By Staff

I find it interesting to note subject threads that work their
way into every issue of Gas Engine Magazine – and with no planning
on anyone’s part.

In this issue, for example, we have an interesting discussion in
SmokStak on the ramifications of buying magneto-equipped engines
with or without their magnetos and the cost of magneto repair and
replacement. It’s an interesting topic, and an issue every
engine collector should keep in mind when buying an engine.
Following this, turn the page to Hercules Engine News and
you’ll find Glenn Karch’s discussion of two Economy engines
he’s recently purchased – A 1926 Model S that’s been
converted from magneto ignition to igniter and a 1920 Model E that
was bought just to supply the proper Wico EK for the first. It ties
right in with the SmokStak discussion. Now turn the page to Russell
Farmer’s Oil Field Engine News, where Russell tells us about a
3- HP Hercules Model S that, in addition to not having its original
magneto, is running a hot tube ignition conversion. Another
approach to the same problem?

It’s an interesting thread, because it highlights the fact
that old iron collectors around the country constantly – and
routinely – deal with similar issues. Whether you’re in Los
Angeles, Calif., or Bangor, Maine, the problems – and answers – are
often the same.

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