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Spark Plug Cleaning

55/4/1: Modification for cleaning small spark plugs

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I build, collect, repair and display model gas engines. One of my pet peeves is spark plugs, the very small ones are over $30 each, plus shipping. I had a small Bull Duram spark plug cleaner left over from my auto shop days. However, the top hole where the spark plug goes is way too big. The top where the spark plug goes comes off with four machine screws. I had a gasket package from my local hardware store, Jerry’s Do It Best Hardware, and a piece of thick rubber gasket was in the kit. I cut out a piece the same outer diameter as the old one with a small center hole. The grit for this type of cleaner is available in three grits, I use the finest of the three. This also taught me to run these small engines fuel mixture as lean as possible, so as to lessen spark plug fouling. This type of spark plug cleaner is available from several vendors. I am looking for unfinished model gas engines.

Dave Irey
Edina, Minnesota

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This Central Pneumatic Air Spark Plug Cleaner is available for $14.99 at Harbor Freight.

Thank you, Dave, for that handy tip on how to adapt a spark plug cleaner for use on model-size plugs. For those of you not familiar with a pneumatic air spark plug cleaner, it functions attached to an air compressor set to 90psi. Simply insert a used spark plug, electrode side down, into the rubber cover of the spark plug cleaner. Press the trigger to use compressed air, or for increased cleaning, change the setting to use air and an abrasive mixture — “grit” — around your spark plug. The abrasive material is preloaded into the lower reservoir in the body of the cleaner. You may want to use compressed air to blow away residual abrasive material before reinstalling. — Editor


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Piersen Motor A347

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55/4/2: Versatility and reuse

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This Piersen is mounted in my show “hoopty” and was in Gas Engine Magazine in the A to Z section somewhere around 2009. Anyhow, this engine is an A347 and was set up with a Dixie trip impulse magneto, I still have it but it was replaced with a Fairbanks-Morse. I saw a nice story you had on your Piersen project back in 2017 on the computer. This particular engine was found on a farm here in Marshall County. It was still belted to a pump jack and pump in a windmill/coalbin house which was attached to the main farm house. The engine supplied the house and barn with water until 1977 when the magneto broke and parts were unavailable at that time.

Charlie Hartle

Indiana

buzzsawcharlie@hotmail.com


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Pine Tree Milker Information

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A Mr. Lemsky of Wisconsin writes in response to Gil Mangles' query in the October/November 2019 issue with more on the Pine Tree Milker. According to Lemsky, the Pine Tree Milker “was the name of the first generation milking machine of the Surge Corp., well known here in Wisconsin. There is a good, concise history associated with the Pine Tree machine at www.surgemilker.com. Today, it has all been consolidated to the German food processing machinery giant, GEA. The slogan ‘The Cow’s Adopted Child’ refers to the Pine Tree Milker’s acceptance by the dairy cow as willingly as is if it were the cow’s own calf.”


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Winching 1922 6hp Novo

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Reader Ray Fisher wrote us in response to my comments last issue about engines adapted for duty outside their intended design. Case in point is a 1922 6hp Novo Ray owns that worked the Arizona mines: “Check out the photos of the 1922 6hp Novo (serial no. 53031) adapted to winch duty for mining and construction. This engine is a good runner. I have owned it a long time at my mining museum here in Tucson, Arizona.”

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Ray Fisher
Tucson, Arizona
hammerblow55@gmail.com


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Fairbanks-Morse and McVicker Buzz Saw Rig

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Regular contributor David Babcock writes in again, sending vintage photos showing a large Fairbanks-Morse installed in a workshop and a screen-cooled McVicker engine powering a buzz saw on a cold winter day. David writes: “The large engine is probably a 32hp Fairbanks N, belted to a line shaft powering a shop in an unknown location. The photo is dated January 1910. The other photo shows men posing somewhere in Minnesota beside a large McVicker engine and buzz saw. Maybe circa 1915?”

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David Babcock
Cass City, Michigan


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Oldsmar Tractor Memories

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To the editor, and to all who work at GEM. Thank you for such a great magazine. I have been a subscriber since 1979! I would like to go back in time now to show you and the readers how valuable each issue is. I’m calling this “On the Road Again, Part 2.” I was 15 years old when I went to my first gas engine show. Within that weekend I was a new member of Branch 15 at Antique Powerland. I did not want to leave. So now I was hooked and started looking for engines. My first one turned out to be in a shed at my neighbor’s farm, which I bought for $60, I think. I was in heaven.

It was a 1917 F-M. I still needed more, so my family and I were at church, and after church my father and I were talking with a gentleman named Charlie. He was an old retired mechanic. He said he had an old steel wheel tractor he rescued from being scrapped a long time ago. Now he said he would like to see something happen with it. We decided on a price of $65. I think now I owned a nameless tractor. Then C.H. Wendel’s Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors came out. I got a copy and there it was, a small picture of one similar to mine, an Oldsmar tractor. So my father wrote a story called “On the Road Again” and we sent it to GEM. Not sure how long it took to be published, but it appeared in the November/December 1982 issue.

Nobody responded to the story, so we rolled it to the back of the shop. I’m still getting GEM, then I get my June 2004 issue. I don’t believe it. The story “Olds and the Mystery Machine” is staring me in the face. Wow. An engine for my tractor! Well, at that time family, work and life kind of got in the way. So now to the present; I’m cleaning the garage and there’s the tractor still sitting there. Then I found the issues I just mentioned.

Oh joy. Now I’m older, 54, if you must know, and I would like to get back to this. I tried contacting Kenny – the owner of the engine – but well, Kenny passed two years ago, according to his wife. She is trying to see if her sons know what happened to the engine.

Meanwhile, I hope you can run a new story using all of this information. Maybe someone out there knows where it is and if anyone else has one of these? Or am I the only one? As you said at the end of the 2004 article, with luck, a clearer picture of the engine’s origins, the town and the company will come to light someday with the discovery of a similar engine or tractor. Well, I got the tractor, let’s get the engine and set it “on the road again.” I hope to hear from anybody. I will continue my subscription until I’m gone! Your biggest fan!

Craig Orme
285 S 16th Ave.
Cornelius, OR 97113
(503) 357-8582


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Temple Pace Maker Pumping Engine

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The gear system for the Temple Inverted Pump Engine.

Longtime reader and regular contributor Stiles Bradley sends in recent pictures of the 2hp Temple Pace Maker inverted pumping engine he got running a few years back. We shared some photos in the February/March 2016 issue, and now Stiles sends more showing the engine fully set up and pumping water. This type of engine was introduced in 1908 by The Temple Pump Co., Chicago, Illinois. The pumping engine came with a single flywheel while non-pumpers came with two. “I haven’t found anybody else that has the one flywheel pumper. It’s serial no. 8263. This Temple was restored by me, it is the only pumper I know of,” Stiles says.

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The pulley side of the Temple Pump engine.

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The build plate for the Temple shows serial no. 8263. Are there any others out there?

Stiles Bradley
Pavilion, New York
spbradley@twc.com


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