FOLKSY LETTER

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

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?

I’ve enjoyed the poems in your newsy column so much that
they have inspired me to write this limerick:

There was a young man named Gunn, Who ran his gas engine for
fun. One day it ran away And Gunn said ‘Hey, Hey, That’ll
teach you, you son of a Gunn’.

Be interesting to see what other two first lines would be
offered by the readers of your column.

I haven’t seen any commercial advertising in G.E.M. that
didn’t deal directly with engines, tractors and their parts and
wonder if this is your policy or if most companies do not know of
your well circulated magazine. There is a mighty fine product on
the market that would be of great help to anyone dismantling
frozen, rusted or stuck parts. It’s known as Kroil and is
marketed by the Kano Laboratories in Nashville, Tenn. They
advertise in trade publications and I feel they would be interested
in space in G.E.M. if they knew about it.

Kroil is the most amazing ‘unsticker’ I’ve ever
worked with. You soak frozen parts in it for a few hours or up to a
week and they come apart with almost no effort. You would be doing
us restorers a favor by running an ad for Kroil. If you don’t
want to run an ad for it, I’ll be glad to write a
testimonial.

Many thanks for such a fine magazine that covers the field so
well.

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

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