37/11/1: Cushman R-14 I have recently purchased
a Cushman Model R-14, serial number 94181. I would like to know the
date of manufacture and the correct color. Also, I would like to
correspond with another R-14 owner, as I am missing a few parts,
notably the mag and governor rod and some specifications. Thomas R.
McLaughlin, 44 E. Channel St., Newark, OH 43055.
37/11/2: Winchell Clean-Cut I just got a
Winchell Clean-Cut Special ’18’ mower. I think it was made
by Winchell Manufacturing of Fort Scott, Kan. The engine is gone,
and I was wondering if anyone could tell me what make and model of
horizontal engine it should have. I’d also like any information
on the Winchell company. Randy Brooks, 581 Meridian Road,
Greenfield, TN 38230.
37/11/3: Air-Cooled Nelson Bros. Q: I have a
Nelson Bros, single-cylinder, enclosed flywheel, air-cooled engine.
The brass tag reads as follows: 2-5 HP at 1,700 rpm (I assume this
means 2-1/2 HP), serial number 2VCG 2975. I would like to know the
date of manufacture and the original paint color. William
Birkeland, 26010 S.W. Baker Road, Sherwood, OR 97140.
A: Your engine was likely built in the early to
mid-1930s when Nelson launched a series of air-cooled engines
ranging from 1/2 HP to at least 3 HP. The standard color for Nelson
engines is Dupont 2015 green, listed in Wendel’s
Notebook. One photograph in the GEM archives shows a 3 HP
air-cooled Nelson painted white and black, but it is unknown if
this was original, to order or simply an owner’s
37/11/4: Stover 2 HP Q: I have a Stover 2 HP
engine, and I would very much like to know what color it should be,
when it was made and where it was originally shipped. The engine
number is TA 214143. Don Newcomb, 532 Kirk Road, Rochester, NY
A: According to Wendell’s
Notebook, your Stover was built in 1931. Where it was
originally shipped we do not know. Wendel lists DuPont GS188 or
Ditzler 44616 as the correct shade of green for your Stover.
CH. Wendel is a noted authority on antique engines and tractors.
His books constitute a vital reference resource for collectors and
hobbyists. If you have a query for CH. Wendel, send it along to Gas
Engine Magazine, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265.
Vintage 1920’s South Bend Catalog
Pages from a 1920’s vintage South Bend catalog give instructions for mounting con-rods in a lathe and boring the bearing.
Low-Tension Ignition System
Bringing some understanding in a nontechnical way as to how the simple battery and coil and the low-tension rotary magneto ignition systems work.
Weidenhoff Model 818 Magnet Charger
David Cave creates his own documentation through this internal and external examination of his Weidenhoff model 818 magnet charger.