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| January/February 1976



Smoke Rings

Hi!! Here we are into another year of fun with the gas engines and the magazine - many of you write and tell us how much you like it - which makes us happy - we like to hear from you and if your suggestions can be used, we make every effort to do so - many times however what may seem great to one of our readers at the present time - is not always possible, but keep trying! And now onto our letters - and we do have letters a-plenty!

T. C. CRAUN, JR., Box 11, Mt. Crawford, Virginia 22841 needs your help as he writes: 'I recently purchased this engine - What make is it? There is no name or casting numbers on the engine. It weighs about 35-40 pounds and is a hit and miss engine, runs real good. If anyone has any information as to what make and where this engine was built, I would appreciate hearing from them.'

JAMES KANN, R.R. 2, Ridge Road, Belle Plaine, Iowa 52208 writes: 'I have some information that might help both Harold Gaddye and Dale Wright on their Gilson engines. I don't have one yet, but wish I did. But I do have a book on Gilson, dated March 26, 1909. They were made not only in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, but were also made in Port Washington, Wisconsin. The book shows both factories and the one in Wisconsin looks to be much larger. The Style E engine came in 1, 1-1/2, 2-1/2 HP. These are in air-cooled models. Style D 2 and 3-1/2 HP, also air-cooled. Style F, 6 H Pair-cooled.

The Style A is a 4-1/2 HP upright engine shown in tank cooled and also screen cooled models, shown in the book operating feed grinders and a saw rig. The Style K was in 7,9,12 and 16 HP, also tank cooled. Style G was in 7 and 9 HP, hopper-cooled.

I hope this information will help some engine collectors some place and if I can answer any other questions, I would be glad to do so. I have just purchased another engine, a 6 HP R & V side shaft, screen-cooled. I think it is a very old style, about 1904. I have two original books on R & V it's not shown in them and I would like to hear from someone who has one.'

Some helpful information comes from WALTER A. TAUBENECK, 4213 80th Street N.E., Marysville, Washington 98270: 'Here is some useful information for all those engine restorers around the world. First off, pick up several gallons of used automatic transmission oil and brush it on all that dry rusty iron. Also use it in the cylinder for stuck pistons. Fill up the cylinder and a grease gun with the oil. Adapt a grease fitting to the engine head on cylinder; make sure the valves are seated good and apply pressure with gun. This oil is very penetrating and goes to work on the rust.