REFLECTIONS

A Brief Word


| January/February 2001



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36/1/3A

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: