Let me put in a vote of approval for your column here. I always read it twice before I even get to the rest of the magazine. Also, I would like to thank you for your regular Christian witness. Today it is unusual and refreshing to run across this in anything but a religious oriented magazine. '(Thanks for your interesting and inspiring letter, Will. We'll be hoping to hear from you when you get the engines finished -and I feel sure you will receive some letters to help you with your engines).
ROBERT C. SNYDER, 105 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania 17233 is one of our newer subscribers and he writes: 'My mother owns a l? HP McCormick Deering gas engine which I would like to research. What caught my attention was an article in the Chrysler-Plymouth Magazine Spectator which has a picture of an identical engine.' (Don't let him down folks, I'm sure he'll be glad for any letters from you).
Anybody out there know if the Chicago injectors are still being made? Maybe I should know but I don't. If you do know and have an address let me hear from you and also drop JOHNSON BROS. McCallsburg, Iowa 50154 a note if you're interested in helping a fellow gas buff.
BILL FRAAS, Denton, Nebraska 68339 says: 'I have a little problem. Several of my hit and miss two flywheel engines have bent crankshafts. They must have been tipped over on one flywheel and now have quite a wobble. I would like to hear from someone who has straightened one of these crankshafts.'
GEORGE POWELL, Route 2, Box 222A, Aurora, Indiana 47001 would like to know the paint color, make of magneto and what year his gas engine was built and any other information on it. It has Appleton Mfg. Co., Batavia, Illinois, No. 9074, 1? HP, Speed 500, 4' piston, 4? stroke, 2' X 16' flywheel. (He's waiting to hear from you).
ROY PICKETT. 20068 16 Mile Road, Marshall, Michigan 49068 comments: 'I was at the National Threshermen Assn. Reunion at Wauseon, Ohio and bought a copy of your G.E.M. and was very interested in many of your articles. I was wondering if any of your readers could help me. I have a small air-cooled gas engine. The only thing I know about it is that on the engine casting it reads (Kinner Motor Co. No. 11279). I would like to know the year it was made and the horsepower, what it was used for and any other information that someone might know-by the way, I'm also going to get a subscription.' (Well Welcome to the family Roy-hope you enjoy it and I expect you'll hear from some of the readers in answer to your questions).
DALE NICKERSON, Glasgow Road, Cassadaga, New York 14718 is seeking information pertaining to the Olin Gas Engine Company of Buffalo, New York. He would like to have a list of serial numbers and the corresponding dates.
MYROY S. RUPPUCHT, Unique Restorations, Inc., 24805 Peachland Avenue, Newhall, California 91321 wants you to know: 'I need some help. Wonder if you could put me in touch with an owner of one of the following: Schmidt's chilled cylinder Type H 7830, 3 HP patented 1907, Schmidt Brothers Co. Engine Works, Davenport, Iowa. I have an engine which is nearly complete but is missing a few parts (see ad in back under wanted). I would also like to acquire some photos of a complete engine. The magazine has been most useful to me. (So let's keep it useful to him-write him if you can fill him in on some of the information.)
JAMES E. FILEBROWN, E. Washington Street, Stewartsville, New Jersey 08886 writes: 'The (What Is It?) on page 21 of July-August issue is an Economy engine mounted on the remains of an Ideal power lawn mower. The Ideal mower was originally powered by its own make engine. They were built in Lansing, Michigan.'
MR. & MRS. ELSING, 3902 San Marcos Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40299 would like some information on a Fordson tractor they have as it has a very long tank (maybe kerosene, gas?) Any data will be appreciated.
Another letter from a new G.EM, member as he tells us: 'I really enjoy your G.E.M. I was interested in an article in the issue of Jan-Feb. 1977, page 16 as I have what I think is a part of an engine like this-what I have is crankcase, crankshaft, both flywheels, timing gears, piston and rod. There is one difference that I can see, that is the counter balance is bigger on mine. Sure would like some help on this one. If anyone out there has any ideas, I'll sure appreciate them. Thank you!'
Another gas enthusiast is seeking word from folks who have the same interest. His name is HAROLD J. RHEIN, 8159 Mt. Olivet, Detroit, Michigan 48234. He is waiting for some information on a particular engine he has that was built in Saginaw, Michigan by Nelson Bros. It has a Remy high tension mag made by Hercules Mfg. Co. Indianapolis, Indiana. He would like to get this motor running because the old one lungers are music to his ears. (Sound familiar-you know what he means and the support he needs).
JOSEPH SIEGEL, Route 2, Box 252, Mascoutah, Illinois 62258 needs an answer: 'I have a crude oil engine 9 HP with the following information on name tag: L. M. Rumsey Mfg. Co., St. Louis, Missouri serial # 78 manufactured by St. Mary's Engine Company, St. Mary's, Ohio. I would like to know age of this engine and any other help anyone has.
Also, my compliments to the editors for the new look on the cover of the July-August issue. Keep up the good work.'
A new show has been brought to our attention - the FORK TAVERN STEAM AND GASOLINE SHOW will be held Sept. 24, 25 1? miles below Dixie on State Route 6. Contact William M. Seay, Box 12, Fork Union, Virginia 23055. No charge. They will have grain threshing, gas engines, steam engines, Etc. We're happy to hear about this and wish you increasing success as the years roll forth.
ED BEARDSLEY, RD #3, Brigeton, New Jersey 08302 speaks out: 'Have received G.E.M. since 1970 and enjoy it very much. I don't know how you could improve it. I appreciate your religious thoughts throughout the magazine,
I have four engines (three in running condition) and three Fordsons and hope some time soon to do some restoration work. Also I have a tractor that I would appreciate any help available. It was made by the Earthmaster Farm Equipment Co., Burbank, California. It has a small 4 cylinder Continental engine #N62 73595. This is all the information I can find on it. I'd like to know date of manufacture, etc.' (He needs your answers, Men).
CHARLES G. FISHER, 15 Folwell Road, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851 sends this: 'Pictured is a marine engine I recently acquired and I need your readers help to identify it. It has 2 cylinders with integral heads, make and break igniters and two timing gears on opposite ends of engine, intake valves are automatic. The throttle governor has weights mounted on a flat leaf springs (Pickering) and is driven by a round belt. The carburetor is jacketed by the exhaust and is of the mixing valve type. The 3-piece crankcase is split vertically. The piston type cooling pump is operated by an eccentric on the shaft. Horsepower is about 3-5. Any help, even guesses that I can check out, would be greatly appreciated.
I have been collecting engines and receiving G.E.M. for about 2 years and I enjoy the magazine very much. My colllection is small but I think I have some interesting engines including a Bovaird & Seyfang, an Olin and a very old single flywheel Bessemer, all hot tube ignited.'
A request from W. E. PHILLIPS, 1775 Empire Road, Wickliffe, Ohio 44092: 'I am a beginner in this field and just picked up my first engine recently. I need information on it and am wondering if it is worth restoring (I would surely think so).
First of all it is a marine engine, 2 cylinder. It has a priming cup for each cylinder in the head, a large flywheel, forward and reverse transmission and it looks exactly like half (?) of a Model T engine. It must be water-cooled because there is a small water pump in the front. Anything you know about this engine would be sincerely appreciated.' (Send him word, Fellas).
Following is a letter from NATHAN HICKOK, Amboy, Minnesota 56010. This should have been in before, but somehow it got lost in the shuffle-anyhow it has some good thoughts in it and since it was written in January-it might make you feel cool in this hot weather to read it: 'Knowing that everyone does not live in this area, I can't really say that it has been a pretty chilly winter for all of us, but for my part I mean it has been cold, cold, cold. We started burning wood again in an old pot bellied stove or that gas bill would break us up in business. We don't have as much snow as usual for January, but enough for pretty good snow-mobiling. We have some nice trails in the timber and some good hills. The Blue Earth River is just wonderful to ride on and there is just enough open water to keep it exciting and to keep one alert. If you don't see open water quick enough to miss it, you just hit the wood and. go over it. If one doesn't make it, you get wet, wet, wet. A snow-mobile will go over quite a span of water if you get a lot of speed and a lot of guts and a little bit of luck. One time I saw Tom break through, he hit and wood, stood up on the seat and he was really churning up the water, but the front end stayed up-he was half way up to his knees in water, but he made it. That was really and truly worth watching.
There hasn't been very much done at the Hickok's this winter on our engines. We made a slight mistake last fall and bought some cattle, the price went down the next week and consequently we still have them and it keeps me plenty busy because instead of buttons I use buckets. Now if any of you readers want to lose a bit of money or part of your savings, buy some cattle. It's not really suicide, just the next thing to it. If we had gone out and spent our money on engines instead of cattle, we would have been all right. But then there's the better side: you can't eat an engine and we sure have had some nice steaks.
It's warmed up quite a bit, it's only a bit below zero here today and it's snowing quite hard.
It doesn't seem like there is so much to write about, but there is one thing I would like to bring to the attention of all good engine men. Now this is kinda hard to write about because I sure don't want you men to think I am trying to tell anyone what to do. What I wish to say is this. If you hear of an engine man, and he is a friend of yours passing away or of an engine man losing a loved one, go to the funeral and pay your last respects to a true and honest friend. We heard of the passing of Mr. Allen Hanson from Shurbum. His daughter, Helen, also an engine enthusiast, called us and said she had tried to reach several other engine men but with no success. I got on the phone and called some, but several calls were unsuccessful. I think, to my knowledge, that Mrs. Hickok and I were the only engine people at the funeral and if all of you could have seen the gratification his wife and his family seemed to show because we had come to show our last but sad respects for their loved one, even though all we could say was 'we're sorry'. I hope when you hear of the death of an engine man or any of his loved ones, you will go to pay respects and say, 'I'm sorry'. One thing I do surely know is that we all have to die and that our loved ones will really and truly cherish all kindness that can be bestowed upon them. God bless you and thank you.'
A letter to all of you readers comes from JEFF BARTHELD, Route 2, Box 145, Rogers, Minnesota 55374: 'Hello to All in Gas Engine Land! I'd like to thank you for printing a letter for me and next, I'd like to thank all the people out there who helped me compile the list of rare engines. When I sent out my plea for help in the Nov./Dec. 76 issue, I never dreamed I'd get so much response. I tried to get a personal Thank You out to every one who wrote and helped make my project a success. I know for sure I missed one fellow though, I lost his name and address, but if he is reading this, I wish he would sent it to me, so I could thank him. He was the gentleman who had a 9 HP Alamo and a Schramm air compressor.
Well now, on to bigger and better things. It's late Spring here in Minnesota (this was written about 6th of June) and this is the time of year when it seems like everyone gets bit by the Show Bug and one morning about 7:00 A.M. my dad and I decided to have our own little engine show. We dragged all the engines out of the shed for the first time this year. Of course, there was the necessary tasks of filling oilers and grease cups and just getting the winter's dust off them.
Now came the big question?? Would they run after their long winter's sleep or no - so the first engine in line was our prize IHC Type M we had just finished restoring in early March. I grabbed the flywheels, one good pull and away she went, and right down the line we went. Before too long we had a crowd of neighbors in the front yard. There was one thing we never expected and that was people sleeping at 8 in the morning, but all were happy to be able to see the old relics running-with the exception of my mother who didn't appreciate our 8-13 HP Fairmont which now, for the second year in a row, ruined our front lawn, but as the day went on she got over it.
About 1:30 in the afternoon, we called our friend, Bernard Fisher and his son, Dwayne, to come over and bring some engines. They came with about four and with our thirteen, it made for a nice afternoon. Some people stopped to see what the commotion was as they could not believe something like these engines could possibly run. So about 7:30, after a chicken barbecue, it was time to put the engines to bed till next week. Now we'll wait for the shows and be ready to go. We will be going to the Rogers Threshing Show. I really enjoy talking to other engine collectors. Any time you're out our way, look us up at the house as the coffee is always on and the engine shed doors are always open to someone who wants to have a look.'
W. J. MORTIMER, 24 Danygraig Road, Neath Abbey, Neath West Glam, South Wales, England, needs asistance as he writes: 'I am in possession of an old oil engine namely Emerson Brantingham 3 HP Type A (or U-I'm not sure of this writing), No. 15906. I have been trying to get some information on this engine so that I can restore it. I would like details, or a handbook, or some way to help me - there are some parts missing. I hope you can assist me in my request.' (Fly your answers across the waters to W. J. - he'll be most grateful.)
RON SPROWLS, R. D. 2, Box 93, Claysville, Pennsylvania 15323 is sending out an S.O.S.: 'I desperately need information and pictures of a four cycle Gardner engine made by W. D. Gardner of Washington, Pennsylvania. The engine has a 7?' bore and 13' stroke, with 42' flywheels. This engine is a side shaft, with flyball governor and hot tube fired. I need information and pictures of the natural gas carburetor and governor linkage. Please help me.!'
The Ladies of Branch #16 of Early Day Gas Engine & Antique Tractor Association of Ash Grove, Missouri are busy-above pictured (clock-wise) are Donita Goddard, Gladys West, Colleen Jerome, Dorothy Latham and Betty Stark with a fine quilt they made and sold to the highest bidder (sealed bids) and Dorothy Latham was the buyer.
The proceeds from this sale were used to purchase a nicely restored 'one banger' gas engine and pump jack, pump unit which was donated to 'School of the Ozarks' at Branson, Missouri. The pump unit will be on display at the school's campus museum.
This E.D.G.E. Assn. group shows at Ozark Reunion on September 15, 16, 17, 18, 1977.
(I know we cannot see the real beauty of this quilt - it has many engines on it, flowers, insignias, etc. predominant colors are red, white and blue-Anne Mae).
A letter of help coming to you from JIM HILL, 463 E. 11a Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221: A while back there was a gent wanted to know about binder chain or drive chain or roller chain. It's got a lot of names. If you lump them altogether and call the older version link chain, slip hook and the newer version roller chain, I think they'll understand what I'm trying to say.
Anyway this ad in Wanted section escapes me, but if you'd print this, he'll probably see it. It may also help someone else. The chain was formerly manufactured by Link-Belt Company which was brought out by F.M.C. Corp., 4040 Fondore Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Phone 614-276-7235.' (Thank you for this information to help many folks.)
An inspiring and interesting letter comes from BART C. CUSHING, 127 Anderson Hall, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho 83605. (Summer address is Grafton, Vermont 05146). And he writes; 'First of all, I want to compliment you folks on the fine job you do with the G.E.M. From all of the people I talk to in the engine hobby, everybody sure appreciates it a lot.
I am presently a business major here at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. My grandfather, B. L. Scott of Charleston, Maine first got me interested in old equipment when he and I drove out together when I first came here for school three summers ago. Since then, I have been almost obsessed with the stuff. Two people in the area, Mr. Owen Arnett and Mr. Kenneth Jones, both engine buffs, have sure been real nice and have taught me a lot.
My first project was a 1939 John Deere Model 'H' I restored last year. It was given to me by a local farmer, Mr. Cliff Precht, who lives just outside Caldwell. When I asked if he'd sell it so I could fix it, he said he was going to use it for a mailbox holder, but if I wanted to, I could use his shop and tools and if I fixed it, I could have it. He figured it would be put to better use if it was run again. I began on it in October 1975. I went home that Christmas with a suitcase with a head in it and a big parts list. I came back on the plane with a block, reconditioned head and two pistons (did the metal detector at Chicago Airport make quite a sound when I went through it!!). I had it painted and sold by April of 1976. I had to sell it because I put all my money into it that I had for the remainder of the year.
I put $500.00 in it and sold it for $525.00, but I got more than just $25.00 profit - almost all the shops in town know me by name now, and I sure made a lot of friends.
I now have four one-lungers, a few Maytags, and my new prize is a 1936 John Deere 'A' that I purchased, running. I drove it out to Precht's farm to park it until the fall when I come back to school next year and get a chance to work on it.
I have one problem with one engine I have. It is a 1920, 2 HP Atlantic engine side shaft that has a sludge pump with it and Wico magneto. I would like to correspond with anyone that has one like it as I can't figure out the governing. (See picture of tractor and Bart-they're both good looking, don't you think?)
This missal comes from LOREN R. MOODY, R. R. #1, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650: 'I enjoy your G.E.M. very much. Thought you might be interested in this little homemade engine. Have several old gas engines, some I have restored.
This homemade antique gasoline engine has an overall length with battery box of 18 inches, width is 8? inches and height to top of oiler is 9? inches. Total weight is 22? lbs. (including batery, coil, water, fuel and oil), cylinder bore 1-9/16 inches, stroke 2? inches, crankshaft diameter 5/8 inch, valve heads diameter 8/16 inch, valve stems diameter 3/16 inch, overall valve length is 2 inches. It has make and break igniterm fits in ? inch hole to combustion chamber. Has hit and miss governor with about 800 RPM. As I figure it has 4.31 cubic inch displacement and develops S.A.E. .85 HP. It starts and runs real good.
The parts are made from scraps of broken and worn farm machinery parts. Every part of engine, including screws, nuts, cotter and woodruff keys are handmade. Oiler is made from piece of old brass shaft, glass for oiler from piece of prescription bottle from drug store. Crankshaft, connecting rod, piston, rings, timing gears and teeth on gears, valves, valve springs, keepers, drip oiler and brass hard oilers, cylinder head with valve guides, babbitt bearing inserts, all bolts and screws were turned on lathe. Water box, engine base etc. were formed of sheet steel and welded. Crankshaft was turned from a piece of 2 inch shaft to 5/8 inch diameter. Two inch diameter allowed for a 11/8 inch throw for connecting rod crank. Piston was turned from aluminum bar, made by melting old aluminum pistons. Valves were turned from high carbon steel shaft. Piston, rings were turned from a bearing journal of a broken camshaft from a big tractor. Timing gears turned and teeth cut from cold rolled steel. Flywheels turned from old piece of cast iron bought at junk yard. Babbitt for bearing inserts was secured from junk yard and was melted into round bar and then inserts turned. Cylinder head was turned from piece of cast iron 2 inches thick, 2? inches wide and three inches long. Valve springs were wound from pieces of steel wire.' (It's interesting to hear how some of the homemade engines are made, isn't it-and doesn't it look beautiful?)
WILLIAM J. McSWEENEY, 425 Elm Street, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701 writes: 'I have a one cylinder gas engine called Webster Improved Gas Engine (AC53 A), Chicago, Illinois, down right position (sketch). I have gone to Framingham and Boston Library to try and get some information - no luck. If I had patent number, I would write to Washington, D.C. Patent was applied for but no number. Would you have any information on this engine?' (Please write Bill if you can answer his question.)
It's time to close, but you all have a good time with your friends the rest of the Reunion Season and here's something for you to ponder: it's called AT DAY'S END-John Hall. Is anybody happier because you passed his way?-Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?--The day is almost over, and it's toiling time is through;-Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word to you?-Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that's slipping fast, -That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?--Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said?-Does the man whose hopes were fading, now with courage look ahead?-Did you waste the day, or lose it?-Was it well or sorely spent?-Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent?-
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say,-'You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?'
Makes you think, doesn't it-for after all we are to use each day doing the Lord's work-WE are his tools- so let's stay bright, and shine-and not become rusty with the pleasures of time.