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.
A Closing Word
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!