A Brief Word
34/2/11 Leader Engines Q. I recently acquired two Leader engines, a 1? and a 4 HP, both in very good condition. Cast into the flywheel is 'Field Force Pump Co., Elmira, New York.' Does anyone have any information on these engines? M. Macomber, 139 Fogesty Ave., Griswold, CT 06351.
34/2/12 Hildreth engine Q. I would like more information on a Hildreth engine, 2? HP. John Raney, 55565 Eleven Mile Rd., New Hudson, MI 48165.
(Mr. Raney was also looking for information on a 1? HP Novo mud pump, but his fax was somewhat obliterated during sending, and so we couldn't decipher the remainder of his query.)
34/2/13 Information Needed Q. I have a Novo 3 HP engine, s/n 64782. Can you tell me when it was built? (It has the numbers 41720 on the cylinder. Is this a manufacturing date?) I also have a Stover CT2 engine, s/n TB227375. When was this engine built? Larry McIntire, 5103 Sandlewood Ct., Marietta, GA 30068.
A. Your Novo was shipped in August 1920 to Viking Pump Co., Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Stover was built in 1935.
34/2/14 Briggs & Stratton Q. See the photos of a Briggs & Stratton engine with patents 1133053, 1147038, 1169179, 1263694, 2? x 2? inch bore and stroke, crankcase number is 61028, cylinder is 67821. Its original color is army green. I need parts and information on this engine. I would also like to find out about Briggs & Stratton engines shipped to Australia between 1920 and 1950 so I can start a registry in Australia. Ken Eames, 28 Lymburner Rd., S/Side, Gympie, Qld, Australia 4570.
34/2/15 Unknown Tractor Q. See the photos of an unknown tractor and the two-cylinder air-cooled Stover engine that was originally on the tractor, but needs parts. The tractor presently has a Briggs & Stratton engine until parts can be found for the Stover. The tractor is made of a Ford Model A front end, differential, steering box, and transmission. The output from the transmission is of a Ford Model T. It is chain driven to both rear wheels from the differential. The rear wheels are 16-inch split rims and the front wheels are 12 inches in diameter. The Stover engine is a DVA-2. Anyone having information on this tractor, please contact Robert A. Le-Baron, 5801 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ 85711. All letters will be answered, and phone calls will be returned if a message is left.
34/2/16 Chore Boy Q. See the photo of an Associated Chore Boy. I would like to find an accurate date of manufacture for this engine. The inner surfaces of the flywheels are flat, not curved, with no casting number. Note the 10-fin head in the photo. Any information would be appreciated. Dave Brown, 6548 Lipscomb St SE, Salem, OR 97301.
34/2/17 Some Engine Questions Q. See photo 17A of an Evinrude two-cylinder, two-cycle inboard engine. It is s/n DDR-67398. I believe this means it was built in 1925. It runs with its original magneto as well as on a dual coil setup. I still need to make some timing adjustments.
Photo 17B is of a ? HP Sattley engine with s/n B-W 62452. The color is matched up to the remaining paint. Is the olive drab color correct; when was it built, and for what use; and does anyone know what the governor to carb linkage and the crankcase breather look like.
Photo 17C is an unknown. There is no id nor casting numbers. Some have said it is a Coldwell lawn mower engine. Can anyone identify it? It is water cooled with a fan blowing across a condenser. The engine is four-cycle and has pumped lubrication. The magneto is in one flywheel and the governor is in the other. Any help would be appreciated. Reginald A. LaRosa, 32 Terrace St., Montpelier, VT 05602.
34/2/18 Stover Vertical Q. See the photo of a Stover vertical hit-and-miss engine, s/n 2805. It is shown on page 489 of American Gas Engines. I would like to hear from anyone having one of these engines or information on same. Please send any correspondence to: Don Green, PO Box 618, Allyn, WA 98524.
We hope all of you are happily into 1999. In our little office we're not too concerned about the Y2K problems that we keep reading about. We don't really give a hang what year our computer thinks it is. . . all that's important to ye olde Reflector is still having presence of mind enough to know what year it is.
A long time ago ye olde Reflector became a political cynic. We long ago decided that the most of the politicians spend an awful lot of time whetting their knives for their political opponents. Meanwhile, we pay the bill for these folks to take care of things, and Will Rogers commented a long time ago that we probably weren't getting our money's worth. That alone is sufficient reason for us to have begun writing books about old engines and tractors thirty years ago this year. Politicians have come and gone by the thousands, we've paid but little heed to them, and have gotten immensely more enjoyment out of writing our books.
Recently several people have suggested that it would be a good idea to assemble some computer clipart of old engines, tractors, and machinery. We're not sure what is involved in doing this, but we are certain that it would take a lot of time. However, it sounds like a good idea, and perhaps we might try a project like this sometime.