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TAG : December/January 2018

United Type A Engine Igniter and Fuel Tank

 Reader Bill Gingerich writes in looking for information on a United Type A engine he has. Bill writes: “I need information on a United Type A 1-3/4 hp, serial number 104065. It originally had an igniter, now changed to spark plug. The original mixer is gone and it now appears to have a ...

Sandwich Engine from the Archives

Thumbing through the GEM archives, we  found this photograph of engine enthusiast Elwin Cunningham tending to his 6 hp Sandwich engine at a June 1977 gathering at the Museum of Transportation in Owls Head, Maine.The photograph was taken by Elwin’s friend, Charles Chiarchiaro, and includes ...

Leader Iron Works Engine and Pump Unit

Months ago, reader Eugene Cook sent in a photocopy picture of his Leader Iron Works 4 hp engine and pump unit, along with a brief note. We lost track of Eugene’s letter and are just now running it, with an enhanced version of his photocopy. Our apologies, Eugene! Eugene writes: “It has ...

Lauson Frost King Junior Down Under

I would like to make contact with a Lauson expert. My engine is a Frost King Junior, serial number 14800, dated 1916. When the engine came into my position it was in a very poor state and needed a complete overhaul. The engine had in its working life been converted to high-tension ignition and ...

Jacobsen Mower Engine Identification

 Somehow we missed a letter from regular contributor Andrew Mackey, who wrote in several months ago about an engine reader Ron Martin has (GEM, Flywheel Forum 51/4/2). Ron was looking for positive identification for the 2-stroke, 2-cylinder engine he’d come across, telling us he’d been ...

Hercules/John Deere Combine Engine

Reader Shawn Burns wrote in for the August/September issue, asking about the original purpose of a skid-mounted engine that belonged to his late father. The engine was a Hercules, but confusing matters was the John Deere radiator. As we learned from readers, the Hercules engine was used by John ...

Fairbanks-Morse Engine on the Job

Regular contributor David Babcock sends in two period photos from his collection, each showing a Fairbanks-Morse engine on the job. David says the horizontal engine is a Type N, and likely a 15 hp, judging by its size. The date and location are unknown. Type N engines were phased out beginning ...

Building Interest in the Gas Engine Hobby

Of all the shows I wish I’d attended in 2017, the Northwest Michigan Engine & Threshers Club 50th Annual Buckley Old Engine Show at the club’s grounds outside Buckley, Michigan, sticks out. Not to take anything away from the hundreds of incredible shows held across the country, but if ...

Arrow Engines in the Oil Fields

John Banta writes in about some engines he noticed working the Texas oil fields back in the 1970s. “I was in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1971 and took a drive out in the country and saw an engine running an oil well. A line was coming out of the ground, apparently supplying natural gas to the ...

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