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TAG : Old Iron Questions

Evansville Boy Scout Gas Engine

 I am writing to request the help of GEM in researching information about the Evansville Gas Engine Works products. I have a 1- to 2-1/2 hp engine from this maker marked “Boy Scout.” The design of the crankcase suggests it was utilized in marine applications. C.H. Wendel’s book refers ...

Unidentified Walk-Behind Garden Tractor in Australia

 GEM reader Ted Domeney in Australia sends in a photo of a walk-behind garden tractor, with hopes someone might help identify the manufacturer. Ted writes: “The David Bradley machine, if indeed that is what it is, is not seen in Australia very often. Certainly, this is the only one we have ...

Bates & Edmonds Air Compressor Questions

This early vertical Bates & Edmonds has been converted into an air-compressor, but was it done by the factory?Cylinder head has been unplugged.Numbers stamped on flywheel.Reader Jim Brown writes in about an early vertical Bates & Edmonds engine that’s been converted for air compressor ...

Possible Identity for a Sears Briggs & Stratton Engine

Reader Carl Davis sent photos for the October/November 2017 issue, asking if anyone could positively identify a Sears-branded Briggs & Stratton engine he owns. Recently, we heard from reader Warren Landis, who writes: “It looks like a Briggs Model ZZ. I had one like it on a Shaw Du-All ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Shaw Du-All Walk-Behind Tractor Model Identification

Reader Brandon Rasmussen is looking for information regarding a Shaw Du-All he recently acquired. Brandon writes: “I need help identifying a Shaw Du-All that has recently come into my possession. It’s a walk-behind tractor and I want to restore it back to functionality. I could really use ...

Seeking Information on Tiny Tim Generator

J.D. Schmidt sends photos of a small generator set he says he’s never seen anywhere else. The generator is a Tiny Tim. Sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co., and possibly also by Montgomery Ward, they were made by Continental Motors Corp., Muskegon, Michigan. Powered by a small 1/2 hp rope-start ...

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