A BRIEF WORD
27/7/27 Information Needed Q. See the photo of a Komatsu-Bucyrus Excavator that I have. It is Model No. 15-HT-2, s/n 4389. It was built by Komatsu Std. Japan for Komatsu-Bucyrus KK under license from Bucyrus-Erie Co. of Milwaukee. I tried everywhere in New Zealand to find any manuals or information on this machine, but with no success. With some patience this machine could be brought back to service, so any assistance will be greatly appreciated. P. H. Williams, 112 Buller Road, Reefton, Westland, South Island, New Zealand.
A. Can anyone help Mr. Williams?
27/7/28 Reid Engine Q. I recently bought a 15 HP Reid engine, with the number 5612. I would like to find out when it was built, the original color scheme, and operating information. It is currently run on propane. Any help will be greatly appreciated. W.H. Brans ton, RR 3, Harriston, Ontario, N0G 1ZO Canada.
A. Does anyone have specific information on Reid?
27/7/29 Unidentified Engine Q. Can anyone identify the engine in the two photos? I cannot find out what year it is. The only thing on the engine is 6DV2 on the cylinder head, and 75DV2 on the block. Any help will be appreciated. Roy Royal, 8525 N. Gratiot, Richmond, MI 48062.
A. This is a Stover DV-2 engine of the late 1930s.
27/7/30 Rotary Tillers See the three photos of walk-behind tractors I own. No.30-A shows all three, a Little Farmer, Frazer Rototiller, and the Original Swiss Tiller or Simar.
The Little Farmer was made in Orrville, Ohio by the Willburt Company in 1953. It has a 6-S Briggs & Stratton engine. It is belt-drive with a single front wheel to drive it. It is fitted with cultivators, but came with plows too.
Photo 30-B shows the Frazer Rototiller. It has a 7 HP two-cycle motor built by Frazer Company. It has a rear-tined tiller. This tiller is used every spring for garden use.
Photo 30-C shows my pride and joy, the original Swiss Tiller or Simar. This tiller I bought last summer. It gets a lot of looks at the shows. I replaced the condenser in the magneto and it runs really good now. I would like more information on this machine if possible, and also the proper color scheme. Doug Baker, 10284 Mill St., Senecaville, OH 43780.
27/7/31 Cushman Oil Level Q. I have a Cushman 4 HP engine, Model C. I do not know how to check the oil level in the crankcase. Is there supposed to be a crankcase breather? It forces oil out of the main bearings and the shaft driving the water pump. Any information will be appreciated. Duane Baughman, 5955 Marylew Ln., Dayton, OH 45415.
A. The Cushman instruction manuals don't spend much time talking about this. However, the manual indicates that there is a sight glass screwed in at the bottom of the crankcase. Oil should appear in the glass to mark filed in the sight gauge. The drip oiler should be adjusted so as to keep the oil at this level.
If this sight glass is missing, the only way to determine the level is to remove the cover plate and determine that the connecting rods are just dipping into the oil.
Another Cushman manual notes that 'oil should drip from drain cock in gear cover.' This indicates that some engines were thus equipped, rather than having the sight glass. Having operated some Cushman engines, we can tell you for sure that getting the oil level at its proper level will pretty much end the problem of its coming out all the bearings.
27/7/32 A-C WD-45 Q. I have two Allis-Chalmers WD-45 tractors. One has s/n 185546 and the other is 157442. Could you tell me the year these tractors were made, and the year the first WD-45 standard-tread was made? Doug Jacobson, 9903 Holdridge Avoca NE 68307.
A. The first one was built in 1954; the second one was built in 1953. We cannot tell you when the WD-45 standard tread was first made.
27/7/33 Information Needed Q. I am working on a ? HP Baxter engine, similar to the one shown on page 42 of American Gas Engines. However, I am missing the cam and gear, hot tube and mixer. My engine has two flywheels. Any photos or drawings of missing parts would be most helpful.
I also need help on colors and striping of a Western Malleable & Grey Iron engine as shown on pages 548 of the above book. Charlie R. Conner, Route 1, Box 465A, Waynesboro, VA 22980.
A. Can anyone be of help?
27/7/34 Hercules/Economy Thanks to Mark Pack, 737 Stratford Ave., Salt Lake City, UT 84106 for sending along some information. Back in the September-October 1980 issue of GEM, page 11, there is some information regarding the identification of these engines. To quote one paragraph in particular, 'Hercules (and a few Jaeger engines) had round sided hoppers with an oval water hole. However, most Jaeger, Arco and Economy engines had squared hoppers with a rectangular water hole.' Perhaps this will help in identifying these engines.
27/7/35 Empire Tractor Q. Having purchased a 1947 Empire tractor, I was anxious to find out as much history about the unit as possible. Even the town historian in Philadelphia, N.Y., where the units were made, had no information about the company. I would like to hear from anyone owning a unit or having any information about the company. I am compiling a list of owners, along with model number, serial number, manufacturing date and engine number, and will pass the completed list back to all owners on the list. Please respond to Carl Hering, Box 921, Cayuga, N.Y. 13034(315-253-8151).
27/7/36 Kinkade Garden Tractor I purchased this from a family who bought it in 1910. The original brass plate is attached to the wooden handles and reads: Kinkade Garden Tractor. Serial No. 16998. American Farm Machinery Co., Minneapolis, Minn. U.S.A. There is no name on the air cooled engine. Note the friction drive off the flywheel to drive the cooling fan, also the old horseshoe-type magneto. I hope this information might be of help to someone. F. J. Schenider, Box 940, Eston, Sask, SOL 1A0 Canada.
27/7/37 Ottawa Mule Q. I would like to correspond with anyone owning an Ottawa Mule tractor built in Ottawa, Kansas, or anyone having any knowledge of Ottawa Mfg. Company history, paint scheme, specs of tractors, and serial numbers for owners registry. Jack Harrell, P.O. Box 142, Roanoke, IN 46783.
27/7/38 Huber Threshing Machine Q. I purchased a New Huber 28 x 46 threshing machine with a Hart weigher mechanism. It is on steel. I have a number of questions, and would like to hear from anyone with information on this machine. The blower housing has the number 10939 on it. Anyone who can help me date the machine or provide any information, please write: Ernest Ricklefs, 2101-22 Ave., Sterling, IL 61081.
27/7/39 Ideal Mower Q. We were told to clean up an old bam and look what we found under a pile of scrap metal (see photo). This is the first year that it is operational. It is powered by a 1? HP Ideal engine, 30-inch cut, self-propelled. We don't know when it was made or the name of the chassis. Was it also made by Ideal? Was it built for lawnmowers or special areas such as a golf course? Any help or information will be appreciated. Erdie L. Carter, 31 Brangers Lane, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.
A. Finding an Ideal is a lucky find under any circumstances!
27/7/40 What is It? Q. See the photo. Is this a rattle star? I bought a 1? HP Hercules at an auction, and this was found in the hopper when restoring it. Clarence D. Whiteleather, RD 4, Box 4291, Spring Grove, PA 17362.
A. You guessed correctly. These were used to rattle out the sand from castings, especially the core sand. Castings went into a tumbling drum along with a whole pile of these stars. After awhile, the sand is all broken up and can be poured out, blown out, or whatever. This writer once had an engine that wouldn't run good, no matter what. One day we got to wondering whether there wasn't part of a mud dauber nest, or some other organic stuff up in the long air passage of the mixer. On poking a wire up there, we hit an obstruction that sounded hard and metallic, rather than soft and mushy. After about an hour of fiddling around, out came one of these blooming stars. It had been wedged up there all these years, and we'll bet that the original owner had the same problems with the engine not running its best. Maybe that was why it never ran very much!
27/7/41 What is It? Q. See the photo of what I believe to be a Termaat & Monahan engine. It is 1? HP. What is the proper color? Any information on this engine would be appreciated. I also have a friend in Sweden who has a Waterloo Boy Type K engine, serial no. 222828. He would like to know the year made and the proper color. Any information will be appreciated. Keith Johnson, Rt 1, Box 112, Hector, MN 55342.
27/7/42 Centaur Tractor Q. See the photo of my Centaur tractor. I 'inherited' the Centaur in running order with the house and farm I bought in 1951. The tractor has been working ever since, with only minor repairs. The serial number is 93522, Model KV. The engine number is 114712. I am especially interested in knowing the year this tractor was made, and its approximate value, as well as some of the history of the Centaur Tractor Company. I have reason to believe the Centaur is somehow related to the Minneapolis-Moline Company, but I am not certain how they are related. Any information your readers can give me would be greatly appreciated. William Bleam Sr., 7201 Suter Rd., Cooperburg, PA 18036.
27/7/43 What is It? Q. See the photo of an unidentified engine. It has a 4 x 6 inch bore and stroke. Any information will be appreciated. Harley L.Collins, 2540 Fox Road, Bath, PA18014.
A. We haven't a clue... can anyone help?
27/7/44 Husker-Shredder Q. See the two photos of a corn husker-shredder machine. Nowhere can I find any identifying marks. All of the casting numbers are three digits with a 'V' prefix. The machine has six husking rolls. Any help in identifying this machine will be greatly appreciated. Mike Ewald, 6419 Hwy 147, Two Rivers, WI 54241.
A. Is there anyone with some knowledge of husker-shredders? Our files are virtually bare on this subject.
27/7/45 Fordson Information The serial number for Fordson tractors should be stamped in the engine block just above the front end of the manifold.
I have an original quart can of Fordson red paint. There is a nice color photo of a tractor on the paper label. It says M-212 Red Supplied by Ford Motor Co. There is some spilled paint on the label, and part of it is missing.
See also the photo of what Fordson tools I have. Some are unmarked, and some have Fordson in raised letters; others have only the part numbers. Alexander C. Black, 3105 9th St., Douglas, AZ 85607.