REFLECTIONS

A BRIEF WORD


| August/September 1985



Unidentified Engine

20/6/1

C. H. Chase

A few weeks ago we visited the huge engine swap meet at Waukee, Iowa. This event, annually sponsored by Central Hawkeye Gas Engine & Tractor Association, draws thousands of visitors from all over the United States and Canada. Our observation is that the club enjoyed a tremendous success this year, and on top of that, the weather cooperated! Literally hundreds of collectors brought engines, tractors, parts, and what have you to sell or trade, and apparently with reasonably good success.

In visiting with various collectors, we believe some market trends are evident due to the erratic national economy. We are told that engine prices are remaining firm to strong on the Eastern seaboard, and likewise on the West Coast. However, there appears to be some definite buyer resistance, particularly in the Midwest. Presumably this is due in large part to the battered farm economy. Vintage tractors, except for the very rare models, have dropped in price over the past couple of years, with the same holding true for stationary engines. Despite this lull in activity, enthusiasm remains high for our hobby.

The Reflector has concluded that the past few years have seen greater interest by collectors in doing a first class restoration job than in simply acquiring engines. Some years ago, a coat of paint was about all that was necessary. Now we see a lot of restored engines that have been completely rebuilt, sandblasted, and finished to perfection. Our hobby is relatively young, yet it has advanced immensely over the past few years.

Keep the paint colors coming in. We soon will have enough to warrant some sort of compilation, even though it will still be lacking much of the needed data.

20/6/1 Q Can anyone identify this engine? C. H. Chase, RFD, Box 51, Concord, VT 05824.

A. There is little doubt in our mind that this is a variety built at Waterloo, Iowa. The rounded top on the water hopper would indicate to us that it might possibly be a Sandow as advertised by Sandy McManus Inc. of Waterloo. Several engines had this same general design, and they all appear to have come from the factories of Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company. See American Gasoline Engines Since 1872 for further details. Mr. Chase also notes that fishing villages along the Nova Scotia coast used block cork on their nets per 20/3/12.