A Brief Word
We’re very happy to report that C. H. Wendel’s recovery
continues unabated, and the way things are going we’re hoping
to welcome him back to these pages by the end of the year.
This issue’s installment is fairly brief, a normal state of
affairs for this time of year. As old iron collectors get out and
about to the multitude of shows being held around the country,
queries to Charles fall off every summer. But as the show season
ends and old iron collectors head back home with their latest
finds, we expect things to return to normal as the next round of
queries comes rolling in.
We begin this issue with a request for information on a Cushman
37/10/1: Cushman CHP4 Q: I would like to know
if anyone has any information on a Cushman engine Model CHP4, 800
rpm, Model 38667, Patent Nov. 14, 1911. Enclosed is a picture of
the engine and unit. The attached unit looks like a Hoover potato
digger, which we would also like information on. Don Faldet, N7649
Highway 49, Iola, WI 54945.
A: Cushman’s 4 HP vertical was a mainstay
for the company, especially noted for its use on binders.
Unfortunately, we don’t have much information on these engines,
so we hope one of our readers might be of help. Page 289 of
Wendel’s Encyclopedia of American Farm Implements shows a
Hoover that looks much like yours, but without an identifying
nameplate it’s hard to be sure.
If anyone knows more, please contact Don at the address
37/10/2: Marvel Draw Cut Saw I need help with
the following. I have a Marvel Draw Cut Saw #1 made by
Armstrong-Blum Manufacturing, Chicago, Ill., patent date July 16,
1912. This is a reciprocating hacksaw and it is fairly complete.
However, I can see that some parts are missing. Can anyone out
there help me with pictures or an instruction manual? Thanks,
Robert Farrenkopf, 33 Thomas Road, South Weymouth, MA 02190.
37/10/3: Fairbanks Z Q: I have a 1- HP Model Z
Fairbanks-Morse with solid fly-wheels, s/n 525473, and I need to
know when it was built and the correct paint number. I know that
the battery-ignition equipped engines came in red. Bob Dunn, P.O.
Box 376, Rushville, NE 69360.
A: According to Wendel’s Notebook, your 1 –
HP FM was built in 1922. As for the paint, Wendel’s Notebook
lists DuPont RS910 for all battery-ignition equipped
Fairbanks-Morse Type Z engines.
37/10/4: Corn Planter I thought someone out
there might know the brand name of this corn planter. The small box
had a chain to the big wheel and is for fertilizer. The big box is
for seed and has a shaft from the big wheel. Any help would sure be
appreciated. Wayne Hart, 8005 Highway N, Mountain Grove, MO
A: Your planter looks very similar to a unit
built by Columbia Drill Co., Liberty, Ind. According to
Wendel’s Encyclopedia of American Farm Implements, Columbia
introduced its single-row style around 1894. Hoosier Drill Co.,
Richmond, Ind., also produced a very similar unit around the same
37/10/5: Frisco ‘Standard’ Ships Hoist
John Marshall e-mailed requesting information on an engine he’s
come across. As the accompanying photos show, it’s clearly a
‘Standard’ single-cylinder ships hoist as made by the
Standard Gas Engine Co., San Francisco, Calif. John says it’s
missing the original mixer, the ignition system and some other
miscellaneous pieces. He’d like to get it running, and he’s
looking for help in acquiring the pieces the engine is missing.
John’s e-mail suggested the engine to be a 14 HP single, but
available information suggests single-cylinder versions of these
engines were made only in 5 HP and 9 HP sizes, with a two-cylinder
engine rated at 16 HP also available. These were hefty units. The 5
HP engine carried a shipping weight of 3,210 pounds, the 9 HP a
shipping weight of 4,955 pounds, and the 16 HP a shipping weight of
6,760 pounds. If anyone can help, e-mail John at:
C.H. 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 C.H. Wendel, send
it along to Gas Engine Magazine, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS
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.