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Well, here we are in early January having outlived one of the
snowiest Decembers to come along in several years (at least here in
eastern Iowa). Quite by coincidence, we came across some old photos
of a gigantic snow blower mounted on a special car, and pushed by
two or three locomotives. We can only imagine what it was like to
have watched that machine clearing the tracks. One can barely
imagine what it was like for those fellows out there operating
those machines. For ye olde Reflector, there would have been no way
to have enough clothes, boots, and mittens to stay warm.

We also recall people talking about some of the bad winters of
the 1930s. One year, our town was completely isolated. Finally a
huge gathering of townspeople armed with shovels scooped out about
two miles of road by hand so that traffic could get to a major
highway. The only piece of power equipment available was a No. 10
Caterpillar grader with a V-plow on the front, and it was not at
all capable of bucking those huge drifts. Eventually a Cat 60 was
located with a dozer blade, and it was used to widen the path. For
those living in warm climates and having never experienced
midwestern winters, you have no idea what you have missed!

By the time this copy is in your hands, our group of 36 will be
getting ready to leave for the Australian engine and tractor tour.
We’re all excited about it, and hope to bring back some nice
photos to share with everyone.

Once again, we ask that if you send us an e-mail, that you also
include your regular postal address! It is impossible for people
with no email to be of any help to you otherwise!

This month we begin with:

36/3/1 Unidentified Engine

Q. Can anyone identify the engine in the photo?
It came out of a West Virginia oilfield. On the baseplate of the
unit it reads: Mfg. By Washington Pump & Engine Co.,
Washington, Pennsylvania. The generator is 1 kw. Any help would be
appreciated. John K. Widerman, 1021 N. Carrington, Buffalo, NY

36/3/2 Information Needed

Q. We have a 2 HP Sandow (American Gas Engines,
p.132 upper right) that is complete except for the mixer. We
don’t have much hope of finding one ,so we would like to hear
from someone who can give us some pictures and dimensions and then
we can build one close to original. We also have nearly completed a
6HP Gade engine (American Gas Engines p. 194, lower right) but we
need the dimensions of the ignitor push rod and spring to finish
the job. It looks like these parts need to be proportioned just
right in order to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Bob
Shields, 212 High St., Reno, NV 89502.

36/3/3 Rock Crusher

Q. See the picture of a Sturdevant rock crusher
made at Boston, Mass. I would like to find more information on this
machine. It is s/n 1214. Another plate reads: PP&G PLANTWORKS
#1 GROUP 15 NUMBER 34. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Dominic Centonze, 14 Deck Road, Myerstown, PA 17067; e-mail:

36/3/4 Engine Trucks

Q. See the photos of a small engine cart. I was
wondering if anyone could identify it. The front and rear bolsters
are cast iron, as well as the wheels. Any information would be
greatly appreciated. Jim Windle, 4001 Fox Run Road, Powhatan, VA
23139. E-mail:

36/3/5 Challenge Engine

Q. For my 13th birthday my dad gave me a 2 HP
Challenge engine. I would like to find more information on this
engine; it is s/n 20803. I would like to know the original color,
if it had decals, and when it was built. Any information would be
appreciated. Chris Jowett, 157 McKendree Rd., Odessa, MO 64076.

36/3/6 Lauson-Lawton Engine

Q. I recently bought a 2 HP Lauson-Lawton
engine in pretty good shape. It is s/n 812. I hope to just clean it
before putting it on display. I understand this size was made in
the 1908-1917 period. Can anyone give a more precise year of when
it was built? Ole Baekkedal, Norsk Motorhistorisk Museum, e-mail:

36/3/7 Sheldon Engine

Robert Riebel, Rt 1, Box 163, Le-Sueur, MN 56058 would like to
know the correct colors for a Sheldon engine. If you can help,
please contact Mr. Riebel.

36/3/8 McCormick-Deering Engine

Q. What is the correct DuPont paint number for
the IHC Model M engines? Lonnie Root, PO Box 158, Atkinson, NE

A. It is Adirondack Green, DuPont #84155 or
Ditzler 40496.

36/3/9 Trip Mechanism

Q. See the photo of a trip mechanism I found at
a sale. Can anyone tell me the engine this might have been used on?
The Wico magneto s/n has only five digits. Pat Becker, 117 N. 2nd
St., Waterford, WI 53185. E-mail:

36/3/10 Thanks!

To Ted H. Stein, 3228 – 180th St., Fort Madison, IA 52627. He
sent along a letter discussing the matter of water injection on
kerosene stationary and tractor engines. As many of you know, water
was added to the air/fuel mixture to retard pre-ignition. We talked
about this in GEM perhaps ten years ago. In the near
future we will have to revisit this matter. Thanks Ted!

36/3/11 Stover Engine

Q. I have a 2 HP Stover engine, Type KA, and
s/n KA 159908. Would like to know when it was built, correct color,
etc. Douglas Poor, 12058 Adams, Yucaipa, CA 92399.

A. Your engine was built in 1924. It is
comparable to DuPont 2015 Green. That’s all the information we

36/3/12 Gibson Style D

Gregory J. LeClair, 117 South St. #3, Waukesha, WI 53186 would
like to find more information on a 4 HP Style D, s/n 10362. He also
inquires about a McCormick-Deering engine, 1 HP, s/n W65818; it was
built in 1928.

36/3/13 Clinton Engines

Max Koone, 723 Flynn Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139 reports that
Clinton Engines Corp can also be contacted at: CEPCP, PO Box 860,
Maquoketa, IA 52606-0860 or e-mail at:

36/3/14 Ford Industrial Engine is looking for information on a Ford
Industrial 6 cylinder engine, Type 7HNN, 3.3×4.4 inch bore and
stroke, and 226ci. Sorry, we don’t have a regular mail

36/3/15 Fairbanks-Morse

Q. While restoring a 1919 Fairbanks-Morse Z
engine, I found black paint under the nameplate, but no sign of
green. Was this engine originally painted black? Any information
would be appreciated. Stan Agacinski, 1411 Burkett Ave., Verga, NJ
08093. E-mail:

A. It is entirely possible. Actually, the
‘black’ used on the larger oil engines was closer to a
bluish black, or you might say a blackish blue. Black we would say,
with the slightest hint of blue. Perhaps they were out of green
paint that day, or perhaps the engine was part of a package for a
power plant and they painted all the engines the same color.
Unusual, but entirely possible!

36/3/16 Unidentified Engine

Q. See the photos of an unidentified engine. It
is two cylinder, with one cylinder being the engine and the other
an air compressor. It runs fine, and came out of a fish cannery at
Sand Point, Alaska. It looks like a marine engine that has been
factory converted into an air compressor. The only identification
is cast into the block: ENT. ENG G2. Any help would be appreciated.
Frank O’Meara, 19991 Birchwood Loop, Chugiak, AK 99567. E-mail:

36/3/17 Unidentified Tractor

Q. See the three photos of a tractor I am
trying to identify. It has the letters ‘LT’ and a number
suffix on most parts; the front steering arms are made of brass. I
do not believe it has the original engine. Any help would be
appreciated. Donald Miller, 3807 W. Washington Rd., Pentwater, MI

36/3/18 Carter Pump

Q. I just acquired a Carter self-priming
centrifugal pump Model 5 M, s/n 40952, pat. No. 2451030. It was
made by Ralph B. Carter Co., Hackensack, NJ. Can anyone tell me
more about this unit? I would gladly pay for photocopies of any
information. Your help is appreciated. John G. Boyd, 1921 La Salle
St., Martinez, CA 94553.

36/3/19 Sprayers

Q. Regarding the pictures in the November 2000
GEM, here are a couple pictures of my sprayers. The first is a
Hardie, No. SCCDA 5630. It is a two-piston model with a 1
7/8 x 4 inch bore and stroke. It is powered
by a Stover CT1 engine. That dates it to 1933. The second is also a
two-cylinder piston pump of more modern design. It was probably
built in the late 1940s or early 1950s. I do not know the make. Can
anyone identify this unit? Any help would be appreciated. Brenton
T. Mackey, 2992 W. Fremont Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452

36/3/20 Old Tools

Thanks to Herb Higginbottom, 91 Deep Creek Rd., Enderby, BC V0E
1V3 Canada. He sent us a large stack of old tool illustrations for
use in our Antique Tool Book. Thanks for your help, Herb!

36/3/21 Novo Engine

Norm Stobert, 5374 E. St. Joseph Hwy, Grand Ledge, MI 48837 has
a Novo ‘fluted hopper’ engine, s/n AG25507. We have 1931 as
the year built but no other information. Can anyone provide the
proper color? We think the color varied, especially if it was
shipped to a contractor. Oftentimes, they had all their machinery
painted the same color, regardless of make. Norm can also be
reached at:

36/3/22 A Beautiful Model!

Al Kapik, 1411 N. Ottawa St., Lincoln, IL 62656 sends along a
photo of his Wall 4 engine. Al built the engine shortly after the
start of World War Two when he was a machinist’s mate aboard
the USS Dixie, a new destroyer tender. At the time, the
kit cost $50. Al comments that he believes these kits can still be
purchased from: Coles Power Models, PO Box 788, Ventura, CA

A Closing Word

Well folks, that winds things up for this month. As we write
this, we’re a bit under the weather with bronchitis and some
other winter things, so we’ll close in time for the mailman to
pack the column off to GEM; they in turn do their thing of
turning it all into nice neat pages, and from there it goes to the
printer. After all this comes the mailing …we’ll hope that
with the latest round of postal increases the magazine will come to
you with lightning speed. In the internet world, e-mail is often
compared to ‘snailmail,’ and of course this refers to the
postal system. We’re confident that the new 34 cent postage
will take care of that problem.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to take care of the next issue,
unless of course we’re tied up with final plans for the
Australia tour. At any rate, when March 7 rolls around (our due
date for the column) ye olde Reflector plans to be in Australia.
However, Linda is a very capable lady, and you’ll hardly notice
my absence.

The purpose of the ‘Reflections’ column is to
provide a forum for the exchange of all useful information among
subscribers to
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