We've been bursting with joy to tell you of the recent GEM tour to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, etc. By all accounts, it was a memorable two weeks!
Our group totaled 120, and due to its size, some came into Zurich, Switzerland on September 8, with the remainder on September 9. After a pleasant journey by coach we arrived at the Sun-star Hotel in Grindelwald, a beautiful Alpine resort town. On September 10 we had a beautiful day in Grindelwald, and took a ski lift up into the Alps. Fortunately, the manager of this multi-million dollar lift system gave us a special tour of the mechanical side, and this alone was a highlight of the day.
The next day we left for Luzern via the Brunig Pass. The scenery was beyond belief, and our three coach drivers managed the hills and curves in masterful style. That day we also managed to spend some time in the Swiss Transport Museum, a fantastic collection of almost everything to do with transportation. We also got to ride on the steam ship Unterwalden. The huge steam engine is entirely visible on this paddle-wheeler and was certainly a sight to behold.
On September 12 we visited the Swiss Agricultural Research Station at Tanikon, and among other things, viewed a tremendous collection of antique farm equipment. After a brief stop at the magnificent Rhine Falls, we headed for Stuhlingen and the private collection of Roland Porten.
The Porten collection is undoubtedly one of the most impressive private collections of engines and tractors in Europe. His sheds were virtually bulging at the seams. While not all the engines and tractors have been repainted, it is a requirement that nothing goes into the museum that isn't in running order. That evening Roland treated us to a magnificent meal at his Rebstock restaurant.
The following day we were off to Furtwangen in the Black Forest and stopped at the German Clock Museum, truly a sight to behold. Then we coached to Ehningen and the private collection of Willi Hoffman. Although dampened a bit by rain, we nevertheless saw a tremendous collection of engines and tractors, most of them being meticulously restored and painted. As with our stay at the Porten's, the hospitality left us with a warm glow.
The University of Hohenheim was our first stop on September 14. Dr. Klaus Herrmann welcomed us; he is a well known authority on the history of German and European tractors. The collection at Hohenheim was again a real joy to behold. Topping the list was a big 250 horsepower plowing engine. In the afternoon we took in demonstration of the Unimog built by Mercedes-Benz. Only after watching these vehicles perform can one get a true sense of their capabilities.
Friday, September 15 started out with a tour of the John Deere factory at Mannheim. It was formerly the Lanz factory, home of the Lanz Bulldog tractors. From there we went to Sinsheim and enjoyed the afternoon at the Auto Technik Museum, an unbelievable collection of almost everything, trucks, tractors, engines, planes, automobiles of every description, locomotives, and the world's largest band organ.
After a free day in Heidelberg, we took a leisurely cruise down the Rhine past the Lorelei Rock and other interesting sites on Sunday, and then pushed on toward Cologne.
We visited the Cologne Cathedral on Monday, September 18 and then left for Holland and the wonderful engine and tractor collection of William Van Schayik. This collection was breathtaking, to say the least. There were engines of every description, including some extremely old and rare examples. The tractor collection was beyond belief as well. After seeing the collection we enjoyed a wonderful meal with the Van Schayik family.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we visited various points of interest in Holland, including their Nieuwland Polder Museum which recounts the history of land reclamation from the sea. We must admit that until actually seeing the hardships and problems faced in these projects, we had no understanding at all of what was involved. A special treat was to visit the Machine Museum at Zwolle. Here was a building completely full of rare, beautiful engines, virtually all of them operating at some point or other during our stay. Outdoors, the Friends of the Crankshaft Engine Club were on hand to welcome us with a wonderful outdoor display of operating engines and tractors.
During the day of September 21 we traveled through Holland, Belgium, and France to arrive at Calais and the entrance to the new Channel Tunnel. The big coaches are driven right into the rail cars. Shortly after being loaded we left for England, arriving about a half hour later. On the English side there's a large exhibit of the equipment used in making the tunnel, and explaining how it was accomplished.
We wound up our touring on Friday, September 22 with a tour of the London Science Museum in the forenoon. That wasn't nearly enough time; there's at least a couple of days needed to view the exhibits of interest, even for those who are interested only in engines. That evening we went to the Brattle Farm Museum at Staplehurst, Kent, where again we saw an outstanding collection of engines, tractors, automobiles, and antiques. A wonderful dinner accompanied this trip, followed by some fine music by a local group. The next day, it was fond farewells, and the eight hour flight back to America.
Our thanks to all those people who hosted us along the way! Without the cooperation and hospitality of our many hosts, we would never have been able to see many of the fine collections. Walter Reiff accompanied us through much of Germany, and was instrumental in setting up much of our agenda along the way. Walter also got pressed into being a translator much of the time. The three coach drivers, George Chenery, Simon Shead, and Steven Fox, were a constant source of amazement as they made their way through crowded and narrow city streets or through high mountain passes. Alex Skinner was our resident engine expert and provided lots of insight into various designs. Don Mac Millan and his wife accompanied the tour as well, as did Jackie Coggan and Rob Rushen-Smith. To all of these folks, and undoubtedly there are others, our collective thanks from all who were on the tour. On behalf of my wife Sheila, and myself, our thanks to all of you who joined with us on the journey. We truly enjoyed meeting with you and visiting with you during a most memorable excursion.
After a month's sabbatical, it's time to begin answering your queries once again. Unfortunately, the pipeline isn't running full at the moment, so we've only got a few queries for this month. However, we begin with:
30/12/1 Dempster Engine
Q. / have a Dempster with the following nameplate data, 2 HP, s/n 63911, Class 2H, Patented February 19, 1907. All gearing, pushrod, and magneto are opposite side from most engines. It has a Wico EK conversion that fits on the spark plug adapter casting. Initially it probably used a rotary magneto and an igniter. The rod is lubricated by an oil on the cover, but I'm not sure if the parts are all there. Can anyone supply information on this engine, including when built, and the correct colors? Jim Osnes, 16420 Fillmore St., Brighton, CO 80601
A. We've never been around one of these, so can anyone be of help?
30/12/2 Universal Marine
Q. See the two photos, 2A and 2B, of a Universal marine engine, Type WKH, s/n 14263. Does anyone know the horsepower, date built, or the proper carburetor?
Also see photo 2C of a 1 HP Sattley sold by Montgomery-Ward. It is No. 13599. How old are these engines?
Finally, does anyone know of any existing Scripps/Timken hemp decorticators? (It. removes or peels off the outside.) Any help will be appreciated. Charles Balyeat, 332 Stephens Loop, Mathis, TX 78368.
A. We have no information on the Universal marine engines. We believe your Sattley engine came out in the late 1920s and continued into the early 1930s. Beyond that, we've found no specific information.
30/12/3 F-M Type H Engine
Q. I have a Fairbanks-Morse Type H engine, s/n 91879. When was this engine made? Zach Nagel, 9176 S CR 380W, Rensselaer, IN 47978.
A. The first serial number listing we have on Fairbanks-Morse engines is for 1911, starting with No. 100408. Given the massive production of F-M by this time, we'd guess that your engine probably is another year or two older.
30/12/4 Hercules JK Engine
Q. I have a 1 HP Hercules engine, No. 6464E. When I purchased it the engine was a dark red or maroon color. Thinking that it had been repainted or changed with time, I restored it and painted it the usual Economy red. After showing the engine several times and talking to other owners I found that they also had the darker red or maroon on their engines, and they did the same thing as I. Could it be that the J and JK engines were sold to Sears with this darker red or maroon color? Any information would be appreciated. Gene Ellingsworth, 1759 - 60th Ave., Osceola, WI 54020.
A. Any comments from anyone? We have no ideas about this question, and as we've noted in the past, the paint colors seemed to change from time to time, depending on where they got the paint.
30/12/5 Clinton Engine
Q. I have a Clinton 2 HP air cooled engine. It is a Model 800, and I would like to know where I might find parts for same. Is the Clinton Machine Company still in operation? Any help would be appreciated. D. C. Evans, 3670 - 5th Line Clarke, RR I, Orono, ONT LOB 1M0 Canada.
A. We can tell you that Clinton has been out of business for some years now. Perhaps some of our readers might be of help on the other questions.
30/12/6 Affiliated Engine
Q. I have an engine made by Affiliated Manufacturers and sold by Montgomery Ward. It is a 1 HP model with a 3 x 5 inch bore and stroke, and is called a Dairy Maid with s/n 1631. This engine is shown on pages 14 and 316 of American Gas Engines. The complete governor assembly is missing, so I would like to hear from anyone that can supply drawings, photos, or sketches of the governor system. Any help would be appreciated. Wesley Faust, 1395 S Peach St., Medford, OR 97501.
A. Can anyone be of help? If so, please contact Mr. Faust.
30/12/7 Thanks! to Kevin Scott of Chester, NH for his helpful information on my Fuller & Johnson engine. T. J. Shipman, RR 2, Box 371-13, Buckhannon, WV 26201.
30/12/8 Sheffield Engine
Q. I'm restoring a 1910-13 vintage Sheffield 6 HP engine, see page 462 in American Gas Engines. It was in terrible condition; every part that wasn't stuck was broke or missing. What I need to find is someone who has one of these engines or a sideshaft Weber (nearly identical) so I can take some pictures to reproduce some parts. I know this engine was originally on a hay baler made in Kansas City, Missouri. Also, would anyone know the color of the Sheffield engines? Your help will be appreciated. Bill Anderson, 884 W.Jackson, Marshall, MO 65340.
30/12/9 Brownwall Engine
Q. I would like to obtain information on a Brownwall engine made at Holland, Michigan. I acquired a Brownwall and need information to restore it. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Ronald Lutz, 4863 Hillside Rd., Northampton, PA 18067.
30/12/10 An Old Plow
Q. See the photos of an old plow, along with one showing the reversible part and the name printed in raised letters on the plow. I'd like to know the colors, when built, and the company that made it, if at all possible. Fred Rhinehart, Route I, Box 336, Piedmont, AL 36272.
A. The Royal was made by Chattanooga Implement &. Mfg. Company, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
30/12/11 DeLaval Cream Separator
Q. See the photo of my DeLaval cream separator; it is a No. 18. I'd like to know the type of oil to use, since 'cream separator oil doesn't seem to be available. It seems to be complete but I'd like to have more information on it. Any help would be appreciated. Dave Brown, 13813 Travois Trail, Parker, CO80134.
A. If it was our separator, we'd probably go for Marvel Mystery Oil or some other high quality lubricant. A few companies still might make a machine oil that would also be suitable. Obtaining some of these products is about as difficult as finding No. 3 cup grease. We've had no luck at all in finding it during the past few years, and made the horrible mistake of not buying a couple gallons of it when it was still available.
30/12/12 Haney Tractor?
Q. See the photos of a small tractor. All castings are stamped Doylestown machine Co., Danboro, Pa. The Novo single-cylinder engine was sent to Haney Corp. Tractor Division in Philadelphia about 1948. The colors appear to have been light blue, and the tractor may have been called a Blue Boy. 1 would appreciate any information on this tractor. Guy E. Walker, RD2, Box 140AA, Friedens, PA 15541.
30/12/13 Unidentified Engine
Q. See the photo of an unidentified engine. It is throttle governed. Any information will be appreciated. Rich Howard, Hy-sham, MT 59038.
A. It is a Hercules Model X engine.
It's been a delightful year for ye old Reflector. After going to the show in Brooks, Oregon, we once again attended the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant. A couple of days later, it was off to Europe for a couple of weeks. We made a lot of new acquaintances on these various excursions, and for this we're very happy.
As noted in one of the queries above, the question of where to find cream separator oil arises. The same holds true for those special things like castor machine oil, steam cylinder oil, and the familiar old No. 3 cup grease. Does anyone have any idea of where to find a reliable source for these products?
It's interesting to us that when at the Science Museum in London, most of the engines are quite accessible, that is, they aren't guarded by impenetrable glass or a tangle of ropes. It was quite a thrill to walk up to an ancient Lenoir engine and actually touch it. Likewise with the first British-built diesel engine. It was only fifteen horsepower, but big as a barn. After a whole morning, we barely got past the first floor, and moved pretty fast at that! The exhibits are astounding, and for anyone who will be in London, the Science Museum is highly recommended, especially if you have a day or two.
In closing, we couldn't resist the Wico Electric Company advertisement from a March 1924 issue of Tractor & Gas Engine Review. Upon reading the ad, it appears that Novo made the decision that all of its engines, beginning in 1924, would be furnished with the Wico EK magneto. This bit of information might be helpful in establishing an approximate build date for Novo owners. Possibly there were some earlier engines retrofitted with the Wico, but we would guess that very few were changed over.
Meanwhile, by the time this copy is in your hands, cold weather will soon be upon us. Did you drain your engines and tractors? All of them? Are you sure? You're sure? Okay!