Smoke Rings


| January/February 1975



old Smith Motor Wheel engine

Earl Rains

Well, here we go with a very Happy New Year Wish to each of you as we begin the 10th year of publication for Gas Engine Magazine. Our Family has really grown and we are hoping to continue onto better magazines all the time. Write us, tell us your suggestions, hints as to what you'd like and etc. Not always can we follow through with the hopes of each one, but we definitely will read your letter and think upon it.

Also, Fellows, please be patient when I can't get all your letters and stories in as soon as I would like. And, if it seems too long that I've had the story, drop me another line and tell me so and I'll do my best to get your writing in - it is a problem, but we keep trying to please. Just bear with us and don't be offended when material doesn't hit the issue you think it should. I'm just as unhappy as you are that I can't get your articles into print faster, but we do have to stick to a limited amount of pages - but I do understand your feelings.

And onto letters from our Gas Engine Family - A. M. ZENNER, R. D. 3, Medford, Wisconsin 54451 writes:

I have become a recent subscriber to this magazine and enjoy it very much. I am living in the middle of a mystery. I still have the base for an engine that was built right here in my home town. It is a 1-1/2 h.p. air cooled. It had about three inch long fins on each spoke of the flywheel for cooling hit and miss, battery ignition with vibrator coil, which was built into the base as well as the gas tank.

It was of the flat head type, no rocker arm, the exhaust and intake were on one side of the cylinder. There were about 200 of these made here in Medford when they quit business. A. Wausare foundry took over the patterns and prints and they made a few also.

Myself and my brother, Leo, seem to be the only ones left around here that personally operate this engine. By the way, they also made these larger sizes 2-1/2 H.P. and 4 H.P. and also a 7 H.P. There were about 50 or 75 of these sizes made. They were hopper cooled.