A number of readers share their thoughts on the identification of Gas Engine Magazine photos from previous issues.
Photo courtesy of George Stankus, Hiram, Ohio.
An identification of Gas Engine Magazine photos by a number of our magazine readers.
A few comments from readers on the identification of Gas Engine Magazine photos. Regarding the pictures sent in by Robert Eshelman, it is beyond a doubt a Gilson engine. The framework on the engine was used to support a jack-shaft, which was used with various size pulleys to give different speeds. This engine was advertised in the early teens. From the dimension, it sounds like a 2 hp engine. They also made a 4 hp size. We got this information from advertisements in the Gas Review magazines. Mr. Ed Little of Campbellford, Ontario has or had such an engine two years ago. — Richard Wood, Livonia, New York.
On Page 34 in March-April magazine — the car you show in this picture is a Model A Saxon car manufactured by the Saxon Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan and was on the market in 1917 and 1918. It is a two speed forward, high and low and reverse. The transmission is mounted on the rear axle housing. The motor is a Continental Motor. It had a very good motor. At that time it had a lot of good features that later were used by other car manufacturers after the Saxon Motor Co. discontinued the production. The car in the picture is identical to one I had which I drove for many thousand miles.— Orlando Iverson, Ada, Minnesota.
In the Mar-Apr. GEM I saw a picture of a car that a Mr. Jacobson has sent in asking what kind of a car it was — well, it's a Saxon "runabout" and new in 1915 or near there. Its 4 cylinder motor was hand cranked and a magneto for spark. The tank on the running board was called "Presto Lite" gas for the headlights. — Argyle Ballard, Willseyville, New York 13864.
The name of the car on Page 34, March/April issue of GEM is a Saxon, possibly a 1913 or 1914 model. Saxon Roadster which has a two unit starting and lighting system and twenty other improvements, price s 4 9 5 . F.O.B. Detroit, Saxon Motor Car Corporation Detroit, Michigan. This information was taken from Floyd Clymer's Scrapbook of Those Wonderful Old Automobiles. I can't find any more information about this car. — Edwin Toler, Greenfield, Missouri.
Gerald Jacobson's car photo on Page 34 of March/April GEM appears to be a Saxon roadster, probably built in 1914 or 1915. — Lome Hillier, Hensel, North Dakota.
On page 33 in the March-April GEM, Carl I. Estler wants the name of the engine. The engine was manufactured by the American Cream Separator Company and was a built-in power on cream separator. It is an old engine, I would say a 1912 or 1914 model. I have one like it, but it is an older model then the one in your picture. I have used it for many years on a six volt generator to charge storage batteries. It was unit direct drive from crank-shaft to generator shaft. — Orlando Iverson, Ada, Minnesota.
I am looking at the picture of the old car, the identification of which seems in doubt. This picture appears on page 34 of March-April GEM. Your car looks like it could be a "Saxon." It was a small car. I have seen only a very few of them. The "Dort" was made about the same time. Perhaps there was no generator or battery as I see the acetylene lights. — Lawrence H. Scott, Ithaca, New York.