A Brief Word
27/6/17 What Is It? Q. See the photo of my wife's family about 1892. They farmed sugar cane and made sorghum from it. The family still owns this ground. I would like to know what kind of engine this is. Any information will be appreciated. Brett Guinn, RR 1, Box 181, Orion, IL 61273.
A. This is a Westinghouse steam engine...it's even equipped with a driving lamp for traveling at night!
27/6/18 Ziegler-Schryer Engine Q. I have some questions about a Ziegler-Schryer engine, 2 HP, s/n B2620. Were these engines furnished with a spark plug or ignitor? My engine has some dark green paint in spots, somewhat like the Forest Green used on McCormick-Deering Type M engines. Is this the correct color? Any information will be appreciated. W. Dale Rice, PO Box 94, Opolis, KS. 66760.
A. On pages 408-09 of American Gas Engines you will find some details of the background on Ziegler-Schryer, Rawleigh-Schryer, etc. The engines were built with an ignitor...the spark plug was a field replacement, and definitely not from the factory. We show the Rawleigh-Schryer 2 HP engine as having used the Webster magneto, bracket number A303K7A. We have no information on the proper color of the Ziegler-Schryer engines.
27/6/19 Information Needed Q. Can anyone provide me with a source for decal sets as used on the Farmall M tractors? I'm assuming from the March issue that the Sherwin-Williams B17562 Red is the proper paint color? T. R. Rockett, 109 Oak Crest Hill Drive, Colleyville, TX 76034.
A. It's our understanding that Farmall Red carries the company designator of IH-2150. With this information, virtually any paint shop ought to be able to supply this color; however, we also have Ditzler 71310 and Martin-Senour 90R-3731 listed too. Several regular GEM advertisers can supply Farmall M decal sets.
27/6/20 Eazy Engine Q. See the photo of an Eazy engine, number 18629. I need to know when it was built, what color is it, and if possible, where to find a gas tank. Martin L. Roland, 3205 Circle Drive, NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
A. We can't provide you with any info on this engine, but perhaps our readers can be of help.
27/6/21 Unknown Engine Q. See the two photos of an unidentified engine. It has a 4/8 x 6 inch bore and stroke. Notice that the engine has a place for two oilers on the cylinder. Can anyone provide any information on this engine? Robert Bishop, 4514 S. Country Rd., 700E, Crothersville, IN 47229.
A. Can anyone be of help here?
27/6/22 Gray Marine Engine Q. See the two photos of a Gray Marine engine I am trying to restore. Can anyone provide me with any information on this engine, including the correct color? Any replies will be greatly appreciated. Tom Berry, 1107 S. Water, Marine City, MI 48039.
A. If you can be of help, kindly do so.
27/6/23 Chevrolet Tractor Q. See the photo of a 1946 Chevrolet tractor. The story goes like this: Right after World War Two, General Motors commissioned one of their engineers, whose last name is Nutter, to build a tractor. GM furnished a 1? ton truck chassis. This tractor has a 216 c.i. inch, a four-speed transmission, and a two-speed rear end.. .it does not have a ring and pinion. It has two large gears side-by-side with a sliding gear in between. Can anyone supply further information on this tractor? Dale C. Hall, 1516 Bogard Lane, Mt. Washington, KY 40047.
A. We also would like to hear more about this project. Can anyone provide further information?
27/6/24 Associated Handyman Q. I have a 1910-15 era Associated Handyman engine. I'm ready to begin restoration, but does anyone have the correct colors? Rex G. Jarrett, 2155 Sherri Mar St., Longmont, CO 80501.
A. We have DuPont Dulux 93-2622-H Red listed as the comparable color for the Associated engines. The cylinder and head are painted silver (aluminum). Apparently, this was done to provide better heat radiation. We've often noted that air cooled engines should always have the cylinder painted aluminum, rather than a color. It's too bad that none of the original artwork for the original Associated decals has survived. Even if it had, they were so complicated and so orange that they would be costly to reproduce.
27/6/25 FBM or F-MI have been a Fairbanks-Morse fan for many years, initially as a railroad buff. Their 38D8-1/8 opposed piston diesel prime mover used in locomotives and most of the U.S. Navy's submarines was the smoothest running engine of its size ever built. Later I found myself in the hobby of antique engines and farm tractors, and once again came across the familiar old name of Fairbanks-Morse.
This brings me to the point of this letter which is to attempt to correct an admittedly minor error of abbreviating Fairbanks-Morse as FBM. After Charles H. Morse became a partner in the Fairbanks Company in 1866, the company name was changed to Fairbanks, Morse & Company, and later hyphenated to Fairbanks-Morse. The company logo, no doubt designed when the firm's business was manufacturing platform scales, show's a hand holding a scale weight, bracketed by the initials F M. In print it is always hyphenated F-M. The name Fairbanks is one word, not two. Indeed, would you refer to International Harvester as INHC, or General Motors as GRM? Thank you for suffering my petty complaint.. .keep up the good work. Howard L. Mosley, 1361 Tuckerton Ave., Whiting, NJ 08759.
Ye olde Reflector notes: From the standpoint of proper usage, we agree completely. In fact, we are completely unsure of how or when FBM came to be used as the designator for Fairbanks-Morse. It's one of those unique things that creep into our vocabulary, and now it's to the point that the term FBM is instantly recognized as referring to Fairbanks-Morse. Although we try to maintain correct usage, we don't always succeed. This, despite the fact that ' 'Modern English Usage,' 'A Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage,' Mencken's trilogy called 'The American Language' and numerous other books are on hand. Ours is a strange language that includes a lot of jargon, plus a lot of irregularities. In talking about the language, if two mouses are mice, why aren't two gooses gice? Thanks Howard, for your letter and your support!
27/6/26 Old Grader Q. See the two photos of an old grader at the Lenawee County Highway Department Garage in Adrian, Michigan. The grader was donated to the department many years ago. They have painted it yellow and put it on display. Can anyone identify it? Herbert E. Mann, 2588 W. 250 S., Warsaw, IN 46580.
27/6/27 McCormick-Deering Museum. My hometown of lnman, Kansas is in the process of developing a museum. Since Inman for many years had a strong Mc-Cormick-Deering and IH dealership, some of us are thinking of focusing the museum on McCormick-Deering farm machinery. We need all the information we can get, factory contacts, names of living officers, written materials, and whatever else is available. If you have some information or are a member of a McCormick club, we would like to hear from you. Write: Milferd Penner, Route 1, Box 176, Inman, KS 67546. Telephone (316) 585-2389.
27/6/28 Wonder Gasoline Engine Q. See the photo of an engine with the following tag: Wonder Gasoline Engine, 2 HP, No. 338143, Construction Machinery Company, Waterloo, Iowa. It appears to be exactly like an Associated engine. Any information will be appreciated. Mel Smith, 23941 Strange Creek Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.
A. We believe the engine is an Associated. CMC at Waterloo built cement mixers, but they never built engines. They bought engines from all over...Novo, Fuller & Johnson, Stover, Associated, and probably more. Apparently, they bought them on contract, wherever they were the cheapest.
27/6/29 M. W. Savage. Thanks to Ed Kinch, 401 Annie, West Branch, MI 48661 for sending along some photocopy material on various engines. Included was some additional material on the Dan Patch from M.W. Savage Factories. They also built one called the Dazzle Patch. Of course, Dan Patch was a famous race horse of the time, so by word association games, the thought came through that this engine, like the famous horse, had speed, power, and stamina. We don't know about the Dazzle Patch part! Savage offered many different farm implements, including manure spreaders. In the 'Teens' manure spreaders became an overnight sensation that relieved farmers from centuries of drudgery.
27/6/30 Cletrac Thanks to James Miller, 638 Stone Rd., Westminster, MD 21158 for sending along some photocopy information on Cletrac tractors.
27/6/31 Majestic Engine See the photo of a Majestic engine from Hartman Company, Chicago, Illinois. There is no picture of one in American Gas Engines. This is a 9 HP engine. Walter Genson Sr., 03686 Old Horton Bay, Boyne City, MI 49712.
27/6/32 Thanks!. To Don and Virginia Green, 4024 Country Lane NW, #48, Bremerton, WA 98312 for sending along photocopy information on some engines appearing in a couple early issues of Popular Mechanics magazine.
27/6/33 Dishpan Fairbanks. See the photo of a 1? HP Fairbanks-Morse hit-and-miss model. After spending $6 at the car wash to get off most of the crud, it appeared to be in good condition. I found a battery box for $25, and got a cam gear and bracket for another $25. This, plus another $5 for an unknown make of trucks, and I have $61 invested. In 1923 this engine sold for $32.50. However, in 1923 my father was walking six miles each way and working a 10-hour day for $1 a day. This engine would have cost over a year of savings for him, after supporting a family. I'm using a Model T coil and a Polaroid film pack battery. It is the safest, cheapest, and lightest battery you can get. It is also free after using the film. Lloyd D. Dean, RR 1, Box 108, Atwood, IL 61913.