REFLECTIONS

A BRIEF WORD

| October/November 1988

  • Unidentified engine
    23/10/10A
    Robert Womack
  • Unidentified engine
    23/10/26B
    William Schwartz
  • Unidentified engine
    23/10/26C
    William Schwartz
  • IHC Type M Engine
    23/10/27. 6HP IHC Type M engine.
    Billy W. Anderson
  • Merkel motor wheel
    23/10/28. Merkel motor wheel.
    Jim Miller
  • Old marine engine
    23/10/31. Old marine engine
    W. E. Van Gulik
  • Cutting gaskets
    23/10/32A.
    Rex Lucke
  • Cutting gaskets
    23/10/32B
    Rex Lucke
  • Bushing driver

  • Drilling holes
    Convenient method of drilling holes
  • Templet for laying out keyways

  • Unidentified engine
    23/10/10B
    Robert Womack
  • Deering threshing machine
    23/10/15. Deering threshing machine.
    Mr. Bonthoux Pierre
  • Horsedrawn plow
    23/10/18A. Horsedrawn plow.
    Ray J. Much
  • IHC Famous series
    23/10/16
    Howard Field
  • Horsedrawn plow
    23/10/18B. Horsedrawn plow.
    Ray J. Much
  • Magneto Engine
    23/10/22A. Two-cycle marine engine.
    David J. Opal
  • Magneto Engine
    23/10/22B. Two-cycle marine engine.
    David J. Opal
  • Unidentified engine
    23/10/26A
    William Schwartz

  • Unidentified engine
  • Unidentified engine
  • Unidentified engine
  • IHC Type M Engine
  • Merkel motor wheel
  • Old marine engine
  • Cutting gaskets
  • Cutting gaskets
  • Bushing driver
  • Drilling holes
  • Templet for laying out keyways
  • Unidentified engine
  • Deering threshing machine
  • Horsedrawn plow
  • IHC Famous series
  • Horsedrawn plow
  • Magneto Engine
  • Magneto Engine
  • Unidentified engine

Occasionally it comes time to look back-and in this particular case, looking back at the gas engine and tractor hobby illustrates a dramatic change over the past 25 or 30 years. It's only been about forty years since old-time threshing bees were first held, and these were relatively minor in nature. GEM's founder, the late Elmer Ritzman, started out short on money and tall on dreams with his Farm Album. The late 1940's and early 1950's were lean years indeed. In fact, gas engines and tractors were seldom mentioned-steam was still king!

Rev. Ritzman continued with his quest and followed his dream. Vintage steam power became more and more popular, as did gas engines and tractors. The latter continued growing to the point that in 1966 the original Iron Man Album reverted to a 'steam only' magazine, and the entirely new Gas Engine Magazine was launched for the benefit of gas engine and tractor collectors. In the twenty some years since GEM became a reality, it has become a major publication dealing with our hobby, and has thus helped to move gas engine and tractor restoration into a hobby with genuine credentials and public visibility. Although many visitors at the shows do not understand the original purpose or use of these machines, most of them are awed by the fact that so many different types and styles have been preserved for the future. There can be no doubt that much of the credit must go to men of vision-men like the late Rev. Elmer Ritzman.

Our first question this month deals with:

23/10/1 Q. I recently acquired a Jaeger cement mixer with a Stover engine, TB235263. What time period does this represent? Kent A. Berge, 445 E. 20th St., Costa Mesa, California, 92627.



A. The Stover engine was built June 18, 1936. It was one of 100 shipped to Chain Belt Company at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This represents the distinct possibility that Jaeger might have built the mixer and supplied it to the Chain Belt without an engine. The latter then contracted with an engine company, in this case Stover, and attached the engine themselves.

23/10/2 Q. What is the proper paint color for a Hercules engine? Ed Minnick, RR 1, Box 140, Bainbridge, Indiana, 46105.



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