| June/July 1989

As our hobby grows, so do the services offered by various collectors and companies. Inquiries to this column have run the gamut from the restoration of steering wheels to those making new exhaust manifolds and pouring babbitt bearings. With this in mind, we present an idea whose time has come. Why not persuade GEM to compile an annual Buyer's Guide to products and services? We envision a little book that would contain the names and addresses of many different suppliers-everything from decals to cast iron parts. So far as we know, this would be the first attempt to assemble this information into a single book, and it is a project we think to be well worthwhile. If you would be interested in a directory of this kind, why not drop a line to the Editors at GEM. (By the way, they are totally unaware that ye olde Reflector is proposing the idea, so we suspect that if they start getting a substantial number of letters in this regard, it will come as a pleasant surprise.) (See Editor's Letter for our response!-Ed)

Quite often we receive inquiries regarding the availability of certain U.S. patents and trademarks. According to our most recent information, copies of patents can be obtained for $1.50 each. Trademarks are $1.00 each. A Postal Money Order is preferred-do not send cash in the mails. We suspect that personal checks, if accepted at all, will be subject to considerable delay. You must provide the Patent Number. Nothing else will do! They will not research for a patent on the basis of the date of issuance. Send your request to:

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Washington, DC 20231

This information should also be available at Federal Depository Libraries scattered throughout the country.

As is our annual custom, we once again caution all of our readers to operate their engines in a safe manner. The advent of summer is of course the time when engines are pulled out of dreary sheds, cleaned and tuned, all ready for a series of shows. Please operate them with care, remembering that most of these engines were built in a time when safety engineering was a relatively unknown term-it was presumed by the manufacturer that the operator had sense enough to keep loose clothing away from an unprotected flywheel key or to keep the fingers from getting a permanent pleat in the timing gears. Then too, be careful in handling the old iron. Don't strain your back in lifting old engines about. Get some assistance or use some power equipment. The show season will be a lot more enjoyable this way than if you arrive at your favorite show wearing a back brace, one hand in a cast, and using a cane because one foot is badly bruised from dropping the corner of an engine on your big toe! Ah, the miseries we sometimes inflict on ourselves in the name of fun!

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