| March/April 1979

Hot-Air Engine

Hi! Hope you all are having a thrilling year-we are as we just had a new granddaughter, in Engine Land language, her serial number is 1-9-79 and a horsepower of 8 lb., 12 oz., Model (yes) a Beauty, tradename Kortni Lynn Gaffney - oh it's so good to welcome a new grandchild-it has been 9 years since our last one arrived. This little one made her appearance via our daughter, Keli and hubby, Mike. They're all doing fine now. (By the way, some of you realize and some do not, that Keli has taken over most of my duties this past year. I still take your phone calls and write the column and keep an eye on the overall picture. I'm sure you'll find Keli very efficient in dealing with our Gas Engine Family.)

Many, many letters beginning with one from GARY R. HARWOOD, 332? South Main Street, Putnam, Connecticut 06260: 'I would like to know the year of my two 3-5 L.A.s. The first one is # LAB6067 with rocker arm oiler located on end of rocker shaft. The other L.A. has no tag, but is different from other L.A. in that an oil tube comes from between the valve pushrods and the oil for rocker arms comes from this tube which drops oil into a felt strip above rocker arms. I'd appreciate any help.'

Some information comes from EVERETT McWILLIAMS, R.R. 2, Box 152, Sheldon, Missouri 64784: 'To all Smoke Ringers - I read and enjoy all the old engine restorers accomplishments. In regard to Harry L. Ritter's letter about a General engine-I have one I think is the same engine he referred to-the engine has an aluminum air shroud with the specifications on a metal plate as follows: General Engine Co., Franklin Park, Ill. Model (D) Type (21), Check oil every 5 hours. Change oil every 25 hours. Above 32 degrees-SAE 20 weight- Below 32 degrees SAE 10 weight. Valves intake .009, exhaust .012 (cold).

My engine is serial 16831. The General Engine was very popular for a few years after World War II, along with the Iron Horse, Clinton, Peerless and Lawson in our part of Missouri.'

BYRON CANN, 103 W. 7th Street, Oil City, Pennsylvania 16301 sends us this: 'In reference to an article on an engine on the Buckeye Pneumatic Water Supply System by Mast Foos and Co. -find picture as per ad in July 1909 Gas Power Magazine. This then is an Erie air-cooled gasoline engine.'

Here's someone looking for important information: 'I am restoring an old potato planter for the Ashburton Preservation Society. There are several bits missing which I would make if I knew what they looked like. The machine was made by the O. K. Champion Potato Machine Co., Hammond, Indiana. It is a model 1909, but any information about any model would be appreciated. I would be grateful if anyone who knows anything about these machines would get in touch with me. This comes from MICHAEL J. HANRAHAN, NO. 2 R.D., Ashburton, New Zealand.'