Smoke Rings

| November/December 1984

KEN EVANS, 130 Malcolm Drive, Pasadena, California 91105 is seeking information about a Western Engine Co. 'Enterprise' air compressor Type FD, No. 1015. It has a single crank but two pistons, one for power, one for A.B. The castings are all FX-prefixes and it uses Ford Model T parts, e.g., piston connecting rod, half a cam shaft, front cover, felt oil seals and a Kingston L4 carburetor. I need to know general information such as when built, HP, RPM, water pump type and use? I also need to know what magneto was used. From the mounting plate I know that it is rotary with four bolts mounting on a 2 3/16' x 15/8' bolt pattern, driven by a round disc 17/8' diameter, with 5/16' above mounting base and the drive face is 25/8' from nearest mounting hole.

'Your column has been very helpful in the past. Let's hope for the best.' (Thanks, Ken, and believe me, it's going to get better)

The following is a letter from ROBERT KRUSE, 1090 W. Clark Road, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197 in answer to a question from Menno L. Kliewer in Smoke Rings Sept/Oct issue, page 15. He wrote Menno and thought the readers would profit from same, as he says: 'Maybe I can give you an idea for your Smoke Ringsa few years ago, when I was experimenting with my old 3 HP Fairbanks Morse Model Z throttle-governed engine, we came up with smoke rings. The engine has a Fairbanks Morse magneto Type J, which fires every two cycles. It didn't take long to blow the top off of the old cast iron muffler so we started putting on different pipes. The exhaust port is 1'. Then with an elbow, a nipple and a reducing coupling, we put on a 2' pipe about 10' long. We had smoke rings going out the front door of the garage when the pipe was horizontal. That was at least 30' away.

'We have since assembled a scale model (Oil Pull) with this engine. The exhaust is assembled with 1' pipe and flexible tubing to the bottom of the Oil Pull (water cooler) stack. Inside the stack, we have a 3' pipe about 2' long, straight up.

'The carburetor has a gasoline pot and needle valve for starting and warm-up, and another needle valve to admit kerosene from the tank. It has to be quite warm to run on kerosene. It will make some smoke rings on gasoline, but if we cut the gasoline down some, and turn the kerosene on a little, and mix it up and make the engine work a little, we make smoke rings every time it fires.

'This also works on a McCormick Deering 1 HP throttle-governed engine, but it doesn't seem to work on a 'hit and miss' engine.' (Thanks, Bob, for sending this along so all the readers could share).