Rural Route 2, Roseville, Illinois 61473
Your new Gas Engine Magazine is a wonderful addition to your
many publications; I have enjoyed it very much the past year. I was
glad to read of the restoration of number 160 in the Jan.-Feb.
issue. The Kallista farm is located about 7 miles from me. I had
watched that old tractor for years, and when I learned it had been
sold to Carl Mowery, I knew it had gone to a good home. When Carl
told me he had sold it, that was the last I knew of it till I saw
the article in G.E.M. A little more information about the plow that
was mentioned in the article: It was disassembled with care by the
junkman. I saw it loaded on a truck. It went to Michigan and was
re-assembled, painted and resold, I am told.
I am restoring a gas engine that came from this same farm
(Kallista). Pictures number 1 and 2. It is a two cylinder opposed 4
inch bore, about 4 inch stroke; grease cup lubrication on main
bearings with sight feed oilers on each cylinder. The large tank is
a fuel tank with water in the bottom half, and fuel in the top
half. Battery ignition is by spark plug and vibrator coil. The coil
is double, but enclosed in one box. It was made by the Dayton Dick
Company, Quincy, Illinois. The age is a guess, 1910-1920? The only
thing on it that has any identification on it is the carburetor
(Kingston). The water pump is a Lipman (Beloit, Wisconsin). It is
about ready to run, but has to be painted. The original paint
appears to be engine, aluminum, with the tank green. Can anyone
identify it? The engine was used to run a baler.
Picture number 3 is a trailer load of engines I displayed at the
July 4 show at Raritan, Illinois, and at the Berwick Homecoming.
They are left to right: 1?-2? H.P. L B I.H.C.; unknown 1? H.P.,
looks like an Economy; Fairbanks-Morse 1? H.P. Model Z (1917, spoke
flywheels) ; on the lower board is a Fairbanks-Morse 2 H.P.
Model Z (1925, solid or disc flywheels). The large engine is
a 7 H.P. Economy (1918) : the last one is a 3-5 H.P. L B
I.H.C. Out of sight on the other side is a 1? H.P. Model E John
Deere. They are all running; except the unknown. It is just like I
purchased it. I found this engine while moving my house trailer out
ahead of the big Mississippi River flood of 1965. The engine brings
forth many comments from the public when they are told that the
John Deere 1? H.P., and the 1?-2? LB looked just like it before
they were restored. It is rusty, stuck and the grease cups, oilers
and muffler are missing. After the comments about an unrestored
engine among restored ones, I may never do anything to it and just
continue to display it as is.
The trailer the engines are mounted on is made from an old
Chevrolet truck frame. The axles and wheels are from an old
sprayer. It is painted black with yellow wheels. The main frame is
18 feet long with the boards between the wheels 17 inches wide and
7 feet long. It weighs 990 pounds empty and loaded 3,750. The box
on the rear end is from an old threshing machine. It is very handy
for cranks, oil. grease, tools, etc.
My collection contains a number of unrestored, hoppered-cooled
engines of different makes.
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