| September/October 1983

Smoke Rings

Ken Law

Boy! It's sure been hot around here-how about you folks? I'll bet some of the shows were scorchers this year, but I'll bet the enthusiasts didn't wilt under the strain- probably a lot better for them than mud and rain! Do hope you are all having a great time sharing ideas and swapping stories. Let us hear some of them too. And now we'll read some of the letters that find their way to this column.

Awhile back AL GREGORITSCH, 3 Iby Street, South Burlington, Vermont 05401 had requested S/Ns for Associated engines. He sent this letter as a followup: 'First of all, I'd like to thank the many people who answered my request for serial numbers for Associated engines. Over 100 S/Ns were received! Lloyd Halbard from Marlette, Michigan sent the results of his research done at Waterloo, Iowa. The 1912 city directory there has a picture of a 1 HP air-cooled Chore Boy. 1920 was the last year the name Associated was used. In 1921 the name was changed to Iowa Engines from 2 HP-25 HP. From 1933 to 1937 they manufactured the Iowa cream separator and a HP engine. In 1938 they made automatic oil burners.

'From Ray Miller of Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada came the following: 'About 1896 a company known as the Iowa Dairy Separator Co. began building cream separators. The plant was located on the corner of W.Mullan Ave. and Jefferson St. in Waterloo, Iowa. Their products were good and sales grew rapidly. The company later became known as the Associated Manufacturing Co. and products increased in number. Engines were built such as the Iowa Oversize, Hired Man, etc. in ten sizes, 1 to 25 HP. When sold to Hamilton Engineering Co., Chicago, Ill., in 1946, their products were listed as register and air-conditioning grills, medicine cabinets and magnetos.'

'From the serial numbers received, I could not uniquely date any engine. However, the following is what I havegathered from studying them: 1) The first digits in the serial number correspond to the engine's HP rating. This only applies to engines with brass nameplates and not the ones with S/N on end of crank. For example:1 HP all start with #2; 1 HP start with 3; 2 HP with 3; 2 HP with 1; 2 HP with 1; 3, 3 and 3 HP with 5; 4 HP with 4; 6 HP with 6. 2) An Associated catalog printed in approximately 1913 lists the following sizes: 1 HP Busy Boy, air-cooled; 1 HP Chore Boy, air-cooled and water-cooled; 2 HP Hired Man, water-cooled; 4 HP Farm Hand, water-cooled; 6 HP Six Mule Team, water-cooled; 8 HP Foreman, water-cooled; 12 HP Twelve Mule Team, water-cooled. From this, I conclude that the , 2, 2, 3,3 and 3 HP engines with Associated nametags were built somewhere between 1913 to 1920 when the company changed its name.

'Again, I want to thank everyone who sent information!'

'I read the GEM cover to cover when it comes and really enjoy the magazine,' says EDDIE TURNER, Route 2, Box 279-B, Pamplico, South Carolina 29583.