HI! Not yet, but by the time this magazine has been well-paged through, we might be able to see the ever miraculous shoots of green signs of Spring everywhere -- oh, and I guess everyone is anxious for that. Did you ever stop and think how terrible it would be if some Spring things wouldn't go that way? Ponder on it a minute! We go through the seasons and so we have a rough, but also beautiful winter, but we are all smug knowing it won't be long til Spring -- but what if Spring wouldn't come?? We expect it though and it always does -- we are fortunate, aren't we? God is good to us, isn't he?
CLARENCE L. RUSS, R. R. 1, Lena, Illinois 61048, sends this communication: 'There was an engine show organized last February called Stephen-son County Antique Engine Club. Our first show was held last July 25 & 26. I had my 1930 steel-wheeled John Deere G.P., 1925 model D John Deere with spoke flywheel and also my Waterloo Boy tractors there. Also 6 hp. John Deere gas engine that I got from Spokane, Washington, through an ad that I put in the engine magazine last winter. Our dates for this year is July 24 & 25. We had good weather last summer for our show, also a good crowd.'
A question from STEPHEN M. STRAIGHT, 319 E. French Avenue, Orange City, Florida 32763. 'Would you know where I could get articles and information on the Rumely Oil Pull Tractor? I would especially like pictures of radiator and carburetor.'
Anyone want to help Stephen out -- drop him a line please.
I'd like you to take note of this photo sent to us by Miles A. Lusk, R. R. 2, Knox, Pennsylvania. The picture was taken at Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at an Antique Car Party in 1965. Looks like they are really having a good time and I presume that must be Miles in the black topper hat, having a go at the dance floor.
Miles says: 'Thanks for all your troubles and joys in getting us the G.E.M. It is the best that has ever hit the market and about the only one to keep up publication for any length of time.'
Thank you, Miles, and we're happy we are of some joy to you folks. Makes the job so much more worth while.
G. T. TOLLIVER, Box 38, Casar, North Carolina 28020, is seeking aid since he has purchased a McCormick-Deering W-20, or International 10-20 -he's not sure which it is -- but says anyway it's an old tractor. It is on steel and he is interested in some pictures or data on the original paint, as he wants to clean it up and restore it to as near original state and color as possible. If you can direct him to the proper place that he can secure this information he would be most grateful.
L. C. MASON, 28, Shrubbery Gardens, Winchmore Hill, London, N21. 2 QT, England, is interested in the details concerning the building of a working scale model of the 1907 Case traction engine. He quotes: 'Lacking authentic information on one or two points, I wrote to the Case Company for assistance. They replied they were unable to help in any way, but suggested that you, or one of your readers, might be able to assist me. What I wanted to know mainly was where the injector and ejector were fitted, and the run of the relevant pipelines.
'I have been told that in quite recent times it was possible to buy a 'Case Engine Owner's Manual,' which I under stand covers just about everything. If you happen to know where one might be available at a price that does not represent or if you could put me in touch with a manual owner who might be prepared to lend a copy to a fellow enthusiast for a short time, I would be very grateful. Any assistance will be appreciated.'
I know there are some of you folks who could help Mr. Mason, but not having a file on who owns the engines the best I can do is hope you will write Mr. Mason.
LOUIS CHAPO, 2530 Ione St., Sacramento, California 95821, sends us a nice letter as follows: 'Dear Anna Mae -- Just a word to say Hello and tell you my wish has come true. Sacramento will in the near future have a Gas-Up (See Jan.-Feb. 1969 GEM page 29). We had a get together of prospective members to establish a new Branch in California because of growing pains of Branch No. 6. I sent cards out, served refreshments, played tape recording of gas engines operating, which just mellowed everyone in attendance.
'On 24th of January, 1971, we met with gratifying results. Our club is off to a flying start with 31 seniors, 4 juniors and 5 auxiliary membership. Word had it that Branch No. 12 was in the making. The membership was asked if the number 13 would be satisfactory. You guessed it! It was right with all. Officers and directors are: President, Louis Chapo, Sacramento, California; Vice-president, Ed Broshanz of Davis; Secretary-Treasurer (the work horse), Maurice McFarland, Woodland; Directors are Clif Hardy of Woodland; Rowland Williams of Sacramento and Judge 'Buster' Fred L. May of Galt - all of California.
'As usual no finer a group of people could be amassed at this meeting. How happy it makes one feel when everyone has the same interests.
'I would like to report on F. L. Williams of 6694 Norcliff Drive, Sebastopol, California 95472, who suffered third degree burns on leg from shank to hip. Skin grafts may be required. Anyone know of grand 'ole steamer man F. L. Williams -- please drop him a get well card.
'Thanks for your patience.'
Thank you, Louis, for your fine letter and enthusiasm of your group makes our hearts sing.
WILLIAM SIMBECK, 12491 North Road, Alden, New York 14004 informs us: 'This letter is in regards to the photo of the engine you published in the What Is It? column of the Sept.-Oct. 1970 issue, page 31.
'I thank you very much for publishing the photo. It sure brought a wonderful response from all over the United States, Canada, and also from England. I also want to thank all the people who wrote and identified the engine as a Fairbanks-Morse, type Z, 500 rpm.'
Makes us happy to hear stories like this -- people of same interests are becoming friends and are helpful to each other.
A different request than usual comes from GEORGE KASDORF, SR., 704 South Sixth Street, Goshen, Indiana 46526, who typed us this letter: 'Some time ago I remembered reading an article in GEM wherein the author mentioned being a HAM (amateur radio operator). Also being a HAM and having since acquired an engine similar to his I was prompted to write to him to try to arrange an 'on the air' schedule. We were successful in doing so. The gentle man I have reference to is Wesley B. Hammond, K2GSO, Leichester, New York.
My thought in writing this is to see if there might be other gas engine enthusiasts who might also be HAMS. If they would drop me a line I could compile a list and perhaps you could publish it at a later date, thus enabling some of us to get together on the air. I promise to answer all letters received.'
How about that? That's different, isn't it -- that's called -gassing about gas-they could really keep in touch all year about their hobby.
HELP! HELP! call comes from LYLE WACKER, Route 2, Osmond, Nebraska 68765. 'Been taking Gas Engine Magazine for several years, surely is a growing magazine and helpful to the engine hobbyist as well as general interest to any 'layman.'
'I wonder if our fellow readers could help me with some repaint information on the Raleigh engine? It was made by W. T. Raleigh Co., Freeport, Illinois 3? hp.? (That's how he wrote it -- with a question mark.)
'I would like to know the original color and striping scheme if any. I would also like to know of anyone making decals for this engine. And also Waterloo Boy, Rock Island, New Way, Lauson and Root & Vandervort? (I think he means about the decals for these too.)
I've got to wind this column up for this time Fellas and besides you have a lot of things to do to get ready for those Gas-ups, so dream, scheme and get busy. See you next column time.