REFLECTIONS


| October/November 1990


In the September issue of GEM, John Broussard has a want ad for information on the Studebaker 9350 aircraft engine. Over the past few months we have corresponded with John in this regard. We must confess that until he brought it up, we had never heard of a Studebaker aircraft engine, nor did we know that they had spent any time in developing one. Apparently, this was a huge 24-cylinder engine capable of something on the order of 5,000 to 7,000 horsepower.

Although aircraft engines aren't the usual fare in GEM (perhaps there aren't many people following this specialty), we too would be interested to hear more about the Studebaker engine. So, if you can shed any light on the 9350, kindly write to John Broussard, 2004 Pinhook Road, Suite C, Box 566, Lafayette, LA 70508.

We recently received some photocopy material from Maynard Peterson, 61 Horseshoe Road, Wilmington, OH 45177. Maynard recently came across a copy of 'Farm Light & Power,' a 1920's guide to farm lighting plants. For example, it illustrates a two-cycle, direct-connected light plant from United Engine Company at Lansing, Michigan. Also illustrated are several models from Radiant Manufacturing Company at Sandusky, Ohio. Perhaps we can eventually incorporate this material with some others so that all our collectors can benefit. Thanks to Mr. Peterson!

Ye olde Reflector hasn't been in recent communication with Ian Stewart (The Olde Machinery Mart Magazine, Australia), but we do hope that plans are moving ahead with the Australian Vintage Machinery Congress '91 set for next year. We plan to attend as a goodwill ambassador from Stemgas Publishing Company. We hear that there are some very interesting collections in Australia, and we have also heard that the Australian collectors are looking forward to the Congress. If you've ever thought about going to Australia, perhaps this might be a good opportunity.



The September GEM carries an interesting article on the Marshall Six-Cylinder tractor (see pages 12 & 13). In an article titled 'Pioneers of Power,' pages 6 6k 7, Bud Motry chronicles some of the significant developments of engine design. Note that the majority of early development was in Europe, not here in the United States. Thus, we see an interesting situation. Although many of our readers have little or no interest in foreign engines or tractors, we perceive a subtle shift by many others. Ten years ago, hardly anyone gave thought to owning a foreign-made vintage engine or tractor. Now we see numerous examples at our shows. The interesting part is that good old hindsight gets busy. In many of the foreign designs we see many features not usually found on American-made engines, and vice-versa. The irony is that occasionally we see a feature propounded as a radically new design, when in fact, someone here or in Europe came up with the idea ages ago.

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