REFLECTIONS

A BRIEF WORD


| December/January 1989



13' Flywheels, 25/8' piston'

24/12/27A

Howard Schantz

24/12/27 Ajax Engine Here are two photos of an Ajax engine from Ajax Iron Works, Carry, Pennsylvania. It has 13 inch flywheels, a 25/8 inch piston, #7 cast on the connecting rod, and weighs 132 pounds. Any information on this engine will be appreciated. Gene Townsend, 1308 Franklin Ave., Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301.

24/12/28 A Question Q. Richard Mosher, 109 Highman Ave., Cambridge, Ontario N1R 3M2 Canada asks the Reflector:

How long did it take to put together the book, American Gas Engines? Have you ever thought of doing a Canadian edition? How many years have you collected engines, and how many do you have?

A. The 'Yellow Engine Book,' as it is often called, took nearly three years to complete. Had we not arbitrarily decided that enough was enough, we'd be researching it yet! As it was, the book came to 584 pages, the full capacity of the bindery where the books are assembled. We tried to include as many Canadian engines as we could-in fact, the term 'American gas engines' was intended as the generic sense of the word so as to encompass Canadian developments. Ye olde Reflector bought the first engine, a 6 HP John Deere, in 1957 or 1958 for $5.00. The numbers have varied somewhat, and right now the stable is at about 40 engines.

24/12/29 Engine Trucks Q. Here are two photos of an engine trolley I recently acquired from a man who thought it to be a Fairbanks-Morse. The rear wheels are 38 inches high and 5 inch rims; the front wheels are 31 inches high. The rear axle is 2? inch square steel, and the front axle is 2? inch square steel. Can anyone advise me the maker of this trolley (trucks)? H.B. Ford, RMB 117 Dookie 3647 Australia.

A. We have no answer for Mr. Ford's query, but we hope that someone might be able to identify the trucks, or as the lexicon over in Australia reads, trolley.