| March/April 1976

  • 1-3/4 HP Little Jumbo gas engine
    Magneto bracket, spark plug and valves on 1-3/4 HP Little Jumbo gas engine, Model T, Serial T-6149.
    R. N. McCray

  • 1-3/4 HP Little Jumbo gas engine

2000 Virginia Heights Dr., Blue field, W. Va. 24701

My first exposure to the world of the one lungers came at the age of 15 when I spent several weeks with my Grandmother McCray in Elgin, Pa. and wore out the little banger that ran her washing machine. Forty eight years have not erased the fun and now, finally, I have one of my own so I can resume playing.

This one, a present from my son, is a 1-3/4 HP, 500 RPM Little Jumbo, Serial No. T-6149 made by Nelson Brothers in Saginaw, Michigan. Originally, it was fired with a magneto but the mag is missing and someone converted it to battery power on which it runs fine.

Then I subscribed to G.E.M. and ordered several years of back issues and this fine magazine was just like getting a truck load of restored engines. I sure have enjoyed every issue of it and all the news and information about this wonderful hobby makes me wish I had all the issues.

Anyway, I took the magneto bracket of the Little Jumbo to the show at Bridgewater, Va. and must have asked 25 experts if they could identify the magneto but came away without a reply. Since then I've written letters to many others but the replies all come back - 'Sorry, but I don't know'.

I'm enclosing a picture of the bracket mounted on the cranking side of the engine and would appreciate your reproducing it with a request for help in identifying the magneto. Unless there is an auxiliary bracket used, the one in the photo does not fit a Wico, Bosch or Webster Tri-polar - so what else is there?