Smoke Rings


| January/February 1969



Smoke Rings

Well, the little GEM is now three years old - time really does have a way of passing by- three years already and really growing. Each year we hope it (the magazine) grows better - this is our aim. We welcome your suggestions, letters and pictures and don't feel discouraged if you don't see them in print right away. We don't throw them away.

I do hope you had a Happy Christmas Season and wouldn't it be nice if the Christmas Spirit could be with us all year - but maybe that is what makes it so wonderful- that at least once throughout the year, some folks are touched to do kind things that they forget about the rest of the year - and who knows, maybe each year we all grow a little and become more aware of the important things in life. Maybe each of us will do a little more for others in the coming year and then next year a bit more and by doing this we are growing in character and bettering ourselves and when we do this unselfishly we're then bettering the world aren't we? And isn't that what life is all about? Perhaps this year instead of making a whole list of resolutions if we would just make one like 'Replace self with serve' we would all have a big job to do at that, but maybe we could make it worthwhile. You know, I've found if you are thinking of others and helping them, you forget self - trouble is I don't do this often enough. Well, enough of me trying to say something I don't think I'm getting across any how onto letters and items of GEM interest.

J. Gordon Thomson of 1 Inlet Place, Huntington, New York 11743 writes: 'I have an engine that I have restored that is make and break, hit and miss, battery and coil ignition, three and a half inch bore, four inch stroke. The block is water cooled, the head is air-cooled. The casting number on every part starts with AA. The gas tank is separate, not in the base and the exhaust is one inch pipe thread. It runs like a charm and I sure would like to be able to name it.'

Now, Mr. Thomson says I've been so instrumental in helping other Engine Buffs with their problems that I might be able to help him. Well, I surely am no help in answering the question of the GEM advocates EXCEPT that I can convey the message in the column and other pals of the hobby can answer the folks - and this I'm happy to do. So, don't let Mr. Thomson or I down - can you figure out the name of his engine? I bet Mr. Krueger will have an answer as he has a wealth of information on the subject and has been very helpful to many.

Ron Magnuson, Box 1, Good Hope, Illinois 61438 would like to correspond with someone who has an Ideal lawn-mower engine. He would like to know the color and Hp. of the small air-cooled Ideal engine that was used on the Ideal Lawnmower made in Lansing, Michigan in the early 1920's.

'The Type F' Oil Pull and six bottom Engine stubble plowing twelve to fifteen acres a day. (Reproduced from an old postal card of the 1900-29 era).