Smoke Rings


| January/February 1983



Smoke Rings

The clock of life is wound but once.
 And no man has the power.
 To tell just when the hands will stop.
 At late or early an hour.
NOW is the only time you own;
Live, love, toil with a will-Place no faith in TOMORROW For the clock may then be still.

And I think that's a good bit of advice to start the New Year-I don't know what's in it for you and me, but here's wishing the best in'83! Hope you have been enjoying the Holidays and may we all look forward to a bright New Year! And enough of this and on to the many communications.

BOB ETMAN, P.O. Box 346, Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262 sends this: 'I have an old engine that I hope someone can give me some information on it. It is a Fairbanks Morse Model Z, 3 HP at 475 RPM. It is complete and runs well on either gasoline or kerosene. I am presently using it to power a saw rig. The thing that is unique about this engine is that it was made in Canada. The brass plate on the head end of the water hopper reads-Made in Canada, by the Canadian Fairbanks Morse Co., Ltd., Toronto, Canada. Patents Dec. 25, 1917, Feb. 5, 1918 and April 2, 1918. I have been to four old engine shows this summer, talked to a lot of people, but no one has heard of this engine being made in Canada. The serial number is C-22776. I certainly would appreciate any data on this engine or company.

'I am also interested in information about a 'Mity Kat' Tractor Co., Medford, Massachusetts. I have one of their Mity Kat bulldozers made about 1948 and have never seen or heard of one before I got mine. It is quite small, 2300# and has a 4 cylinder, water-cooled Hercules engine of 18 HP. I would like to hear from anyone who has one of these crawlers, or has any knowledge of the company.

'I'd like to say you have a terrific magazine with a world of knowledge for the old engine fancier.'

Hoping for a lot of answers, we hear from MICHAEL BURDGE, 1229 Huntington Road, Stratford, Connecticut 06497: 'I enjoy your magazine very much and have recently become interested in gas engines and already have acquired three-a 3 HP Domestic, 4 HP Novo and a 2 HP Fairbanks which is mounted on a Paasche air compressor. I hope someone can give me information on this for I have never seen one like it.