A Brief Word

| February/March 1992

Over the past few weeks we have heard of several more engine makes not listed in American Gas Engines. When we completed this book several years ago, we knew that there were probably a substantial number of companies not included, but we never dreamed there would be so many makes and models still to make their resurrection. The message is that we believe there are still more undiscovered engines to be located, and they could be resting in an old barn, an abandoned gold mine, or in a gooseberry thicket.

On a personal note, ye olde Reflector has been building a new office. After all these years, we'll finally have a building with adequate shelves and work space. For the past twenty-five years, much of our work has been done in the basement of our house, and we all know how that works. Although the building process is a lot of work in itself, we fear that the moving process will be an even larger project. However, we're hopeful that once completed, we'll be able to do a more efficient job of researching your inquiries.

We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the Great Fuller & Johnson Reunion in August. Verne Kindschi has already provided some details, and there will be more coming in GEM. We understand this is strictly a one-time reunion, and we encourage you to check your calendar as more information comes out.

Prices of some things remain relatively stable, while other prices never quit rising. Back in 1979 our Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors retailed at $24.95. Shortly after, the price went to $29.95 and has remained there for well over a decade. However, it cost us $ 1.08 postage to ship this book in 1979, and now it costs us $2.34. Many of our readers are farmers, or have a farm background. As a depressing footnote, grain prices at the present time aren't terribly conducive to buying a lot of high-priced engines and tractors!

Did you know that MECO (Manufacturer's Engine Company) was actually a subsidiary of Witte Engine Works? There are a few MECO engines around, and these are actually Witte models and use Witte serial numbers.

Our questions this month begin with: