A Brief Word
35/12/10 Unidentified Engine Q. See the three photos of an engine our association restored last year. However, we would like to identify this engine. Can anyone help? Gilles Marcil, 1745 De Brie, ST-Hyacinthe Prov. de Quebec J2T 4T1 Canada. email: gilles.marcil.@hy .cgoable.co.
35/12/11 Carlisle & Finch Q. I have the Carlisle & Finch engine shown in the photo. If anyone has any information on this company it would be nice if they would write it up; the only information I have is from American Gas Engines Since 1872. Also, a tip for model engine owners. I use aviation fuel in my models and it does not gum up in the lines and carburetor like regular gasoline. Joe Ford, 2508 Harris Circle, Cleveland, TN 57312.
35/12/12 Fairbanks-Morse Q. See the photos of a Fairbanks-Morse Type E vertical two-cycle engine. It is fairly complete except for the water pump and a few ignition parts.
I have been told this was a binder engine, but can't help notice how much it resembles a marine engine. I have no literature or manuals for this engine, and wonder if anyone could be of help. Roy Thornley, 22711 ME 16th St., Camas, WA98607.
A. Your engine is indeed an F-M marine engine. For a time, in the mid to late 'teens, F-M modified the engine slightly and also sold it as a binder engine. This was to counter the rising threat of the immensely popular Cushman vertical. These engines were built at the Three Rivers, Michigan, plant, and consequently there isn't much information archived at Beloit for the Type E engines. I hope someone can provide more information.
Sometime over the years we acquired a 1920 Ni`les Machine Tool Company catalog. This big hardbound book is almost three inches thick! One item that has always fascinated us is their Pratt & Whitney Toolmakers' Lathe offered at that time. This machine had a 60-inch bed, and almost 30 inches between centers. Built in massive proportions, it must have indeed been a pleasure to operate one of these lathes. Note though that the apron is surprisingly small... a belt driven feed rod operates the carriage for all operations except threading, and the latter is handled through the lead screw at the bottom of the apron. This design minimized wear and subsequent loss of accuracy on the lead screw. This machine could also be furnished with metric dials instead of English if ordered from the factory that way.
For those of us who operate lathes and other machine tools, be sure to keep the ways clear of chips. Otherwise, the tiniest ones get beneath the carriage or the tailstock. This raises the carriage by a few thousandths and tends to throw it out of alignment. Be careful in using compressed air to clean the carriage and ways of chips. You might end up with a chunk of metal in your eye!
Next month we'll show you some other interesting lathes from the Niles Tool Company catalog.