Smoke Rings

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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

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

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

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

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