Why Rectabular Excrusions won't Transmogrify

| March/April 1977


Inquiries concerning the mounting of the Trichotometric Indicator Support indicate that some difficulty is being experienced with the brackets which attach the support. As an aid toward fabricating the support brackets, the accompanying illustration is provided to show how the support is coupled between the differentialator and the carburetorphalasum. It will increase the flow of power between the magtometer and tappetmodulator. The application of the special ambihelical hexnut is unique in that any attempt to remove it in the conventional manner only tightens it. Because of the design, the nut must be fully screwed on before it can be screwed off.

PERRY WHETSTONE, RR 2, Box 88, Shipshewana, Indiana 46565 writes that he and his dad restore engines as time permits and they would like to know if anybody in Gas Land could give them the age of two different engines. (An Alpha, Type E-282 HP WA 2? Number 60484 Speed 500. This engine runs and looke like new.) (A Rock Island, Number 108207, HP 1? Speed 600)

A note from ROBERT SCHWIERS, 216 Rose Street, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481: 'I have an IHC Model M, 3 HP 600 RPM engine with a Model L magneto and igniter. It runs good with a coil, but not on magneto as it seems to lose the magnetism. Also, was there a plate between magneto and gear pushing against engine housing to keep grease and oil in? Would like to hear from anyone who has had this problem. Also, who knows year and color of Iron Horse Engine, Model X448 made by Johnson Motor Company, Waukegan, Illinois?'

HAROLD B. KINNEY, Sr., Route 1, Woodsfield, Ohio 43793 is looking for information, pictures, etc. on the latest Reid Gas Engine of Oil City, Pa. He is an oil producer and uses Reids, Bissimers and Pattern Bros. Gas Engines. He knows that these are no longer manufactured.

V. E. GRIFFIN, R.F.D. 3, Portland, Tennessee 37148 writes in answer to Danny Farncys problem in the January-February GEM. V.E. has two of the Fairmont Railway Motors, a 6 HP and a 4 HP. Yes, they were used by the R.R. on the motor hand cars that the section hands used. The ones that he has were bright red. He would say that they came out in the 1920s. Speed is very variable.

BOB SEELEY, R. R. 3, Box 176, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093 doesn't have any problems on restoring old machinery, but he wants to pass on some information that might be of interest to some of your readers. 'I've located several old Cat '60's' in various states of disrepair. I've also located an old abandoned power shovel. All have been just rusting away for at least these last 12 years or more (one nearly 30 years). I had hoped to restore at least one '60' and the old power shovel, but physical setbacks have forced me to reevaluate my thinking. I hate to see these old monsters go to pot. If anyone is interested, they can contact me for more details and locations. However, if any interested parties just happen to know where I can get a Zigler-Schryer (see ad in back), I'd appreciate it. I have a Rawleigh and a Rawleigh-Schryer and I need the latter mentioned for a complete series. Incidentally, I have a Witte of 1912 vintage that has every part on it stamped with the part number and serial number of the engine - including the keys for the flywheels. I've never known of an engine produced this way. I'm wondering if this is a unique engine by Witte.