| November/December 1968

Smoke Rings

It's that time of year when your step gets brisker as the tingle in the air bites one's nose and the wonderful smell! of autumn enters the body and spirits -really, it's a wonderful feeling. Makes you feel real peppy which we mothers need now with school activities, Hallo we'en soon coming up and the big Holidays ahead. I said it makes you feel real peppy (I didn't say for how long--my pep doesn't last nearly long enough-but I still enjoy the zip while it's there.) Oh yes, and save a little pep to go to the polls and vote - don't ask me for whom -I haven't decided that yet myself - like I said in the Iron-Men column - after watching the convention - didn't give you much enthusiasm to vote for either party, but I guess we have to figure there is bad points to all phases of life and we'll have to keep listening and studying the candidates and their vows and promises they hope to make come true - examine our own conscience and do what we think is best, but at least, let's not give our privilege of voting.

From NORMAN MULLINGS, Box 93, Granby, Connecticut 06035 comes this note: 'A little information to the 'What Is It?' column. This is in answer to Mr. Russell Ginnow and his B and E M engine. This engine is identical to one built by the Fairbanks company of New York City. They had two engines in their line from 1900 to about 1910 that were known as 'The Junior' and 'Type A'. Both of these are identical to Mr. Ginnow's engine except for the fly wheels and carburetor. The Fairbanks engines had 21' flywheels and a carburetor of their own design. In everything else the engine are identical.

I would suggest this engine was job bed from The Fairbanks Company during the period 1900-1910 with these two changes having been ordered by B & E.M. Company. Fairbanks Company rated their engine at 2? Hp. at 400 r.p.m. (Thanks Norman, and I hope this is a help to more than just Russell.)

Another letter along the same line came to us from PAUL E. HARVEY, Coolspring, Pennsylvania 15730. Paul writes us: 'Perhaps I can be of some help to Mr. Russell Ginnow of Oshkosh, Wis., in identifying his upright 'B & E' gas engine pictured and described on p. 22 of Sept.-Oct. 1968 GEM. I also have such an engine but not yet restored. I found mine rusting away in a scrap yard about 8 months ago and after a rather lengthy discussion of the worth of that hunk of cast iron with the owner, it was on the old pick-up truck and heading for home. After several weeks of soaking and scraping I discovered that the piston would actually move, but it had no carburetor or fuel pump.

Using a temporary hook-up with a low tension coil and some pipe fittings and propane, I had it running very nicely. I never completed the job, not knowing what kind of fuel pump and carburetor it should have and at this time 1 would like to ask Mr. Ginnow how he fabricated the fuel system to serve the Lunkenheimer carburetor?

Well, under the dirt my engine had a brass nameplate stating, 'The Fairbanks Company', Model A (not Fairbanks-Morse). However, a letter from F-M revealed it was so old they they had no records of such an engine-in fact, I believe they were a bit surprised to be associated with such a machine.