Reflections

A BRIEF WORD


| June/July 1990



Unknown Engine

25/6/1A

Virgil Martell

Awhile back, Mr. John L. Hamilton wrote an article on the Associated Pony engines. At the end of the article John noted that if anyone was interested in contact with other Pony owners he should send his name and some information about his engine, and John would compile it. There were 67 replies that accounted for 82 Pony engines, plus a handful of Associated Colt engines and Sattley ? HP engines. Just before beginning this column we received a box from John with all the letters he received, along with some interesting information on these engines. From all this material we should be able to develop an in-depth article on these unique little engines. Thanks for your work John, and thanks for sending this material over to us. (John's address is 461 Algonquin Place, Webster Groves, MO 63119).

Also, a special thanks to Michiel Hooyberg, Westdijk 12, 1463 PA Beemster, The Netherlands. Through his kindness we have received an instruction manual for the Junkers engine we wrote about several months ago. As might be expected, the manual for this German-built engine is of course, written 'auf deutsch' (in German). No matter, we'll translate it to get the necessary information. This brings us to another point. Our collection of books regarding the internal combustion engine contains many titles written in the German language. Those familiar with translating will undoubtedly agree with us when we say that translating a German Bible or a German devotional book is one thing. Translating German technical materials is something quite different, and somewhat like trying out an entirely different language! Many of the German idioms and many German terms defy translation in so many words. Thus, an accurate translation might require an entire evening for something less than a page. For those of us who sometimes while away the hours in this activity, perhaps it's the challenge that keeps us going. But then, as we go into another show season, remember the old German proverb, 'Be not ashamed of your craft.'

Due to the occasional problems of time and distance (we write from eastern Iowa, and GEM is published at Lancaster, PA) we sometimes have to get the column sent in earlier than usual, due either to our schedule, the GEM schedule, or for other reasons. This is one of those times, so anything we don't catch this issue will come next month. We begin with:

25/6/1 Unknown Engine Q. See the two photos of an engine that is as yet unidentified.. On the nameplate is the number 3l7857,650rpm, 1? N HP. The only other number located so far is 1 N18 on the front of the cylinder head. The engine was designed for a Wico EK magneto. Any information will be appreciated. Virgil Martell, 20205 - 43rd Ave SE, Bothell, WA980l2.  

25/6/2 Sawmill Information Needed Q. In your book, The Circular Sawmill, you illustrate a Geiser mill. I have one that is quite similar but it uses an entirely different feed works. Also, I need to know where I might find the dog assemblies, as mine are gone. Jim Dobkins, Rr I, Box 315, Steelville, MO 65565.

A. Perhaps your mill was modified at some time with a different setworks from the original. This would not be at all surprising, especially since sawmills often were endowed with improvements to suit the operator, and they often changed operators! Might we also refer you to Robert L. Johnson, Whistles in the Woods, RR 1, Box 265A, Rossville, GA 30741. Mr. Johnson has done extensive research on sawmills, and might be able to offer further suggestions. He recently sent us photocopies of numerous sawmill catalogs, several of which did not make it into our recent sawmill book.