Readers' Engine Questions

| October/November 2002

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 CHP4:

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 listed.