A BRIEF WORD
25/5/14 Massey-Harris Tractors Thanks to Fred W. Wolfe, 3791 Tollakson Rd., South Wayne, WI 53587. He sends along five photos of his Massey-Harris collection. The 101 Jr. is a 1943 model; the 30 is from 1950; the 33 was made in 1954; and the 333 is a 1956 model. Also shown is a Model 15 Massey-Harris manure spreader.
25/5/15 Amigo Lawn Tractor William W. Cooley, 511 East St., Colon, MI 49040 sends along two photos of an Amigo lawn tractor he is now restoring. It is s/n 100 and was built by Demco in Dowagiac, Michigan. This tractor is unique in that it has a live up to shaft on the rear, and also a live up to pulley on the bottom of the transmission; it runs the mower deck. The mower has two blades that are timed with chain drive. Any additional information on this tractor would be greatly appreciated.
25/5/16 Novo Pumping Outfit Q. See the photo of a Novo Pumping Outfit. The nameplate gives the pump capacity of 175 gpm, but the areas for the engine data have been left blank, or have been struck out. With the 2-inch water lines, what might the horsepower be? Also what might be the age of this engine? Any assistance will be appreciated. Les Morgan, 3045 Crestview Drive South, Salem, OR 97302.
A. Ye olde Reflector once owned one of these outfits. Although it ran all right, we never got around to setting up a bilge tank, hoses, etc. to use it for a demonstration at shows. Finally, we traded it somewhere or other on something else. We would guess it to be about 3 or 4 horsepower, and suppose that Novo built these during the 1930s.
25/5/17 Foos Jr. Engine Q. I own a Foos Jr. engine as illustrated on page 179 of American Gas Engines, except that the lubricator is under the fuel tank, not behind, and there is not a handle in the flywheel, and no splashguard. The bore and stroke is 5 3/4 x 7 inches, the flywheels are 35 x 21/4 inches, and the engine number is 30075. The color is mid-green over gray; the gray may be an undercoat . Can anyone tell me the year built, the proper rpm, and is the green color correct? A lot of engines were copied here in Australia, both under license and pirated, although I don't think this happened with Foos, as they apparently had agents here. Dennis E. Spark, PO Box 19, Goomalling, 6460, West Australia.
A. We would think the green finish is probably original. We have no data giving the year built, or the other information needed. If anyone can supply same, please contact Mr. Spark.
25/5/18 Woodpecker Engine Dave Boyer, 8438 Edge-wood Church Rd., Frederick, MD 21701 has recently acquired a Woodpecker 4 HP engine and needs information regarding the color scheme, availability of factory trucks, and the like. He reports that he has seen several of these engines, but all with different color schemes. If any one can supply the correct information, get in touch with Dave at the above address.
25/5/19 Lennox Engine Melvin Russell, RR 1, Box 473, Almond, WI 54909 has a Lennox gas engine, s/n 697. These engines were made at Marshalltown, Iowa. If anyone can supply any information on this engine, including the color scheme, please contact Mr. Russell.
25/5/20 Unidentified Tractor Q. What is the make of the tractor in the accompanying photo? It has a one-cylinder engine and was originally equipped with steel wheels. Any information will be appreciated. Lloyd A. Merchant, 4310 Smith Road, Dimon-dale, MI 48821.
25/5/21 Schramm Compressor Q. See the photo of a Schramm engine/compressor combination. As it is missing- some parts, photos and/or dimensions of the governor weights, rocker arms, mixer, and ignition would be most helpful to me. Earl Bower, 1617 Douglas, Bellingham, WA 98225.
25/5/22 IHC Information Q. I need service information on a McCormick-Deering 11/2 HP Type M engine, the IHC LB engine, and the John Deere 11/2 HP engine. Rick Petersen, PO Box 56, Spring Park, MN 55384.
A. Some of the GEM advertisers regularly carry reprint literature of this sort in stock. Manuals should be available for all of the engines you mentioned.
25/5/23 Simplex Engine Q. I am restoring a 10 hp Simplex gas engine built by Oil Well Supply Co., Oil City, Pennsylvania. Information is also needed on a Buffalo Type DE engine manufactured by Buffalo Gasolene Motor Company, Buffalo, New York. Also, what is the proper color of the Empire grain drill? Michael Lander, 62 Lander Drive, Lucinda, PA 16235.
25/5/24 Case Power Unit Q. Does anyone have any information on the Case air-cooled power unit that looks similar to the Case VAC tractor engine? Dan Peterman, RR 2, Box 61, Webster City, IA 50595.
25/5/25 Several QuestionsBrian W. Keis, 33357 Townshipline Road, RR 1, Matsqui, BC, Canada V0X 1S0, submits several tractor questions:
1) In 1984 and 1985 I wrote GEM regarding an R&P tractor we had ac-quired. The only answer I received was from Brian Batchelor at North Canterbury, New Zealand. Apparently there are a couple of R&P tractors down there, but so far we have never heard of another one in North America. Might any of our readers have any information on these tractors?
2) At what serial numbers did the 12-25 TS Titan become re-rated up to 15-30? I think it was approximately between No. 195 and No. 220. Also in 150 Years of International Harvester it is noted that 376 of the TW 15-30 Titan tractors were built. Perhaps this should be changed to indicate more than this because the serial numbers run from 101 to 896.
3) Regarding the 8-16 IHC Mogul, the above book notes that they were numbered to 15,000. Another list shows them numbered only to 14,565. Is there an explanation to this discrepancy?
4) I have a 10-20 Titan, s/n 20267 that was originally painted the dark green color instead of gray. Might this be original, or an after market paint job?
5) Does the 25-45 IHC Mogul tractor use a battery and coil for starting when using the starting engine? Also, the fibre pulley is deteriorated. What can be used to replace it ?
6) What is the proper color of green for the 45 Mogul?
7) Did the 45 Mogul tractors have side curtains on the engine canopy, or just on the cab openings?
Thanks in advance for any and all information to the above questions..
A. Several interesting questions are raised, and we would like to comment on one in particular. Ten years ago, when we were researching the above-noted book, we were in the IH Archives in Chicago (long since closed down we believe). Anyway, if memory serves correctly, the serial number data and production data was derived from records within the archives. Although certain blocks of numbers were issued, they were not always used up entirely, depending in part on the whims of company management. Thus, a block of say 1,000 numbers might have been set aside for a certain tractor, yet of that number, perhaps only 200 or 300 tractors were built. Thus, to now take this block of numbers at face value would give an incorrect picture of the actual production. Compounding the problem, we found certain inconsistencies within the company's own records, and have concluded that if there were problems with the original materials, it is now an impossibility to know exactly what happened.
Avery Tractors The beautifully restored Avery tractor on a recent GEM cover caught my eye, and prompts me to ask if anyone contemplates a history of Avery Company in Peoria, Illinois and B.F. Avery at Louisville, Kentucky.
The article on page 17 regarding the Associated 3/4 hp Pony engine prompts a response. At one time I owned one of these. It was mounted on a cast iron base with four arms sticking out to attach to a washing machine. It ran nice and started easy. It was painted a shade of blue. Edwin Bredemeier, RR 1, Box 13, Steinauer, NE 68441.
Popular Mechanics Ads Thanks to Don Green, PO Box 356, Grapeview, WA 98546 for sending along some photocopies of a 1912 Popular Mechanics ad section. There are some interesting engine advertisements!
Reo Lawn Mower Engines Thanks to Melvin E. Riehl, PO Box 162, Strausstown, PA 19559 for sending photocopies of the Reo Production Summaries.
Acme-Jones Engine Last June I asked for some information on a 20 hp Acme-Jones engine. The response was great! Now I would like to say Thank You to everyone for their help.
One question: Does anyone make a nameplate for the Majestic and also the large plate for the 6 hp IHC Type M engine? Arvin Teige, RR 2, Shevlin, MN 56676.
Steering Wheel Restoration Sometime ago the question was raised of whether anyone could restore old steering wheels. Ed Sauter, Box 68, Carson, ND 58529 notes that Minn-Kota Repair, RR 1, Box 99, Milbank, SD 57252 is able to do the job.
With the coming of another show season, remember to be careful! Over the past few years we have seen photos and read articles right here in GEM regarding some real horror stories! Watch for loose clothing that can get caught or wrapped on a protruding key. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Put gasoline only in approved containers, and above all, never use glass jugs. Don't leave your engines unattended; to do so invites trouble. Use care when loading and unloading, and keep your fingers out of places they shouldn't be. An engine dropping down on your finger will mash it like a fly swatter.
If cranking an engine by the flywheel rims, be sure there is plenty of room for your hands on the back side of the wheel. This writer once tore up a finger very badly when trying to start an R&V Triumph engine that way. The stud that carries the first rocker arm is very close to the flywheel, and there isn't room between it and the flywheel for four fingers. Take my word for it!
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 Engine Magazine, P.O. Box 328, Lancaster, PA 17603.