| July/August 1982

Smoke Rings

Reunion Time! Party Time! Get your gear-and your engines and git-a-goin! The shows and meets are in full swing by this time of the year- and I know I didn't need to remind many of you-but then there are some folks that don't realize how many shows there are over the country, but each year brings many more newcomers to the hobby of gas engines-and usually they're hooked, once they get bit by the engine bug. From all letters we receive it does make a lot of folks happy and I think it's especially nice when the whole family gets the 'bug'. Onto our many communications:

We'll begin with a letter from DAVID W. WRIGHT, Box 71, Westminster, Vermont 05158: 'I have recently acquired a 'basket case' stationary farm engine, more specifically an Ottawa Drag Saw engine, minus the saw and associated pieces, serial #C20704. Its horsepower is rated as LS (light service?) and its speed as 600 RPM (presumably the point at which it develops LS!). When purchased, the engine was badly stuck, its crankshaft bent, the air-gasoline mixer in a sorry state, gas tank rusted through in several places and some parts missing. Can anyone out there tell me when this engine was built and what kind and model number igniter and magneto it was originally supplied with? All letters shall be thankfully received and conscientiously answered. Though relatively new to the world of gas engine restoration, I thoroughly enjoy your magazine.' (Thanks David, and welcome to the GEM family.)

Seeking an answer and also giving some good advice this message comes from JOHN J. LEVORA, Route 2, Box 240, Bangor, Michigan 49013. 616-427-8190: 'I am wondering if anyone can identify a 1? HP Emerson Brantingham engine with 'AY' casting numbers. The brass tag is gone, but the serial number is stamped into the ends of the crankshaft. I also would like to hear from anyone who has an 8 HP E-B Model 'U' engine.

I would like to caution fellow collectors on the use of battery chargers or transformers used to power ignition systems. Please ground your engine to a water pipe and make all connections before plugging in the power source; to avoid shocks or possible death. The engines were designed for battery ignition and it is the safest method of operation. Be safe and alive for the shows!' (Sounds like good advice; sometimes folks get so enthused with their hobbies, caution is thrown to the wind-don't let this happen to you. Let's keep this a happy hobby- and for many years.)

JESSE GILL, SR., R.R. 1, Shelbyville, Illinois 62565 recently purchased a StaRite gas engine manufactured in La Cross, Wisconsin. The brass tag has StaRite Model number is B-2 and serial #5158, 2? HP, 425 RPM with battery ignition. He would appreciate any information on the original color, and year of manufacture. He also claims the GEM is a tremendous help to all.' (That's good to hear.)

FRANK LOMASTRO, R.R. 4, Box 114, No. Scituate, Rhode Island 02857 tells us: 'I need some help from our fellow engine enthusiasts. I have just purchased a hopper cooled engine that came off a chain driven cement mixer. The brass nameplate reads Lansing Company, Lansing, Michigan #100160. Horsepower- this was left blank, 600 RPM. It is an igniter engine with a Webster Tri-Polar Oscillator #668471. Some other parts numbers are: hopper #9924, block #9927, dry head #9935, both flywheels have same numbers-9938. I would like to know more about the company. Also I would like the horsepower and color, design and placement of fuel tank, shape of skids and design and color of decals.' (Please help Frank, if possible.)