Smoke Rings


| January/February 1982



Smoke Rings

Hi! A very prosperous New Year to you in many ways-and there are so many letters that I'm not going to say much else-of course I couldn't get away without just a bit of advice for the forthcoming months and here 'tis-If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it!

First letter comes from LEONARD AYCOCK, 765 Sunder-land Road, Concord, North Carolina 28025: 'I enjoy the Gas and Steam magazines very much. I don't know how I missed these old hit and miss engines for about 59 years. In February 1981 I bought an old engine, maybe an Economy 6 HP, no nameplate. In the Economy books I can't find any like it-and none at the shows. Did Economy make two alike? I cleaned it up a little and reworked the head. Made the valves out of Cat which came from a junk yard. I just tried to fire it up-it hit two times.

Also, in June I bought another engine about 5 HP, no nameplate. It runs great, but I need to know this engine's name. On the hopper the letters are DDD, on the rocker arm BNW, on the block BWZ, governor on flywheel has two springs on sides, flywheels 2? x 27'. I got the fever on old steam and gas-please help!'

EUGENE THOMPSON, 105 Hawbrook, Jerseyville, Illinois 62052 is a new subscriber and enjoys the magazine immensely and has found it very valuable in obtaining parts. Further on, his letter reads, 'I have a Standard Twin garden tractor, serial #408C10270 manufactured by the Standard Engine Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I would appreciate it very much if someone could tell me what year the tractor was manufactured and what the original color scheme was. Thanks.'

Some help is needed by WAYNE GRENNING, 318 Summit Street, Boonville, New York 13309: 'I have recently traded two engines for a pair of Domestic sideshafts. One is a 2 HP hit and miss serial #26142, the other being a 1? HP hit and miss serial #30292. The 2 HP engine is of the newer type and has high tension ignition. It is mounted on original factory cart which includes a large diaphragm mud pump. The other engine was originally attached to a piston pump, which is now missing. This engine is also of the newer type with high tension ignition. I would like to know the color of these engines, pump and cart and the exact or close diagram of the pin striping. The color appears to have been a gray or blue, however, I am not sure since they have both been repainted.

The 2 HP has no mag and the 1? HP has a Wico type E.K. I believe they should both have Wico type P.R. high tension magnetos, is this so? What are the dates of manufacture? Any information will be greatly appreciated and answered. I would also like to thank all of the great people who responded to my Fairbanks Morse article in the July-August issue of GEM.