Smoke Rings


| November/December 1977



it starts and runs fine

JOE ATCHLEY, 909 Broadway Tower, P.O. Box 3142, Enid, Oklahoma 73701 writes: 'I am the owner of a small water tank cooled engine made by the DeLaval Separator Co. Type VW, No. 75934 (all the information on the tag). Would any of you Smoke Ring readers have any information on this engine? Also need information on Wico Type B1 magneto. I would be eager to hear from someone on these.'

Some information comes from EDWIN H. BREDEMEIER, Steinauer, Nebraska 68441: 'In Sep-Oct. issue of GEM, I noticed Jim Hill's item about chains, etc. In the decade of the 20s, there were two types of drive chains used on most equipment; one the slip link or hook, means clipped together and the pin link that used a pin to fasten them together. The first type mentioned came either malable material or steel. The second was malable. At that time the roller chain, such as we have today, was just beginning to show up on machines.

The sizes for the first type was by numbers. The smallest size I've ever seen was #20 and the largest 75. I imagine both larger or smaller links were made the sizes for the second was usually controlled by different applications. I've never seen them listed, only by part number. They were used for bull wheel drive or both grain and corn binders. They were used on manure spreaders and also where a lot of strength was needed and slow speed.

In the slip link or hook type, I think the #55 size was used the most. It was used as main drive on binders in thresher, feeder, carrier, grain and tailing elevators on threshers.

There used to be a lot of arguments which was the best. The malable or the steel chain, and to run the hook end ahead or back in direction of travel of the chain.

So that is my chapter on chains and when it was 10° below zero any of them could cause trouble and it was a mighty cold job fixing them.'