A Brief Word

| May/June 2001

36/5/8 Unidentified Air Compressor Q. The pictures on the next page are of an ex-military gasoline powered air compressor. The engine name plate says model N. No other identification is on it. The air tank is the frame. Any information, manuals or sources of information will be greatly appreciated. J. Max Koone, 723 Flynn Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139. E-mail mkoone @

36/5/9 Stover-Fairbanks Info Needed Robert Abbott of 6422 Cty Rd J, Plover, WI 54467 has written seeking any information available on his Stover-Fairbanks type K, 500 rpm 2 HP, KA 184085. This engine has an EK Wico magneto #308049, patented 1919-1925, and has original magneto and spark plug. It runs great, and he is interested in any information available on this engine.

36/5/10 Garden Tractor Engine Q. Here are two pictures of an engine mounted on a Ward's two wheel garden tractor. I am reasonably sure, just by the appearance of this engine, that it actually is a Wisconsin engine even though it only has a Ward's model number (WMC-AB-55581) and a Ward's serial number (1913874). Could someone please tell me what the proper Wisconsin model # is (i.e. is it an AKN, BKN or ABN)? I need to know so that I can find ignition parts for it.

Also, could someone tell me where I could find tires for the tractor itself? Preferably the same tread as on it now, but if not, at least the proper size, which is 5.50-12. This information would be most appreciated. Dieter Heckele, 2181 Newark Drive, West Bend, WI 53090.

A. We're printing the photos that Dieter sent us, but they were both extremely dark Polaroid pictures. Polaroid pictures, as a rule, do not reproduce well in the magazine, but we do hope some one will be able to answer his questions nonetheless!

36/5/11 Ingeco Paint Info Q. I am looking for a paint number and paint brand name for a 2 HP AK Ingeco engine, number 11670. Pat Becker, Pat's Old engine shed, Waterford, WI. Via e-mail,, or phone 262-534-5713.