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Making Maytags Spark

464 S. 5th St. Sebewaing, MI 48579

A note on the discussion in the February SmokStak
column on why a twin-cylinder Maytag wouldn’t spark:

None of the fellows making suggestions mention checking the
magnet in the flywheel. I had trouble with one of my Maytag twins
and found that one end of the magnet was dead. I recharged the
magnet, and my Maytag started fine. I check the magnet by pulling a
flat blade screwdriver across the ends of the magnet. If I get a
strong pull on the screwdriver, I consider the magnet okay.

I also found another problem with one of my Maytag twin engines
that wouldn’t spark. The man I bought the engine from said the
magneto fired well before he took the engine apart, but when he got
it back together it would not fire. After checking the engine over,
I found the insulation broken off of the wire coming out of the
bottom of the coil. It was up against the ground wire, causing a
dead short. I taped the wire, put the engine back together and the
magneto fired fine.

More Bohons

Thought you could use this in your magazine. The engine is a 6
HP Bohon with 5–inch bore, 10-inch stroke and 37-inch flywheels,
sold by Bohon at Harrodsburg, Ky. The serial number is not stamped
on the tag. I would like to thank Wade Homes for installing a
sleeve and bushing, and for welding. Dave Guelda, 1351 Texas
Ave. Louisville, KY 40217

Kinkade Garden Tractor?

Melvin Fox restored this garden tractor, which appears to be a
Kinkade, but doesn’t know when it was built.

Here is my latest project. It sat on my bench for two years. The
mag was stuck so I sent it to a shop that just about destroyed it.
Be careful who you send your parts to. I finally figured out how I
could hold it on the machine as the brace was stripped and cracked.
I have to use a battery and coil now.

This machine was made by the American Farm Machinery Co.,
Minneapolis, Minn. Any idea of when? To have one rare piece is
nice, but I have several. Melvin A. Fox, 16791 Hudson Rd.
Milton, DE 19968

(The American Farm Machinery Co. was in business from the 1920s
through the mid -1950s, and this unit was part of their Kinkade
garden tractor line. Do any readers know more about these little
units and how to date them? – Editor)

Wizard Belt

The elusive belts have been installed on the 11 HP riding mower
mentioned on page 4 of the April 2002 issue of GEM.

This Wizard mower turned out to be a Model GLS 7115 A48, not a
GLS 115 A48 as stated on the identification tag. I have heard of
such things happening, but have never encountered this before.

It seems Western Auto was owned at least in part by Sears for
awhile, and they have since gone to tire sales only. If anyone out
there in engine land has an owner’s manual with a parts list
for either of the above models it would be much appreciated. This
mower carries s/n 407 LI 622. As we all know, sometimes the
simplest projects turn out to be the most frustrating and
expensive. David Mozol, 213 Mozol Lane Oden, AR 71961

Fairbanks Co. Engine

Fairbanks Co. sign found by reader Richard Bouma. The engine in
the upper left-hand corner, second from left, appears to be
identical to one owned by Gordon Hawk. Gordon asked for information
about his engine in the April 2002 issue of GEM.

I saw Gordon Hawk’s letter in the April 2002 issue of GEM in
Reflections concerning his Fairbanks Co. engine that may
be a Blakeslee. I was very surprised to see the article, because I
had not heard of either the Fairbanks Co. or the Blakeslee engine
until this last winter when I was with my wife’s family in
Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Whenever we go up to see them there is a series of antique and
junk stores that I do not miss. In a store in Surrey, B.C., I found
a porcelain sign, which is shown in the picture I’m sending
you. All of the white areas of the sign are raised up from the dark
blue and the sign is completely porcelain. There is some damage in
spots that can be seen in the picture, but basically the sign shows
seven different engines that the Fairbanks Co. apparently handled
at the time the sign was made. I have no idea as to the date of the
sign, and the store where I purchased it had no information. They
had bought it in a lot of items brought in from the U.S. It is very
apparent by the engine in the upper left-hand corner that your
engine was very definitely handled by this company.

I hope this may shed a little more light on the Fairbanks Co.
and your engine. Again, I was very excited to read the article in
Wendel’s column because it gave a little history to my sign. If
you have any questions concerning the sign, please feel free to
contact me. Richard E. Bouma, 855 W. La Deney Dr. Ontario, CA
91762 E-mail: boumaair@aol.com

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