Kitty responds to reader requests for help with gas engine identification and shares a few other tidbits.
Greetings. We have several requests for engine identification and things related. Our first letter comes from Mr. M. A. Godley, of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. Mr. Godly is trying to find out when his Bulldog stationary engine was made. The Number is 331224. It is a 2(?) H.P. horizontal, twin flywheel, water cooled (hopper type), governor weight on flywheel, fuel tank cast in base of engine. He is sure that this engine has been converted to high tension ignition and spark plug fitted. If possible, he would like to get the mug and igniter parts to bring it back to original condition. Mr. Godley has 6 engines and says that interest in gas engines in England is slowly growing. Can anyone help him out?
Mr. Frank Pantel of Muscatine, Iowa is trying to obtain a copy of the service manual for the small International Gas Engines. He has several that he is trying to restore.
A. G. Weyand, of Bucyrus, Ohio writes that the "What is it" in the November-December GEM looks like a Buda. The N.Y.C. R.R. had track motor cars with this type engine. They come in two sizes. He, Mr. Weyand, has repaired the smaller size, but does not remember the bore and stroke. They were friction drive and a nice car.
Mr. Rod Hill of Forest City, Iowa is looking for some help. Mr. Hill has in his collection of engines, an upright engine. It has 3 7/8 bore and about a 4 stroke. It has a 2 cylinder vacuum pump built into the crank case that runs off of the end of the crankshaft for operating a milking machine. It is a 4 cycle engine, one cylinder, throttling governor, high tension magneto, the mag was a Wico, square box type, push rod operated. The original owner bought it new in 1924 and was called a Pine Tree Milker. However, according to him, it was built by some other manufacturer. Mr. Hill has talked to several of the collectors around Forest City and at the different shows, but no one has seen one before or knows anything of its manufacturer or originality. Any information would be appreciated.
Mr. Franklin Weber of Manteno, Illinois is looking for a picture of a 22' Frick threshing machine made in 1914. He would like to paint it and stencil the lettering and striping. Could anyone furnish him with the details he needs?
Mr. William Graves of Florence, New York is looking for the make of a small, vertically-oriented engine. The engine is in running condition and was used this past summer to operate a Northwest Cement Mixer.
Mr. George F. Kempher, Emporium, Pennsylvania has a photo of a Linn tractor hauling 20 cords of chemical wood. Says George: "Hauled 6 miles in one hour and 45 minutes. 20 cords of 52 inch chemical wood. Weight of whole train was 46 tons. Net weight was 35 tons. This is the information as it appeared on the back of the picture I copied it from."
I suppose we all hope 1968 will be better than 1967. I hear this so much and find myself saying it too. I've decided that I'm going to change my wish to the one that 1968 will be as good as 1967. It could be so much worse. I guess what's important is that we all grow a little wiser, a little more patient and understanding, and a little more full of love during 1968. My wish is that we all make a few strides in this direction in 1968.