27/3/14 Empire Engine Stan Davis, Rt 8, Box
112, Live Oak, FL 32060 sends along the before-and-after shots of
his Empire engine. Stan writes that the engine had rested among the
weeds for 30-plus years, and was used by his father on a buzz saw
some fifty years ago. It was repainted using General Motors
27/3/15 Some Tractor Questions Q. What is the
proper paint color for a 1930 model 22-36 McCormick-Deering
tractor, and a 1942 Case LA tractor? What is the year built for a
Farmall A, s/n FAA207624, and an AC ‘U’ s/n LA25616? Also,
where is the s/n located on a 1917 Fordson tractor, and what is the
proper color? What is the year built and paint color for a
Cockshutt (Oliver) 70, s/n 302254? Craig Strudwick, PO Box 501,
Balgonie, Sask, SOG OEO Canada.
A. We have DuPont 27625 Gray for the 22-36; the
Case is Flambeau Red, which we have as Martin-Senour 90R-3727-The
Farmall A was built in 1947; the AC ‘U’ number you present
does not show up in our lists. Offhand, we can’t tell you where
the Fordson s/n is stamped; however we have Martin-Senour 90T-3732
listed as Ford Gray. We are not sure though, whether this is the
same shade of gray as was used on the Fordson. Can someone supply
us with the proper color match for Cockshutt tractors?
27/3/16 Giant Gasoline Engine Otto Turner, 306
N. Mulberry, Hartford City, IN 47348 submits this photo of a Giant
engine, and needs to know what type of carburetor was used, along
with other information on this particular engine. See the
27/3/17 Lazier Etc. Q. See Photo 17Aof a Lazier
2 HP engine, made in Buffalo, New York. I have been told it was
made by Novo, but the plate reads, ‘Made by. Lazier Engine
Co.’ Does it take oil in the crankcase? There is no fill hole,
and no oil level hole. We keep oil in it, but it seems to throw it
out the vent holes above the crank. Photo 17B is of a Nichols &
Wright marine engine made in Buffalo, New York. The former owner
said this was the second engine built in 1904, and only ten were
built that year. When we took it down, every piece has a No.
2stampedonit. Any information on this engine will be appreciated.
Jerry Lester, 629 Freedom Road, Freedom, NY 14065.
A. It is our belief that the Lazier was made by
Lazier and not by Novo…at least we’ve never seen anything to
the contrary. Not having seen your engine, we can’t tell you
much about the oiling system. Most of these engines use a sheet
metal slinger secured under on the con rod bolts. If there is no
slinger, then cut one that will reach down an inch or so, and make
it about a quarter inch wide. If you carry the oil high enough so
that the entire bottom rod cap catches oil, there’s no doubt it
will throw oil all over. This takes some experimenting to get it
just right. The slinger should only catch a half inch or less of
oil. Novo, Cushman, etc. depended on the cylinder lubricator to
help maintain the proper oil level.
27/3/18 Michigan Marine Engine Q. Please, would
someone be so kind as to send me any info onal 940-plus Michigan
Marine Engine made in Cold Water, Michigan? It is a two-cylinder,
4-cycle of about 20 horsepower, and has the transmission built as
an integral part of the engine. All, 1 repeat, all letters will be
.answered. Please call collect at 318-625-4801 after 6 p.m., or
write Robert Mayeux, 2204 Comanche, Sulphur, LA 70663.
27/3/19 Information Needed Q. Will you please
provide the date built for the following engines: Fairbanks-Morse
Type Y, 75 HP, s/n 553135; Foos 26 HP, s/n 24248; Superior 25 HP,
s/n 19118; Waterloo Boy, 6 HP, s/n 14568? 1 also need to correspond
with an owner of a-Fairbanks-Morse 75 horsepower Tjipe Y engine,
and the owner of a Superior 25 horsepower engine. Adolph Alloy, Rt.
J, Box 958, Rosharen, TX 77583.
A. It appears the FBM engine was built in 1923;
we have no information on any of the others.
27/3/20 AC SP-40 Combine Q. See the photos of
an Allis-Chalmers combine that doesn’t’ t appear in your
book, The Allis-Chalmers Story. This machine was at the Kings dale
Fire Co. Antique Show in Pennsylvania. A sign with it states,
‘Bought and used by the U.S. Army, 1943-1963.’ Merle E.
Wolf, 19 Sycamore Ln., Hanover, PA 17331.
A. We’ve never heard of this one
before…it appears to have been an A-C Model 40 combine converted
to a self-propelled design. Perhaps someone can provide further
information on this particular machine.
27/3/21 Alma Engine Q. I just purchased a 30 HP
Alma Engine, Model 1-S, s/n 4598. The engine is pretty much bare,
and I would like to correspond with someone having information
about the ignition, governor, and the hit-and-miss lockout systems.
The crankshaft is stamped ‘E. F. Co. 10-30-07.’ Any other
information on Alma Co. history is also needed. Ron Cianek, 2112
Michigan, Bay City, Ml 48708.
A. The only information we have on the Alma is
found on page 22 of American Gas Engines. You will find that
several patents are noted. Possibly some of these might illustrate
some of the parts which you need to locate.
27/3/22 A Girl and an Engine Q. Some fifty-six
years ago, I wanted a beautiful old engine and a young girl. 1 got
the young girl but not the engine. I now have the engine fifty six
years later, and yes, the girl also.
Could you tell me the year made for the following: Stover
TA242298SR; Stover TC242321SR?
I also have several Hercules engines and a Maynard sold by
Charles Williams Stores, plus several Sattley engines sold by
Montgomery Ward. John F. Hottle, 9523 Fairview Ave., Manassas, VA
A. John, we’re glad to hear that the girl
came first. Now that you’ve also got the engine, be warned that
one of the symptoms of severe benignities is when the engine comes
first! Both of the Stover engines were built in 1937.
27/3/23 Witte Engine Q. What is the year built
for a Witte engine, s/n B25260? Also the proper color, and how to
get the piston free. As you can see from the photo, I need to
correspond with someone who can show me the parts needed on the
head. Andy Whiten, 3763 E. 24 St., Tucson, AZ85713.
A. Your engine was built July 23, 1925. Per our
Notebook, Witte recommends one pint of Rustoleum Black added to two
pints of Rustoleum Forest Green. This comes close to PPG 40952
27/3/24 Witte Information Q. What is the year
built for a Witte engine, s/n 92037? Charles G. Wall, 1429 Irving
St., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
A. Your engine was built in 1931.
Readers Write 26/12/43 Unidentified Crawler We got over two
dozen letters on this query submitted by the Reflector. Virtually
everyone says that this is a Trun-daar tractor as built by Buckeye
Mfg. Co., Anderson, Indiana. Thanks to all those who wrote in on
26/11/25 Frazer Tiller Several people wrote to us in this
regard, stating that the unidentified machine is indeed a Frazer
tiller. Thanks to all those who wrote.
A Rare Bird Indeed Regarding the article on page 20 of the
December 1991 GEM, this engine was in use by the U.S. Army/Air
Force during World War Two.
26/10/20 Magneto Condensers Gerald B. Lombard, 5120 Belcrest
Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309-4705 writes:
After several exchanges with Mr. Schueler we now know that the
correct magneto for the Standard Twin in 1937 was the Wico A-32B.
This is a low base mount (35mm from base to center of shaft). It
has CCW rotation, and 10 degree impulse coupling lag angle. This
unit has a two-post distributor attached directly to the magneto
shaft, giving a spark for every 180 degrees of magneto rotation. At
an unknown later date, Standard began using the FBM J-2A39B with
the same specs.
26/12/6 An Unusual John Deere Many, many letters came in on this
query. Some writers have concluded that only about 40 of the 3 HP
‘EP’ engines have been found. Legend has it that Deere had
problems with the regular .Series E engines in the deep South due
to premature failure of bearings and cylinders. The modified engine
includes dust covers over the main bearings, a tube enclosing the
push rod, a new head design which enclosed the intake and exhaust
valve area, an air filter on the intake pipe, and a high tension
magneto with spark plug ignition. Again, our thanks to the many,
many people who wrote to us on this query.
26/12/42 Unidentified Tractor We also heard from a couple of
folks who tell us that the unusual tractor with the adjustable rear
wheels was in fact, the Porter 20-40 tractor built at Des Moines,
Iowa in 1919 and 1920. It is illustrated on page 229 of
Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors.
26/12/10 Unidentified IHC Crock Several people wrote to tell us
that this unique piece was supplied by IHC along with their
mechanical milking machine. It was intended to sterilize and clean
the milk hose and teat cups.
27/1/21 Madison-Kipp Lubricators Ted H. Stein, 412 W. Second
St., Streator, IL 61364 writes that on a recent trip to Madison,
Wisconsin he found that Madison-Kipp had been taken over by
Lubriquip Inc. The address now is: Kipp Lubrication Systems,
Lubriquip Inc., 2001 S. Stoughton Rd., Madison, WI 53716.
27/1/13 Large Pump John B. Mulford Jr., 8894 Upper Lake
Rd.,Lodi, NY 14860 writes:
This pump is not too big to have been used in an orchard
sprayer. They would not suck very far, but had the ability to pump
a great deal of water against a large head. Summer hotels on a lake
used big ones to pump to a standpipe where the water flowed by
gravity to the hotel. Many companies built this type of pump in
this area. Gould Pumps and Field Force Pump manufactured them. They
were simple in construction and easy to repair.
27/1/31 Unleaded Gasoline Delbert Kaesser, 222 – 1st Ave.,
Rowley, IA 52329 writes that he uses one-half pint of automatic
transmission oil to ten gallons of gasoline to keep the valves
oiled and also to keep the carbon out of the cylinders. Delbert
also writes that he prefers to use ethanol as it will not gum up as
quick as regular gasoline. The automatic transmission oil will help
keep the gas tank from rusting too. Automatic transmission oil is
also helpful in freeing up stuck pistons.
Thanks to Doug Miller, 318 E. 650N.,West Lafayette, IN 47906 for
the following paint colors:
MM Prairie Gold
Newer Prairie Golc
MM Prairie Gold
(Can also be used for MM Red)
White Farm Eqpt
20-7002237 WFEIII MM Red
99L3751 Newer Oliver Grn
Empire Engine Blue Can someone supply the
correct number for the GM Corporate Blue noted above under the
Empire Engine query (27/3/14)?
How about the correct color scheme and numbers for the Cockshutt
Model maker’s Corner
The photo illustrates what I call my Maytag Model 91. This is
because I built it in 1991. I had to build two aluminum plates, one
for the carb and one for the base. I had to drill one hole for the
carb intake in the crankcase casting. These were the only
alterations to the engine. I can put it back together as a standard
Maytag and it would still run. I also had to make a rope-starting
pulley. The first time I tried it, it ran so fast and jumped up and
down so much that I had to turn it off real fast or it would have
walked away. After that, everything went downhill, and I
couldn’t get it to run again. I will have to work on the engine
this winter. Dietrich ‘Dutch’ Scheppelmann, 622 Hamlet Rd.,
Auburn Hills, MI 48326.
A Closing Word It’s time to get the Express
package ready so that GEM can put this material into print. As we
noted at the beginning of this article, pay no heed to rumors you
may have heard. If you have had any problems in getting the
magazine, write the GEM office and they will be happy to set things