Smoke Rings


| July/August 1972



Smoke Rings

R. F. Somerville

Hi Dear Friends out in Gas Engine land--are you having fun? I know you are as you make the routes following the reunions. It surely is a growing hobby and one that gains you many new friends also.

Mixed emotions for us this past week as we saw Don, our third offspring, graduate from High School. How fast the years fly--even though our children are spaced out over quite a few years. He is spending the summer working for the Township and playing golf. We wish him a happy future.

From cc, 2815 Niagara Blvd., Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada comes some information he would like to share with you gas fiends. This first bit is regarding Fairbanks Morse Engines--'If you write to Mr. D. E. Jacobsen, Technical Publications, Colt Industries, Fairbanks Morse Inc., Power Systems Div., 701 Lawton Ave., Beloit, Wisconsin 53511 and give him the serial number of your engine and he can tell you the year it was made. Also from old manuals he has given the following information. The 'Z' was changed to 'ZA' with the introduction of the Bosch high tension oscillating magneto. ZA to ZB about 1934-5 & 7? HP; ZB to ZC about 1940-6. 7. 8 HP; ZA to ZB-3 HP when??; ZB to ZC about 1928-3 HP; ZC about 1929-1? HP. Mr. Jacobsen can also provide you with Xerox copies of Instruction Manuals for F-M engines.

Also regarding engines by International Harvester Company--If you write to Mr. W. F. Over man, Publicity Relations Dept., International Harvester Co., 401 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, 111. 60611 and give him the serial number on your engine he will probably be able to tell you the year it was made. He can supply some literature on engines. He could not however supply me with an Operator's Manual for a 1915 1 HP Mogul, but he did give me some sales literature and specification sheets. Does anyone know where I could obtain Xerox copy of the Operating Manual for this engine.'

TOM DOWNING of R. D. 1, Box 181, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania 16117 writes and I quote: 'I have a problem with a Pioneer garden tractor that I bought a few years ago and am just now getting to work on. It was made in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in one cylinder upright, air-cooled, with overhead valves. The cylinder sits at the back of a crank and gear case nearly two feet long with the flywheel at the front and acting as a cooling fan.

The problem is that I can't figure how the cylinder and crank, etc. are supposed to be lubricated. Can someone tell me if it has an oil pump? How much oil is carried in the crankcase? (Rush your answers to Tom, Fellows).