28/6/19 A Big Thank You! I put two pictures in
the February GEM of a Novo engine. I needed information on it, and
got a great response. Thanks to all that wrote letters and sent
data sheets; now I know it’s a Novo AG model. Bob Browne,
25 Washington St., Mendon, MA 01756.
28/6/20 Rubber BeltingQ. Does
anyone know of a place where belting for a threshing machine can be
obtained? I should think rubber conveyor belting would work if cut
to the proper width.
Also, I have an old steam engine manual that states, ‘Rubber
belts will be greatly improved if they are covered with a mixture
of black lead and litharge in equal parts, mixed with boiled
linseed oil and just enough japan to dry them quickly.’ Can
anyone translate this recipe into today’s terms? Jim
O’Connell, 2151- 95th St SE, Delano, MN 55328.
A. Black lead is graphite or plumb ago, and is
so-called because of its lead like appearance. Litharge is simply
lead monoxide. Japan was formerly used to give a high gloss to
varnish, especially in the carriage-building trade. It also is a
powerful dryer. Due to its cost, japan is not now used so much as
Regarding your first question, conveyor belting would not be
suitable for power transmission work. Where moisture is no problem,
leather belting has no rivals for transmitting power on flat
pulleys, especially iron pulleys.
28/6/21 Stover CT-2Q. Do you
have the proper color for a Stover CT-2, s/n 247801, also the year
built? Kent Heidnis, 2 Volouski Rd., Avon, CT
A. The engine was built in 1937. For the CT
engines, PPG-44616 green seems to be a good match.
28/6/22 United States Engine?Q. See the photo of an inverted vertical engine.
It is either a United States 2 HP, or was made by Temple Pump Co.,
(see pages 505 and 524 of American Gas Engines) . It is missing the
name tag and gas tank, and is set up for spark plug ignition. I
would appreciate hearing from other owners of these engines. R.
A. Finkenbinder, 827 New Bloomfield Rd., Duncannon, PA
28/6/23 Cletrac Information NeededQ. I have acquired the Cletrac that is pictured.
Its serial number is A999. The engine is a Wisconsin six-cylinder,
Type H with a 4 x 5 inch bore and stroke. The engine number is 2747
I would like to know what model the crawler is and what year it was
built, if possible. Any other information on this crawler would
also be appreciated. Merlin Crohn, HC88, Box 402, Dagmar,
A. We recently completed a history of Oliver
and Hart-Parr, but it won’t be released until later this year.
Mean while, we have a problem, since all of our copy is with the
publisher, and we have nothing to refer to. Can anyone be of help
to Mr. Crohn?
28/6/24 Huber TractorQ. I
have just purchased a Huber tractor and am interested in restoring
it. It runs good and looks good. I was wondering if you would have
the paint number and where I might purchase an owner’s manual .
The model is HK and the serial number is 11277, built in 1935. Any
help will be appreciated. Art Jensen Sr., RR 15, Box 376,
Brazil, IN 47834.
A. We don’t have a color match on Huber …
can anyone help? And by the way, we’ll be assembling a new
edition of the Notebook later this year. If any of you can supply
additional color matches, be sure to send them in!
28/6/25 E. H. Myers EnginesQ.
Can anyone supply information on this engine:
E. H. Myers & Bro., Mfgrs. of Portable & Stationary
Gasoline Engines, Myerstown, Pa., 5 H.P., 425 RPM, No. 119CC
28/6/26 Little Bear TractorQ.
See the photo of the running gear of a Little Bear tractor made by
the Los Angeles Auto Tractor Co. around 1920. I’m in the
process of restoring this tractor. It was powered by a Model T
engine, and used many other Ford parts. It is listed in the
Encyclopedia of American Farm Tractors on page 173 . I would like
to hear from anyone that has restored a Little Bear or who has any
information on same, including the correct color. Albert Fuqua,
6236 State Line Rd., Springfield, TN 37172.
28/6/27 Caterpillar Information A couple of
folks have written to tell us of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery
Owners Club, 10816 Monitor McKee Rd NE, Woodburn, OR 97071. If
interested in this group, contact them for further information. We
also understand that Caterpillar is offering Collector Cards of
various equipment. We’re not sure whom you should contact . . .
perhaps a Caterpillar dealer.
28/6/28 Engines vs. Suburbia Bob Solomon, PO
Box 74, Normal, IL 61761 makes an inquiry we’ve heard before
about reducing the noise of vintage engines in residential neighbor
hoods. The concern is that using an automotive muffler or similar
device might add sufficiently to the backpressure and cause valve
burning, etc. It’s our opinion that this would be an
inexpensive, relatively safe, and rather effective method of
obtaining the sound control needed in suburbia. All through life we
have to respect the opinions of others, even if we don’t agree.
And, here’s a case in point. That delightful sound we call
stack music has every likelihood of evoking the wrath of the
neighbor lady who has just spent three hours trying to get the
colicky baby to sleep! Seriously, we doubt that any of these old
engines running idle are going to be hurt by the addition of a
muffler for sound abatement.
28/6/29 NAPA PaintQ.
NAPA Stores have 99L-8754 paint that they will mix and put into an
aerosol can. It corresponds to DuPont 7498, used on the
McCormick-Deering engines. Also, is there a color match for the red
used on the IHC LA and LB engines? Stirling K. Welch, 1208
Truman SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
A. We’re not sure anyone living knows for
certain, but our best guess is that it was IH #50, and this
corresponds to PPG70019 or Martin-Senour 90R224 red.
28/6/30 Walking Beam PumpQ. I
need the proper color of a Shelton Bros. Builders, Padua, Ky. Class
A Walking Beam Steam Pump. It was used to feed the boiler on a
steamboat and was called a STEAMBOAT DOKTOR. I would like to
correspond with anyone having one of these pumps. This ‘before
restoration’ photo shows the need of valves and pumps. Also,
the person discussing the 4 HP John Bean at the Zolfo Springs show
in March, please contact me. Robert T. Strong, 1308 Sunrise
Dr., N. Ft. Myers, FL 33917.
28/6/31 Alamo Blue LineQ.
What is the proper blue for the Alamo Blue Line engines? Jim
Mitchell, Box 844, Walhalla, ND 58282.
A. PPG 13594 Blue.
28/6/32 Oldest Washer We understand that Maytag
Company at Newton, Iowa is searching for its oldest operating
aluminum tub wringer washer in a contest to celebrate the
company’s centennial. Maytag made about 12 million of these
machines between 1919 and 1983. Entries must be postmarked by June
15. Owners are asked to send their name, address, phone number, and
washer serial number on a 3 x 5 card to Maytag Co., Dept CW, One
Dependability Square, Newton, IA 50208. The winner will have to
agree to sell the appliance to the company for $1,000 in cash and a
new Maytag washer.
28/6/33 Information Needed John Albert, RR 2,
Box 322, Madawaska, ME 04756 needs information on the following
engines: Massey-Harris Type 2, 6 HP, need color and date; IHC Type
M, 6 HP, color and build date, but no nameplate; Desjardins, no s/n
plate; Desjardins, no s/n plate; Deere Type E, 1 HP, #270240, color
code needed; Deere Type W, color code needed; Wisconsin VH4D
A. The John Deere 1 HP was built in 1927. See
above for color of IHC Type M; the Deere engines are the same
as tractors of that period. We have no M-H or Desjardins data.
28/6/34 Unidentified EngineQ.
See the photos of an unidentified engine. It has no nameplate, and
the photos do not show a magneto trip eccentric on the right-hand
side of the crankshaft. It has a 6 x 10 inch bore and stroke and a
round connecting rod. The only significant number is on the
right-hand side of the frame, No. 16486. Specs are: flywheel, 2 x
34 inches; crank, 2 3/8 inch diameter; con rod, 22 inches long,
flywheel number F22. Any information will be appreciated. Glenn
Joel, Box 1, Elbow, SASK S0H 1J0 Canada.
28/6/35 Economy InformationQ.
Can you tell the year built for. a 5 HP Economy, s/n 84148? Van T.
Hunn, 2202 San Ramon Ct., Arlington, TX 76013.
28/6/36 Unidentified EngineQ.
See the photos of an engine I bought at the Carlisle Auto Show last
fall. The engine is in excellent condition. I would like to know
the make, and its use. Ronald McClellan, 201 W. Boot Road, West
Chester, PA 19380.
A. This is a Standard engine made by the
Standard Cream Separator Company. It is illustrated and described
on page 479 of American Gas Engines Since 1872.
28/6/37 Economy EngineQ. I
have an Economy gasoline engine, 2 HP, s/n 7892. When was it made?
Vernon Ahrent, Rt 1, Box 192, Coming, AR 72422.
A. We would suppose sometime between 1909 and
1913; to our knowledge there are no specific records on this early
28/6/38 Information NeededQ. I have the need for information on three
items; see the photos. Photo 38A illustrates what I think is an air
compressor; it has 5-inch pistons. Photo 38B shows a small grinder.
The only markings are ‘New Model’ and a patent date of
February 9, 1903 on a lever. Photo 38C shows a rock crusher made by
Universal Crusher Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It has 16-inch
flywheels. I would like to know its color and what it was used for.
Any help will be appreciated. Byron Boike, 2280 Co. Rd 5
SW,Willmar, MN 56201.
A. We can tell you that the rock crusher was
not that uncommon. Farmers found out that many soils need lime to
balance the pH level. Small crushers became very popular for this
purpose during the teens. Of course the use of crushed rock for
roadbeds was another major use, but these small machines were
mainly con fined to making crushed limestone and providing a source
of crushed rock around the farmyard. Even a small crusher requires
a fair amount of power.