A BRIEF WORD
As this issue goes to press in early December, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Neils A. (Andy) Kruse, Park Ridge, Illinois. Andy's acquaintances in the gas engine hobby numbered in the thousands-his friends are scattered all over the world! Many of you were acquainted with Andy and his wife Ruth, and many more saw his wonderfully restored engines at numerous shows around the country.
Andy's affable and quiet manner was but one part of a person with extensive knowledge of gas and hot air engines, not only from the historical standpoint, but also from the technical details. From his little shop behind the house, Andy built a great many parts for engines that would otherwise have gone by the wayside.
Andy Kruse was not a person to look for or desire publicity. Having known Andy for many years, we seriously doubt that he would appreciate a somber eulogy. However, we feel compelled to pay this final tribute to a fellow collector whose help and encouragement sustained this writer many a time over the years. To put it another way-Andy Kruse will be missed not only by his family but by our entire hobby. Andy's obituary is included in this issue.
We had a huge and very favorable response to the Webster magneto list published in the December, 1986 GEM. Quite a few of our readers suggested that this information, plus other useful data appearing in the recent past be assembled into a 'pocketbook' format. These suggestions have been turned over to the GEM staff for their consideration and possible action.
In the last few weeks we have had several contacts regarding the addition of more information for model makers. It appears to us that model making, especially of internal combustion engines, is on the rise, but the great majority of interested model builders simply do not know where to find castings and parts. Likewise there seems to be a dearth of information on some of the fine points of model building. We have been in contact with one well-known model builder who intends to forward a series of articles to use in the near future. A couple of months ago, a collector sent us a list of known scale model manufacturers-those who have made patterns and castings for various kinds of engines. The Reflector is especially irritated that somehow or other he has misplaced this information, particularly because it was intended for use in this issue! If the sender could again send this list we would appreciate it very much. Like wise, anyone with scale model castings should send us information on what we have. By getting this information out to all our readers, scale model gas engines might become an important part of our hobby.
22/2/1 Q. Can anyone supply information on the Stover MV-2, 3 HP engine? Mine is missing the carburetor and fuel tank. Would like to get some pictures or a manual that shows the engine in detail. This particular engine has a gear reduction assembly attached to it which may have been used to power something like a cement mixer. Daniel A. Bowers, 1663 Maplewood, LaVerne, CA 91750.
A. Contact C. H. Wendel, RR 1, Box 28-A, Atkins, IA 52206 for information on the MV-2 Stover. Mr. Wen del has the existing Stover production records and other information on this company.
22/2/2Robert C. Johnson, 514 Brown St., Minneapolis, MN 56143 sends us photo 22/2/2 with the following letter: I am enclosing a snapshot taken last spring. This tractor belonged to a farm customer of mine before I retired. The tractor is a Co-op that had the rear end go bad, so the owner removed the innards and backed it up to the rear part of an IHC F-12, made the driveshaft from the output shaft of the Co-op transmission to the input shaft of the F-12. It made a long tractor with the loader on the front. My question is, did he make it for one of the following
1)Tractor for a newly married young farm couple who could not stand to be apart? 2) Student driver training tractor? 3) For a backseat driving wife? 4) Mother-in-law seat?
Just thought you might like to see some of the odd things you run into in this hobby
22/2/3James L. Johnson, 4115 - S. 298th Ct., Auburn, WA 98001 sends a sketch and some photocopies of an unidentified engine. Since photocopies will not reproduce very well in the magazine, we have done some extra research and believe his is a Sun-Power engine, although of possibly a slightly different style than that shown on page 500 of American Gas Engines.
22/2/4 Q. Would like to hear from anyone who has a Fairmont Track Motor Car. Would like to know year of mine, s/n 215752 and any other helpful information. Gary Harwood, 317-1 Brook Village Rd., Nashua, NH 03062.
A. Contact Fairmont Railway Motors Inc., Fairmont, MN 56031.
22/2/5I would like to correspond with any owners of a Miller engine made by the Albion Engine & Motor Co., Albion, Michigan (see photo). Also see Page 20 of American Gas Engines. Mine was completely disassembled many years ago, and as a result, some of the pieces got mixed up with other engine parts. This engine has a 6 x 10 inch bore and stroke, sideshaft design, vertical flyball governor. Fly wheels are 41' diameter x 3' face. Engine ran a boat hoist in Rhode Island and was never outdoors, so it is in very good condition. Need information on some parts. Fred Prichard, Red Gate Farm, 160 Highland St., Plymouth, NH 03264.
22/2/6Can anyone identify or supply information on this engine? It has a carbon brush on the cam contact to fire the plug. The only numbers are 015 and 016 on the crank journals. Don't know if the gas tank is original. Zoltan Evaskovich, 1502 Lincoln Ave., Alamogordo, NM 88310.
22/2/7 Q. Could we see more pictures of the following tractors: 45-90 Pioneer, 4 cylinder, opposed motor, tractor with 8 x 9 inch bore and stroke, and 9-foot drive wheels: IHC 25-45 and 30-60 Titan tractors; 1908-1910 Lambert friction drive; Munktell's tractor made at Eskilstuna, Sweden in about 1913. George Jacobs, 708 Knapp St., Wolf Point, MT 59201.
A. Although some of the IHC Titan tractors have been illustrated in past years, as has the 30-60 Pioneer, we can find no indication that the other models you mention have ever appeared in GEM. As soon as we can locate illustrations of these tractors, or as soon as one of our readers sends them in (whichever is first) we'll be happy to illustrate and describe them.
22/2/8 Q. Donald J. Quintal Jr., 1147 W. Lowell Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830 would like information on a Hardie Mfg. Co. orchard sprayer. The pump is a duplex-type, Model DC1, s/n D61- 1194. The wagon has a big wooden tub with four steel wheels, and the outfit is powered by a 2 HP Jaeger engine. I can't find anything like this in back issues of GEM. Also would like to know age of a Stover 1? HP Model K, s/n KE209970.
A. The only Hardie literature we have is a 1935 catalog which indicates that at that time, Hardie was offering a variety of engines for its pumps, depending on the power requirements and the choice of the customer. Included at that time were Waukesha four-cylinder engines ranging up to 35 HP; Hercules 4-cylinder, 8 HP ZXB engines; Stover CT-1 and CT-2 models; Briggs & Stratton 1 HP, Model A; and the Cushman C-34, 5 HP vertical engine. Hardie used a great many different makes of engines and offered a very extensive line of pumps and sprayers for almost every application. The Stover Model K was built in 1929. It was finished in a dark brewster green comparable to DuPont Dulux 93-62713-H.
22/2/9 Q. Could you tell me when the following engines were built?: 70 HP Fairbanks-Morse, Model 32E14, Style VA, s/n K358; 150 HP Fairbanks-Morse, Model 32E14, Style VA, s/n Y2KAZ5C3 with 97 kw alternator, s/n 5471, Type TG20; Ingeco Type AM, 6 HP, s/n 7346. What is the proper color for the 150 HP engine, and why is the paint so thick on these engines? What is the proper color for the Ingeco engine? See photos below of the 70 HP Fairbanks-Morse that we have mounted as a portable (22/2/9A). A 6 HP Ingeco is shown in 22/2/9B, and a 9 HP Agricat crawler is illustrated in 22/2/9C. Dicky Sand, Box 85-A, White Post, VA 22663.
A. We suggest you contact the Parts Service people at Fairbanks-Morse. You might try: Fairbanks Morse, Engine Accessories Operation, 6402 Rockton Road, IL 61073, Att: Ken Watson. Or you might call him at (608) 364-8164. They can supply manuals for some engines at a nominal cost, but will supply them only to engine owners-in other words, you must supply the engine serial number. The numbers you give in your letter we do not believe are actually the serial numbers-you will find this stamped on the top face of the BOTTOM BASE, usually on the left-hand side as you stand facing the governor end. It will probably be a six digit number. Fairbanks-Morse like a lot of other machinery builders used a heavy smooth-on cement to give their engines a smooth, shiny look. The paint went on over this material. Early engines were black-we're not definitely sure, but we think that the Model 32 engines started life being black, but the last of these might have been gray, and after that all of them came out with gray paint. We do not have an exact color match for the lngeco engines.
22/2/10 Q. I have a Witte 2 HP headless engine built in June, 1920. It has a Bosch BAO magneto. I have the book on it, and also saw the article in the December, 1986 GEM. Still, I can't keep it running. I have tried 2 different check valves, but it still seems to not get enough gas at times, and then it gets too much. A few times I have had it running for 5 minutes or more, then it will hit just once, and that's it unless you choke it. I have restored lots of engines, but this one has me stumped. Also need the date built for a Stover CT-2, s/n TB269078. Would also like to know if Engine Services Co., Auburn Hts., Michigan is still in business. One further item-Marvin Frahm's Maytag book shows 5 Maytag wrenches. Does anyone know which wrenches fit which engine? Monte Shockman, 5021 Peg St., Boise, ID 83705.
A. On the Witte, the problem seems to narrow down to two things- either the fuel or the fire. We wouldn't want to bet much that the problem could be with the magneto. Despite the fact that it has good fire as you note, are you sure it is ALWAYS delivering a hot spark? Magnetos can sometimes develop a partial short in the winding, and that will of course diminish the intensity-it also might cause the problems you speak of. A poor condenser might also deliver some problems, and the points can be very troublesome. To illustrate, we had problems with a 2-cylinder Caterpillar magneto on a pony engine. Everything finally pointed to the points, so we very carefully cleaned them, and even polished them with a little hardwood stick to remove oily fingerprints etc. An ohmeter showed no point resistance whatever, and the points were set precisely to the recommended gap. In desperation, we took out the old points, put in a high-priced set of Caterpillar replacement points, and presto! the engine started, and has never caused a problem since. Try if possible to borrow another carburetor for your engine and see if that helps. Possibly either the needle is quite loose in the threads. Does the intake valve have enough tension on the spring? We're curious to know how you come out and what it takes to solve the problem. Your CT-2 Stover was built May 7, 1940. Per-haps Engine Services can contact you if they are still in operation.
22/2/11 Q. Wellesley White, Box 61, Morden, Manitoba ROG 1JO Canada asks about a contract that supposedly was made between Brownwall Engine Co. (later Holland Engine Co.) of Michigan and the R.A. Lister Co. of England. This is to have taken place during World War One. Mr. White notes: 'My father always refers to the 6 HP Lister my grandfather bought new in 1918 as the Brownwall.' The name tag reads: 'Manufactured for R.A. Lister Co.' This engine ran from 1918 to 1948, requiring only a new set of rings during that time. Did Lister sell Brownwall in Canada? Perhaps this is common knowledge by someone, but not up here in Canada. Also a note-on page 7, 21/11/26, November 1986 GEM is a 'Little Mall' engine. This is a Briggs & Stratum, possibly a Model Z as I think I can see the de-compression rod by the air cleaner. I have a Model A, smaller but the same otherwise.
A. Mr. White poses an interesting question, and one which we haven't heard before. It seems quite possible that Lister's Canadian operation might have contracted for some Brownwall engines-we don't know. If any of our readers have heard about the Lister-Brownwall connection, we'll be most happy to hear from them.
22/2/12 Q. Can anyone identify this engine? See the photograph given below. Robert Scmauss, Box 1547, Land O' Lakes, FL 33539-1547
22/2/13 Q. Can anyone tell me when this Economy 1? HP Type N engine was built? It has the crank built into the flywheel and uses a smaller water hopper than the older engines. E. Shipp, RR 4, Box 257, Waverly, IA 50677.
A. Our literature does not seem to differentiate between the old and new styles, and we would suggest that this was a late design change initiated to cut production costs as much as any thing. Production totals dwindled rapidly during the 1930's, falling to a shadow of the past by 1940. Chances are that this particular variety saw limited production.