Hi! Well, how many of you noticed there was a difference in this magazine -I'll bet you all did -Yep, that's right -- it's moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania about forty miles from Enola -- and here I am still writing to you wonderful folks. No -- I didn't move to Lancaster but for the present I'm still going to be working for the magazines and we hope you will continue to send your material and letters to us as always.
Your new editor and publisher, Gerald S. Lestz, (and my boss) is quite a personable character. He has been a newspaperman in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for 33 of the past 38 years. He writes for the Lancaster New Era, is editor of Baer's Agricultural Almanac and serves other publications in editorial capacity. He is a past president of the Fine Arts League of Lancaster and of the Friends of the Lancaster County Library, and of the statewide Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. He has written several books and numerous articles. His lates is called 'Amis Beliefs, Customs & Discipline'. He also lextures on old houses.
I'm telling you these things so you can better get to know Gerry Lestz. As you can see, he is a celebrity in his own rights -- and in the field of writing (which puts me way out in left field and I'll have to really shape up, won't I?). No kidding though, from my short acquaintance with him, I would say he is a very understanding, agreeable and likeable person. Tilings should go well with all of our Gas Engine Magzine family and our brood in the Iron-Men Album family.
I've also met Helen Ament and her husband, Jim. We've not had too much time to get acquainted, but Helen will be taking care of all your orders and subscriptions and etc. I'm sure she is very efficient and will try to please you in every way. Her hubby will be helping out in many parts of serving the magazine.
I would ask that you all bear with us in this transitional period of changing bases or home offices. After all, just think how things are when a famly moves from one town to another. It takes awhile to get adjusted and get settled down again. Just don't be too harsh with us if there are some errors, let us know about them and we will try and get them corrected as soon as possible. We still would like to keep the 'family' feeling of the magazines -- and a kind word or smile is much better than a nasty letter or a gripe. And now, onto some of our letters of questions, answers, or just small talk.
BILLY LINDSEY, Box 485, Burwell, Nebraska 68823 is hoping the readers can come up with the year his engine was manufactured. It is a Monitor, Type VJ No.-37455, VA HP, RMP 500, single flywheel. Billy has 7 engines in his collection now and will be anxiously awaiting to hear from you on the Monitor engine.
FRANCIS GADSON, Museum Specialist, Division of Manufacturing. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560 tells us he is restoring an Aultman-Taylog 30-60 gas tractor and is renovating it as authentically as possible. He is not sure of the painting on the raditor. He thinks there was a painting of two men on it. (Can anyone help him with this problem?)
BERNARD A. HINES, 7197 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, Indiana 46410 sends this missal - 'Having been a subscriber to G.E.M. for several years, I've come to think of your readers as sort of a silent group just waiting to answer questions from each other. Have you ever thought what a hopeless dilemma we all would be in if we could only turn to our immediate circle of neighbors and friends for answers to all our gas engine questions? Most of our circle of friends have little knowledge of these ancient relics.
Well -- Has anyone in your magazine neighborhood ever seen the engine made from half of a Model 'T # Ford engine? I'll tell you what I recall of this engine.
It seems it was ?block, ? head and crankshaft of the Model 'T'. I believe it was the rear half of the engine including the flywheel. Was it sold by Montgomery Ward? By whom was it manufactured? Who among we readers has one? May -- June 1973 Back in the 1940s I went to look at section of our newspaper. Among the items was an engine such as I describe. OH! - that I then had been a collector! (If this is as rare as it sounds, I do suppose it makes you sick to think you missed this one, Bernie).
This engine is very unusual, and would like to hear from anyone who has one like. On the hopper is a flying eagle under it is written the word STINGER. On the battery box is the nameplate that states: Made by the Oakland Motor Car Co. of Michigan, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.A. Last patent date May 16, 1909. The connecting rod bearing is made of brass which is bolted to the end of the connecting rod. The engine is about 3 HP.
EDWIN HILL, Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada would be glad to hear from any reader that could give him some information on restoring old gasoline engines using battery ignition, instead of magneto. They are the old water-colled engines. (How about it Pals?!
GREG HEGUIAGARAY, 761 Newton Drive, Dinuba, California 93618, a graduate student at Fresno State University has acquired two one-cylinder, stationary, water-cooled engines. He would appreciate any information he can get on rebuilding these engines. He would like any history on them he can get to add to his thesis. (Do hope you get some help, Greg.)
To J. W. BATCHELOR, 16 Spring Gardens, Stow-on-the-Wold, Glso, England GL 54 1 DR who has 44 engines in his collection and 3 tractors and says he will send us some picture, I'd like to say -- Send them along J. W.
From KIRK LLOYD, Route 1, Box 91, Lewiston, Idaho 83501 comes a few questions - 'Could someone tell me what is the difference between a 5 HP Economy and a 5 HP Hercules? Also, can anyone tell me ahything about Linn half-track vehicles? And lastly, I would like information on Moreland trucks and the Moreland Company. I own two Morelands, a 1926 Model AX and a 1930 Model B8. Gas Engine Magazine is wonderful, keep up the good work!' (Thanks, we need these little praises).
JOHN E. KINSEY, JR. is from 4 Holly Drive, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 and is asking for help - 'I just swapped engines and acquired a 2 HP Majestic, Seriesl Number 202058. I need to know anything and everything about the engine, like age, where manufactured and etc.
I wish the G.E.M. was thicker in pages. I read it over and over just to make sure that is something not missed. Would like to see G.E.M. come out once a week, but 1 know that is nearly impossible. In fact, I'm waiting for my third issue now. Yeh, I know, will just have to wait. Keep up the good work and good news.'
Another complimentary note comes from VERN H. SCOTT, Box 277, Ride, Odaho 83443 - 'I have been taking the Gas Engine Magazine for nearly a nearly a year now. Sure is a great magazine! A coupled of years ago, I found this old motor in an old dump. This winter I have been trying to get restored. It is a 4 HP Sandwich, 375 rpm. No. C-14956. Both timing gears are missing. Can anyone supply me with the year tills engine was made and what was the color? Where was it manufactured? I'd like to know anything else about this one cylinder hopper-cooled engine. Keep up the good work!'
A horse hitched to a grinder to rotate it and grind the grain. This machine was used in our area to grind grain for flour in the early days. The old gentleman we got it from told us with a good horse and a lot of shoveling that he could 'Grind a wagon-box full of grain in one day.' This was seen at the Northeastern Montana Threshers and Antique Association's Show.
BRUCE ATKINSON, Box 65, Monrovia, Indiana 46157 would like information on a Venn-Severin oil engine, 60 HP Type D, 2 cycle, 2 cylinder #4422 . He'll be happy to hear from you.
Come on Fellas -- here's a name I don't believe I've heard of before this letter from WM. C. DEONIER, D.M.D., 2220 Pickett Cr. Road, Grants Pass, Oregon 97526 -- 'Do you have any information on a Munktels tractor made in Sweden? The one I have is a two cylinder, two cycle diesel with a demand governor, no throttle. It is a little larger than a John Deere Model D. As far as I can find out, it is the only one of its kind on the Pacific Coast.'
I'm surprised we haven't had any letters telling of the mistake made in last issue. The picture on page 30 of the man and woman at Antique Acres has the wrong caption. The right caption for that picture is on page 33 under the picture that belongs to the caption on page 30. A mistake that was made at the press, dear friends and I'm sorry, but I guess we all make mistakes, and when you make these kind, it's too late to correct them, all we can do is apologize.
DAVID L. REGULA, R.R. 1, Maplewood, Ohio 45340 sends us more information on pictures of a Dain tractor. He has located another one on page 25 of the December 1965 issue of Engineers and Engines. It is owned by F.L. Williams of Cordova, Illinois. The tractor he has is the 34th one built. This engine is rather scarce and so are pictures of them. There was one in Jan.-Feb. 1971 G.E.M. (Thanks again, Dave).
From ELBERT C. STEPP, JR., 702 Osceola Avenue, Shenandoah, Virginia 22839 comes this friendly bit - 'About 1? years ago, I unexpectedly became seriously ill and was forced to take my disability pension. I have always been interested in old tools and mechanical devices. As I needed something new, as much to think about and talk about, my selection of old gas engines was a fine one.
As a full greenhorn, I believe my selection of, and purchase of an engine was a good one. I would like any information on the company or engine of the Fuller & Johnson Mfg. Co., Madison, Wisconsin. It is a horizontal, 475 rpm, 3 HP, Model 3k, No. 164212. I would especially like to know if any of these engines were two-tone color or any color other than solid green.
I was very glad to learn and subscribe to the Gas Engine Magazine and look forward to each issue. Thanks a heap for any information that might be passed along to me.' (Don't let him down, Guys).
A note of correction comes from HAROLD E. STUMP, 116 West Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. He tells us the picture at the top of page 5 of March-April 1973 G.E.M. is a Cray Bros. engine of Cleveland, Ohio, not a Gray Bros. He says he and his father have one. His dad has a 2?HP and Harold has a 2 HP stationary. Both engines are unrestored, but run very well. He claims this type of engine is scarce and he knows of only three others. -(Any fellows have Cray engines ) I don't believe I've heard of them-- I have heard of the Gray engine though).
Well, it's time I 'shut down' with the gabbing and leave the rest of that for the Reunions -- I just came across a statement Marlene Dietrich made -- 'Every human being is in need of talking to somebody. In this country nobody has time. It seems that talking to a friend has gone out of style. Now you have to pay money to go to an analyst.'----------------------she should go to a Reunion, don't you think------------fine folks and lots of talk. Bye Bye and I know you'll enjoy your Reunion trips.
Seventy years ago, the Walter A. Wood Machine Company and the Davirck Bratley Imp. Co. were popular. Implements, Walter A. Wood exported--lots of their implements to England. They were popular there. The wood binder was popular.
The English were a people who liked to experiment and try out things, so they put a motor on a binder in 1903 and made it self-propelled. It seems they could not think of anything to make a steering gear so they just did the next best thing and steered it by hand.
The picture is a Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine and 1903 self-propelled binder.