Crabb vs 'Craff '


| March/April 1969



Model L Case

Courtesy of lien Zaring, Slielbyville, Kentucky 40065

Lien Zaring

1615 San Francisco St., San Antonio, Texas 78201

(Due to an overflowing influx of out-of-town and out-of state house guests who scrambled in for the last couple of weeks of the San Antonio World's Fair so as to beat the closing date, Mr. Krueger had to drop his good intentions of having the following story ready for the Nov-Dec. issue. We're happy he could spend time with his friends in this manner and we can still enjoy his comments at this time - Anna Mae)

The entire contents of this writing refers to portions of the Sept.-Oct. 1968 GEM; so, follow readers, you might get that copy out and have it ready. I am aware my knowledge on the early-day internal-combustion engines is very meager in comparison to the vast number of engines built by so many hundreds of builders in those days; and, limiting my field to only the one-cylinder farm-engine-class at that! So, in writing, I'm not trying to belittle anyone of you in the least; my writing is only to offer you what bits of information I may have to help you with, and to help keep the record straight.

Top picture, on page 29, somehow got its engine-title mixed-up in printing or deciphering; anyhow that engine, posing there with Fred, is quite a rare engine, I'd say, it is a CRABB engine, built by the CRABB GAS ENGINE CO., West Union, Iowa. Their advertisement goes on to stale there is 'no need to buy three engines, because the speed of the CRABB can be varied from 150 to 500 rpm., giving the engine 1-? to 5 hp.' The CRABB also uses the cheapest kerosene successfully, it is claimed. Several years ago, I personally corresponded with Mr. Crabb about his engines; but sad to say, I couldn't locate his correspondence in time for this writing. I save all my engine correspondence; so, when I relocate it, I'll let GEM publish any of the interesting facts or features that he wrote me about.

On page 2, in Anna Mae's SMOKE RINGS section is her note that Jeff Cain is wondering how come JAEGER engines are practically identical to the ECONOMY engines. The name JAEGER on these engines come about by the JAEGER MACHINE CO., Columbus, Ohio. They build concrete-mixers; and for power, they selected the HERCULES engines, built by the HERCULES GAS ENGINE CO., Evansville, Ind.; later, the company-name was changed to HERCULES PRODUCTS, INC., same city. The point is, HERCULES builds engines for both, the JAEGER CO.; and for Sears-Roebuck, whose engine was named the ECONOMY, as was listed in days gone by. As most of you readers have gathered by now, HERCULES sold their engines in quantity to several manufacturers, as did other major engine builders. WITTE engines, of around 1925, is one make I haven't written GEM about heretofore. Unless one knows the WITTE of that year, you couldn't tell by the name given the WITTE by the Southern Implement Supply Co., Dallas, Texas, wholesaler's only. Here the original WITTE is called the DALTEX, altho it is a WITTE engine. Have any of you collectors ever rescued a DALTEX? This company states, 'DALTEX throttling governor kerosene, gasoline, distillate, and gas, engines are manufactured for them, under their own trademark, by one of the largest, oldest, and best known engine manufacturers in the U.S.', referring to the WITTE. The DALTEX all-fuel engines were listed in sizes 2 to 25 hp., single-cylinder, horizontal, But not all manufacturing companies admit the engines they purchase in quantity are built FOR them and not BY them.

This 1929 Model L Case was dead when I got it, but not completely buried. So, I brought it back to life. It took another L Case to get this one in top shape. It is gray with red wheels and runs like a bumble bee in a gallon jug.