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TAG : Field Notes

Scale Gas Engines and Conveyer

Reader M. Moyers writes in, sending photos of some of his scale gas engines and a conveyor he built to make loading and unloading them for shows easier. We think the conveyor is a neat trick, and love the cam-stopper Callahan. “The flyballs disengage the camshaft when the engine is up to ...

Single-Cylinder Beilfuss Automobile Engine

David Pfaff, who works with the non-profit R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan, sent in some photos and information about the The Beilfuss Motor Co., Lansing, Michigan, which made a number of interesting engines, including horizontal singles and opposed twins. David writes:The ...

Making New Valve Springs

   Faced with replacing two broken valve springs on an ancient 4-cylinder engine, I found springs of the correct diameter and correct wire size. The stock spring was longer and stronger, so I gambled on some homegrown metallurgy. The replacement springs were fully compressed with bolts and ...

Vintage Negatives Show Life on the Farm

I purchased these negatives at auction. They were taken around 1915 to the early 1920s. The first one looks like a Stickney on a saw in a hog yard, and the second looks like a Novo, hooked to a small Ferris wheel under construction. I believe both were taken in southeastern South Dakota.Dave ...

Thread Standards Concerns

Restorers of old engines and machinery inevitably run into problems involving thread or fastener standards, the most common being the 1/2-12 UNC standard that appears to have been used before World War I. I have not seen this standard on anything built after about 1918, when it changed to ...

Rough & Tumble Gas Engine School

Graduates of the 2017 class line up for a group photo.Readers of our sister publication Farm Collector are familiar with that magazine’s annual listing of steam schools held by clubs across the country. Now word comes of a new school teaching newcomers to the hobby how to operate vintage gas ...

More Tiny Tim Generator Information

J.D. Schmidt sent photos published in the October/November 2017 issue of a Tiny Tim 12-volt, 300-watt generator powered by a 1/2 hp 4-stroke engine, asking if readers knew more about the units. We noted that small generators like the Tiny Tim were inspired by efforts to supply like-type units ...

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 ...

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