Well, here we are at the beginning of 2001. It was sort of difficult to get into saying 'Two thousand' after spending all our lives saying 'Nineteen,' but I guess we'll get over the hurdle. I suppose now we'll have people saying 'ought-one,' 'naught-one,' and various other handles instead of the full version
With this copy coming to you just before Christmas, we take this opportunity to wish all of you the very best Holiday Greetings. May Santa fill your Christmas stocking with NOS magnetos, shop tools, and maybe even an engine or two! We hope the New Year is filled with nice surprises, too! We'll grant that those exceptional engine bargains don't occur as often as they used to, but every once in awhile someone stumbles across a nice old engine at a very reasonable price.
Speaking of prices, we hear all kinds of things about engine prices. Some say the market is a bit soft compared to what it was a couple years ago, and others say the market is fairly strong. In looking at various auction results, we would say that the market is hanging in there pretty well.
With the approach of winter, now is the time for some engine restorations. This writer acquired a Hallett diesel a few years ago. The engine is like new, and in fact, never did a day's work. However, we all know it takes some time to mount an engine to a set of trucks what with cutting, fitting, etc., not to mention the paint job. Here's one that we hope to have restored for next summer.
Even though the Hallett is only 5 horsepower, it is either getting higher compression or ye olde Reflector is dwindling in cranking ability. Therefore we are hoping to develop some sort of electric starting device ... perhaps an old starter motor and a friction wheel that will work against the flywheel. To our way of thinking, any such devices should be incorporated in such a way as to be inconspicuous. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Our first query this month is:
36/1/1Edwin Reynolds and Allis-Chalmers Alan Jones, Newton, Kansas writes regarding 35/10/6C that the medallion is of Edwin Reynolds, Chief Engineer of E. P. Allis Company, and later, of Allis-Chalmers. In September 1902 the company cast some souvenir ingots from the first heat of their new West Allis Foundry.
36/1/2 Unidentified Engine Q. I recently ran across an engine that is for sale. The owner thinks it is a Massey-Harris, but there are no markings to indicate this. The engine is red, and on the side of the cylinder the number 8-29-30 is cast. The nameplate says-.Made in U.S.A., HP 2-3, Model JK1272S, Serial No. 25-1272. The engine has solid flywheels with cast lugs for different sized belt pulleys. Any help in identifying this engine would be appreciated. Robert Gates, PO Box 93, Yuma, CO 80759.
36/1/3 Feed Grinder Q. I have just acquired the old feed grinder shown in the photos. 1 was wondering if someone could tell me the make and the correct color. It now has a red primer on it, but 1 would like to restore it to its original condition. The only numbers are F85 on the frame and F981 on the outside of the grinding unit. Any help would be appreciated. Jim Barrett, Box 75, Colo, IA /50056.
36/1/4 Stover Engine Q. I have a Stover Model V engine, s/n V56946. I would like to know when it was built, the correct color, etc. Any information on this engine would be appreciated, especially regarding the method of lubricating the connecting rod bearing. Don Newcomb, 532 Kirk Rd., Rochester, NY 14612.
A. Your engine was built in October 1913. Your engine is dark red, similar to DuPont 2564 or 34423. We have never looked at one of these, so we don't know about the method of lubricating the connecting rod bearing. Can anyone be of help?
36/1/5 Smith Form-A-Truck Q. A friend is rebuilding a shepherd's hut, used in the UK in the past for temporary (and very basic) accommodation during lambing season .his basically a wooden box on four wheels. The front wheels are wood with solid rubber tires and chain sprockets, obviously salvaged from some other machine. A maker's plate shows, Smith Form-A-Truck Company, Chicago. Does any one have any information on this firm? Dick Mason 33 Baldock Drive, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 3DQ England.
A. This company was organized to build the Smith Form-A-Truck, a device that converted an old car into a small truck. They also built the Smith Form-A-Tractor, pictured on page 463 of our Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors, just recently published. The company operated in the period around 1920.
36/1/6 Athey Tracks Regarding Athey tracks per John Caldwell's question in 35/9/5 of GEM, we learn the following from Bill Gascoyne, Box 354, Sedgewick, Alberta TOB 4C0 Canada: [Beginning in the 1930s], these Athey wagons were used in all types of construction for hauling materials in swamp or sand as in the deserts. I saw them used in pipeline construction with big tar kettles on them for coating the pipes. Many contractors used them to transport fuel.
36/1/7 Sears Handi-Man Q. Jeff Lauber, 21124 - 155th St., Columbus Junction, IA 52738 would like information on a Sears Handi-Man garden tractor. If you can be of help, please contact him at the above address.
36/1/8 Gile Vertical Engine Dennis Jeffery from Australia sent an email with the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. He has a 1 HP Type A Gile engine, s/n 595 made at Ludington, Michigan. This is a vertical air cooled with some resemblance to the New Way air cooled models. If you can be of any help, please email Dennis at the above address. Unfortunately, we do not have a regular mail address.
36/1/9 Some Questions Q. I have a Fairbanks-Morse engine with a 6-inch fore and 36-inch flywheels, carrying the s/n of 128225. Can anyone tell me the horsepower and when it was built? I also am interested in the Twin City Industrial Engines, but have not seen or heard of any in GEM. Any information would be appreciated. Jim Soares, 7093 Dry Creek Rd., Belgrade, MT 59714.
A. Your engine was built in 1913. With the 36-inch flywheels and the 6-inch bore we would suppose this to be the 6 horsepower model.
A Closing Word
This month we continue our series on lathes with an illustration of the Niles 10-foot vertical boring mill. Sometimes these were called a vertical lathe in the machine shops. Note how the operator is dwarfed by this huge machine, even though this 10-foot model was tiny indeed compared to the gigantic 30-foot model. Somewhere in our collection we have an illustration of this huge outfit, and when we find it, we'll include it in the column. The model shown here is from 1909.
Isn't it interesting that these huge and heavy machines were the foundation for today's ultramodern, electronic and laser machines? Yet in their day, these machines were the ones that built America's industrial base.