Pictures from a past issue have prompted our correspondent to pose a few of his own engine questions.
The January/February 1968 Gas Engine Magazine, as the earlier issues, is full of very interesting stories and pictures. I am just writing my engine questions and comments in regard to several mentioned in this particular issue.
For instance, Leonard Beal Jr. sent a picture of a big Fairbanks-Morse oil engine and wrote a description. It appears, Leonard, that you have this rig sort of set up for running on the trailer, transporting it to shows, etc. Have you ever belted the engine to a load such as a Baker fan? I presume that the outfit is yours. Also, is the saw rig with 5 hp Field-Brundage engine (type W ?) yours too? The type W engines were sold by Montgomery-Ward, around 1915-16, as their Sattley engines. Congratulations on your nice equipment! If you have any additional facts on your equipment, would you kindly send that in to Gas Engine Magazine for the readers benefit?
By the way, to keep the record straight; the engine that is belted to the air compressor is a Hercules-built engine, with Webster make and break ignition. The 75 hp FOM engine is the fore-runner of the F-M 2 cycle Diesel engines; it is not a Diesel. It is a semi-Diesel, with compression so low (say 250 lbs.) that a small special steel stud, protruding into the combustion chamber, has to be heated by the kerosene torch to gel the engine to start. Then, by the heal of compression the engine continues to run on Diesel fuel. Your engine is a type Y oil engine and many an engine of that type were sold. That's as I see it, so let's hear from you through GEM.
Could A. L. Rennewanz send in a picture of the cylinder-head end of his engine; also, a picture again of the crankshaft end of same engine, with the sunlight shining on the crankshaft, so we could see better?
Another observation of mine: I am not very well versed in Aultman-Taylor tractors, but a picture sent courtesy of Bill Fogwell states it is an Aultman-Taylor. I suspect it isn't. The picture is not clear enough, but I'm inclined to suggest it is a cross-motor Huber super 4. Please understand I'm not a chronic fault finder as some may see it. I just have an open mind and stand to be corrected on my assertions and ready to be informed and learn.