Star Rte. 2, Gunnison, Colorado 81230.
Well, it is time to get out my old Oliver 'Standard Visible Writer' No. 5 and try to do a bit more troubleshooting. After all, what would a new fangled typewriter know about these good old-time engines?
I was sorry to learn of Anna Mae Branyan's illness and hope she soon is fully recovered.
I want to thank all of you that have sent articles and pictures to GEM and congratulate Elmer and his staff for the fine job of putting it all together into a fine magazine. I wait for each issue like a kid waiting for a new toy. As Charlie Weaver says, 'These are my People.'
Several of you replied to last issue's question of where the low tension coils could be obtained. In the same issue, Irvin G. Hoffman, R. D. 1, Box 31, Manheim, Pa. 17545, advertised them for sale. George F. Kempher, 110 Seventh St., Emporium, Pa. 15834, writes that he is again making coils at $8.00 each, plus postage. Shipping weight 4 lbs. Thanks to J. Rex Haver, of Lock Haven, Pa, and Meridith Brison, Rte. 1, Millersport, Ohio, for information on Mr. Kempher.
Meridith Brison also sends the information that Wilson Supply Co., 2441 Woodhill Road, Cleveland, Ohio, 44104, has factory made coils, part #217, at $16.45 F. O. B. The Wilson Co. is distributor for Acadia Gas Engine Ltd. of Nova Scotia, Canada. To my knowledge, Acadia is probably the only producer of this type engine still in existence.
Special thanks to M. H. Seibert, Hummelstown, Pa. for the fine letters and comments and for sending the clipping from the Harrisburg, Pa. Sunday Patriot-News with Tom Reese' article and pictures about Elmer, his hobby and magazines.
James F. Hopkins, R. R. 2, Decatur, Nebraska, 68020 has a Swartz Model F, 4 HP. made by Swartz Electric Co., Speedway, Indianapolis, Ind. It is 4-cycle, flyball throttling governor, Marvel Schebler brass carb., overflow type, fuel pump and spark plug in the cylinder. It is water cooled and is engine No. 678. His question is how the ignition operates as there is no breaker.
Ervin Kirksey, Box 66, Athens, Texas, 75751, has a Rock Island, 5 HP., No. A61856, RPM 420. He would like information on who made this engine and what type magneto it used and where he can get a magneto.
L. E. Rapp Steeleville Community Unit School, Steeleville, Illinois, 62288, would like specifications on a Utili-motor, No. U19106, made by Johnson Motor Co., Waukegan, Ill. It was used on a Sears Roebuck Kenmore Washing Machine about 1930-32 and is a 2-cycle. He would also like to know about mixing valve adjustments recommended spark plug and gap point setting, date of manufacture and where to obtain rings. The manufacturer has no records dating back this far.
If anyone can help on these engines let me know and I'll pass the information along to these fellows and also include it in the next GEM for anyone else who might be interested.
A popular low-tension magneto is the Webster oscillator made by the Webster Electric Co. of Racine, Wis.