Reflections


| September/October 1986



Thrall Marine Engine

21/9/1b

Ed Thrall

Surprises are always nice, but this particular July day was especially brightened by the receipt of a large box from far-away Sweden. The parcel was sent to us by Mr. Ingmar Pettersson, Kalhagsvagen 60, 26190 Zandskrona, Sweden. Within were a great many catalogs illustrating the recent and current tractors being built and/or sold in Sweden. Although the material is written in the Swedish language, the specifications are easily understood, as are some of the important features of the various tractors and machines. Needless to say, the Reflector is entirely delighted to acquire these materials, and of course they will become part of the permanent file. Portions of this material will eventually appear in GEM, probably in comparison to various American products.

One of our Canadian subscribers writes us of his disappointment with the response of American subscribers to his 'Wanted' advertisements.

As we see it, there are two sides to the coin. First of all, perhaps the 'wanted' parts simply aren't available at this point from stateside collectors. Then there is the possibility that someone having the required parts may not be willing to do business with a Canadian collector. We at GEM hope this is not the case! Despite occasional differences of opinion, particularly on the part of political bureaucrats, Canadian and American people have always enjoyed an excellent relationship, and we hope this endures! So far as this writer is concerned, some of my best friends in the engine and tractor hobby are Canadians!

A great many Fairbanks-Morse Type Z engines are equipped with the American Bosch AB-33 high tension magneto. Now here's a unit that seems to have no in between it works great or not at all! With this in mind, the footnote to this month's column includes service and maintenance data on this magneto. On studying it, you will note that even such a small item as installing the large return springs must be done in the proper manner for successful operation.

With shows in progress all over the country, most of our readers are obviously spending their time attending and/or exhibiting at same. This is evident by the rather low number of inquiries coming in this month, but we begin with a letter from:

21/9/1 Ed Thrall, 145 Chamberlain Road, Broad Brook, CT 06016. Ed sends us photos of a Thrall marine engine of 3 HP size. So far he hasn't seen or heard of another one. Mr. Thrall notes that this company apparently built custom-made railroad cars. Also, the company may still be in business.