A BRIEF WORD
Occasionally, a situation arises which we feel compelled to address. We realize that you are probably tired of hearing us harp about safety at our shows, but then, hardly a season goes by in which some injuries do not occur. So, we'll probably keep on harping about it, in the hope that our admonitions might bring 'an ounce of prevention.'
This month however, we wish to bring up another issue-that of courtesy, common sense, and hospitality.
Recently we heard from a reader very upset about being refused permission to display an engine at a show. We are unsure of the rules in effect at the time, but we do know that this was a vintage engine-not something built in the last few years.
This writer is of the opinion that all shows and exhibitions should be operated with the bare minimum of rules. We can't imagine anyone objecting to safe operation of their equipment, roping off the actual exhibit with twine, and similar activities. On the other hand, it seems that we move from the sublime to the ridiculous when we become too restrictive in organizing our shows.
Over the years, we've seen a lot of rules-not running engines on Sun-day forenoon, requiring exhibitors to operate during specified days and hours of the show, and some years ago, a suggestion was made to this writer that engine shows should be limited to a respresentative model from each company-one John Deere, one Stover, one Witte, and so on. It is fortunate that this idea didn't catch on.
The gas engine and tractor hobby is unique in many respects, but one of our best assets is the great outpouring of hospitality to all comers, regardless of whether they have a single Maytag or a 15 horsepower Worthington, and whether it is a veteran collector with a couple hundred engines, or 'the new kid on the block' who has one or two engines, has never been to a show, and doesn't know anyone except perhaps a traveling companion. Ye olde Reflector contends that if we are serious about perpetuating our hobby, then we indeed must welcome everyone who comes, regard less of whether their 1? HP John Deere makes the thirty-ninth one on the grounds. To that particular exhibitor, the many hours of work, and the pride in having a role in the preservation of our mechanical past-these factors alone would suffice!
When this writer became interested in 'old iron' nearly 40 years ago, the attitude of a great many oldtimers seemed to be that they alone had the key to the mysterious kingdom of steam engineering. So far as some of them were concerned, if you had not been somehow predestined to learn the fine points of being an engineer, you weren't about to gain rights of passage from them. We believe that this is one factor in the decline of steam as a popular hobby. To carry the thought still further, a scarcity of hospitality and good will could very well see a decline of our hobby within another generation.
For ye olde Reflector, the bottom line is this-Organize your shows as safely and orderly as you can. Talk up safety above everything, but do it diplomatically. Beyond those things required by common sense, forget about pages of militaristic rules and regulations. Remember, if you don't have exhibitors, you eventually won't have a show either, and then the whole caboodle will end up in a bonfire. Above all, welcome your exhibitors, help them get parked, and show them good old fashioned hospitality. Kind words reap big rewards!
24/7/1 Asbestos SubstitutesArt DeKalb, Van Alstyne Drive, Pulaski, NY 13142 writes that the Armstrong Industrial Products Division at Lancaster, Pennsylvania manufactures Syntheseal Non-Asbestos Gasket Materials. They should be available from your local industrial supply house, or the Industrial Products Division may be able to direct you to a supplier. Art also advises that he has literature on Evinrude and Elto outboard motors for the 1925-55 period, and may be able to help other owners. We presume you will include return postage though.
24/7/2 Kermath Engines Q, I have a Kermath model 20 engine, s/n 21060. It has four cylinders using a 4 inch bore and stroke. The cylinders and heads are cast in one piece. The boat in which it was installed was built before 1920. Can anyone supply information such as the year built, horsepower, etc.? Clair Barnes, PO Box 1808, Minden, NV 89423.
A. Our files are bare on Kermath-in fact, we missed it entirely when compiling the index for American Gas Engines. Can anyone be of help to Mr. Barnes?
24/7/3 Evarts Machine Co. Q, Has anyone come across an engine with the Evarts Machine Company name on it? Evarts is a machine company in Hartford, Conn, who manufactured some engines in the 1910-15 period, and some of them may have been marine engines. The company still exists, and we would be very much interested in any information that might surface on the Evarts engine. Horace F. Shipman, Evarts Machine Co., 21 Francis Ave., Hartford, CT 06106.
24/7/4 Unidentified Engine Q. See the photo of an engine I just acquired. It has no nameplate. This engine has a 4? x 6? inch bore and stroke, and uses a Webster 303M69 bracket. Any information will be appreciated on this engine. Frank Haynes, 1925 Grandview, Medford, OR 7504.
A. The engine is a Galloway, and is of the same style as that shown in the lower lefthand corner, page 198, of American Gas Engines. The engine was finished in red, and accented by yellow pinstriping, as is illustrated in the above title.
24/7/5 General GG Tractor Q. I have a General, model GG tractor, s/n 1F A 3006, and need information on it, such as year built, approximate monetary value, and any other available details. Lamar B. Berry, Route 4, Box 489, Saluda, SC 29138.
A. The General was built by Cleve land Tractor Company between 1939 and 1942. Standard equipment included a Hercules engine. These tractors are rather scarce we believe, but since market value is a subjective judgement, we'll leave the matter of its present value to others. Oliver Corporation eventually bought out Cletrac, and shortly thereafter, the Cleveland plant was closed.
24/7/6 Unidentified engine Q. Can someone tell me the make and the proper color for the engine in the adjacent photo? Cletus Seitz, 18681 Lock Two Road, Rt. 1, Jackson Center, OH 45334.
24/7/7 National Chief Engine Q. See the below photo of a 'National Chief, 1? HP engine I recently acquired. Could someone with a similar engine please send details on the second governor weight, since one is missing. Austin Weeks, Box 41, Springfield Center, NY 13468.
A. Since the two weights will be identical, we suggest you fabricate a second one from steel, using the one remaining for the required dimensions.
24/7/8 Information Needed Q. I would like the year built for a Fairbanks-Morse Z, Style D engine, s/n 767712. Also for a McComrick-Deering 1? HP 'M' engine, A9412. What is the diameter and number of teeth of the magneto gear for this engine. The magneto is an American Bosch FX, left-hand style. Marvin Bourgeau, 520 Hillcrest St., Coquitlam, BC V3J 6N5 Canada.
A. The FBM engine is a 1931 model, and the type M was built in 1928. We don't have the exact dimensions at hand for the magneto gear, but it will be the same diameter and number of teeth as the crank gear.
24/7/9 Goold, Shapley & Muir I need information on a 6 HP GS&M engine I bought several years ago, including the proper color scheme. Also need information on a Franklin Valveless, 40 HP engine. Any information on either of these engines will be greatly appreciated. Mel Lewis, 9251 E. Monroe Rd., Britton, Ml 49229.
24/7/10 Lauson Engine Michael DePino, Walnford Park, RD l, Box 213,Allentown,NJ08501 is restoring a John Lauson 6 HP saw rig, and would like to hear from anyone having instructions or catalog information on this model. Also, the original gear-driven magneto is lost, so correspondence is solicited regarding the replacement or substitution of same. Mr. DePino will appreciate hearing from anyone who can help.
24/7/11 Induction Motor Starter Q. See the below photos of a Fairbanks-Morse induction motor starter. I found this lying next to an early FBM 10 HP 'Z' engine. Any information regarding this unit will be appreciated. Jeff Stewart, 812 Hobert, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
A. This unit is for starting a large induction motor, specifically, one rated at 7? HP. In the early days of power plants, the heavy inrush load of even a 7? HP motor would cause a major disturbance on the power line-one that was very noticeable and annoying to other customers. Units like this provided reduced voltage starting and minimized the problem. Today however, power lines are designed to handle heavy starting loads with little line disturbance, and motors of very large sizes are designed for direct-starting without the use of a compensator.
24/7/12 Stover engines Q. What is the year built for a Stover, s/n Y136431? Also the year of a Stover engine built for Stewart, s/n KA190339, (see 24/7/12 A) and a Stover Junior 2? HP sold by Sandwich Mfg. Company, s/n W32059 (see 24/7/ 12B). What was the connection between Chicago Flexible Shaft Company and Stover? Were Stover engines 'the Sandwich line' before they themselves began building engines? What is the proper color of red for the early Stover engines? Rick Rohrs, 1125 Broad Street, Box 132, Martell, NE 68404.
A. First the serial numbers- 136431, 1909; 190339, 1927; and 32059, 1911. Chicago Flexible Shaft bought a great many engines from Stover, but beyond that there was no connection between the two firms. Sandwich apparently sold the Stover engines through their branch houses for a number of years prior to establishing their own engine line. We have DuPont Dulux 93-2564 H red listed as a comparable color for the early Stover engines.
24/7/13 Ohio Motor Company Q. Where is the serial number located on an Ohio 6 HP engine, and what is the original color? It was built by Ohio Motor Company, Sandusky, Ohio. Ronald F. Paul, Po Box 333, Salisbury, PA 15558.
A. If the serial number is not on the nameplate, or if the latter is missing, then we can't tell you where to look- perhaps on the end of the crankshaft, somewhere on the cylinder, or per haps on a crank web. We suggest DuPont Dulux 93-143-H maroon as a comparable color.
24/7/14 Spark Plug AdapterInstead of having to buy the rather expensive spark plugs with the ? inch pipe thread, take a ? x 1/8 NPT bushing and drill it out with a ? inch bit, then tap with a 14mm x 1.25 thread. This permits the use of N-12Y Champion plugs. John R. Russell, 2519-22nd Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
24/7/15 Sandwich Engine Update For Sandwich engines the closest stock color we have found is DuPont 24166D Brewster Green. Sandwich sold Stover engines before starting with their own. All the Sandwich records were destroyed years ago, but the engines were built from about 1913 till 1930 when they were bought out by New Idea. Engine numbers run from 500 to 32000 and do not match the year built. I am still interested in Sandwich serial numbers. What I need is the number, horsepower, and type of magneto. When I get a list into manageable form, it will be made available, so send me your information on Sandwich engines. Ray Forrer, 105 North Street, Box 43, Somonauk, IL 60552.
24/7/16 Titan 45 Tractors I would like to correspond with anyone who has or knows of an IHC Titan 45 Oil tractor. Orville W. Ihde, 307 All Hallows, Wichita, KS 67213.
24/7/17 A Thank YouThanks to Dennis Silva, 89 Arrow head Drive, Griswold, CT 06351 for sending the Reflector some photo copy material on Stoddard, Lycoming, and several other engines. This material will go into the files!
24/7/18 Pittsburgh Pump Co. Q. See the photos of an engine with the following nameplate: Pittsburgh Pump Co. Pittsburgh, Pa., 3 H.P. @ 450 RPM. This engine uses a Webster Type A magneto with the bracket number of P-2. The engine is dark red with yellow pin striping. I understand that Pittsburgh Pump Company did not actually build engines, so any information as to the original builder will be appreciated. Thomas J. Buchanan, 331 Taylor Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701.
A. A check of the Webster magneto list on pages 2-13 of the December, 1986 GEM shows a P-2 bracket being used on engines built by Nelson Bros. Company of Saginaw, Michigan. Perhaps some of our readers might wish to comment in this regard.