Letters & Miscellanies
Mystery engine solved
It was very interesting to see the RAN kerosene engine in the
October/November issue of Gas Engine Magazine (“A-Z” Mystery
Engine). This exact RAN engine, no. 1435, has its home at the Dansk
Motorsamling stationary engine museum in Denmark.
We were very surprised to see a RAN situated in the United
States, but then we took a closer look and found the very special
exhaust, built by us, to run the engine inside the museum.
About the engine: It was built by an engineer named Eriksen, who
built a small engine shop in the Danish town of Randers in Jutland.
Mainly, Randers Engine shop was building engines for small fishing
boats. But, as shown in the photo, the Type R was a 4-1/2 HP
stationary engine built in 1926.
Foos Type K sightings
Here is a photo of a Foos Type K engine that was sighted at the
Coolspring (Pa.) Power Museum some years ago, when Foos engines
were featured.This engine was apparently built to the patent
featured in the October/November 2007 issue of GEM.
I don’t know who owns this engine.It is 3 HP, throttle-governed,
and features the Sumter Plugoscillator system usually found on
Fairbanks-Morse Type Z engines of the 1916-1918 period. Other than
the unique hopper and built-in oil supply, it is of fairly
conventional design.In all the years I’ve been in the hobby, I have
never seen another one, or indeed this one anywhere else.
New Hartford, N.Y.
4-H club puts on great display
Richard Sealander is the leader of the Patterson, Calif., 4-H
Club, made up of four boys and one girl.
They put their gas engine projects together and represented the
club in fine fashion at the Stanislaus County Fair, July 27-Aug.
Dave and Mary Hutchens
1914 Bingo, big and small
I just returned from a great show at Portland, Ind. My display
was next to my friend, Bill Wyrick. Bill has a very special engine
– a 1914 Bingo. It is an air-cooled 2-cycle hit-and-miss with the
bypass through a poppet valve in the piston. As a scale model
builder, I fell in love with the little engine. About three years
ago, I asked Bill if he cared if I made a model of his engine, as
it is a one-of-a-kind. Some people would not like that, but he said
it was OK. So now, we put the two engines side by side in our
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Forrest, IN 46039
Prize drawing winners
Winners have been named for prize drawings held by Gas Engine
Magazine and sister publications Farm Collector and Steam Traction
at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2007, at Mt.
Pleasant, Iowa. Congratulations to all!
– Dan Sutera, Muscatine, Iowa; 1/16-scale model John Deere 70
tractor from Nixon Auctioneers
– Mike Murray, Woodstock, Ill.; 1/16-scale model Allis-Chalmers
WD45 tractor from Nixon Auctioneers
– Mike Henry, Barnhart, Mo. and Donald Mueller, St. Louis, Mo.;
11-piece tap socket set from Dick Rulon
– Fred Haier, Lawtans, N.Y.; 1/16-scale model Oliver 77 diesel
tractor from SpecCast Toys
– Charles Robbins, Warrensburg, Mo.; 1/25-scale model
International Harvester TD-24 crawler with cable blade from
– Warren Wise, Hiawatha, Iowa; 1/16-scale model John Deere M
wide-front tractor with plow from SpecCast Toys
– Bud Zerzanek, Crossville, Ala.; Passin’ Gas Productions
T-shirt from Passin’ Gas Productions
– Melody Kleffman, Bethany, Mo.; Don E. Bodager, Crawfordsville,
Ind.; David VanNess, Burlington, Iowa; Richard Hembrough,
Jacksonville, Ill.; and Andy Robinson, Lapeer, Mich.; two jars
corncob spread from Krogh’s Family Farms
– Angel Jacobs, New London, Iowa; six cans of Strong Arm Spray
from Strong Arm Spray
– Ken Anderson, Allerton, Iowa; gift certificate for one pair
overalls from Klein Brothers
4 HP Clinton outboard
I have acquired an early model 4 HP Clinton air-cooled outboard
boat engine that has lost magnetism in the flywheel.
Several calls to advertised magneto repair sources provided no
results. I have read several texts on the subject of magnetism. I
even constructed a simple electromagnet and applied it to the iron
bar in the flywheel with mild results and no sustainability. I have
restored several old model engines and their magnetos have always
Any help and advice from readers would be greatly
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