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TAG : Field Notes

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 ...

Beetle Tractors, Take 2

Marv Hedberg's Beetle dozer and his prototype Beetle graderAfter reading our report on the Beetle tractor GEM regular Marv Hedberg immediately reached for the phone to let us know of his interest in the materials. Marv, a prolific collector, restorer and scale engine builder, is no stranger in ...

Beetle Tractors, Take 1

 Last issue we mentioned some Beetle tractor literature and photos donated to us by Robert Janyk. Robert came across the materials during his work dealing with unclaimed estate property and contacted us, hoping we might find a suitable home for the materials, which included factory photographs ...

Steve DeCosta’s Bessemer Gaso-Kero

In response to Bill Gingerich’s letter about the 2 hp Bessemer Gaso-Kero he bought (February/March 2017), reader Steve DeCosta sent in photos of his 4 hp Bessemer Gaso-Kero. “I bought it from a guy awhile back, about two years ago,” Steve says, adding, “It runs real good and it’s all ...

Square-Cylinder Quijada Engine Update

A drawing by Tyler Daniels showing the general design of the Quijada engine decal. The decal was green, yellow and white.The December/January 2017 issue of GEM included a letter and photos from Al Matheson about a single-cylinder, air-cooled engine featuring a square cylinder. The only ...

Beetle Tractor Materials

A factory photo of a Beetle tractor. Twenty-five were built for the U.S. Forest Service in 1946, with another 90 production tractors built in 1947-1948.We received a call recently from Robert Janyk, whose work involves dispersing unclaimed estate property. While working on the estate of a ...

Fuller & Johnson Double Efficiency Correction

 The Fuller & Johnson Double Efficiency shown on Page 5 of the February/March 2017 issue is a 5 hp engine, not a 3 hp as stated, as the smallest size did not have a sight glass on the hopper, used a different style muffler and, based on the flywheel size, does not scale properly when ...

Challenge and Associated Engines

 Enclosed are two pictures of me coupling two gas engines together to seat in the rings on the green engine. The engine is a circa-1917 Challenge 2 hp made in Batavia, Illinois, just outside Chicago. I was never happy with the compression. I re-cut the 1/4-inch piston ring grooves to ...

Drag Saw Engine Identified

Drag saw/log saw collector Chris Jerue contacted us in reference to an unidentified engine query submitted by Ron Sindorf in the April/May 2016 issue (51/3/8: “A surprise phone call”). “The drag saw engine that was in question by Ron Sindorf was built by The Beaver Motor Car Co. in ...

Fairbanks-Morse Display Cabinet

   Mitch Malcolm at Lightning Magneto sent in some pics of a neat old Fairbanks-Morse service cabinet he picked up and has been displaying at swap meets. According to Mitch, it was a factory-supplied dealer’s repair parts display cabinet. “Judging from the parts in it, it’s for the ...

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