A BRIEF WORD
25/1/30 Engine-Compressor Q. See the photo of an engine and compressor unit I am restoring. I have not been able to identify the compressor, nor can I locate any information on the Briggs & Stratton engine, Style ZZ, s/n 308233. Any replies will be appreciated.
Ricky Taylor, 4089 Faith Way Dr., Murfreesboro, TN 37129.
25/1/31 Magnet Engine Q. See the sketch of an engine that was sold by my father in the early days of homesteading in Southern Saskatchewan. I have tried to find out more about it, but without success. Any replies will be appreciated.
Richard L. Sinkinson, 661-19 St., Brandon, Manitoba R7B 1K6 Canada.
A. Since so little information has been found on the Magnet engines, we'll all appreciate hearing from anyone who can tell us more about the company and its engines.
25/1/32 A Query Q. See 32-A illustrating a Stover stone buhr mill. It appears to have been pea green in color. Also, see 32-B showing a Sandwich corn sheller. Any information on these machines will be appreciated.
Edgar E. Wagner, 1918 Hillison Rd., Amboy,IL61310.
A. The Stover stone buhr mill is a rather scarce machine-it appears that Stover only built them for a few years in the mid-teens. The Sandwich corn sheller could have been built anywhere from the 1890s into the early 1930s, but likely dates back to pre-World War One vintage. Perhaps some of our readers might be able to furnish Mr. Wagner with the original color scheme or other information on either of these machines.
25/1/33 Vertical Famous Q. What is the year built of an IHC Famous 2 hp vertical engine, s/n KA24290? Also what is the correct color scheme for this engine?
Ray Wickham, Dumont, IA50625.
A. Your engine was built in 1911. Many of these engines used IHC red for the engine itself, with the flywheels using a green comparable to DuPont 29609-H olive. This scheme did not necessarily hold true for the entire production-some used black flywheels, some had the entire engine in red, and we have in our stable a Famous Jr. vertical that is without a doubt finished in IHC BLUE!
25/1/34 Hoag Oil Engine Q. I have an engine with the following specs: Hoag Oil Engine Co., Brantford (Ontario) Canada. Built under license from R. M. Hvid Co., Chicago, Illinois, s/n 299, 9 hp. Was this engine built by Hercules or Cummins, or did Hoag build it themselves?
Ken Doherty, 505 West Line St., Geneva, IN 46740.
A. We don't have a leg to stand on in our belief, but we'll wager that Hoag built this engine on their own. A great many companies bought the Hvid license besides Hercules, and as we know, virtually all of these enterprises ended in failure. A major reason was the simple fact that those selling the engines didn't show the purchasers how to operate them or to understand their unique personality. Anyone who has operated an engine built under the Hvid license has quickly found out that no two are just alike. Changing from one brand of fuel to another can mess up the program, and of course, cold weather was a problem too. Despite this, Davenport Oil Engine Co., another builder of this style engine, claimed that their engine would start and run in any weather, using any fuel not too heavy to flow through the line from the tank to the fuel cup. Being the owner of a couple of oil engines, including a Davenport, ye olde Reflector seriously questions the assertion! Perhaps some of our readers can provide some background on the Hoag engine.
25/1/35 Farquhar Engine
See the two photos of a very rare 7 hp A. B. Farquhar engine built at York, Pennsylvania about 1910. It is s/n 282. This company made engines between 1910 and 1915, and only about 700 were built during this period. Owned by
George Melhorn Jr. and Rita Eisensmith, 3430 Lower Glades Rd.,York, PA 17402.
25/1/36 Consolidated Engine
Herbert L. Webster, Box 213, Van Etten, NY 14889 has an Excelsior 1 1/2 hp engine built by Consolidated Gas & Gasoline Engine Co., 202 Fulton St., New York City. Any information on this engine will be appreciated, including the proper color scheme.
25/1/37 Lessman Loader Co. Q. See the two photos showing a Fordson tractor with a Lessman loader mounted. The second photo shows the power drive unit for the loader. The unit was built by Lessman Loader Company of Des Moines, Iowa, and was originally mounted on a Fordson Industrial Tractor with solid rubber tires. Any information will be appreciated.
C. W. Klooz, 829 Lafayette Rd., Medina, OH 44256.
25/1/38 Ontario Wind Engine Q. See the photo of an Ontario Wind Engine gas engine. There is no nameplate on the engine, and the former owner didn't have many details. Since we would like to finish the restoration job, we would appreciate hearing from anyone able to help in any way whatever.
Steven Shields, 159 Sunpoint Cr., Waterloo, Ontario N2V 1T9 Canada.
A. American Gas Engines lists Ontario Wind Engine & Pump Co. at Toronto as an engine builder, although we are not at all certain whether they did in fact build engines, or whether they were engine jobbers. At one point in time, our information has it that this firm sold the Chapman engines built at Marcellus, Michigan.
25/1/39 Garden Tractor
The two below photos illustrate a garden tractor which I have been unable to identify. The only markings include a serial number of P2506, and the carburetor is marked, 'Basco Motor Wheel.' The seller told me he bought it in 1923, and beyond that I can tell you virtually nothing about the tractor. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
George Constantini, 8 Linden Ave., Bordentown, NJ 08505.
25/1/40 Tractor Manuals
For the benefit of those who might need such information, we are told that manuals for many models of Hart-Parr, Oliver, Minneapolis-Moline, Cock-shutt, and White farm tractors may be available from Floyd County Historical Society, 500 Gilbert St., Charles City, IA 50616. There is a variable charge for these manuals, or photocopies thereof, depending on the size of the manual. We commend these folks for maintaining this valuable collection. It was donated to the Society, all 26 tons of it, by Allied Products Corporation, the parent company of White-New Idea.
25/1/41 Jacobson Compressor Q. I recently bought what I thought to be a Jacobson hit-and-miss engine with quite a few missing parts. When I got it home and started cleaning it up, I discovered that is was actually an air compressor. It looks just like the engine shown on page 255 of American Gas Engines. The difference is that the engine casting was never machined for gears etc. The nameplate has no serial number or hp stamped on it. The color is bright red. I would like to correspond with anyone having information on this compressor, or on the whereabouts of an engine like it.
Eddie Wells, Box 1069, Wise, VA 24293.
25/1/42 Gray Marine Engine Q. I recently acquired a Gray Marine Engine, Model U, 3 hp, and two-cycle design. Now I have questions regarding the fuel-oil mixture, timing, etc., and would appreciate hearing from anyone able to help.
Herman Hollerith, 315 Sumpter St., Lynchburg,VA24503.
A. Without going into details, timing consists of setting the timer so that when the spark advance handle is fully retarded, ignition will come at dead center or perhaps a bit later. Then when the engine is running, the timer handle can be advanced to where the engine runs nicely. The oil-fuel mixture should perhaps be judged from those people marketing two-cycle lubricants-some recent introductions are very concentrated and require much different ratios than formerly.
25/1/43 Associated Chore Boy
Clifford E. Pollock, 7 Catherine St., Gansevoort, NY 12831 would like to hear from someone having information on parts for an Associated Chore Boy engine.