for the fall shows of 1999. Our Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors made its first appearance twenty years ago, and we thought at the time, there wouldn't be a whole lot more to add. Were we ever wrong about that one! Due to the mass of material we've found over the last two decades, the new book will include tractors into the 1950s and 1960s; later ones will have to wait their turn for another edition.

As we've noted previously, much of the new book is using digital imaging; that is to say, the images are not recorded on film, but on computer disks! We have no idea of how all this works, and we're not sure we want to know. What we've found is that these methods save us immense amounts of time over the traditional darkroom methods we've been using for over thirty years.

 We haven't heard much from the modelmakers lately, but hope to see some new items before long. Ye olde Reflector would like to do some model work--we have a couple casting sets on the shelf that are begging for attention. Perhaps we'll find some free time, once the new tractor book is completed! That's all for this month.

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