Courtesy of Marvin E. Green, Boyden, Iowa 51234
Route 2, Troy, Kansas 66068.
In response to the question of C. H. Somers, Culpeper, Virginia 22701, I will try to answer his query on this engine. These pictures are of Mr. Somers engine and an Atlas engine.
We had just subscribed to both G.E.M. and I.M.A. and I had just gotten our first Gas Engine Magazine in September. I usually first look at the picture and read the captions, then later when I've time, reread the whole magazine from front to back, and reread it through the month. Anyway, I have a book with many pictures of ancient tractors and also some literature to go with some of the pictures. This following information may or may not correspond with the Atlas Engine.
'The Baker and Hamilton Company marketed a portable engine in the early 1880's. The boiler had a jacket of 2-inch staves, held in place by brass bands, and could burn wood, coal, or straw. It had an Ames engine and Laufenburg boiler and was built by the Ames Iron Works of Oswego, New York. Henry Ames was an early advocate of steampower for farms, founding a factory to make engines in 1854.'
As I say, this may or may not relate with the Atlas Engine, but I do hope it does.
Also, I'd like to own a portable I.H.C. engine, any size. And I would also like to get an operator's manual for a F-20 and F-30 tractor.
Was a 1918 small Buick 4- been wrecked. Picture taken in 1933 with wife beside it. Fenders are Model T. Saw motor is a 50 cent baby grand Chevy. Radiator 1923
Our first New Hollander self balers- 1942 put on truck hubs with roller bearings. Dad put slicer in it and company did year later. Jeep is a 6 speed special truck cut down. It would travel 45 mph, if crazy enough to drive it.
In GEM for Nov.-Dec. 1969, page 19, Ed Roininen of Griffith, Indiana requested a picture of the starting system used on the Associated engine, 3/4 hp. that was patterned after a Maytag. So here it is. This little 2 cycle engine was a well built machine. It had a sleeve extending out of the front side of the crankcase. The crankshaft came out through this sleeve and the flywheel rotated on the outside of this sleeve. The flywheel was locked to the shaft by the flange at the right, in the picture. The drum to the left was the starter. A flat strap with a loop on one end was slipped over the strip between the two slots, then wrapped around the drum. After the engine was running, the strap was removed and the drum would then turn with the flywheel. The engine rotated counter-clockwise. Speed was controlled by a fly-weight that shorted the magneto.
One last point, I truly hope to not make anyone mad at me at what I'm about to say. I realize that a lot of these restored tractors and engines are owned by non farmers and on most of them it is next to impossible to get replacement parts. I'm 21 and my wife is 21 and we own a forty acre farm powered by a 1936 F-20 for which I paid $50, and an F-30 for which I paid $125. Both these tractors are my pride and joy as I say I do all my farming with them. At times, it seems as if I'm farming 300 acres. It is bad for speed, but as long as I can get parts and keep them both running, I intend to farm with these tractors. I think it's a real tribute to be able to acquire an old tractor, rebuild it and use it for its given purpose. We love to go to reunions and just admire the rugged beauty of these machines. I'd like to think that they were still able to compete with today's tractors, as they did with yesterday's steam, but I know that is impossible.