HELP!!


| September/October 1971


Box 786 Tapper Lake, New York 12986

I have been referred to you by the Henry Ford Museum of Dearborn, Michigan. I am interested in information on the Meitz and Weiss internal combustion engine. I possess one such engine in near perfect condition and would like to get this engine running if at all possible. Unfortunately, I do not know what fuel this engine utilized, how it is started, and how it should be properly maintained.

A good while ago I sent away for the patent but never received it. I recently wrote the Henry Ford Museum and they have referred me to you. I can give you the following information on this engine. The Brass plate on the side of the engine reads thus; Although the Engine is complete, there is no type of electric ignition on it. On the end of the cylinder there is a round ball resembling a trailer hitch. On one side of this cast ball is the number 2 and on the other side of this ball is the number 2? This ball looks as though it had been exposed to intense heat at some time. This engine also apparently uses a rotating eccentric as a means of timing ignition. I do not believe this engine used gasoline as a fuel. On reconditioning this engine I noticed that the copper tank bolted to the top of the machine possessed a type of white corrosion on the inside. Could this have been a water storage tank for production of acetylene? As copper corrodes green the only thing that I could think of is that somehow calcium carbonate or other salt had been deposited on the sides of the tank. I do not think this tank could have been the site of any gas production as there is no seal at the top.

I would be happy to pay for any copies of the original patent that you could dig up and any copies of the operation and maintenance manual that you could find. These do not have to be originals; only xeroxed copies.

I am extremely anxious to hear anyone concerning this engine as I would like to get it running soon. Thank you for your cooperation.

This model of an Aultman-Taylor Tractor was built by Ralph W. Shelburne, 980 West Pine, Zionville, Indiana. It required over 1100 hours to complete the work. The machine was originally a roller. Equipped with a vertical engine it develops 14 hp. on the belt. Photo by Harry Hall.