| December/January 1989

1935 F & M mower

Utilimotor U 15899 on its 1935 F & M mower.

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?