GLENN BURROUGHS, 75 Hunting Lane, Goode, Virginia 24556 writes: 'I have a problem in restoring my 2 HP Economy engine and need some advice from your readers. The cylinder on my Economy is badly pitted and needs to be rebored. In order to get rid of the pits the cylinder would have to be bored .10 inches oversize. My problem is what to do about the piston. I haven't seen any ads in GEM for pistons that are oversized. How do your readers solve this problem? (By writing to us like you are and we put it in the Column perhaps someone will be able to help.) The standard size piston is 3 by 4' and somehow I need to increase its diameter by about 1/10'. Thanks for any help. All letters will be answered.'
'Just a few lines to say I really enjoy GEM and have every copy, except the one I loaned to a fellow to read and his house was caught in the big flood of Rapid City, South Dakota. Keep up the good work,' says HARRY BONNEMA, RFD4, Box 226, LeMars, Iowa 51031. 712-546-7489.
'We have some things we would like to ask the readers. First, I am restoring a David Bradley (Sears) garden tractor. What was the color green on the wheels? I had written one fellow whose picture was in the GEM, but got no answer. I wrote Sears and all I got was the red color they had, but I need to know the green color.
'Second, we are restoring a Plymouth tractor, on steel The Fate Root Heath Company, Plymouth, Ohio B166 Pat D91855, Model 1XA, 3x4, Engine 403477. We would like to know the year built, how many etc. What color is the main frame, looks like silver color. Were the wheels any different color? Was there any trim on the cast iron radiator grill? I go to many steam shows but have never seen one as yet. All information would help.' (According to Wendel's 'Encyclopedia of American Tractors', F-R-H brought out the Plymouth 10-20 in 1933 with a Hercules 1xA 4'cylinder, 3x4 motor. By 1935 the Plymouth was renamed 'Silver King', so your tractor probably was made between 1933 and 1935. Hopefully, another reader can provide more details. ed.)
'Thanks to you and GEM readers, I received several letters about my PFAU air compressor and now it is working fine,' writes LOU SHAFER, 7125 Clinton Hwy., Knoxville, Tennessee 37921. 615-947-6465.
He continues: 'I am having a problem with an engine and I need help. It is a Fairbanks Morse Style C, self-oiling, 7 HP at 600 RPM, 8 HP at 700 RPM. It has a date cast on the block of 6-7-48.
'My problem is keeping it running without holding my fingers over the air intake at the carburetor, which has a 1' close nipple at the intake and I don't know what goes onto the nipple? I have written the factory and everyone I know and cannot find a book or manual on the engine. I would appreciate any information from the readers.'
JACK GHERE, Route 1, Odin, Illinois 62870 has a Stickney engine 5 HP, S/N 7389, bore 6', stroke 7'. He needs to know when this was manufactured, color and was there any striping? He also would like to hear from other collectors who have the same type engine.
'I have a little tip to pass along to GEM readers. When pouring babbitt bearings, most instructions say to use cardboard for shims and around the ends of the shaft. I have found aluminum sheet to work much better. It will not burn and the babbitt will not adhere to the aluminum. Restoringly yours, JOHN R. HEATH, Rt.#l, Box 57-C School Street, Sullivan, Ohio 44880.'
An informative letter comes from PERCY GOESCH, 17177th Street, Hughson, California 95326 and I'm sure it will be appreciated by some collectors: 'In the May-June 1984 Smoke Rings column, Armin Helgeson, Genoa, Wisconsin asks if there are any old tool clubs Yes there are! I am a tool collector myself. I asked The Tool Collector Magazine and these are names of clubs they sent me: Eaia West, Roger B. Phillips, 8476 West Way Drive, Lajolla, California 92038. Mid-West Tool Collectors, Kenneth Runkle, 1918 Charles Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47901. Southwest Tool Collectors Assn., Orland C. Jajicek, 707 West-wood Drive, Richardson, Texas 75080. Early American Industries Assn. John S. Watson, Treasurer, Box 2128, Empire State Plaza Station, Albany, New York 12220. (Thanks Percy, I'm sure the folks interested in tools will be glad you went to the trouble to do this for them.)
JIM GREENAWALT, 11621 N. Victoria Drive, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120 needs all information he can get on an Emerson-Brantingham. It has a diamond pattern cast in the water jacket. It looks to be about 1-2 HP and has no mixer or carburetor. Pictures of the mixer would be appreciated. All responses answered.
'I would appreciate any help I could get from you readers out there in Engine Land. I am looking for anyone who might have news about the Blewett Tractor Company of Tacoma, Washington. The tractor looks very much like a Holt 75 and was made from 1920-1922. Write ROBERT J. FIELDS, 36 O'Neil Road, Elma, Washington 98541.'
CLEDUS STITES, RR1, Odon, Indiana 47562 sends a photo of a tractor he recently acquired. It has a Continental F124 engine, no other markings. Can anyone advise what make it is? Does anyone have one and would it be possible to get photos for the hood, etc. What is the paint color and year made?
A lengthy letter giving instructions comes from MICHAEL BOND, 3599 Jest Road, Richmond, Indiana 47374: 'Here is an idea that I hope will help many people who own engines with gas tanks mounted in the base, and have problems with gasoline overflows, when filling. This causes a mess and dictates a slow pouring rate to prevent overflow. The problem may be due to the lack of a breather. This lack of a breather doesn't allow the air to escape, causing the overflow. The simplest way to do this is to drill a hole in same, but I wouldn't recommend it, because my Dad did it to his 1 HP Economy and it caused a worse problem! If you filled the tank past a certain point the engine vibration would cause the gas to seep out the breather hole and get in the board supporting the rear of the engine, flooding the board, and I think it limited the capacity of the fuel tank. Dad plugged up the hole after awhile and I dreamed up ways to solve the overflow problem, but in the end it came down to this: It has been in use on the engine possibly several years and works pretty well.
' 1. Get a copper tube that will take up little room in filler, like in the drawing, but will allow enough air to escape to allow for a fairly fast pouring rate. 2. You bend the tube until it will slip into filler and extend out the side. 3. If necessary, place a punch into the tube end in the top of the filler, bend it up until roughly like in the drawing. Be sure the top of the tube is roughly equal to top of the filler as in the sketch. After you've bent it up, check to be certain the tube hasn't gotten closed off by blowing through it. 4. Bend end of tube sticking out of the side of the filler until it is like the drawing. When the gasoline reaches the tube end in the tank, the other end might bubble, unless you get gasoline in it. As you continue to pour, the gasoline will suddenly seem to almost stop and the filler will seem to fill up almost instantly and might even overflow a little. If you pour the gasoline in at a slow rate, you can get some more into it. Good luck!
Four pictures from the files of HERBERT REESE, SR., Greenbush, Minnesota 56726 for you to enjoy. 1. A very rare 40-75 Gaar-Scott at Rollag. 2. Herbert Reese, Sr. driving and his grandson, Phillip Reese standing with George E. Logue's newly restored Cat Twenty-Two at Montoursville, Pennsylvania in October 1977. 3. A 35-70 Nichols & Shepard at Rollag. 4. Left to right Norman Pross and his 35-70 Gaar-Scott, Art Bayless and his 30-60 Huber Grant, and Danny Roen and his 30-60 Mogul at Rollag Show taken September 1,1978 by Herbert Reese, Sr.
Do hope you all have enjoyed the hot summer and I guess September is still really summer and I know you have more shows to attend so live it up and have a good time and create us some stories to relish. And a few words of wisdom Let us be the first to show a friendly sign, to nod first, smile first, speak first, and if such a thing is necessary to forgive first. It takes about 1500 nuts to hold an auto together, but it takes only one nut to scatter it all over the road. It is not how much we have but how much we enjoy what we have that makes happiness and here's a humorous riddle If you have 50 female pigs and 50 male deers what do you have? ANSWER A hundred sows and bucks! Bye Bye Love Ya!