A Brief Word
27/11/14 Q. I have what I believe is a Fairbanks-Morse Type Z, Style C, but am puzzled by the radiator on the water hopper; is it original, or a later addition? The nameplate reads F-M Z DSPL 52 800 r.p.m. The serial number is partially obliterated, but I think it reads K592276. Jeff King, PO Box 142, Rivesville, WV 26588.
A. The radiator equipment is original. We'll guess that the number might be 892276, and that would make it a 1947 model . . . this would fit it into its production range. Our Notebook lists PPG 43846 Green and DuPont 93-72001 Green as comparable colors.
27/11/15 Information Needed Q. See 15A, showing a small Oshkosh engine with a3 ? x4 inch bore and stroke. Does anyone know the color scheme? The flywheels appear to be dark maroon. Photo 15B shows a small Wards engine with the gas tank in the cast iron base. 1 would like to duplicate the kick-start bracket. Model E2L no. 22702U, Catalog No. 87-5025. Any information will be appreciated. M. Moyers, 37301 - 28th Avenue S., #31, Federal Way, WA 98003.
A. Can anyone help out on these questions? We believe the Oshkosh is dark maroon, but have no further information.
27/11/16 Unknown Engine Q. Can anyone identify the engine in the photo? Any information will be appreciated. Jerome ). Dosch, Box 340, Eagle Butte. SD 57625.
27/11/17 Monitor in England Q. I have a Monitor pump jack engine, Type VJ. What type spark plug does it use, and where can I get drawings etc. to fit a pump jack to the engine, pump rods, etc. Any information will be appreciated. Peter Baldry, 318 Dereham, New Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 OSD England.
A. Would someone please help our friend in England?
27/11/18 Beeman Engine Q. See the photo of an engine from a Beeman tractor. On the flywheel it is embossed, 'Beeman Tractor Co.' Minnea polls, Minn. Is there anyone out there with any of the parts that are missing, and how Jong was the U-channel in front of the engine? Any information will be appreciated. Mel Smith, 23941 Strange Creek Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765.
27/11/19 Novo Rollr Q. I recently acquired the Novo Rollr, Model TU, shown in the photo. How old is this engine, what is the proper oil level, and are there any manuals for it? Any information will be appreciated. William Rogers, Independence Lane, Hannacroix, NY 12087.
A. We're not sure about the single cylinder model . . . the two-cylinder uses either a bayonet gauge or an external indicator gauge.
27/11/20 Ford Garden Tractor Q. I recently acquired a Ford garden tractor with a 5? HP Briggs & Stratton engine. Engine No. is 143562 302542 50715.
What vintage is this, and is it really a Ford product? Any help will be appreciated. Bob Rose, 51 Simcoe St., Oyster Bay, NY 11771.
A. Does anyone have this information?
27/11/21 Middletown Machine Co. Q. What was the smallest engine made by the Middletown Machine Company in their Woodpecker line? And what connection did they have with Flint & Walling at Kendallsvilie, Indiana, if any? Tim Momingstar, 11456 Preble Co Ln Rd., Middletown, OH 45042.
A. We have no answer for either question. Can anyone be of help?
27/11/22 Information Needed Q. See the two photos. One shows a hay baler made by Turner Mfg. Co., Statesvilie, NC. It was powered by a 5 HP Fairbanks-Morse Style B engine. Any information regarding the baler and the engine, photographs of the original decals, paint colors for the baler, etc. will be greatly appreciated. John E. Dees Jr., 6532 Dartbrook Dr., Dallas, TX 75240.
A. If anyone can help Mr. Dees, please do so.
27/11/23 David Bradley Q. Seea photo of two of my David Bradley garden tractors. I recently purchased a David Bradley Super Power. It has a Continental Red Seal engine, also a speed changer and reverse. How can I tell the year of the David Bradleys, and how long was the Super Power built? Any help will be appreciated. Marty Jenness, RR 2, Box 92, Cherokee, IA 51012.
A. Does anyone have this information?
27/5/24 Thanks! In May I had a letter with a question (Buda Motor) and received several replies. I wrote back to all of them. Thanks to everyone who responded. Howard Houck, 3585 Galway Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020-2857.
27/6/26 Road Grader We got several replies on this one, and the consensus seems to be Austin Mfg. Company, Harvey, Illinois.
27/6/6 Mall Engine Regarding the Mall engine, I believe this is actually a Briggs Model B which was rated by Briggs at only 1 to 2? HP, depending on the speed. Not much for such a big engine. The highest published r.p.m rating for these was 3200, most were 2200-2800 r.p.m. Many equipment manufacturers put their name on Briggs engines till they had problems with Sears, and B & S put a stop to that practice. (So now Tecumseh builds 'Craftsman' brand engine for most Sears machinery).
Which leads me to Item 2, the article on Cunningham in the same issue. Two beautifully done engines in a nice spread in the magazine. Again, I believe these engines are Briggs-built for Cunningham. Since they have 7 cooling fins they are either 6 or 8 cubic inch, hence Model 6 or Model 8, depending on whether they are 2-inch bore or 21/4 inch bore. I believe there were some 23/8 bore engines in the same mold and that would be a Model 9. They are very rare I think. Nonetheless, these are nice engines and the owners must be rightfully proud. Tom Knowles, 4703 Place One Dr., Garland, TX 75042.
27/6/1 Tire Pump I also have a Stewart tire pump compressor. This unit was used on the most expensive cars from 1915 to the early 1930s. It was geared to the transmission or drive shaft with a lever on top of the compressor through the floor board. The lever would move the gear in and out of mesh with the drive gear. It had a rubber hose from the coil on the compressor to any of the four wheels. It was also used on other cars if the hose was long enough. The hose was stored inside on the floor boards. Melvin W. Smith, 23941 Strange Creek, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.
Chevrolet Tractor Article You have finally published something in GEM that I couldn't resist with a reply. The brief article about the Chevrolet tractor in the June issue is something that I just can't resist.
Unfortunately, I can't supply any information about the tractor project itself. However, I'm not surprised to hear that GM considered selling a tractor again after World War Two. A lot of companies also considered it. Even though a tractor offered the potential to make a lot of money, most companies wisely decided against it. The problems were simply too big.
However, years ago I did hear about the Chevy 216 engine being installed in a few tractors. It was worthless for heavy pulling, but worked well for lighter work. I think low fuel consumption was its biggest attraction. It made an excellent cultivating tractor.
Those 1946 Chevy trucks had some pretty tough parts. They probably would have stood up well in a smaller tractor, provided an adequate final drive was used. The problem of course was that splash lubrication of the Chevy engine. These engines performed good, could be very reliable, and had excellent fuel economy. The problem is that you had to know how to take proper care of them. If you didn't, you could destroy one in less than a half hour. If you did [take good care of them] they could last a long time. Some people claimed to go over 100,000 miles before a major overhaul. My experience suggests that 40,000-50,000 miles is a more realistic figure. That probably would have been 1,000 to 1,200 hours of tractor use. Don't misunderstand me. I've always liked that old Chevy engine (I'm still using two of them), but I don't think a 216 would have lasted very long in a tractor. The Chevrolet tractor is one project which mercifully ended quickly.
However, if Chevy had been building the 235 pressure-lube engine in 1946, it might have been an entirely different story. It's a fascinating possibility to consider. If you do receive more information about the Chevrolet tractor, I hope that you will run an adequate article about it. John G. Ruff, Rt 2, Box 25, Logan, KS 67646.
We're getting a lot of response to the proposed engine tour to Great Britain in 1993. We've had some suggestions of which shows to attend, along with a lot of other helpful ideas. Within the next couple of months we hope to get more information together, and perhaps we can bring the idea to reality. Thanks for all your letters thus far, and if you are interested in an engine tour to England, be sure to let us know. There's no obligation of course, we just want to get some idea of whether we can make the idea float at this point. So, if you're interested, drop a line to: Tour Survey, Gas Engine Magazine, Box 328, Lancaster, PA 17603.
Due to scheduling conflicts, this copy is closing in late August, although this issue won't be in your hands until early October. So, we run herewith our usual caveat coincidental with fall and winter shutdown and mothballing procedures. Did you drain the water out of your engines and tractors? How about the drains on the water pump, and other places? Did you run a wire up through those petcocks to make sure they aren't plugged and have water trapped behind them? Take a few minutes and make sure. That's a lot better than going out to your favorite next spring to find the head is now a two-piece variety and the cylinder has those long vertical splits which convert the jacket into a rather heavy, but fairly serviceable sieve!
Again, our sincere thanks to all those old acquaintances we've met at the shows this year, and to those new acquaintances we've made as well! We always enjoy visiting with you. With the coming of autumn, be sure to send us your questions, photos, and articles on your engines and tractors. We'll be happy to hear from you.