25/11/12 Unidentified Engine Q. See the three photos of an engine we have been unable to identify. The unique features are the hinged bearing cap on the connecting rod-only one bolt is required! The wrist pin has a spring loaded lock button which snaps into a hole in the piston when it is installed. The following casting numbers appear: Piston EB25, Head ZY2, Connecting Rod EA16, Connecting Rod Cap EA17. Electrical contacts operated from the cam gear indicate buzz coil ignition. The carburetor (mixer) appears to be attached directly to the head near the intake valve. Any information will be appreciated. John Rex, 12 Gail St., Chelmsford, MA 01824.
25/11/13 Stover-Pilter Connection John Rex, noted in the previous query, also sends us three photos of a Piker engine, s/n VB86347. He inquires whether this engine was built by Stover. It surely was, and left the Stover Test Floor in October. 1916. Stover built a great many of these Style YB engines in particular, for shipment to Piker in England. For this specific engine, however, the production records indicate nothing concrete regarding the engine or its destination.
25/11/14 Stover TD Engine Q. I have just acquired a Stover 5 HP TD241151-SR engine. I would like to find an instruction book for same. E.T. Greene, 6828 Gilda Court, Keystone Heights, FL 32656.
25/11/15 For the Wives and Girlfriends Karen A. Couture, 66 North Main Street, South Hadley, MA 01075 sends a photo that makes the most sense of anything we've seen! For her husband's birthday she had this big cake custom made, complete with an engine and his own likeness in the frosting! Now here's a really original idea! Maybe we'll start hearing of birthday cakes in the form of tractors and steam engines, too! Thanks for the photo and for the idea.
25/11/16 Information Needed Q. What is the year built for a Fairbanks-Morse engine, s/n 566565; also s/n 509523? Andan Associated, s/n 318038? Howdie Winship, 115 River Road, Windham, ME 04062.
A. For the FBM engines, 1923 and 1922 respectively. No information available on the Associated.
25/11/17 Rome Auto Mower Q. Can anyone supply information on the Rome Auto Mower shown in the photos? It was made by Rome Mfg. Co., Rome, New York. This was a division of Revere Copper & Brass Works. The mower was an early road mowing machine used by the State of New York. It is powered by a 2-cylinder Novo engine. The gas tank is not original. The front wheel is offset to ride the shoulder of the road. The engine was made in 1931, so I guess this was about when the tractor was built. Any correspondence will be greatly appreciated. Robert Kowalczyk, 4257 Amanda Lane, Schenectady, NY 12303.
Since ye olde Reflector will be representing Stemgas Publishing at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, our schedule and the GEM publishing schedules conflict. Thus, we are completing this particular issue in early August. Although this means a delay of two or three weeks in handling some of the queries, this seems to be a wiser alternative than letting your next issue come out late, just because we didn't get our homework done!