SMOKE RINGS


| September/October 1970



Smoke Rings

While folks are getting ready everywhere to take vacations, we are trying to get the Sept.-Oct. issue out. Do you realize what that means?? September the end of summer, the beginning of school and civic activities and October leaves on the ground, Halloween Christmas thoughts oh it's too hot to think of all these tilings right now and I have a lot of letters so I'll get on with the column.

A question from WALTER A. TAUBENECK, 4213 80th St., N. E., Marysville, Washington 98270, comes to us this issue. 'Someone in a G.E.M. article mentioned using cycehexlene to free stuck pistons. I have yet to find anyone who can tell me what it is and where can you buy it?' (He wishes us to please ask our readers.)

VINCENT CLAFLIN, Box 366 of Phoenix, Oregon 97535, relates: 'I have 8 old water box engines that I have picked up and restored. A couple of these came from the gold mines here in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The rest were on ranches here.' I'm not sure what he means, but I'm sure you fellows understand what he is talking about and perhaps you would like to get in touch with him if you share the same interest.

HELP! HELP! from D. H. 'PHIL' KING, Maple Street, Granville, Massachusetts 01034. He writes: 'I have an engine I could use a little help on and maybe Mr. Krueger would break loose with a little info if you put it in your column. The engine is a 5 hp. tank cooled SN 419 (stamped on head). It looks like a Model N, but I now believe it is a Fairbanks-Morse Charter thanks to the series 'How Your Hobby Started'. This engine has a plate with 4 patent dates listed which are all charter patents. I would like to get some history and if possible the year on this 'Old One'. Its picture was in G.E.M. Vol. 4 No. 2.

'Next: In the Dec. 1969 C..E.M. there was a nice piece on The Rawleigh Company. I just bought an 8 hp. Schryers by Raleigh Schryer Company. It was used for a buzz saw. It is complete and in nice shape. The man I bought it from said he had been offered more for junk, but would rather it had a good home. I wish more people were like him.'

LOWELL CARLSON, Route 5, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060, sends this script for your perusal. 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank your magazine for publishing some of the material I have sent to your office. And, by way of readership, to congratulate you for filling a void. Though there are several reputable journals that publish agrarian history, neither makes a regular effort to publish articles on agricultural mechanization.