REFLECTIONS

A BRIEF WORD


| February/March 1991



Gilson Engine

26/2/5A

Paul Korell

As we assemble this issue, we here in eastern Iowa are in the throes of our first winter storm. After a beautiful autumn with warm temperatures, it was bound to happen that a day of reckoning would occur...this time we got about a foot of snow and a strong and powerful northerly wind. Reflecting on our past, it is well within this writer's memory that a big storm such as this meant that transportation, and virtually everything else, was stalled for several days. For those who can recall those days, if one side of the bobsled broke through, it simply upset. After righting the sled and getting the box back in place came the job of reloading the wood. On this particular occasion the wood was reloaded three times before getting home. Perhaps we don't have things so bad nowadays. After a storm subsides we use the tractor and snow blower to clean things out, get into the car, and resume life as normal the next day!

We're hoping to hear from more of our readers regarding serial numbers, magneto and carburetor information, and similar data for our vest pocket book. How many times don't we go to a show or a swap meet and see something we think will fit, but we don't know for sure. How many times don't we look at an old tractor and wonder what year it was built? We already have serial lists for several engine lines and numerous tractor models, but in this case, more is better. Several years ago we published the Webster magneto list in GEM. However, we have yet to see anything of comparable nature regarding the Wizard and Sumter magnetos. Neither have we found any service information on these two makes, particularly those of the oscillating variety. If you can help, drop us a line in care of Gas Engine Magazine.

Our inquiries this month begin with:

26/2/1 United Engines Q. Can anyone tell me the year built of a United engine, Type A, 1? HP, s/n 80208? William B. Simmons III, P.O. Box 1, Courtland, VA 23537.

A. If the fuel tank is within the base, it was built after August 1915. Without, it was built earlier, but there are no serial number records in existence.

26/2/2 Gilson Engine Q. I recently acquired a Gilson 1? HP 'Goes-Like-Sixty' engine, s/n 2933. Approximately when was this engine built? Paul Korell, P. O. Box 252, Winter Harbor, ME 04693.