A BRIEF WORD
Since we are constantly involved in the printing and publishing business, we'll share some things with you this month regarding previously published materials. If you plan to use anything that has appeared in a book or magazine for a display or some other presentation, please give a credit line, especially if the publication is fairly recent. Sometimes the photographs are under copyright, and failing to ask for permission to use them could lead to serious legal problems. A credit line might read, 'Photo Courtesy of Joe Blow Museum, Anywhere, U.S.A.' Quotes are permissible in an article, provided that the original work is cited. However, if the quotes are extensive, it might be the better way to secure permission first. Even if there is no copyright problem, it is no more than right that the original writer be given credit, if nothing else than as a common courtesy.
As an example, the late Lester L. Roos of Geneseo, Illinois spent literally hundreds of hours compiling a reasonably accurate listing of the Stover serial numbers. Even though this listing first appeared in 'Power in the Past, Vol. 3: Stover Engine Works,' it has appeared several times since then, but with no credit to Lester or to the book in which it first appeared.. As many of you know, Lester could well have been called, 'Mr. Stover.' Such was his knowledge of this particular company. In other words, we believe it no more than right that Lester receive the credit due. So, please be both considerate and cautious about plagiarizing the work of others. The great majority of our fraternity is helpful to a fault, but let's not take advantage of their succor and spoil things for everybody. As a footnote, one publisher now requires that a release be furnished for ALL photographs supplied to them, regardless of age or source. More often than not, this material is already in the public domain, and can be freely used by anyone, but be sure of this before going ahead. We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Midwest Old Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa August 29 to September 2. We'll be representing GEM and the Iron Men Album again this year. Although we had planned to do a before-the-fact feature article on a specific tractor at the Mt. Pleasant show, time got away from us, and so we'll be doing it after-the-fact. As usual, we'll be located in the Gas Engine Area on the north side of the grounds. Look for the familiar 'Gas Engine Magazine' banner, and stop by to say hello.
Our questions this month begin with:
26/9/1 Fairbanks Scales Q. I have a set of Fairbanks Table Top scales. These are a platform type. There is a piece missing under the platform. Does anyone know where I might find parts? Robert Goode, PO Box 5004, Mills River, NC 28742.
A. We don't know, can anyone help?
26/9/2 A Green IHC LA? Q. During restoration of my International LA engine, I stripped the paint from the valve cover and flywheel. The original color on the metal is a dark green. Is it possible that the early LA engines were painted green? Please advise. Fred Marshall, 1802 - 16th St., Sumner, WA 98390.
A. We suppose it's possible, but haven't heard of this before. Perhaps someone else has run into the same situation.
26/9/3 Thieman Tractor Q. I have a Thieman tractor with a Model A Ford engine. Can anyone advise its proper color? Also, did it have any decals, and if so, are any available? Robert E. Zimpel, RR 2, Box 16, McGrath, MN 56350.
A. We believe these tractors were a light red, but have no information regarding whether decals were ever used.
26/9/4 Emerson Walking Plow Q. What is the proper color of an Emerson Walking Plow? Any help will be appreciated.Nolan Osbak, Box 688, Breton, Alta. T0C 0P0 Canada.
A. We think it was a combination of red and green, but have no catalog illustration to give the exact layout. Can anyone help?
26/9/5 Eugene Beckman Archive The Eugene Beckman Archive, a collection of thousands of items related to farming and farm machinery, opened May 19 at the State Agricultural Heritage Museum. This exhibit is operated by the South Dakota State Historical Society, Brookings, SD 57007-0999. This collection contains more than 6,000 sales brochures, service manuals, parts catalogs and instruction books from John Deere. The archive also includes material on other farm machinery manufacturers.
26/9/6 Standard Engine Q. See the two photos of a Standard engine that is missing several parts. Can anyone having information that would help in the restoration please contact me? Your help will be appreciated. Martin Roland, 3205 Circle Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
26/9/7 New Way Engine Q.Dennis E. Spark, PO Box 19, Goomalling, 6460, West Australia writes that he has located yet another New Way engine similar to the one shown on page 344 of American Gas Engines It is about 3 HP, with a 19-inch flywheel. The stroke is 4 1/2 inches.
A. Isn't it interesting that so many American-built engines found their way to Australia and New Zealand!
26/9/8 Tracing History Q. I am trying to trace the history of three engineering brothers: Henry, Thomas, and Edgar Butler. They traveled to America in the late 1890s when they were in their teens and were strongly influenced by American engines. They possibly studied engineering in America before returning to England in 1898 to each begin their own engineering company. Henry traded under the name of Hercules Gas & Oil Engines; Thomas under the name of Madison Gas & Oil Engines; and Edgar under the name of Universal Motor Company . As far as I am aware, apart from their 'borrowing' their names of American counterparts, the brothers had no connections whatever, with Hercules, Madison, or Universal Motors in the United States.
If anyone can supply any information on the history of either the Butler brothers or their engines, or any of their engines existing in American, please contact:Adrian Sanpe, 43 Elms Ave., Littleover, Derby DE3 6FG England.
26/9/9 Field Type W Engine Q. See the photos of a Field Type W was built by Field-Brundage Co., Jackson, Michigan. It is 1? HP, s/n 10576. It looks like the Wolverine pictured on page 172 of American Gas Engines. However, it also has similarities to the Racine-Sattley pictured on page 317 of the same book. My engine is complete except for the ignitor. It appears to have been a deep green color. Any information will be appreciated. Donald Z. O'Bier, Star Route, Box 584, Lottsburg, VA 22511.
A. We agree that the Field is a deep green, probably New Idea Green or even a little darker.
26/9/10 LeRoi Engine Q. I just purchased the LeRoi engine shown in the photo. It is a one cylinder, s/n 47468. Can anyone advise the year built, proper colors, etc. Any information on this engine will be greatly appreciated, including service data. Don C. Judkins, 31818 Hwy 18, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356.
A. Can anyone be of help?
26/9/11 FBM DieselsJ. Bodnak, 306 Barron, Petal, MS 39465 writes that information of the large FBM diesels is available from Colt Industries. Call Mary Wagner at 608/364-8094.
26/9/12 Thanks! to Lloyd Dean, Atwood, IL 61913 for sending along some helpful information to ye olde Reflector!
26/9/13 Unidentified Q. I need information on several engines, including the one shown in the photos. It has 'Sprywheel' cast into the brass mixer. Also, the year built on a Fairbanks Y engine, s/n 245383?
Any information would be appreciated on a Leader engine by Field Force Pump Co., Elmira, New York, plus information is needed on a Fairmont in the process of restoration. Your help will be appreciated. Wes Allen, 862 Onstott Rd., Yuba City, CA 95991.
A. We can tell you that the FBM engine was built about 1918, but beyond that, we appeal to our readers.
26/9/14 Unidentified Q. See the two photos of an unidentified engine. Casting numbers are as follows: Head, Z3; Rod, Z7; Cam Gear, Z8, and Main Bearing Caps, Z9. This is a hit-and-miss engine with a dry head, 3? x 5 inch bore and stroke, and 17-inch flywheels. I have found traces of light blue paint, and 'NT' as the last two letters of what might have been the name. One person has told me it may have been built and/or sold by Independent Harvester Co. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Dale Russell, 6033 N. Richmond, Wichita, KS 67204.
A. This may be an Independent, but our files have absolutely nothing on this brand, so we can't be of help.