Smoke Rings


| September/October 1967



Smoke Rings

If things are a bit muddled or mixed up or if you open up your magazine and rice falls out don't be surprised-this is Monday and this Saturday evening our daughter, Dana, is getting married and you can well imagine the buzzing and hustling and odds and ends of so many things to do-would go better if I ever get my 'par' speed up again, but to this point have not yet accomplished this but am doing the best that can be done and I'm sure every thing will turn out beautifully. Will give you details on the big event next time!

Have a letter from Ron Magnuson written to Dick Seibert, 209 Poplar Ave., Hummelstown, Pa and it goes 'Dick-saw the pictures of the engine you wanted to know the name of in (JEM. The name is Coldwell mfg. by the Coldwell Lawn Mower Mfg. Co. They made a 1 and 2 cylinder engine. I don't know the address of the mfg. Co. but I can tell you where to find out. Lester Roos of Geneseo, Illinois has two-a 1 and 2 cylinder. His was on the lawn mower when he got them. He lives at 328 N. State St., Geneseo, Illinois.' - so perhaps that will be of some help to some of you other folks.

And a letter from Fred Gertje, Oro-fino, Idaho 83544 writes: 'On page 30 of the May-June GEM magazine, Mr. John F. Hottle of Manassas, Virginia shows a picture of his 8 horse engine and asks for aid in determining the right name of it. I have a 4 X 6 Ward-Sattley engine that looks just like it except for size. It has two letters and a number on each one of its parts, but oddly enough, the letters are different on each part. I realize that it might be that Mt. Hottle's engine was made by the same firm that built the Ward-Sattley. I do not know who that Was, but I don't think Ward's made their own. I have another engine that looks a lot like the engine in question. It is a 1? hp. The parts are numbered AA1 to AA33. The gas tank is gone, but it apparently worked on the direct suction system. The chief difference is that it has a dry cylinder head. I noticed the letter by George Kasdoff, Sr. of Goshen, Indiana in which he mentions the gas engine made by Flint & Walling. I was surprised to learn that they made engines' There were dozens of their windmills in this area, and I have one of their later models. Does anyone own or know about the THERMOIL engine that was sold by one of the mail order houses? I recall that it was supposed to start and run on kerosene. How successful was it? Anyone that can answer Fred's question-I think he would be glad to hear from you.

And another important letter comes from Wesley E. Shultz, Jr. of Leadmine Brook Road, Hardwinton, Connecticut 06790. Wesley states: 'I believe the 'What Is It?' engine pictured on page 15 of July-August issue of GEM is a one bylinder water cooled Caldwell, used to power a Caldwell lawn mower.

The Caldwell lawn mowers were constructed on the same principle as the present day Locke mowers and were made in two sizes - one cylinder and two cylinder. The one cylinder model was called the 'Cub' and the two cylinder model was called the 'Bear'. As positive identification, the water filler cap on Dick's engine should be the likeness of a bear cub.

The radiator was not filled with water but only served to condense the steam. The water filler was located level with the bottom of the radiator. The aluminum drum flywheel housed the magneto and as you can see also served as the fan drive pulley. The three lugs on the magneto end of the crankshaft drove the clutch assembly through a flexible coupling.