Old Engine Memories
After seeing the picture of the young man oiling the engine on
page 6 in the September 2003 issue of GEM, I felt compelled to
share these pictures. After all, the conversion of the
‘pumpity’ from gas to electric was no small task at this
All kidding aside, the pictures (of me) were taken about 1949 at
my grandfather’s farm on Turkey Mountain just 5 miles out of
Tulsa, Okla. My grandfather bought the farm about 1946. He was a
lawyer, and every time he had business at the courthouse he would
ask when they were going to run the electric lines out his way.
They finally got the lines to the farm about 1949.
Although I remember the electric pump and its sound, I can’t
remember the Fuller & Johnson at all. Thanks for a great
magazine, and to all of the collectors who contribute.
William P. Geyer P.O. Box 1029 Granbury, TX 76048.
In response to a question raised by Steve Hay in the November
2003 issue of GEM (see query 38/11/2, page 9), I’ve had good
luck using silver solder to retip points. The flat strip silver
solder used to braze carbide bits on turning tools works best. Cut
a piece to fit between the contact point and the igniter arm, apply
flux, sandwich the pieces together and apply heat.
Ken Hollenbeck email@example.com
A much younger William Geyer checks out a Fuller & Johnson
pump jack unit and its replacement electric motor (below) at his
grandfather’s Oklahoma farm in 1949.
Nelson Bros. Engines
In the October 2003 Letters & Miscellanies column you showed
an illustration from a Montgomery Ward catalog, and the caption
indicated that the air-cooled engine was a Nelson Bros. 3 HP VFG. I
have a similar engine, but with a mixer, instead of the carburetor
shown in the drawing. It was my first engine, and is still a
favorite – I rescued it from the ‘free pile’ at a yard
It was owned by a family who used it to pump water from the
Spokane River. The nametag says ‘Sattley’ and
‘Montgomery, Ward & Co.’ C.H. Wendel’s American
Gasoline Engines Since 1862 mentions the air-cooled Wards line, but
only briefly. Can you direct me to more info on air-cooled Nelson
John Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Montgomery, Ward & Co. marketed the Sattley line of engines.
A comprehensive review of Nelson Bros, air-cooled engines appeared
in the March 2003 issue of GEM. – Editor
Heider Friction-Drive Tractor
Your article and photos in the October 2003 issue about the
Heider 12-20 tractor and its friction drive is excellent. The
tractor is not very common, and there are few people who understand
how it works. The idea still remains in use in small lawn
In addition to the article information, you gave me another name
to add to a growing list of Heider tractor owners. Gayle McDonald
will be number 32 in a list that includes Heiders located in
Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and the U.S. Please check out my
Web site at: www.HeiderTractors.com
As for my name, I doubt my family is related to the original
John Heider. In Germany, the Heider name is as common as Smith and
Jones in the U.S.
John C. Heider email@example.com
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