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Letters and Miscellanies:

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Michael Sveda (in overalls) and his Edwards, just right of center.
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Bruce Dixon's Handiman, 11 years after it first appeared in GEM.
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To the Reflector:

In response to my query on the Fuller & Johnson A-H 6 HP. I
haven’t found very many who have or know much about this
engine. I do know there were less than 600 made in the 1928-1929
period. Mine must have done duty on a cement mixer, for it shows
the signs, plus the fact it had a chain sprocket. A large part of
early cement mixers I’ve seen and worked with were chain
drive.

To Cliff Atkinson, of Valencia, Pa., a great big Much Obliged
for shedding some light on the F & J, A-H saga. Are there any
more survivors? Sorry for the late response, it has been a very
busy summer! Again, thanks to everybody.

T. J. Shipman RR 2Box 371-12 Buckhannon, WV 26201

Help Needed:

I recently discovered an old 1 HP Associated sitting in one of
our sheds on the farm. I had heard some of our family mention it,
but never knew where or what it was. I was reading a story in GEM,
and decided to find the old engine. I finally saw the flywheels.
After I found it I just forgot it was there, until the last weekend
when I went to the show in Portland, Ind.

I saw all the engines and decided I had to have one, too. About
a week after the show I cleaned out a pathway so I could get it
out. I thought it was going to be easy. Boy was 1 wrong! I never
thought it would weigh that much. But there was a bigger problem
other than its weight. The granary it was in was set up on blocks,
and everything had been stuffed under there.

The granary must have settled some, and the exhaust pipe was up
against the floor. We had to jack up the floor to get it out. I
took a cart and we put it onto the cart. We put it on our front
porch. My mom said her flowers would look real nice in it. Of
course, I didn’t agree.

The engine is not stuck and complete. I need any information.
I’m 14 years old and very new to the sport of old iron
collecting, so please, if anyone has a 1 HP Associated, or any
information on this engine, contact me. I would sure appreciate it.
By the way, the serial number is 825 851. I really need to know
paint colors and decals. I would like to know the history of these
engines.

I will be writing another story for GEM, including the
restoration process of my 1 Associated.

Melissa Cook 20672 N. 2050th St. Marshall, IL 62441

Root & VanDerVoort Engine Information:

My name is Peter Lowe, and I run the International Root &
VanDerVoort Engine Register here in Australia. I am contacting
engine enthusiasts from the CISA and overseas, through this
publication, in an attempt to discover more R&V engines for the
Register.

A major breakthrough this year is being able to date every
R&V engine made. This has been the culmination of four years
research on the R&V company along with another engine buddy of
mine here in Oz. I am seeking those who would like to join the
register, free, and be a part of history in the making. I have a
Web Site at:
http://www.oldengine.org/members/plowe/rvengines/rvpage.htm, which
is in its infancy, with a lot more information being added as time
permits.

I am allotting a free web page to all register members to show
their engines world-wide, along with restoration and historical
information on their engines.

I have already located 255 R&V engines from the USA,
Argentina, Australia and England. For those wishing to contact me,
use my web site above or write to:

Peter Lowe 9 Jamefield Drive Maclean, 2463 Australia email:
plowe@turboweb.net.au

Edwards on Edwards Engines:

I followed with great interest your articles on the Edwards
engines (see GEM, December 1999 and January 2000) and I had
intended on writing earlier. I too own an Edwards engine, s/n 6021,
1×6 HP, making 1HP running on one cylinder and 6 HP running on
both.

I bought it from a sales ad in your magazine. A friend told me
that if there was an engine out there with the same name as his, he
would have to buy it. I got to thinking, and decided I would look
at it and go from there. It was located in Huntsville, Ontario,
Canada, about five hours from our home. So, my family came along
and we made a nice trip out of it.

It was not running, but I bought it and brought it home. After
examining it closer, I decided to take it to a friend who knew far
more than most of us will ever know about small old engines. His
name is Barry Kingella, he owned and operated a service station
with his son Lyle near here. However, most of Barry’s time was
spent on projects like this one turned out to be.

Barry had never seen an Edwards engine, and thought it funny I
would buy one, as he said it operated a lot like a John Deere two
cylinder tractor, which I also collect. He went right to work, and
reported back to me that it needed two new valves one was broken
and the other one was in bad shape. But not to worry, he would make
a pair of valves for me.

Within one week I had bought this engine and had it running at
our local show, The Navan Fair. Thanks to Barry, who has since
passed on. It is such a great loss to all of us around here, both
for his friendship and knowledge. Thanks again, Barry.

Glen Edwards 1280 IngeCres Navan, Ontario, Canada
K4B1M7

More on Edwards Engines:

My Edwards engine is s/n 5686, spark plug type. I bought this
engine at auction in 1984 and it has been running at the National
Pike Show for the last 16 years, and other shows in the tri-state
area. People still ask questions about the flywheel – many times
I’ve taken the cover off. I use a inch hemp lay rope across the
flat part of the pulley and wrap it around the pulley and pull.
This starts my engine easily. I would like to know where an Edwards
Comet Light Plant can be seen.

Michael J. Sveda 259 Williams Rd. Fayette City, PA
15438

Reflections:

I would like to show people in Gas Engine Land (and thank the
Reflections section) that they have been a very large part in my
collecting world. This Handiman appeared in May 1990 (see GEM, May
1990, page 7), somewhat different than now. I am sorry to say I
don’t have the article, however I have several letters telling
what it is. 1 purchased this tractor some years later.

Floyd Merchant from my neighborhood had the letters. He gave
them to the owner, who gave them to me. Anyway, this is the
outcome. I think it is quite nice. So thanks again for all the help
in the past, hopefully you will help in the future.

Bruce Dixon 8880 Hartel Rd. Grand Ledge, MI 48837

In Memoriam:

Bradley Jackson, Auburntown, Tenn., passed away May 31, 2001. He
was the victim of a tornado. His daughter Felicity was paralyzed
and their homes destroyed in the tornado. Mr. Jackson was an avid
collector of antique engines, cars and equipment. He attended many
antique engine and equipment shows throughout the country. He is
survived by his wife, a daughter and son, and his brother.

Submitted by family and friends.

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Engine Pics From the Past

There’s always something interesting in the mail. This month
we present a couple of items for view. The first is a cartoon that
appeared in the July 28, 1910 edition of Farm Implement Mews.
Titled ‘The Gasoline Engine Situation in Many Communities,’
the cartoon was evidently a call for more stationary engines for
the farm and the need for the farmer to get direct access to
engines instead of working through middlemen of varying stripe.

The second illustration was sent to us by John Hunziker of
Rochester, Minn. It’s from an old sales flier for the William
Galloway Co. of Waterloo, Iowa, and while we’re not sure of the
year, we’re guessing this flier dates from somewhere between
1916, when the Galloway Bulldog line of engines was introduced, to
the early 1920s. Don’t you wish you could still buy a Galloway
for those kinds of prices!

Contact engine enthusiast John Hunzicker at: 2828 Mayowood
Common, Rochester, MN 55902.

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