This letter comes from H. L. RITTER, Route 5, Box 127, Fulton, New York 13069 as he writes: 'Hi Smoke Ringers! The thermometer here reads 94°. It is too hot to work so here I sit with a cool bottle of 7 UP, I do not use alcohol to drink, used to use it in the car radiator. Back to basics.
I have two buzz coils that are similar due to the fact they have only two connectors. There is no connection for high tension or spark plug wire. They both have a switch for battery off and magneto. Also a pull out plug on the side that shuts everything off when pulled out. I am sending rubbings of the nameplates. I do not know if they can be reproduced or not. If they can, the wizards of G.E.M. will do it.
Coil No. 1 is removable from case or box it was in, Master Vibrator- The KW Ignition Co., Cleveland, Ohio.
Coil No. 2 is not removable from box or case-C. Per Lee Noxon, Syracuse, N.Y. Can anyone tell me how and what they were used for?
I have had good luck so far with stuck engines. I have had four and got three running (see ad). This summer I got a group of engines. One is STO 3 HP made by The Standard Scale & Supply Co., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is too big for me so will sell (see ad).
Speaking of alcohol, I use the aluminum beer cans for shim material. It works easy and is about the right thickness for most needs.
Let's get back to the G.E. engine I wrote about before. I found there was a piece of shroud on which the nameplate was attached. This I did not get-no gas tank. I found former owner and am trying to find if he has the parts. He probably took them off and lost them. But they all had a nameplate with a serial number.
Will close for now-but what would we do without the GEMS of G.E.M.?'
From the South, we hear from PHILIP A. VAZZANA, 242 S. Poplar Street, Greenville, Mississippi 38701 who writes' Ditto on all the praise given your magazine! I need some information about the two Maytag washing machines pictured. Is there a Maytag service manual available? (Phil-you could put an ad in the classifieds under wanted-that would be best.)
Which machine is the oldest-the square tub or the round tub? What weight oil is used in the transmission? What color was the frame painted? Will my two cylinder engine work on both machines or will I have to get the one cylinder type? Is the round tub designed for electric motor? Is there a Maytag club in the U.S.? Thanks for past information. (Phil had some questions in this letter asking about parts also-again I must remind all of you I cannot print requests in this column for parts, manuals, etc.-that is classified ad material-as it would not be fair to our advertisers and would not help support the magazine-I know you fellows know this and sometimes forget.)
Phil continues: 'I have noticed that we get very few letters from the Southern states, and that there are no shows to speak of in the South. Come on you guys-let's organize!'
A letter comes from TOM STUART, 1157 Fabry Road S.E., Salem, Oregon 97302 and he claims this: 'I recently purchased a gas engine and no one here can identify it-how about someone in Gas Engine Land helping out?
It is an upright two cycle, one cylinder engine with one flywheel and a tall round water hopper. On carburetor side of engine at top of base or gas tank is a brass fuel gauge that is to be taken out when tank is filled. Engine is battery and buzz coil ignited. There is no name tag or serial number on this engine, Only a few casting numbers. The engine appears to be rust red with black and yellow striping. I am missing some parts of the engine but most of it is in good condition. See pictures of my engine and I thank you for any help.'
A letter from one of our younger members as NORMAN NOLL, 20451 Barton Road, New Berlin, Wisconsin 53151 writes: 'My father and I recently made a trip to Michigan to pick up a few of the engines I had bought. When I got there the man had one more he wanted to get rid of and being a guy with a collection that was never big enough, I bought it. It is a 1? HP air-cooled New Way horizontal, and even my dad is stumped on what the parts should look like.
What I would like to know is-did this engine have a shroud and fan and what the governor system looked like-also what was the paint scheme on this particular engine?
I am 16 years old and have been collecting these engines for two years now and have gotten a lot of help from G.E.M. (It's good to hear from our younger generation isn't it-it's a good hobby and of course will help continue the hobby into the future years-and I'm sure that makes the older members happy.)
A letter and pictures comes from LOREN E. LIPPOLDT (SMOKY), Route 1, Box 58, Kinsley, Kansas 67547: 'It's not often that I write since I've gotten this awful Parkinson's disease. The medicine makes me feel sick at the stomach all of the time, and I haven't got that 'get up and go' anymore. And I'll be 66 June 5th.
The latest restoration is a WOOLERY, latest patent date 1916. It is a single cylinder, 2 cycle railroad engine.
A friend of mine found it in Arkansas and brought it home for me. It must have been in Arkansas floods because it was rusted inside and out. It took me two years to get all of the parts soaked loose and apart.
It has 'ball-bearing' mains. It is a 'so-called' square engine. It has a 4' bore and a 4' stroke and it sure is powerful when you can get it started, which is very seldom. The Pot-Metal carb was a total loss so I installed a Model T Ford carb. That did not work out. I installed a Model A Ford carb. That did not work out either. I now have a Lauson carb on it and I m still not satisfied. Now I am beginning to think that it might be the Reed valve. It was all rusty and pitted and it is very stiff. It seems to me that it ought to have a little soft springiness to it. Now if I can only find someone who would make me a new Reed valve. This one is so stiff that I can't see how the intake stroke could possibly get enough suction to open that thing. I had to make a new gas tank, I had to braze 22 holes in the water tank. The heavy cast iron piston has 3 ring grooves. I installed 2 rings in each groove so that it would have better compression, and it has plenty. I installed new 'ball-bearing' mains. I made a new ignition timer. It uses a Model T'Ford spark plug. I made the crank and it can be used on either end of the crankshaft. The lever is the belt tightener.
I had to make the cart. The rear wheels are 2 extra WOOLERY flywheels. The two front wheels are J.I. CASE wheatland grain press wheels. The front axle turning spindle is a Model T Ford rear wheel hub. The frame rails are two pieces of track off of your old barn door. I have the open slot on the bottom.
I have quite a few engines restored. Am restoring several and have many that are not restored and I may never get to them. I am always looking for more and have sold a few.
With inflation like it is it is pretty costly to restore an old engine anymore, and with my disease it doesn't give me much incentive to go ahead. God bless, 'Smoky.' (It's nice to hear from you Smoky and God Bless You too,-If some of you folks would like to write to Smoky-I bet he'd appreciate swapping engine stories.)
Another picture comes from A. F. CHRISTISON, 821 N. Haverhill Road, W. Palm Beach, Florida 33406: 'I have acquired this 2 cycle engine (see photo) and on the intake stroke gas explodes through a valve in the middle of the piston. Any information regarding shrouding or make of engine would be greatly appreciated.'
Looking to you folks for help is JAY JOHNSON, 6726 Oleander Circle, Roanoke, Virginia 24019: 'I am in need of some help and information on some engines I have acquired lately and would like to restore.
First are two Delco light plants. One is small and one is larger, but both have the same size piston, about 2?'. Serial number on the little one is 289832 and on the big one 195384. They are both in boxes- you guessed it!!-in pieces-so I am lost as to which parts go with the other parts-at this time. Any information on anything on Delco would be very much appreciated.
Next is an engine called a Smith-Courtney, serial number A1624, 2 HP Richmond, Virginia. It looks to be battery ignition and hit and miss. The next is a Sattley engine or so I've been told, number 11130, 1? HP.
If anybody can shed any (LIGHT- Ha-Ha) on any of the above, please let me know, especially the Delco.'
A suggestion comes from C. J. NIELSON, 926-4th Street S.E., Minot, North Dakota 58701: 'I would like to see the promotors advertising their show put a word or two about them having an Old Time Musical Jam Session or Dance-Please O.K.? It could just be a word or two like Jam Session or Dance. I like to take in shows but often if there is a dance, etc. it will make the difference of me going or not going.
Also, if someone can play a good snappy tune, I'd do an old time jig or two-no charge-I am 71 years old (young, I'd say). I can do a pretty good job on a jig, as told to me by many who should know. If the show is anywhere near this area-I'll be there.' (That's a good suggestion Joe-you sound like a happy fellow and I'll bet folks would have a ball-try it maybe you'll like it.)
A new subscriber writes-LUKE E. ANDERSON, Box 54, Dillonvale, Ohio 43917: 'I looked at a few of these interesting magazines and I am glad to see there is an engine magazine by such nice people referring to parts, engines and repair manuals.
I found a Domestic gas engine (open crank) side shaft, not Type A, 1? HP, 3?' bore, x 3?' stroke (that doesn't sound right to me, but that is what is written-Anna Mae). It had a Linamite plug in it, but was cracked on top. The owner told me it had a pump on it, but was cracked in the winter and junked (the pump). He said his father used it to pump water out of his coal mine. Can anybody tell me what year it was made?'
In closing I'll leave you with a few items to ponder-first, here's a cute poem for all the labors in preserving the foods-called SUMMER COMPLAINT-At summer's end I am a wreck - From canning foodstuffs by the peck - But I stagger back with sticky pride - And bless the bottles, side by side - Of apples, plums and succotash - And beans and peas, as good as cash - Now all I need is a recipe - For canning and preserving ME!
And here are a few more thoughts. ......One reason that the school of experience is so tough is that you get the test first and the lesson afterward...... If you check up on the person who says life isn't worth living, you most likely will find that the kind of life he lives isn't...... Swallow your price occasionally. It's non-fattening.
That's it for now - hope your year has been a good one - remember to pile up the material that takes today's events and preserves them for beautiful memories next winter. Love ya!