A Brief Word

| November/December 1996

Although somewhat belated, we surely do want to thank all of the hundreds of folks who visited us at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. Many of you just stopped by to shake hands, others had comments or suggestions. All were appreciated, and again, thank you!

This year, well over thirty folks from Australia were in attendance at Midwest Old Threshers and some other shows. Quite a few of these folks shared pictures and comments with us regarding the engines and tractors in Australia. We were once again amazed at the many American-made engines that went to Australia. Curiously, many of these are engines that are considered to be quite rare here in the U.S., much less making it all the way to Australia. Another thing we learned was that compared to the United States, Australia won't have the quantity of engines found here, but the variety of engines and the quality of the collections will be hard to rival anywhere in the world.

We've got quite a few folks booked to go with us to Australia next February. If you're still hesitating, we wish you could have seen some of the photos our Australian friends shared with us. On top of that, this column won't be in your hands until early October, so the opportunity to share in this once-in-a-life-time tour is running out. We'll do our best to show you an enjoyable time . . . maybe we'll even share a silly joke or two while we're en route.

A number of folks stopped by our stand asking if we had a copy of the August 1996 GEM, noting that they never got one. Others stopped by to tell us they got more than one copy. As has been mentioned in previous issues, a dreadful computer snafu between the postal service and the mailing company (not the folks at GEM) caused this isolated incident. Most folks who didn't get the issue have by now been sent one. If you're one of the few we've not yet heard from, please write to the GEM office and let them know.

Ye olde Reflector recently acquired a Hallett diesel engine built at Ingle-wood, California, in the early 1940s. The only information we've found about this company so far has been a trademark application (as noted on page 48 of Gas Engine Trademarks). This listing notes first use of the mark in April 1941. A few advertisements have been found in Diesel Progress Magazine, but otherwise, we've found nothing at all. Anyone having information on this company and its products, please drop a line to ye olde Reflector.

In the same connection, we understand that the Hallett was built in air-cooled and water-cooled versions, the latter seeing far less production than the air-cooled style. We also have been told that a great many were built for military purposes during World War Two. Ours is a single-cylinder, vertical style of 6 HP. It starts easily (once the proper procedure is learned) and runs very quietly for a diesel.