| December/January 1989

R.D. #1 Box 86, Locke, New York 13092

In 1987 I set out to learn as much I could about an engine I acquired that summer. The person selling it said he thought it was a Maytag.

The engine was mounted on a lawn mower and was covered with a heavy layer of everything that had filtered down upon it from the caved-in barn under which it had rested since about 1950.

After scraping away much of this crud, I found a brass tag which proudly proclaimed that this engine was a Utilimotor No. U15899 built by the Johnson Motor Company of Waukegan, Illinois.

The mower was an F & M with the year 1935 stamped on it. It was probably a 'kit' on which the purchaser mounted the motor of his choice.

I had the same questions running through my head that most of us engine nuts have at the time we have a new 'find': what year was it built, what color was it, and how many were made?

1/25/2018 10:18:22 AM

i have a large 4 blade wooden wind turbine with the hub. The hub is stamped with 'Johnson Motor Products Co Pat Pending'. What is this and was it made by the company in this article?


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