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| May/June 1981



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John Rogowski

Greetings to all our family members of Gas Engine Magazine! Hope you are all feeling well and perked up for the '81 shows-but I guess that goes without saying it, doesn't it? We have so much material for this issue, so I'll just go right into the letters as I do try to see they all get in, as soon as they hit my desk.

This letter includes compliments and questions which is really what makes up most of your Smoke Rings as you confer with each other on the topics most dear to you in furthering your hobby. BUDDY FORRER, Box 43, Somonauk, Illinois 60552 relates: 'I would like to compliment you on a very fine magazine and wish it came more often because the articles are very interesting and it gives some very good tips on how to work on the engines that were used long ago. Our family has about 40 engines ranging from a 3/4 HP Maytag to a 6-7 Fairbanks Morse.

Here is my question to the readers. We have a 4-5 HP Stover, model CT4, S.N. TD252234. This is the only Stover 4-5 HP that any of us have ever seen. I wonder if any readers could give me information on it. Would like to know the year and how many were made and wish anyone would write me if they have a similar engine.'

JIM WOOLEY, 7959 Lava Court, La Mesa, California 92047 is seeking information on a Kalamazoo Railway Supply Company railroad speeder car engine. The name Kalamazoo is cast into the engine below the air-cooled radiator and the serial number is 16032 on the crankcase. (To Jim and other writers-if you need parts, or any item that can be bought, I cannot print them in this column. That must go in classified ads at the back of the book at 20? per word.)

'The old iron collectors are a fine group of people,' says DARVIN E. JAHNKE, Box 21, Rochert, Minnesota 56578. 'With the help of a lot of good people that read GEM, I have been able to identify my engine pictured on page 15 of Jan.-Feb. GEM. It is a 1? HP Sattley throttle governed. Thanks to everyone that wrote.'

A newcomer to our family, KEVAN STAFNE, 602 Sawyer Street, Lead, South Dakota 57754, sends this: 'I would like to know if any of your readers would know if a Fairbanks-Morse 5 HP style D had a cast iron sub-base or did it have wooden skids? Also the age of this engine.