Reflections

A BRIEF WORD


| July/August 1987



DeTamble

22/7/1

As this column reaches you, several good sized shows will have already taken place with yet more to follow. It's always of great interest to see what 'new' engines appear each year-engines that were tucked away in old barns and even more remote locations. Some of these are rarities indeed, and it's nice to see that at least one example of them still survives.

Several people have questioned us on Cushman engines with the Schebler carburetors. It seems that the engine ran fine last fall, but this spring runs poorly or not at all. Many times the cause is a broken cork gasket between the uptake in the center of the bowl and the corresponding flange in the center of the cover. If this gasket starts leaking air, it will be difficult to regulate the engine, and maybe impossible. We've seen Schebler carburetors with a gasket on the outer flange of the bowl. They don't use a gasket there-only in the center! Should you need a new center gasket, cut one out of 1/8 cork. Since cork is very compressible, this makes an absolutely airtight joint.

This month's questions begin with:

22/7/1

Q. Can you identify the engine shown in the photograph? It looks like the engine would run if we knew how to get fuel to it.Jack Halbirt, Rt 6, Box 186, Athens, OH 45701.

A. Your engine was built by DeTamble Motors Co., Anderson, Indiana beginning about 1908 and ending with bankruptcy in 1913. A manifold goes between the two intake ports shown in the photo-it sweeps downward, with the carburetor being located right beneath the crankshaft. An excellent illustration may be found on page 130 of American Gasoline Engines. The DeTamble was built primarily for automotive uses.