A Brief Word

| January/February 2000

35/1/7 Centaur Tractor Q. Rudy Miller, 124 Hartford Ct., Lima, OH 45805 has a Centaur tractor like shown on the cover of the July 1988 GEM, [Model G?] with a s/n of 227186. He needs information on this tractor so if you can be of help, please contact him at the above address.

35/1/8 Information Needed Q. Brad Dado, Box 11, Braceville, IL 60407 writes:

I am looking for information on two engines I bought last summer. One is an R. A. Lister, made in England. It is a Size L, No. 8856, 5 HP. It runs good, but needs some work. Any information would be appreciated.

The second one is from General Engines Corp., Franklin Park, Illinois, s/n 19578. It looks like it hasn't run at all. A man at the auction told me they were made in a garage and only 10 or so were made. Any help would be appreciated.

35/1/9 Atkins Carburetor Q. See the photos of an Atkins carburetor made in Minneapolis. The air intake is spring-loaded like the IHC Model M engines. There is no butterfly valve for speed control; instead it has a brass ground plug similar to the service valve used with natural gas piping shutoffs. As the plug is rotated, an opening enlarges to permit more fuel to enter the engine. The float bowl is threaded into the bottom of the power valve assembly and this way the main jet is fed fuel. The throat opening is 1? inches, an adjustable power jet is bottom center, but no idle mixture adjustment is visible, only a stop screw for idle speed. Could this have been for a marine engine? Any help would be appreciated. John R. Heath, 494 Twp Rd 232, Sullivan, OH 44880.

35/1/10 Sears Garden Tractor Q. I have an older Sears Garden Tractor that I am attempting to rebuild. It is Model 917.25191, s/n 2637B8282. Any help would be appreciated. Richard Davis, e-mail: richard davis


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