Hi Good Friends! I know, I know-- you're anxious to get 'out to the Shows' but be patient, it won't be long now and if you live Southward, there are a few real early and you could be packing your bags (and engines) for them now. Have fun!
We've had a rather odd winter (so far) back East--one day it's freezing and real wintry-the next day its like Spring-enough on the weather report and onto some advice and letters.
Don't forget Fellows, if you are interested in locating parts, or certain engines, etc. I cannot put this in my column as that is really an ad and you must write in and put in the Classified ad department--as to history, or colors of machinery--this type of information--I will gladly mention--I'm sure you understand.
From BILL LOWERY, R. R. 2, Waynetown, Indiana 47889 writes us: 'I have an old Novo gas engine. Would you have any information on the old engine? I would like to know approximate age of the engine. I have noticed air freight that bears the same name as the engine I have. Could this air freight lines at one time have manufactured this old engine?
The identification plate has the information on it-NOVO-No. 24010, 2 HP, 600 Revs. Novo Engine Company, Lansing, Michigan. Manufactured for the Leader Iron Works, Decatur, Illinois--Owego, New York. Any information that you have to offer on the old engine would be greatly appreciated.' (There you are Guys--get your pens in hand).
'Through your friendly column, I hope to get more information on the following engines I'm restoring. I've started to restore a Silent Alamo motor generator set rated at 1KW-32 volts-2000 r. p. m., Serial 12908, but I need help on description of the wiring as the complete panel board is missing.
I would also like information on a Stickney vertical engine single cylinder flywheel with 5-1 reduction gears and pump jack--all in one unit. Also, does anyone have information on a Renfrew horizontal sideshaft engine with flyball governor. Thank you for any help.-- (This letter came from LARRY HEAL-EY, 122 Magnolia Avenue, Scarborough 703, Ontario, Canada M1K 3K8)
HAROLD RIGSBY, Route 1, Box 108c, Cicero, Indiana 46034 would be very happy if someone would write him and tell him what kind of igniter and magneto he needs to restore his Sandwich Cub engine, No. AA25534. (Please Fellows, any information!)
GEORGE S. CLARK, 254 Pond Point Avenue, Milford, Connecticut 06460 is looking for information on the 12 HP Charter hot tube ignition engine. He says there is one on page 34 of March-April 1970 G. E. M. He wrote to Mr. Harry Hall who submitted the picture in the hopes of getting some information, but Harry knew nothing of this engine. George would like to know if perhaps the owner of this engine or one like it might write him with any data on the Charter engines. George recently acquired a Charter engine and is anxiously awaiting to hear from fellow Charter engine enthusiasts. He even mentioned he might send us a story later on with pictures of the restoration of his engine.
R. E. FROWNFELTER, Rt. 5, Box 1336, Evergreen Sta., Gulfport, Mississippi 39501 sends us a cheery message and request: 'Recently I retired and now have ample time to pursue the new hobby of Gas Engines. In the past 6 months, I have obtained two engines. One is a 2 HP Witte and last week I was blessed with a 2? HP Stover, No. TB273182, Type CT-2. Will you assist me through your 'Smoke Rings' articles in the wonderful Gas Engine Magazine?
You may have guessed it--I need a 'waterfall' of information. Hopefully the experienced will advise as to the year the Stover was built. I need information on how to time the engine and amount of oil to put in the crank-case. There are no clubs or 'buffs' in Mississippi and believe me, I need HELP.'-(There's a challenge Fellows, he is in an area where we don't hear much about the engine hobby--don't let him down.)
An encouraging billet from GEORGE T. MARTIN, R. R. 2, Wyaconda, Missouri 63474--'Just a note to let you know that we really enjoy the G. E. M. We have taken it just about from the first and have all back issues. We have a fair-sized collection of well over one hundred gas engines, mostly those made in the middle west. Would like to get in touch some time with some collectors in the East and trade information.
ROSCOE F. PERRY, R. R. 2, Box 91, Delta, Ohio 43515 is seeking answers in his letter.--'I have a three phase 220 generator. The nameplate is not very plain. It says ('LA' ALT currant generator The Louis Allis Co., Mil-waukee, Wis.). Could someone give me information on it? Could you get 115-120 of it safely? I can make out the K. V. A.-15. The generator and exciter is clean and in good shape. It is belt driven.' (Hit the mails Men with the data).
JAMES P. RILEY, Box 269, R. D. 2, New Bridge Road, Rising Sun, Maryland 21911 writes: 'I am restoring a 2 HP Cushman Cub, one cylinder engine, No. 68289, Model ZR14, 750 rpm, solid flywheel, throttle governed type.
Maybe someone out in Engine Land could furnish me with some information and year of manufacture.'
A little different request comes from GLEN GRAY, 1790 Van Buren Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.-'I have had a very busy year as my work demanded so much of my time that I didn't get out to my usual amount of shows. I am a member of Western Minnesota Steam Threshers at Rollag. I spent 5 days there (which I couldn't have done except I used a week's vacation).
I was assistant Parade Chairman in charge of gas units. It was my job to get them out in assigned numerical order. We had 105 mobile internal combustion units, most of them went every parade--two parades a day--eight parades in all. We had very good weather and attendance. I also ran Mr. Larson's 1913 model F single cylinder Rumely Oil Pull.
I would like to hear from other people involved in parades, as to size, method of handling if outside units are used (as bands or marching units), safety measures used and rules and regulations.' (There Parade Chairman is a letter for you to answer).
From CHESTER FOSLER, R. 2, Box 151, Milford, Nebraska 68405 comes this revealing bit--'I have some information that might be of some interest to you. On the back cover of the July-August 1972 G. E. ML, Mr. Alaf Venden has a picture of what he calls two Tom Thumbs. I recently borrowed some IHC literature from 1915 which gives detailed specifications of IHC Titan and Mogul engines. The only Tom Thumb listed is the air-cooled one. The water-cooled one with identical specifications, except for the water hopper is not a Tom Thumb, but is clearly marked Titan. They also list a Titan, Jr., but it is slightly smaller and has a side exhaust rather than upright as on the Titan and Tom Thumb. Hope this clears up some confusion regarding water-cooled Tom Thumbs.'
ALLEN HANAWALT, Route 4, Box 40A, Logansport, Indiana 46947 asks: 'I found a 2 HP Frost King Jr. made by John Lawson Manufacturing Company of New Holstein, Wisconsin. I have never seen one before, have you?' (I'm sure he must mean this be directed at you 'buffs'--for I'm not too sure of what engines are by looking at them).
In January-February issue we had a letter from ALBERT H. NIKKEL, Box 261, Tracy, Iowa 50256. (I forgot to put his address in last month so am repeating his request, with address). Albert is a John Deere collector and would like to hear from other John Deere owners and John Deere two cylinder fans. (My apologies, Albert and you asked if you could send pictures in--sure enough, well try and get them in.)
JOHN DAVIDSON, Box 4, Bristol, Wisconsin 53104 tells us in his writing: 'I'm enclosing the story that goes with the picture you printed in the GEM of Jan-Feb 1973, page 45, as follows: (PLOWS 14 ACRES AN HOUR-That motor plows can outdistance horse plows was again demonstrated at Purdue University, October 14, 1911, when three Rumely traction engines hitched to one unit of fifty Oliver plows turned over a field of stubble at the rate of 1 acre every 4 minutes and 15 seconds. The objects of the test were to determine the practicability of the traction engine and to find out the size of the engine and the number of plows that could be used to advantage on the average farm. Many combinations, from a single cylinder engine with five plows to the monster turnout of three traction engines with fifty plows, were tested. The latter cut a strip nearly 60 feet wide and turned over 7 acres every mile it traveled.
Each of the fifty plows was independent of the others, rising and lowering with the surface and adapting itself to the uneven ground. The tractors were operated on a low-grade kerosene distillate, which is said to cost about 4 cents a gallon. The three motors consumed a total of 22 gallons an hour, making the fuel cost of plowing about 6? cents per acre. However, the plows were set rather shallow, plowing only about 4? to 5 inches deep.)
Also, I would like to say the Jan-Feb issue has a very nice cover. However, --The best way to keep friendships from breaking is not to drop them. Bye bye, and God Bless Each One and may you have a good Reunion year!
My brother, Lester and I, grading the first road into Winner, South Dakota, in 1914 with our 40-80 Avery Tractor and Austin Western Grader and elevator. Photo shows our coal shack all hooked up ready to move to a different location. I still own the outfit including coal shack. Note tank pump on front end with which we filled radiator. We used about 90 gallons of coal, which later was named kerosene, also a gallon or so of gas for starting in a day's work. Later we used a 120 holt. Now I let this tractor rest. We started using steam engines in 1912.
I have an Aultman Taylor Steamer in my steam engine collection that I got new in late 1918.