Letters & Miscellanies

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Fairbanks, Morse & Co.

I found this letterhead and order form in an old hardware order
book. I thought maybe you would have an interest putting it in the

Don Sidwell, Rural Route 1, Box 202, Queen City, MO 63561

Looking for a Novo?

Hello to the great people who put the Gas Engine Magazine

I called Jim Limacher who wrote the story ‘Scaling the
Heights’ in the July 2004 GEM on page 29-31, and he suggested I
drop you folks a note. I’ll ask you the same question I asked
him: Do you know if anyone makes a model of the old upright Novo
with the water hopper on top and double flywheels? I owned one when
I was in high school. I got it off a cement mixer, and I ran it in
my garage hooked up to a saw to cut scrap wood up. It was real

It would be fun to have a working model to start and play

The Novo I had stood about 3 feet tall and was very heavy. My
aunt in Pennsylvania had a great big Novo that she had on a buzz
saw to cut firewood. It stood at least 5 or 6 feet tall. I
don’t know how many horsepower it was.

John Albright, 509 N. Sabina St., Anaheim, CA 92805

Red & Ready Engine

Enclosed are some pictures of my Red & Ready engine.

The Red & Ready was made in Havana, Ill., by the Ashurst
Press Drill Co. They made press drills and gas I engines.

The engines were for a pump to take the place of the windmill.
They had a walking beam that ran the pump. They were 3 HP, and the
company made one 12 HP that went to Denver. A man had to go out and
change the carburetor because it would not run in light air.

My engine was made in the 1890s, but it is real small,
12-1/2-inch flywheels and 26-1/2- inch walking beam. I believe it
may be a sample for a salesman. I have been to many shows, and no
one has seen any of these in this size. I think it may be the only
one. Does anyone know?

Ernest W. Hoff, 12864 State Route 78, Havana, IL 62644

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United Registry

First let me congratulate and thank you for the new Gas
Engine Magazine
. I subscribed for years and got tired of
stories of homemade garden tractors and the like, and not enough
stories about original, un restored engines and their histories, as
well as histories of the various manufacturers. I drifted away. But
I’m back and appreciate your new look.

At Portland, Spring 2004, I acquired my first air-cooled, a
1-3/4 HP United. I have been unable to find out much about the
engine or the company other than their associated manufacture. To
that end, I am undertaking a registry of United owners. I have
launched this via ‘SmokStak’ and have a few responses so
far. My hope is to acquire enough numbers and physical
characteristics to develop some conclusions about United. To my
knowledge, no one has previously undertaken this job.

At some future date, if enough data can be collected, I would
like to publish the list as appropriate, keeping confidential names
and addresses of owners.

If anyone knows of someone else already doing this, have any
suggestions or think it is a bad idea, please advise me. I’m a
small collector with nine engines (about half original) and a
retired auto paint store owner with about 15 years in the

Dick Webber, 1737 Mimosa Court, Bowling Green, KY 42103, (270)
842-2686, rwebber49@aol.com

United Registry Request:

If anyone knows of any United engines, please send the
information below to reader Dick Webber.

Owner’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address

Gas tank location

Type of trip (straight or gooseneck)

Serial number

Other distinguishing features, original bills of sale, dates,
stories, etc.

Engine type

Air- or hopper-cooled

Type of mixer

General condition (running, original, restored, project)


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