Hi Dear Friends - Well, deadline is coming up very fast and this place has been like Grand Central Station with people buzzing in and out as we have encountered a few problems. We had to put in a new furnace- then a valve on one of the pipes broke which made a rusty mess and now we have Termites-they're here today drilling holes everywhere and getting into the extermination of them. Well, I had asked the Lord to help me get the basement really cleaned out (that's where my office is) but I didn't count on such drastic measures. God cares about all our problems, you know, even little ones. So I just continue to praise Him for the way He works in our lives. So keep on praying, but be careful-you might be asking for more than you thought. Don't think I'm blaming God for these problems, I'm not- Oh, he knew they were going to happen-it just fit in time-wise with my prayers. Now on to the letters
ANDREW GOODMAN, 1200 East 'O' Street, P. O. Box 80957, Lincoln, Nebraska 68501 writes: 'Among our collection of older tractors, we have a Model C Co-op tractor. This is a very unusual tractor and we have not been able to obtain any information concerning it. We would appreciate hearing from anyone in this regard. The tractor is pretty much complete with the exception of the wheels.' (Help him Fellas, you should know if it is very unusual and be happy to write him.)
Here's a good top from JIM HICKEY, 1336 Peach Avenue, El Cajon, California 92021: 'A while back someone wrote in and advised that Wico magneto condensers could be replaced with a modern type (NAPA #7-01314 or ECHLIN #OM-201). I tried it and it didn't work-until I wrapped the condenser with insulating tape. So remember the metal shell of the condenser must not touch any part of the magneto.'
LAWRENCE FRIESTAD, Box 583, Winner, South Dakota 57580 writes: 'I'm fairly new to old gas hit and miss engines and enjoy your magazine for all the help it is for me. I wish it came monthly.
I'd like to know if someone knows for sure the color mix to paint International or McCormick engines. I've seen them painted nearly every color of the green, blue and red spectrum of the rainbow. My engines have a little blue green paint left on them, but its faded enough I don't trust it for matching colors. If someone in your 'reader land' sells paint or knows how to mix the paint, I'd really appreciate it.
It seems someone, somewhere knows how to do every task necessary to restore engines if a person could just find them.' (We have quite a few requests for this same type of information-so if you perform a service that is not well known and relative to the Gas Engine Magazine, please let us hear from you.)
From JOEL NEWHOUSE, 11605 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809-'THANKS to all the wonderful people who responded to my request for a wiring diagram on a Model T coil. The response was more than I could answer. So here is a thanks to all the ones who took the time and effort to answer.' (We thank you too Fellows-the people really appreciate this.)
DOUG LUNNA, R.F.D. 1, Bethel, Vermont 05032 sends this note for Smoke Ring readers: 'I recently acquired a Witte dieselectric plant 6 HP, 850 RPM, Serial #D4457. I need some information on the starting procedure. Do not see any heating devices to help aid in cold starting. I would like to correspond with some other collectors of Hercules engines. Also, does anybody have the years of manufacture by serial numbers for Hercules engines?'
A lengthy bit, but interesting and informative, from EDWIN B. CAIN, Signal Support Company, Box 1453, APO, New York 09742: 'Well here I am back in Germany with the Army again, this time it is Berlin with that darn wall, but I like the country. I was looking through a few of my G.E.M. questioning ways of restoring engines. I thought I would put down a few ideas I have used. I am from Ohio, but my last duty was at Ft. Hauchuca, Arizona, where I found more than my share of old iron. Most of them are still there due to their size, mostly 20 HP and up. I found when the hoppers were full of scale and rust and sand that I could put water in till I had a muddy mass which 1 could work a wire in under the cylinder and then hook it to a 1/8' cable which when worked back and forth will clean in under the cylinder. Also, if you have a lot of scale built up, a bottle of (LIMEAWAY) which I found in the grocery store, in a hopper full of water for a few days will remove most, if not all, the build up. I also keep about a ? of a cup in the water when I run them to keep it from coming back.
While I was home this summer, I was able to get to two shows with the family, the first at Barlow, Ohio, which was an outstanding show. At 6:00 on the day I was there they hooked up one steam engine to a pipe manifold and cut loose with whistles of every size and shape. My daughter really liked the clowns which made the show something for everyone. The other show at Greenville, Ohio, I was able to take 2 engines and a F.M. burr mill which my wife, Lindsey, had just finished, painting and re-stenciling the day before. Between that and my father's German diesel, we had a lot of lookers. Hope while I am over here I can get to England to see a few of the engine people there. Dad is keeping my engines at home with his and I hope running them once in a while......One question, then I will stop, would like to know the color for a 5 HP Sattly. Thank you all for the best reading in the world.
WALT N1ELAND, Route 2, Carroll, Iowa 51401 sends along this limerick for this issue: 'At a sale in December, so cold-I shivered and tried to look bold-The engine was rough-The bidding was tough- Was I glad when the Colonel said SOLD.!'
LEONDAD A. SPOELMAN, 3221 Brookshire Drive, S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508 writes: 'I'm sending you a picture of a small engine I recently acquired. The only identification on it is the lettering cast on the water jacket which says (JD WALLACE, ME, CHICAGO). It appears to be a marine type, 2 cycle engine but has double flywheels as though intended for some other use.
The flywheels are 11' diameter by 2' wide and it stands 20' high. It has a heat exchanger for warming the intake and a Lunkenheimer carburetor. I would like to know how the speed was regulated on this engine. I would like to hear from anyone who may have an engine of this type or know something about it or the manufacturer.
I love your magazines and appreciate your work.'
TOM ENDERSON, Route 1, Jim Falls, Wisconsin 59748 says: 'I would like to get some needed information. I am sending a picture of a little engine I have and maybe someone out there can identify it. It has 14' flywheels and a 3' piston with a 3?' stroke. It has blue-gray paint on it. It is a 4 cycle motor with spark plug ignition. There is a pulley cast right on one flywheel and the other flywheel a crank on it like a John Deere.
Also I just got a 3 HP vertical Fairbanks Morse Type T with a cast iron water hopper connected to the head. I would like to hear from someone who has an engine like it.'