A Brief Word
It hardly seems possible that this is the last issue for Volume 35 of GEM. We're not sure where the year has gone, but with each passing rotation of the seasons, it seems that the years go by more quickly! We mentioned it last month, and we'll mention it one more time . . . are your engines dry? We just acquired one that has a good-sized crack in the head (easily repairable) because the water space around the sides and bottom of the cylinder was completely loaded with rust, lime and other debris. This did not permit the engine to drain completely. There are probably few things in the engine and tractor world more disheartening than filling'er up in the spring, only to find that water streams forth from the cracks that nature made over the winter!
Looking back over the past year, we're quite happy that our Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors is now in print, we're happy for good health, and we are looking forward to spending a few weeks in Australia and New Zealand!
During the next few months we'll be working on our Handbook of Antique Tools & Machinery. This book will be different than anything you have seen. There aren't many books of this kind on the market, and oftentimes they include a horde of ancient tools from the 1700s. That's all well and good, but we've found that most folks interested in old tools and equipment are looking for information on relatively new things from the late 1800s onward. Right now we have about 70 different categories.
Thanks also for those who have provided us with some additional printer's engravings relating to vintage tools and machinery. One of our friends was at a swap meet during the Mt. Pleasant show, and picked up a couple of nice copper electros for us. We enjoy antique letterpress printing, but making repro proofs of these old engravings is a job for the winter months-sometimes it takes a lot of patience to coax a good image from an ancient electro. When we do, you will see them here in GEM.
Our first query this month is:
35/12/1 LeRoi Crawler Q. I recently purchased a LeRoi crawler tractor in Belgium. It has LeRoi on the front and sides of the radiator, but also has a plaque on the instrument panel, TOBIAS TRACTOR MODEL G-140. LeRoi was in Milwaukee and Tobias was at Oakland, California.
I have been told this tractor was made for the U.S. military for the Normandy landings in World War Two. I recently met two retired Army persons who said they had three attached to their unit, and the other said that they were used in France and Belgium during the war.
Can anyone provide further information? Geoffrey Morison, Upper Neatham Mill Farm, Upper Neatham Mill Lane, Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire GU34 4EP England.
35/12/2 Wogamon Engines Q. Recently we received an interesting letter from Daniel H. Weaver, 6014Folkerth Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. He is the eldest living grandson of Harry Howard Wogamon. The latter was the moving force in Wogamon Bros. Company, Greenville, Ohio. This firm built the Sure-Go gas engines. Mr. Weaver says he has seen about six of the Wogamon engines in the past 40 years, and the 4 HP size seems to be the most common. He also indicates that the nameplate was attached to the wooden sills for the engine, so when the sills rotted away, the plate was lost. If you are interested in a reprinted sales brochure or have other information, kindly contact Mr. Weaver at the above address.
35/12/3 Country Life (NZ) Ltd.
Richard Robinson, publisher of Country Life (NZ) Ltd. comments on how things have changed over the past few years. Over the past couple of years we have commented that publishing has gone digital and that our old methods of pasteup, burning negatives, etc. were fast becoming obsolete. Mr. Robinson comments that recently he compiled a small book on crawler tractors in the usual paste up method and took it to the printer for a quote. The printer told him that if he could put everything on CD's he could save the tidy sum of $2,800.
Thus the days of the oldtime print-shop are about gone, and in only a few years time. First we lost the letterpress and the Linotype to the advent of offset printing, beginning in the 1950s. Now we are losing the time-honored methods of cut-and-paste to digital technology!
Richard may be contacted at 659 Hamurana Rd., RD 2, Rotorua, NZ 3221.
35/12/4 Q. Michael Marks at marks2308@ex-cite. com writes that he is looking for fenders for a 1948 Case Model DC. He has found a set of fenders for a Case VAC and wonders if they are the same dimensions. Michael also wonders whether there are any web sites for antique tractors and parts.
A. There are a number of websites. Try typing in tractors or antique tractors, and you might be surprised at what you will find.
35/12/5 Waterloo 2 HP Q. I have a Waterloo 2 HP engine, s/n 128792. What is the color scheme and when was it made? Also see the photos of a small engine that is 14 inches high, and is a hit-and-miss. Does anyone have a clue about this engine? Pete Fisher, 4722 W. 45th Ave., Gary, IN 46408.
35/12/6 Unidentified Q. See the three photos of an unknown two-cycle air-cooled engine. There is no identification whatsoever on it. Some have suggested it was made from an air compressor, others have suggested it looks like a Hume, so if anyone can provide an identification we will be glad to hear from them. Jim L. Brown, 7309 Baldwin Ave., Lincoln, NE 68507.
35/12/7 Cushman Cub Q. See the photos of a Cushman Cub that has just been restored. It is a Model R30, 4 HP, and s/n 82589.1 would like to know the age and the reason for the extended water hopper. Jim Fisher, 2048 Webb St., Stockton, CA 95205.
A. We can't tell you the exact age of the Cub, since no s/n listings are known to exist. The extended hopper was used to provide greater water storage capacity, and thus a longer running time without attention.
35/12/8 Information Needed Q. Can anyone tell me where or what happened to E. J. Earles of Milwaukee, Wisconsin? The February 1960 issue of Popular Mechanics page 143 has two photos. One is of a 1916 steam engine and threshing machine. The threshing machine was based on a scale of one inch to the foot, 'and the thresher threshes.' Any information would be appreciated. Tom Zulkoski, PO Box 468, Wood River, NE 68883-0468.
35/12/9 Unidentified Engine Q. Can anyone identify the engine in the photos? It is about 1? horsepower. Any help would be appreciated. Kevin R. Behnke, 33125 North 65th St., Wausau, WI54403.