REFLECTIONS

A Brief Word

| December/January 1994

  • Mietz & Weiss Engines
    29/12/1A
    Wilfred Mole
  • Unidentified Engine
    29/12/14A
    Russ Sponem
  • Unidentified
    29/12/14B
    Russ Sponem
  • Mudge Engine
    29/12/15
    Richard H. Ellis
  • Unidentified Tractor
    29/12/17A
    James Braymer
  • Unidentified Tractor
    29/12/17B
    James Braymer
  • Simplex Motor Bike
    29/12/18
    Jerry Asher
  • Van Brunt
    29/12/19
    Bob Mellin
  • Northwestern Wat-Air engine
    29/12/22
    Randy Ackley
  • Unknow Engine
    29/12/24
    J. D. Smith
  • Hercules Engine
    29/12/27
    Sam Spencer
  • Unknow Engine
    29/12/29A
    Adam Paloutzian
  • Unknow Engine
    29/12/29B
    Adam Paloutzian
  • Mietz & Weiss Engines
    29/12/1B
    Wilfred Mole
  • Engines Baler
    29/12/35 B
    Aquilla D. Mast
  • Leader Engine
    29/12/30
    Melvin W. Smith
  • Engines Baler
    29/12/35 A
    Aquilla D. Mast
  • Edgston Tractor
    29/12/34
    Charley Sommerfeld
  • Engines Baler
    29/12/35C
    Aquilla D. Mast
  • Nameplate of Light Inspection Car Co.
    29/12/36A
    William C. Schwartz
  • Light Inspection Car Engine
    29/12/36B
    William C. Schwartz
  • John Deere tractor models
    MM1
    Richard Shelly
  • Query HP Engine
    29/12/2A
    Christopher Madeley
  • John Deere tractor models
    MM2
    Richard Shelly
  • Disston Chain
    29/12/3A
    Jeff Mosley
  • Alamo Engine show

  • Query HP Engine
    29/12/2B
    Christopher Madeley
  • Truck Engine
    29/12/7
    Franklin G. Frohwein
  • Evinrude outboard
    29/12/8
    Ken Dietering
  • Disston Chain
    29/12/3B
    Jeff Mosley
  • Toronto engine
    29/12/11
    L. Gay

  • Mietz & Weiss Engines
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Unidentified
  • Mudge Engine
  • Unidentified Tractor
  • Unidentified Tractor
  • Simplex Motor Bike
  • Van Brunt
  • Northwestern Wat-Air engine
  • Unknow Engine
  • Hercules Engine
  • Unknow Engine
  • Unknow Engine
  • Mietz & Weiss Engines
  • Engines Baler
  • Leader Engine
  • Engines Baler
  • Edgston Tractor
  • Engines Baler
  • Nameplate of Light Inspection Car Co.
  • Light Inspection Car Engine
  • John Deere tractor models
  • Query HP Engine
  • John Deere tractor models
  • Disston Chain
  • Alamo Engine show
  • Query HP Engine
  • Truck Engine
  • Evinrude outboard
  • Disston Chain
  • Toronto engine

With this issue, GEM closes out its 29th year. As one of those charter subscribers back in 1966, we hoped that our hobby would enjoy at least a brief moment in history. How could anyone have predicted what would eventually happen? Today, the engine and tractor hobby has grown beyond every expectation. What's even better, there are many thousands of folks who have no great interest in collecting and rebuilding engines, but they do have a great interest in attending a few of the annual shows.

Thus, we once again renew a point made previously. That point is this: As long as we keep the younger people interested and inspired by our hobby it will continue to grow. Whenever we thwart that enthusiasm, it will start to wither. Congratulations to those numerous FFA groups and others who have set about restoring a tractor or two as a project! And thanks to the many collectors who are willing to lend a hand to a kid, whether 16 or 60, who doesn't know how to hook up a coil or set a decent blade!

In this issue we're including an engine data sheet from 1926 for the Fairbanks-Morse Type Z engines. There are great numbers of these engines, and we thought perhaps some of our readers might find something interesting in this compilation.

There are a lot of queries this month, so we begin with:



29/12/1 Mietz & Weiss Query Q. A fellow member of the South African Vintage Tractor & Engine Club has located an interesting stationary engine. It is a Mietz & Weiss hot bulb engine. We are advised that it is a two-stroke engine that runs on kerosene and has a steam injection system into the combustion chamber. Unfortunately the steam injection system parts are missing. We would very much like to receive further information on this engine and how it works. Wilfred Mole, PO Box 408, Halfway House, 1685, South Africa.

A. The Mietz & Weiss engines were developed about 1893 at New York. Steam from the water jacket was piped to the air intake in an effort to reduce pre ignition. This concept was continued by oil engine builders until Fairbanks-Morse built their first 'dry' engine about 1915. The steam also had the effect of washing the cylinder walls and this resulted in excessive cylinder, piston, and ring wear. Perhaps someone owning a Mietz & Weiss engine might be of assistance in regard to the operating details.



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