We have just returned from our annual sojourn to Midwest Old Threshers at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. We've been attending this one for more years than we care to remember, and over the years we have made friends with lots of nice people from all over the U.S. and several foreign countries. There were some surprises too ... we met up with several of our friends from England and Australia this year, along with a great many friends from here in the States.
Many people asked us about our forthcoming Catalog of American Farm Tractors. We have just heard from Krause Publications in this regard, and they tell us that publication is now set for early 2000. Apparently, the size of the book has held up things a bit, since it is quite a large volume, and the editorial time takes quite a while.
Several people have been asking about a tour to Australia in 2001. That's when they have their next National Rally, and this time it will be in Tasmania. By this fall we will be assembling a tour to the 2001 Rally, and we will let you know about it in future issues.
Our thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at Midwest Old Threshers. Your continuing support is greatly appreciated.
We don't have many queries this month, but here goes:
34/11/1 Mar-Vil Unit Q. I recently acquired a small Villiers single cylinder engine (see photo). It is a MAR-VIL unit made by Villiers, Wolverhampton, England. It has s/n MVB4392 on the crankcase and FM 4316 on the flywheel Any information on this engine would be appreciated. Henry G. Liot, RR 1, Grafton, Ontario K0K 2G0 Canada.
34/11/2 Stover Engine Q. See the photo of a Stover Type K engine, 6-8 horsepower, s/n Kc222664. I would like to know the age and original color. Lanny E. Dickinson, HC1, Box 22, Rew, PA 16744.
A. Your engine was built in 1935. It is comparable to DuPont 2015 Brewster Green. The latter varied a bit over the years, depending on where they bought the paint. In general, we would say that any brand of Brewster Green would be close.
34/11/3 Cletrac 40 Tractor
Ken Hopkins, PO Box 561, Romney, WV 26757 is seeking information on the Cletrac 40 Series, s/n 1618 and 1621. Both have Wisconsin water cooled engines, Type Z-T and were used by the U. S. Forestry Service.
34/11/4 Unidentified Engines Q. See photo 4A of an air-cooled slant cylinder engine (2? inch bore) that runs backwards. The intake carburetor tube is attached under the cylinder. The Tillotson carburetor is mounted in front of the head and spark plug. The engine is cast iron with a stamped steel base. The rod bearing is copper. It was painted industrial yellow and may have been used for a generator.
Photo 4B shows a four-cylinder water cooled engine with the water outlet tube attached to the center of the head. The distributor shaft runs through the engine and powers the oil pump on the left side. There are no identification marks except a small tag on the lower left rear side which reads: 11-24. Any information would be appreciated on these engines. Larry Kastens, 9956 S. Deer Trail, Hereford, AZ 85615-9693.
A Closing Word
That's it folks . . . that's all we have for this month . .. probably our shortest column in history! Given the activities of summer, we understand that everyone is busy. However, we know there has been a lot of activity within the hobby, so we welcome your queries. If we can serve as the helper who can put you in touch with someone who can provide you with needed information, then our goal has been accomplished.
Before we leave you though, this copy will be in your hands in mid-October. DRAIN YOUR ENGINES! Are you sure you got the petcock under the water pump on your tractor? Are you SURE that your engines are dry for the upcoming cold weather? If this message saves but one engine, at least one owner will be happy to have read this little reminder.
In our September issue, we published a story by Robert Urich of Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. Part of the material he sent was a section entitled 'The Rototiller Story,' which appeared on pages 20 and 21.
We heard from Robert C. Antram AM 7620, Kaiser-Frazer Owners' Club, 734 Antram Road, Somerset, PA 15501. Apparently the full text of 'The Rototiller Story' comes directly from a handout he prepared. Importantly, the source material for the brief history is Gardening Beyond the Plow, copyright 1981 by Garden Way, Inc.
We thank Mr. Antram for alerting us to this fact, and would like to remind our contributors to let us know when someone else has written something you send us for publication.