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25/6/14 FBM Marine Engine Q.. See the photo of
a Fairbanks-Morse Type E Marine Engine, s/n M-7094 This engine was
used on a clamming boat in the Rock River, here in Illinois. Is the
engine oiled on the rod, and how? What is the proper color? Any
information will be appreciated on this engine. Jesse A. Schryver,
502 E. Colden St., Polo, IL 61064

A. Yours is one of the scarce two-cycle marine
engines built and sold by Fairbanks-Morse. We assume it used the
usual oil-fuel mixture for lubricating the internal parts.
Hopefully, one of our readers might have a manual that can be
photocopied.

Readers Write

25/3/20 Wrench Several readers tell us that the
unusual wrench in this query was original equipment for an old
marine engine; the pins located in the handle were extra shear pins
for the propeller.

Modelmakers Corner

Miniature Magnetos After about four years of
winter time and nighttime work I finally finished a model of a 2 HP
headless Witte engine. It runs good on a buzz coil, but I don’t
like buzz coils and batteries. If somebody out there could design a
miniature magneto, I might be able to build it. I should be camped
on the northwest hill at the Waukee Swap Meet on Friday and
Saturday again this year, or you could send me your ideas. Thanks.
Musky, Musky Machine & Pattern, RR 1, Box 254A, Garwin, IA
50632.

Kuebler Models Thanks to Mr. Bert Kuebler, 532
E. Parkland Ave., Evansville, IN 47711. He sends along several
photos of some of his recent models.  

Photos MM-1 and MM-2 illustrate a 1/16
model of the Reid engine. Everything was fabricated from scratch.
It has a 3/8 inch bore and 3? inch flywheels.
It took about three months to build. At first I installed steel
balls for valves, but had trouble with leaking, so I ended up with
regular valves. They have 1/16 inch stems and
15 degree heads. The engine runs good now. I burn gasoline and a
glow plug ignition. The cylinder is made for water circulation like
the big one. I made the head out of brass and it is removable, not
like the big one. I made the muffler so I can adjust the exhaust
down to control the speed, otherwise it runs too fast.  

Photo MM-3 illustrates a free lance upright air-cooled engine. I
purchased the flywheels and timing gears-the rest is all
fabricated. It has a 1 inch bore and 4? inch flywheels. 

Photo MM-4 shows a very small engine with a
3/8 inch bore and 3? inch flywheels. It is a
hit-and-miss engine.  

A small fan cooled engine is free lance (Photo MM-5). It has a 1
inch bore and 4? inch flywheels.  

Photos MM-6 and MM-7 show an Atkinson engine model from the Joe
Tochtrop castings. It was a little hard to make, and I do not
recommend it for a beginner.

A Closing Word

Our apologies for the short column this month, but as we said at
the beginning, we are running on a very tight schedule, both here
at our office, as well as in the GEM offices. We hope you’ll
understand. Of course, anything that didn’t make it this issue
will come next time.

The purpose of the Reflections column is to provide a forum for
the exchange of all useful information among subscribers to GEM.
Inquiries or responses should be addressed to: REFLECTIONS, Gas
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