| November/December 1968

I was very interested to see the rare 1? h.p. John Deere gas engine with battery, coil, and spark plug ignition system shown in the upper left corner of page 20 of the May-June 1968 Gas Engine Magazine.

This interested me a lot because I have one just like it, and mine is complete with the original coil box and bracket fastened to the side of the cylinder head, as shown in the two photos I am enclosing.

I just got mine for my fourteenth birthday which is today, May 23, from my dad, Al New, who also collects steam and gas engines, tractors, cannons, guns, and anything else that is old; and I have not got it cleaned up and painted yet, but it is a good engine.

Another main difference I notice between this engine and the conventional magneto and ignitor type John Deere is the wording cast on the side plate. Mine says: Mfd. By Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, Waterloo, Iowa. Patents Applied for. Type E. 1? H.P. 600 RPM while my standard model l? H.P. John Deere has on it:

Mfd. By John Deere Tractor Company

Waterloo Iowa. Type E. 1? H.P.