A BRIEF WORD
20/6/25 From Wyon Arendsen, 3278 N. Mpl. Is. Rd., Hesperia, MI 49421 come a pair of photographs showing the brown color and the decal layout for the Rawleigh engines.
20/6/26 Q. Can anyone tell us about the Atlas-Thornburg engine shown in the accompanying photograph. It has a 3 1/8x 3 bore and stroke, and uses American Bosch injection. Ronald Bemont, 6450 W. Hillsborough, #31 Vivian Court, Tampa, FL 33614.
A. Per American Gas Engine, page 38, the Atlas-Thornburg engines were designed by Jack Thornburg, and built for only a short time at Mattoon, Illinois. Except for a single advertisement in the February, 1939 issue of Diesel Progress, little more has crossed our desk concerning this model.
20/6/27 Q. Chris Romness, Box 127, Wanamingo, MN 55983 would like information and proper colors on a National Engineering Co., NEW MODEL,. Type 2 engine, 1 HP, made in Saginaw, Michigan.
20/6/28 Q. We have acquired a Gibson Model H tractor and need paint colors, along with any other information on this tractor. ]on Reese, 4330 N. Broadway, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205.
A. These fine little tractors were painted red, but beyond that we can't give the exact shade. Other Gibson owners, please help us out.
20/6/29 Karl A. Russ, Marketing, John Deere Werke Zweibruken, Postfach 67, 6660 Zweibrucken, Germany asks for historical and technical data on a Minneapolis-Moline tractor, Model EE 151, S/N 422198. Kindly forward any information, parts manuals, catalog data, photocopies, etc. to the above address.
20/6/30 C. L. Pedersen, 28918-44th PL So., Auburn, WA 98001 recently acquired a Mietz & Weiss engine which someone changed over to spark plug ignition. He would like to correspond with anyone who might be able to provide the necessary information to get it back in the original form.
20/6/31 From W. E. Neal, Cedar Valley Engine Club, 613-8th Ave., Charles City, IA 50616 comes an interesting letter and newspaper article (below) concerning their recent acquisition of the big Corliss engine-air compressor from the old Rumely plant at LaPorte, Indiana. Along with the engine, they acquired the original order and blueprints for the engine. Ordered from Nordberg in 1916, they have learned that this is the only remaining example of probably hundreds of operating units of this make and style. The club hopes to have it operating as soon as possible.
20/6/32 Sometime ago, Mr. Jesse Livingston, Route 2, Troy, TN 38260 indicated that he would be sending a series of photos on the Heath-cock &. Rush engines. The company was formed about 1900 by Ambrose Heathcock and Lee Rush, former employees of Southern Engine &. Boiler Company. Photo #1 is a copy of the original governor patent, and closely coincides with the late 1930's or early 1940's. The machine shop and foundry closed in 1949 some time after the death of Mr. Heathcock.
20/3/11 Skip Cleveland, 301 Nesbitt St. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907 writes that his recollection of the Ideal 'Twenty' was that is was a deep grass green color. It also had a nasty habit of tipping over forwards when going downhill, and would really tear up the sod going uphill if you weren't careful.
20/1/12 Regarding the Standard Engine Company of Minneapolis, a check of the Minneapolis City Directories from 1929 to 1953 listed this firm during the time period indicated. Allied Motors Corporation was not listed, however. Thomas Melville, 6383 Imhoff Road, Oxford, OH 45056.
20/3/24 Charles Waiters, 249 Old 99, Burlington, WA 98233 writes that the proper color match for Fairbanks-Morse 'competition engines' that used the steel battery box is DuPont Dulux 2564-DH Tartar Red.
20/2/30 Bert Levesque, 1722-lOth Ave., New Westminster, B.C. V3M 3J4 Canada notes the typographical error of this previous comment. We erroneously stated the colors for R & V and Fairbanks-Morse 'Z' engines. This should read DuPont Dulux 93-5316 for the R & V, and 93-72001 for the FBM 'Z' engines. Mr. Levesque also notes a need for specifically sized piston rings. Aside from stock piston ring manufacturers such as Hastings, we only know of one source for custom made rims. Contact: Joe Sykes, 1701 Campbell Blvd., North Tonawanda, NY 14120. A further comment of this interesting letter notes that Fel-Pro of Skokie, Illinois can supply the Fairbanks-Morse 6 HP 'Z' head gasket under their Part No. 8220-C.
20/2/16 From Gary Burger, Box 149, Everett, Ontario L0M 1J0 Canada comes a comment regarding the confusion that exists regarding certain models and styles of the Allis-Chalmers tractors. Tracking the actual production down through serial number lists is extremely difficult.
20/3/6 Regarding the letter from Joseph Gorski and the Graham-Paige rototillers, several subscribers wrote to the Reflector indicating that parts were available from Frazer Farm Equipment Company, 1919-23 South Wayne St., Box 391, Auburn, IN 46706. On page 9 of the June GEM, Gene L. Brandt comment, it is reported that the governor came as an attachment for the early Fordson tractor. These were available from several different companies.
20/3/12 Several readers commented that cork floats for Schebler carburetors are available in one model of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, or can be purchased in one specific size from Jim Coo, 3608 Reimer Rd., Norton, OH 44203. Other comments included several letters noting that the float can be built up from sections of sheet cork. Balsa wood can also be used. (Note: The Reflector assumes that something on the order of epoxy fiberglass might be the ideal medium to bond the layers of cork together. It seems that this material would be forever impermeable to the solvent action of gasoline.)
20/3/22 Milton W. Fox, RR 1, Bicknell, IN 47512 writes that the IHC Fairway 12 tractor was painted Deering Blue. A few other tractors, including the Industrial 20, 1-30, and 1-40 tractors from Nov. 1,1936 through 1940 also were blue. On Nov. 1, 1936, IH changed from dark gray to IH red on their farm tractors. After 1940, ALL tractors were painted red.
20/2/36 Regarding the method of obtaining the year built from the serial number information, it's back to the drawing board! Several letters came in on this one, indicating that this method is incorrect. As soon as possible, the Reflector will attempt to get the final word from Deere & Company if at all possible.
20/3/4 Cecil Heyn, Box 111, Pauma Valley, CA 92061 writes that he has a Tiny Tim electric plant, and in the process of restoration went to the extra effort of getting a new nameplate made. He has a couple of extras, so if interested, write him directly. He still needs a wiring diagram for this unit, although the engine itself is now restored.
Many of you have written to GEM asking for a 'How's It Done' column. Perhaps this will become a full-fledged feature obtaining the O.D. of a gear blank: The formula reads that the O.D. equals the number of teeth plus two divided by the diametral pitch. In simple terms, this means that for example if the pitch is 8, and the gear has 38 teeth, then adding two gives 40, which divided by 8 gives 5 inches outside diameter for the blank.
And to close, here's one more: When machining aluminum, use about half each of lard and kerosene. Even straight kerosene works fairly well. When drilling or turning hard steel in the lathe, try turpentine as a lubricant. It's expensive, but still a lot cheaper than $4 or more for a pint of today's exotic cutting compounds.