There are many different things we could talk about, but as we write this in early April, the robins have returned to Iowa, the trees are budding, and the grass is green again. We even cranked up an engine the other day ... it simply isn't any fun trying to start an engine in cold weather.
As usual, we put forth our Spring caveat about safety. Whether you are at home working on an engine, hauling one to a show, or displaying your prizes to the interested public, please be careful. Keep your fingers out of places they don't belong, and don't strain your back lifting, or get a broken arm from cranking.
We look forward to seeing some of you folks in June as we visit various sites in England. We can promise an excellent tour, fine accommodations, and of course, plenty of old iron.
In 2000, we hope to do a tour of the east coast, probably starting from Chicago and working our way east to coincide with the Cool spring show and other items of interest. Plans now call for a return trip to Australia in 2001. Those who went with us on the last tour to Australia will agree that it was a fantastic journey!
If you're not going with us to England in June, perhaps you might wish to consider going along with us in August as we visit the Great Dorset steam rally. We have talked with lots of people and they have all told us that it is a fantastic experience. There are also engines and tractors, along with steam engines, steam carousels, and who knows what else. Ye olde Reflector has long yearned to visit this show at least once, and this year looks like our chance. Ordinarily, we are at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion at this time, but we have opted to miss it for once so we can take in the Great Dorset.
Recently we heard from a reader who was somewhat disappointed in our 'plugging' someone who informed us of a new product they had to offer. We like to think of this column as a readers' forum, and from time to time we comment on things we think our readers are interested in. It is never our intention to unfairly promote someone over somebody else. That wouldn't be fair to our loyal advertisers. Speaking of which, that brings to mind our friend Lee W. Pedersen who has run a two-page ad in GEM month-after-month and year-after-year. We are always amazed at how and where Lee finds all the products he offers to us through his GEM ads! Now don't all the rest of you advertisers get upset with ye olde Reflector or the folks at GEM for this 'plug.' The truth is, that we hope we can interview some of our advertisers from time-to-time and get a better picture of your activities.
We understand that our book, American Gas Engines will now be available only in a paperback edition. It isn't quite what we had in mind, but at least it is still available. After spending over two years on our Catalog of American Farm Tractors, we certainly aren't ready to tie into a new and expanded gas engine book at the moment. By the way, we hear from Krause Publications that the new tractor book will probably be ready late this fall. At this point we have no idea how many pages, or even how many illustrations. Sadly, we have already run across a couple of tractor companies that we hadn't heard of before, and which will have to wait until a subsequent edition. We were asked the other day how many companies are represented, and without counting the file cards, we can't even tell you that!
Our first query begins with
34/6/1 Hot Air Engines Q. Irving Jennings at Fax #401/423-7485 would like any information on hot air engines.
34/6/2 Unidentified Object Q. See the photo of an unidentified item with A. W. Miller cast into the arm. Any information would be appreciated. Bill Blomquist, 1411 Sherburne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104-2414.
34/6/3 Fairbanks-Morse Q. What is the year built and the color for a Fairbanks-Morse engine, s/n 965445? It is mounted on a Holland tree transplanter, and we would also like any information on this machine, if possible. Lester Jordan, PA Lumber Museum, PO Box 239, Galeton, PA 16922.
A. The engine was built in 1948 or perhaps a bit later. We have DuPont 72001 listed as the correct color.
34/6/4 Hamilton-MAN Engine Q. I have a manual and set of drawings for a WW2 vintage engine, a Hamilton 99DA which is part of a generator set (800kw @ 600 rpm). The engine is a nine-cylinder in-line, double-acting, two-cycle with a 91/16 x 133/8 inch bore and stroke. Have any of these engines survived? The MAN suggests it was a German design. Have any survived in Europe? Bruce D. West, 10684 Liss Rd., Willis, Ml 48191 -9722.
A. This engine is a prewar model when Hamilton was building certain engines under license from MAN (Mashinen-fabrik Augsburg-Nurnburg). Very few engines survived World War Two in Germany unless they were actually being used.
34/6/5 Fairbanks-Morse Q. See the photos of my Jack Junior. It is stamped 1? HP and has s/n 157844. It also is equipped with a Webster magneto.
Can anyone provide further information on this model? Dick Brown, 175 Sonnet Ln, Gilbertsville, KY42044-8840.
A. Your engine is of 1915 vintage, and this was about the time F-M attempted using the Webster magneto (among others). According to ancient company notes, the Webster did not meet with great approval by F-M, and as we know, the company went on with the Bosch AB-33 oscillator and other makes and models. Finally they began building their own magnetos.
34/6/6 Enterprise Engine Q. See the photos of an Enterprise Mfg. Co. engine made in Philadelphia, Pa. There is no serial number. Any information on this engine would be greatly appreciated. Johnny Cathey ,4804-63rd, Lub-bock,TX794l4.
34/6/7 Information Needed Q. Can any one tell me the model, year and color of this engine? The nameplate reads, Engine #1406,600 rpm, 1? Horsepower, 1 XK. Any help would be appreciated. Frances Richer, 405 West 11th St., Lamar, MO 64759.
A. The engine is a Hercules, but we can't tell you the age.
34/6/8 Simplicity Q. See the photos of a Simplicity Model D garden tractor, s/n 27305 made by Simplicity Mfg. Co., Port Washington, Wisconsin. I need to know the original engine used on this tractor, as the present one is a replacement. Also the correct color scheme. Your help will be appreciated. Ken Ward low, Box 7350, Dray ton Valley, Alberta T7A 1S5 Canada.
34/6/9 Caille Engine Q. See the photos of a Caille outboard engine. It is missing the flywheel. Can anyone confirm that it is a Caille, and tell me about when it was made? Any additional information would be appreciated. Dave Dickinson, 6190 Keller Ave., New-fane, NY 14108-9508.
34/6/10 Ottawa Engine Q. I have an Ottawa engine, 3 HP, s/n 10476 made by Ottawa Mfg. Co., Ottawa, Kansas. It is a kerosene burner, and the carburetor piping is puzzling. When was the engine made, and what was the coloring? Any help will be appreciated. Leonard Thompson, HCR 01, Box 25, Regent, ND 58650.
A. Can anyone be of help?
34/6/11 Briggs & Stratton Q. I would appreciate any information on a Briggs & Stratton Model FH, s/n 68257, also information on a Bolens 4-wheel tractor. The tag is obliterated and reads 186014879. Bruce Cannon, HO Hill Drive, Amarillo,TX79118.
34/6/12 Huber tractor Q. I have a Huber 1935 Model HK tractor. Aside from the Midwest Old Threshers, I have never seen more than one Huber at an engine show. Why isn't there more information available on the Huber tractors?
Also, at an auction I saw a Cockshutt-Hart-Parr tractor. These two names were on the radiator casting. Can anyone provide any information? Art Jensen Sr., 7443 N. County Rd., 400 E., Brazil, IN 47834-7687.
A. There probably isn't more information on Huber because Huber didn't advertise like some of the other companies. Apparently they had a market for all they wished to build, and never had illusions of getting bigger. So far as Cockshutt-Hart-Parr is concerned, we never heard of that before.
34/6/13 Nordberg Diesels Q. Regarding our previous questions about the Nordberg small diesel engines, Robert A. Johnson, Rt 2, Box 358, Canyon, TX 79015 writes that in his years around the oil fields he has not seen one. So far ye olde Reflector hasn't heard from anyone that has run across one.
34/6/14 Von Ruden Chain Saw Q. See the photos of a Von Ruden chain saw. It has E. C. Atkins saw chain. One link is 19 inches long, and 1.3 inches tall. It needs to be sharpened and local chain saw shops will not touch it. Where can I go to get the chain sharpened? Edgar E. Wagner, 1918 Hillison Rd., Amboy, IL 61310.
34/6/15 Novo Engines Q. Bill Payne, 1907 Lorasine, Lansing, MI 48910 comments that while most collectors know of the Novo engines in sizes up to 10 horsepower, few know of the big two-cylinder 15 HP model. Ye olde Reflector is the present custodian of the Novo records, and before we compile our next edition of our Notebook we will be going through the records and perhaps give readers some idea of how many 15 HP engines were actually built.
34/6/16 Sheppard Diesels Q. In response to our recent photos of Sheppard diesel engines, we have learned that Lynn Klingaman (219/799-5920) is the president of the Sheppard Diesel Club, and has the shipping ledgers for Sheppard. Those interested in Sheppard engines and tractors might be able to find further information by contacting Mr. Klingaman.
We also received a large packet of material from Bill Sherlock at Maymont, Saskatchewan and Ernest Felterman, 126 Mcgee Dr., Patterson, LA 70392 on Sheppard. We thank everyone for their interest. Apparently there are quite a few people interested in Sheppard diesels.
34/6/17 F-M Model Engine
Thanks to Selmar L. Hanson, 19220 - 120 SE, Renton, WA 98058 for sending a photo of his 1/6 scale of a Fairbanks-Morse 25 HP hit-and-miss ignitor engine. It has a 6-volt battery inside and runs on propane. Only those who have actually built a model can fully appreciate the many hours of painstaking work that goes into model making.