Letters & Miscellanies

Notes and Responses From Readers


| September/October 2002



Bulls Eye

Fairbanks-Morse Engine Color and Nelson Bros. Engines

In the March 2001 issue of Gas Engine Magazine you published a letter from Stan Agacinski, in which he inquired about black paint he had found on his 1919 FM Model Z. Here is justification, in the form of a letter from Fairbanks-Morse, for the black paint. The engine about which this letter was written is a 1914 4 HP Type H FM.

Although the previous owner painted it a nasty green, he left the original paint around the 'Jack of all Trades' decal. It is definitely black. Not all FM greens are the same, either. My 1908 Type N was a Brewster green. There are at least three FM engine in the area with dark red paint; a 2 HP Type T, a 6 HP Z and 3 HP Z.

In the April 2002 issue you have a picture of a Bohon Dixie King. Although some Bohons may have been made by Nelson Brothers, I doubt that this one was. It has none of the Nelson hallmarks. The MacLeod engine in the August 2002 issue on page 3 is a Nelson Bros., one of the 23 or more names Nelson used on their contract engines. It was probably built between 1915 and 1923. If it has open well oilers on the main bearings it would be toward the earlier end of the range. I have an identical-looking 5 HP, but it has a Gray tag on it - badge engineering at its finest.

The more I research into Nelson engines, the more variations I find. There are many engines that show a family resemblance but are not identical. Does anyone know when Nelson took over Gray?

Al Wait 177 Park Ave. Contoocook, NH 03229-3083

Western Electric Dynamotor

This is in reference to the Western Electric 'Dynamotor' inquiry from Douglas Poor of Yucaipa, Calif. (see GEM, June 2002).