Hi! It's pretty quiet around here right now - its 2 a.m.! and not knowing just how I wanted to start this column - I thought you might like to know how early-or how late I sometimes retire -- and I'll bet if the truth were known, I have a lot of fellow companions. I don't know about you but I am a night person. I could enjoy staying up till 3 or 4 and then sleeping till 1 or 2, but unfortunately that doesn't work so well with the obligations of an active family -- so I do try and be normal and get to bed before midnight most of the time -- but then when pressure and desire throws me into a few nights as this, I have to make up for it, catching naps and 'beauty rests' as they are called (and Boy do I need them) whenever I can.
Strange, I'm tired right now, but pleasantly so and I'm happy -despite the fact my hubby was a victim of a heart attack in December, our Keli, Senior in High School broke her finger three weeks ago, and badly sprained her ankle two weeks ago and was on crutches for a few days (mishaps of Basketball), and our Tommy, age 9 is entering the hospital this week for removal of tonsils and adenoids and is having tubes put in his ears. You see Ed is coming along real well with recuperating, Keli is progressing with her ailments and we're hopeful the upcoming hospital bit will be profitable for Tom. And I believe God is with us all the way and I have many, many Blessings - so I'm happy.
And now we must get on with all the interesting thoughts from the letters: HARRY W. MILES, Route 3, Boscobel, Wisconsin 53805 checks in after reading the January-February 74 issue and says: 'I received my Jan.-Feb. issue and on page 15 I see a Caille Row Boat Engine. I have one in perfect condition. Also the original bill of sale dated 1919, price $54.00. Also the shipping invoice from Detroit, Michigan to Waldo, Wisconsin for 90 cents plus 4 cents War Tax. I never have seen another like it. It's called the 'Liberty Drive' and runs perfectly. I'm a member of the South Western Wisconsin Antique Power Club and also a member of Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Keep up the good work'.
The following letter is self explanatory as an answer to Gordon Dukes of England who had a problem. The following comes from R. W. TOLER, 3305 Poplar, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601 and he writes to Gordon: 'In reply to your inquiry published on page 19 of the January-February 1974 issue of the Gas Engine Magazine, I am in the process of restoring a Fairbanks-Morse engine identical to yours. The spark plug is a Champion A-25 readily available at automobile supply stores in the United States. The plug has 1/2' national pipe thread and is demountable; that is to say, by loosening a jam nut, the porcelain can be removed for cleaning. My engine had no exhaust system. The carburetor is arranged so that the engine may be started on gasoline and switched to kerosene. If you cannot find the spark plug in England, I shall be glad to send you one. They cost about $1.' (See how our readers correspond with each other - and since Mr. Toler had sent me a copy of his letter to Gordon, I thought it was worth printing - maybe some of you will need to know the same thing. Mr. Toler added then - 'I really enjoy the magazine very much. I've had success in freeing frozen pistons with WD-40!')
And to show folks how rewarding the gas engine hobby is - take a peek at the cheerful writing from JACK BIELEFELD, 8 South Walnut Street, New Bremen, Ohio 45869 as he explains: 'I have just bought an engine that I have wanted ever since I first saw it 15 years ago. It is a United Type F-6 HP, Serial Number 80114. You can't believe how happy this engine makes me. I guess gas engines are just in my blood.
I would like to ask G.E.M. followers if they have one of these or if they can help me restore to original condition by telling me how to paint, stripe, decals, history and any information. This engine was bought in 1910.
If you have a bit of room, maybe you could squeeze in a picture of my engine and me at the carburetor.' (Sure can Happy Jack - here 'tis).
ROGER L. ESHELMAN, Box 36, College Springs, Iowa 51637 would like to correspond with someone who knows about the gasoline Charter engine and the hot tube Charter engine made at Sterling, Illinois. The engine is a 10 HP and it was a basket case and Roger needs some information on it. The hot tube is same bore and stroke, but it may be rated less as it is an older appearing engine. He would like to know how to set up an operating hot tube and keep it running properly. He has lots of questions.
ELDON INGRAM, 383 Huron Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada N5A 5T6 sends us some 'food for thought' - 'I have been a subscriber to your magazine for a year and a half now and find it quite interesting and informative. My father used to have Rumely tractors dating back to 1924. He also had some literature on many different tractors and threshing machines that Rumely manufactured including the Rumely Six and a Rumely gas-powered truck. Unfortunately, over the years these brochures have been lost. On different occasions I have spoken with Rumely collectors and no one seems to have had recollections of the Rumely truck. Possibly at some time you may make inquiry to your readers.' (This is the time Eldon, hope you get some answers).
We are happy to hear from one of our newest subscribers, JOHN PIERCE, 13149 Kingston, Huntington Woods, Michigan 48070 -
'I just received my first copy of your publication and found it to be very enjoyable and informative.
Perhaps one of your readers could help me determine the heritage of a single cylinder stationary engine which I acquired about two years ago. There are no casting numbers or codes anywhere on the engine except for the raised letters 'BULL DOG' on both sides of the water jacket. The important specifications are: Bore 4-3/8', Stroke 4-3/4', Flywheel O.D. 20' and is sparked by a Webster Tri-Polar Oscillator.
Any information regarding the production site, approximate age and rated horsepower would be greatly appreciated.'
WM. L. CUNNINGHAM, 4335 Barker St. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20019 would like to hear from anyone that owns or knows anything about a Schmidt Brothers Chilled Cylinder gasoline engine manufactured in Davenport, Iowa.
JAMES A. ALLEN, 4040 Taylor Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 sends us the following:
My father came across an old engine about a year ago that was in bad shape and restored it. We have been trying to find some information on the make of engine, but so far have come up empty handed. The make is a 'KEWANEE' made in Kewanee Ill. by the Kewanee Water Co. It is approximately a 1 to 1-1/2 HP engine and uses a high voltage ignition. A hit and miss type with 2-18' flywheels, hopper cooled.
I have questioned people here in Virginia and my father has done the same in Pennsylvania but no one has heard of this particular make engine. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows anything about this machine.
My Father is 73 years old and very much interested in these engines. Being a retired machinist, he has time to work on them. (Help them out Folks, I'm sure I've heard that name of engine).
GILBERT MERRY,Box 56, Lowden, Washington 99342 pens this letter to all: 'I need some information on an engine I just acquired. It is a vertical Fairbanks-Morse hit and miss of 2 or 3 horsepower and has a torch mounted on the side that heats a bent tube coming out of the side of the cylinder just above the top of the piston stroke. Also has a 1/2 inch rod, two inches long on top of the piston which is directly below a hole in the head where somebody has installed a spark plug. Would like to know the original type of ignition it had, or would like to hear from anybody who has a similar one.' (He's counting on an answer Gas Guys).
From MILO BLAUVELT, Bremo Bluff, Virginia 23032 comes an informative letter that I'm sure many of you readers will appreciate-- '
'I would like to take the opportunity to tell you people that are restoring gas engines, or any antique machines that have worn parts, about this product that can be used on most any metal surface. I would like to say we have just used it on a scored cylinder wall that had a groove cut in it. The set screw had come out and let the piston pin cut the wall badly. Maybe some of you fellows know about this product. It has been out some years. It is Plastic Steel (DEVCON A - Putty Type) Devcon Corp. Danvers, Mass. 01923. Many parts that could not be used could be saved and put back in working condition again. The man that told me about it used it to build up a crankshaft that was badly worn. Of course, he turned it down first put the putty and put the shaft back in the lathe and turned it to original size. He also used it on a scored cylinder wall with perfect success.
I think The Gas Engine Magazine is a great publication. It is read in my house from cover to cover. I wish I had more time to write to some of you fellows. There is not anyone near here that is interested in our hobby, although a good friend of mine has got the engine bug. He has three engines at present time. I have sold my stock of engines down now so there isn't many left.
Anyone that is in this part of Virginia that is interested in our hobby I would like to have them stop by and talk. You would not have to buy anything.'
WM. J. EARL, 63 Wilstead Drive, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada sends a note and this photo - 'I enjoy your magazine very much and enclose a photo of my 20-40 Eagle tractor in the Milton Steam Show Parade, September 1973.' (While it's not too good a photo of his tractor, it does have a different angle for a picture - sort of three dimensional just like you're sitting right there taking the picture yourself.)
From EDD W. CUTLER, Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania 16748 comes a missal of information:
In reply to an article in G.E.M. Jan. Feb., 74 page 25, Gasoline made from water; Calling this mixture gasoline is an error, it might better be called a motor fuel as any good chemist knows that water mixed with proper catalyst will burn.
About 12 years ago an expert in chemistry demonstrated at the County Fair, a powder in an iron tray. He would pour a small quantity of water on the powder and it would burst up in flame without any outside ignition.
He also put some powder in an envelope and placed it on the table and then he put a tablespoon of water on the envelope. As soon as the water soaked through to the powder it burst up in flame. I was his helper on the platform and I know there were no tricks. It was a plain chemical reaction.
In another demonstration he mixed a powder and water together and lit it with a match. He had a small Briggs and Stratton engine that he ran on this fuel. When this demonstration was over he stated that this fuel would never replace gasoline as the cost would be about $12.00 per gal.
There is another way to run an engine on water and powder, an acetalene generator using carbide and water.
On page 37 of G.E.M. Mr. Lestz ask for us to help to meet the energy crisis;Why don't some one search the patent office? According to an article in the Pittsburg Post Gazette I believe between the years 28 and 34, As I remember it a man by the name of HENDERSHOT tried to get a patent on a generator motor, according to the paper if the generator motor was reved up to I800 it would take off and generate its own power, according to the article the patent office would not examine the papers without a demonstration due to the fact it fringed on perpetual motion. The demonstration was arranged at the patent office and the Generator motor performed as Mr. Hendership claimed and with a prony brake test it developed 15 H.P.
It was rumored later that The Standard Oil Company purchased all rights to the patent, but by this time if there has not been any improvements to the patent it becomes public property and there must be many more patents that have been pigeoned holed to eliminate competion.'
EDWARD E. SINE Route 1, Box 394, Front Royal, Virginia 22630 writes: I have been taking your Gas Engine Magazine for about two years, and my son and I enjoy it very much. We have never seen any pictures or anything about a Pontiac Gas Engine. We have had one about three years, but cannot find out anything about it. Specifications are -- bore 3-3/4 inches by stroke 4 inches, flywheels 14 inches diameter with 2-1/4 inch face. Serial 1819, model F approximately 1-1/2 horsepower. Could anyone help me with information about this engine?
We have 15 other engines to name a few, a 5 horsepower Cray Brothers, New Holland 5 horsepower, 1 3/4 Unito, also a Fuller and Johnson pump jack engine.
Just a nice letter from TONY ANTON,118 N. Gunther, Santa Ana, California 92703 which reads thus: 'Thought I would let you know G.E.M. is the BEST tonic I have found yet to keep me fired up about restoring my little collection of one lungers. Sometimes, I would feel a bit discouraged because I may lack this or that part, but thumbing thru back issues of G.E.M. gets the old pep flowing again. Keep on truckin -I need the boost! I have about 20 engines, most in good condition and am trying to restore all to show condition.' (Thanks for the boost you give us, Tony).
An apology from JON SELZLER, Guthrie, Minnesota 56451 as a quotes: 'I'm very sorry Fellow Readers, but due to an error on my part, an ad last issue read (For Sale - Decals for 1 cyl. Maytags) but that is incorrect. I cannot provide decals for 1 cyl. Maytags. Please accept my sincere apology. A Corrected Ad appears this month. Many thanks for your orders.'
A complimentary letter, which questions and information follows from FLOYD HAGEDORN, 4104 Starr Ave., Oregon, Ohio 43616 -
Just a few lines in appreciation for the fine work done by GEM. I have appreciated all the recent helps on repairing and replacing hard to find parts. It is only by sharing our knowledge with one another that our hobby can be perpetuated.
For the 'Smoke Rings' column I would like to have information on an 8EB3 Delco Light Plant. I have some Delco information I could share. I also have a three blade wind charger for which any information would be appreciated. Parts list and information on 'Webster' EK magnetos would be of interest.
In regard to the item on running a hit and miss with battery ignition, Jan-Feb. issue, Frank Happ Sr.: I have run a 'Hercules' 1 1/2 H.P. this way for several years now. It is not approved by some people but does give one the pleasure of hearing the engine run when parts are so hard to come by.
A note from one of our regular contributors, HOLLAND E. MAXWELL, Route 4, Huntington, Indiana 46750 who comments: 'This is to correct a mistake in reference to the picture on page 16 of the Nov.-Dec. issue of G.E.M. The picture shows three forty-five horsepower Moguls pulling a fifty-five bottom Oliver plow. This was done November 11, 1911 at South Bend, Mayland and not Lafayette. The 30-60 Oil Pulls pulled the fifty bottom Oliver plow at Lafayette on Oct. 14, 1911. This was prior to the demonstration at South Bend.
Another interesting feature at South Bend was that one of those Moguls pulled a fourteen bottom plow by itself which was a record for one tractor at the time. About five years later a large Caterpillar crawler pulled a twenty-four bottom plow and I think that record still holds.'
From ROBERT D. SEELEY, 316Johnson Avenue, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093 comes a request for help Robert has just restored an old AC-35, Model WK crawler. Says it was all worth the effort just to hear it pop. He would like any information he could get on it. He also says, 'I read the fine article on Don Skidmore in your Jan.-Feb. issue. He's modest to a fault or lazy cause he collects implement seats too. I personally know that he's even more than a farmer, and no show would be complete without one of his engine displays.'
BEN J. KINSINGER, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 15552 is wondering if any of our readers could help him -- he would like to know when Serial Number 9034, 5 HP and Serial Number 8690, 2 HP New Holland were built. He would appreciate these answers.
And that is enough of Smoke Rings for this time or I'll be accused of over polluting. Hope you can all get enough gas to get to the Reunions. Anyhow be thankful for all the many enrichments of life you have - and if you can't be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have - escaped. -- And here's one to think on - If your wife doesn't treat you as she should be thankful! -- (that was nasty wasn't it?) But here's one for all of us -- If we stopped to think more, we would stop to thank more!