| January/February 1981

Happy New Year to each and every one of our Gas Engine Family may 1981 be a blessed year for all. And Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said' Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart.'

And now we must get to the letters, as there are many questions to be answered which means many letters for you to write

Beginning the year comes a letter from ALVA M. McCOY, 5128 N. Cannon, Spokane, Washington 99208he has many things on his mind: 'I would like to hear from someone about Associated Mfg. Co., Waterloo, Iowa gas engines.

I have a Hired Man, S.N. 147069 water-cooled that seems to be as it should be. Also an air-cooled engine that I thought was a Chore Boy, but it is 4' bore, 5' stroke and 8' flywheels with bronze rod which makes it an air-cooled Hired Man.

Also about the guard, both engines have the holes in cylinder by the drip oiler but no holes in base for other end of guard how was the guard attached if it had a guard?'

The air-cooled engine has no nameplate and I have found no serial number. This engine is reported to have been used on an orchard sprayer and has a silver cylinder assembly and green base and flywheels. Could this be original paint color?'