| May/June 1967

Gilson sixty

Courtesy of Thomas C. Graves, 14020 S.W. River Lane, Tigard, Oregon 97223

Thomas C. Graves

Dear GEM,

I mentioned last fall to Mr. E. W. Timmerman of Oakly, Illinois that I would like to see someone put out a book listing all the gas engines with manufacturers names - types - sizes -mechanical & color data and years of manufacture and prices. He said that he would too. I had thought about starting the job then, but for some reason did not do so.

I notice in ''Kitty's' Column, March-April Issue that Mr. Daryl McCready of Kensett, Iowa also has a yearning for this type of book. I wish to inform you - and all collectors - restorers - enthusiasts - yearners - picture takers - engine hunters -junk nuts - and just plain readers that I have begun this perhaps monumental task of getting all the available information I possibly can in order to put together just such a catalog type of book on these wonderful old engines.

Perched on the flywheel of an old 4 H.P. Stover is a Fairbanks-Morse paperweight model engine. These were given out by F-M salesmen to hardware and machinery merchants only. Very few of them ever came into the hands of the general public. These are now a scarce collector's item. I know of only one more of these in the west. It is owned by a former F-M sales manager now retired. Presumably these items were made by one of the better known cast iron toy makers (Arcade of Freeport, Ill., for instance, although on the inside of the base in raised letters it reads Fairbanks-Morse.)

Here pictured is a Gilson 'sixty' air cooled, Style 'F' #4448, made by Gilson Manufacturing Company, Port Washington, Wisconsin. This engine is an unchanged original. Skids, battery box, muffler and fuel tank. The crank and fan which was driven by rat tail leather belt are missing.

I bought this at a Church ladies' rummage sale. Don't these things show up at the strangest places?