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Well folks, it’s here! Of course, we’re talking about
the New Year of 1993. We’re also talking about the full
information on the Engine Extravaganza set for June of 1993. Wade
Farm Tours has finalized plans for the two-week tour to England
that will include a day at the famous Tatton Park Rally. We’ll
not bore you with the full itinerary and other details, but suffice
it to say that we simply can’t conceal our joy at the prospect
of spending two glorious weeks in England.

It’s a real plus that Wade Farm Tours has secured Mr. Alex
Skinner as our resident expert for the tour. Alex has been here in
the States numerous times, and many of you have met him on his
visits. Between Mr. Skinner’s expertise and the services of a
Wade Farm Tours courier, our visit should be just like being among
old friends, except of course, in a foreign country.

At the present time, ye olde Reflector is securing a passport.
What a rigmarole! A certified copy of your birth certificate is
required. Don’t give them your original birth certificate, or
you’ll end up without it … they keep it! So, if you plan to
make the trip, better get a copy. Here in Iowa, this involves going
to the courthouse in the county of your birth, or sending a small
fee to the state for a copy. However, if you don’t have a
passport, this is required, and all these things take time!

Wade Farm Tours has presented a very competitive price for the
tour . . . we’ve talked to several people, and even a couple of
local travel agencies, and all agree that the price is very
reasonable. As previously indicated in GEM, if you want additional
information, or the complete brochure, contact GEM at (717)
392-0733 or drop them a line at P.O. Box 328, Lancaster, PA
17603.

Ye olde Reflector is looking for photographs of gas engines
running printing presses. Companies like Otto Gas Engine Works
frequently advertised their engines for this purpose, but rarely
have we seen any photos of a gas engine belted to an old Gordon
snapper press. At this same time, we also wish to thank the many
people who have sent us photographs, instruction manuals, catalogs,
and other information over the past year. This is greatly
appreciated.

Also, if you’ve come up with original color schemes and
other information on engines and tractors, kindly send it along for
the new edition of our Notebook coming out in 1993. Goodyear
sponsored an interesting and informative Restoration Guide in
cooperation with Successful Farming magazine during 1991. It
includes additional information, but there is much more to be
located yet. For instance, color information is indefinite on the
Twin City and the early Minneapolis tractors, along with the Avery
and the Wallis.

This brings up another question. One of our readers contacted ye
olde Reflector recently, regarding a 1929 McCormick-Deering 10-20
tractor. On stripping it, he found it to be the same drab olive
green as used some years earlier on the IHC Mogul tractors. Nowhere
was any gray paint to be found. Could it have been ordered with an
olive green finish, or was this a fluke to use up some leftover
paint? So, if you can share any information on color schemes and
other pertinent information, kindly send it along.

Thanks to the GEM reader who sent us some information on the
Busch-Sulzer engines awhile back. We didn’t get his name while
on the phone, nor did he leave his return address on the package,
so we are unable to thank this individual for his kindness, but
whoever he is, our thanks anyway!

Our queries this month begin with:

28/2/1 Christensen Sideshaft Q. What is the
correct color scheme for the Christensen sideshaft engine, and what
is the approximate manufacturing date of a 10 HP model, s/n 3756?
Chuck Whittington, 103 Woodland Court, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

A. These engines were built approximately
between 1911 and 1917. We believe that DuPont 93-6202 green is an
approximate match, together with yellow or bright gold striping.
Some concept of the striping is shown on page 99 of American Gas
Engines.

28/2/2 Fuel Pump Diaphragms Q. I have several
engines using diaphragm fuel pumps, but they leak. Fuel pump
rebuilders tell me these pumps are obsolete and not rebuildable. Is
there a source of this material available so 1 can repair these
fuel pumps myself? Any advice will be appreciated. Lanny Roth, RR
2, Box 289, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

A. Can any of our readers suggest a source for
this material, or do any of our advertisers stock it? We get this
question quite often. Occasionally, ye olde Reflector has resorted
to taking an old fuel pump apart and retrofitting the diaphragm to
another pump. It’s somewhat of a job, but it can be done.

28/2/3 Waterloo Boy Engines Q. I have two
Waterloo Boy engines. One has 12 HP stamped on the plate, and it is
considered to be of about 1912 vintage. The other has no name tag,
but is a kerosene model of about 1920 vintage. Both have the same 6
x 12 inch bore and stroke, with 36 inch flywheels. All other parts
seem to match except that the water hoppers are different. What is
the rated r.p.m. for the 12 HP, and at what speed should the
kerosene model be run? Jim Case, 7301 Delta Lane, Charlotte, NC
28215.

A. Both were probably rated at 250 to 300
r.p.m.

28/2/4 Maytag Washing Machine Q. I have a
wooden Maytag complete with upright gas engine. It is all original.
The decal on the tub says, ‘The Swinging Wringer.’ A decal
on the tub says, ‘The Maytag Multi-Motor Washer’ and was
last patented on March 9, 1915 under No. 1,131,466. The engine is
like that produced in the 1914-23 period.

I would like to do a partial restoration, but have information
only on the aluminum square tubs and the twin cylinder Model 72 and
single cylinder Model 92 engines. Would anyone have literature on
the wooden Maytag washer models that might be of help, as well as
the proper paint scheme? Rod Albright, 2194 Log Cabin Road, York,
PA 17404. A. Can anyone be of help?

28/2/5 Unidentified Engine Q. See the two
photos of an engine I bought at auction. The muffler and crank are
missing. It has no valves, just ports, and the shroud is the fuel
tank. The carburetor is a Zenith patented in 1908. Attached is a
Homelite 32-40 volt generator, 10-12 amps. The magneto is a Simms.
Daryl Voshell, 225 SW Des Moines St., Ankeny ,IA 50021.

A. Engine identifiers, what is this one?

28/2/6 Unidentified Engine Q. Can anyone
identify the marine engine shown in the photos? There are no
identifying numbers. The rotor is missing on the timer, and I need
help in getting the dimensions thereof. Sam Benson, RD 6, Box 141,
Elmer, NJ 08318.

A. If you can help Mr. Benson, kindly do
so.

28/2/7 Novo Engine Q. See the photos of a Novo
Rollr engine. It was not running when I got it, but after a few
problems were fixed, it runs great. Any information on this engine
will be greatly appreciated. Bob Broome, 25 Washington St., Mendon,
MA 01756-1018.

A. The Novo Rollr engine used roller bearing
mains, making it a nice running engine. If you can help Bob in any
way, drop him a line.

28/2/8 R & V Colors Q. I have an R & V
engine, 4 HP, s/n OL27622. What is its age, and what is the color
scheme? Milo Stichal, RR 1, Box 212, Clarissa, MM 56440.

A. We have Martin-Senour 99L-20561 Green listed
as the proper color. A combination of yellow and black or gold and
black striping was used.

28/2/9 Unidentified Engine Q. Can anyone
identify the engine in the photos? The engine is about 17 inches
high, and the flywheels are about 8? inches in diameter. An
American Bosch magneto is used. The original carburetor is missing,
so I’d like to hear from anyone who knows what was used. Any
information at all will be appreciated. Dave Dickinson, 6190 Keller
Avenue, Newfane, NY 14108.

A. Again, if anyone can be of help, please
contact this query.

28/2/10 M-W Garden Tractor Q. I cannot find
anything close to the garden tractor to the left of the photo. On
the motor nameplate: Montgomery Ward Model 14LC50261, s/n A43229,
Cat. No. 87-50261, 2400 r.p.m., 1 HP. Lausen is cast into the
engine block. Any information on this model will be appreciated.
Raymond L. Gray, 740 Honeymoon Hill, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

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