| March/April 1985

Many, many thanks to all who have called us or written letters regarding our column. It is indeed gratifying to know that we have your support. We will endeavor to give Reflections our best, and hope you keep your letters coming in to the GEM offices.

Several dozen letters and phone calls have come in regarding the new book, John Deere's Company by Wayne Broehl. These communications have ranged from high praise to heavy criticism of the book. May we suggest that your comments be directed either to the Author or to Deere & Company. This column nor this writer have any desire to assume the role of mediator or feather unruffler.

Many replies have come in regarding the questions raised in the last issue, and several people have sent original materials or photocopies on electric plants and other equipment. This material has already been filed for future use, and we thank everyone for their help. As we noted in the last issue, unwanted or duplicate literature regarding virtually any phase of the gas engine or tractor industry will be greatly appreciated. Special thanks to an Illinois reader who has offered us a large number of Implement & Tractor magazines.

Eventually we hope to enter much of the data into a large computerized database with extensive indexing. Thus we will be able to access a wide range of information almost instantly.

Although GEM is intended primarily for the gas engine and tractor fraternity, several people have asked us about patterns from the Corliss-type steam engines, among other things. Apparently, those now available from Cole's Power Models are too small to suit many model builders, so there appears to be a demand for somewhat larger patterns and/or castings. Also, we would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone offering castings or replacement parts of any kind, including your current catalog. This information will be put on file, and may be helpful to those submitting questions to GEM. With sufficient response, perhaps GEM will include a master listing of suppliers as an added feature.

20/2/1 Q. We have a Cushman vertical engine, S/N 67887, 5-6 HP, speed, 1,000/1,300 rpm. It is Model 6C-34. This engine uses an external rocker arm and push rod assembly, Wico magneto, and Tillotson magneto. Has anyone else got one of these engines, or can you give us any information on it? Also, we have seen a Cushman labeled: Cushman Engine Works, Topeka, Kansas. Any information on this one? Bob Seeley, RR 3, Box 176, Warrensburg, MO 64093.


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