A Brief Word

| September/October 2001

As is usual for this time of year, the number of queries is down . . . obviously everyone is restoring engines or attending the shows. Ye olde Reflector has been busy putting up an additional engine shed, and hopefully, we'll have the space to display some of our unusual tools and other items we've gathered over the past 40 years. Of course, we all know that an engine shed is never quite big enough! However, we've decided that this one will have to do, because we just aren't going to spend the money for yet another shed!

Several of our friends from Australia have inquired about the Regal stationary engines made at Coldwater, Michigan. Many of us are familiar with the Regal marine engines, but not with their stationary styles. We have seen a few of these in Australia... they appear to be very early, probably before 1910, and are of a vertical, open a-frame design. If anyone can supply any information on the Regal stationary models, kindly forward same to this column, in care of GEM. We begin with:

36/9/1 Repairing cracked cylinders Hubert K. Porter, 900 Cedar St., Atlantic, IA 50022-2010 writes of his experiences in mending cracked cylinder blocks. Mr. Porter comments about how it was first necessary to drill a hole at each end to stop the crack. Then, using a small drill, and [6-32 or 8-32] screws, it was a matter of drilling and tapping a hole and inserting a screw. The next hole was drilled at an angle so as to catch a portion of the previous screw, and so on. By this method, the crack was neatly stitched back together, and then smoothed off with a grinder. Those interested might also want to contact Mr. Porter at:

36/9/2 Cunningham Mowers Q. I have two Cunningham sickle bar mowers, made in Rochester, New York. One is a Model E, s/n 17239; this machine has rubber tires. The other is a Model MA, s/n 169, on steel wheels. Does anyone have any information on these mowers? If you do, I would like to hear from you. Don Newcomb, 532 Kirk Rd., Rochester, NY 14612.

36/9/3 Stover Engine Q. I have a Stover engine, built for Bracken, Shaw & hunt Co., Boston, Massachusetts. It is a 5 HP model, s/n T143847. Any information on this engine, including the proper paint color, would be greatly appreciated. Harold F. Kyler Jr., 1785 W. Keiser Rd., Columbia City, IN 46725.

A. Your engine was built in 1921. BS&L, like numerous other engine jobbers, re-rated this engine upward to 5 horsepower. Stover built it as a 4 HP model. By taking the reserve that was built with the Stover, and perhaps even inching the speed upward a little, the 5 HP goal was met. Chances are that when Stover tested this engine it would have developed about 4? horsepower.