| November/December 1986

Unknow Engines


Dr. Robert D

As this copy is being prepared, the Reflector has just returned from his annual pilgrimage to the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. This year's engine display was the largest ever totaling well over 700 engines on display, and the vast majority of them running each day of the show.

We noticed that the quality of restoration steadily improves each year, and many visitors commented to us that they were impressed by the high-quality restoration jobs evident on the show grounds. Likewise, we certainly wish to compliment the many model makers who brought their labors of love to the show. There were a great many model engines and tractors this year, each of which represents hundreds of hours at the lathe and on the bench.

The Reflector once again represented Stemgas Publishing Company at the Mt. Pleasant Show, and once again it was a great pleasure to renew old acquaintances and make many new ones. After a five day show, numbers seem to blur, but both the Reflector and Stemgas Publishing extend our thanks for stopping by.

Lest anyone feel slighted because we have commented on the Mt. Pleasant show to the exclusion of others, we would personally love to attend virtually every show in the country, but logistically speaking, that's impossible. To all of you everywhere who have had a show this past season, we hope you were gratified we know the many hours that go into planning and having a show.

This particular column has the Reflector at a disadvantage Reflector in his zeal to help prospective readers inadvertently sold his own back issues of GEM, so we have no reference to back issues at this point! Anyway, we'll go with what we have, starting with this letter concerning Aermotor engines:

21/11/1 Arnold L. Teague, 195 Bridge St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 writes in part: The Aermotor engines varied in color according to the best bid for the paint! Some batches were candy-apple red, some were battleship gray, and some were an emerald green. The company must have been cost conscious and not too concerned about visual recognition.