A Brief Word
By now, you have probably seen our advertising for the 1999 tour to England in June. You've probably noticed too, that we are only taking one coach for a maximum of about 44 people. If you are interested in joining us, refer to the last issue of GEM for our address (or that of Wade Farm Tours) and let us know. We have printed brochures on hand and will be glad to send one to you.
We personally know many of the folks you will see and places you will visit . . . we think that this particular tour of England might be called, 'The Cream of England.' The price is very reasonable for a 16 day tour, and we think you will find it very enjoyable. For instance, we'll be seeing our old friend, Ron Knight. He has a substantial tractor and machinery collection. Some areas of England have a climate that rusts machinery to an unbelievable degree, yet these folks take the time to patiently restore their old iron. Ron blames this premature rusting on the 'iron moth' and perhaps he's right!
See the photo of a two-cylinder Nordberg diesel engine. This illustration is from the February 1951 issue of Diesel Progress. In the accompanying article it is noted that Nordberg had already placed a single-cylinder model on the market. This 4FS series of engines rated the single-cylinder model at 10 horsepower. The 4FS2 model shown here was capable of handling a generator of 15 to 20 kw. We are curious if anyone has run across any of the 4FS Nordberg engines, or whether any still exist.
From our extensive files of Diesel Progress we also show you an illustration of the 40 horsepower, four-cylinder Witte Diesel. It appears in the October 1940 issue of Diesel Progress. We have the Witte Diesel file cards and have determined that a relatively small number were built and that a number of them were returned to the company as being unsatisfactory. We don't know the nature of the problem(s) encountered by this engine, nor do we know why the company apparently gave up on the design, rather than come up with a solution to the problem.
In studying various information on the four-cylinder design, it appears that it used a number of parts common to the single-cylinder vertical engines of the time. However, no drawings are to be found for the four-cylinder, nor are there any manuals or parts books. The ONLY information we have is the file cards for each engine sold, and the notes on various cards have provided few clues.
Have any of our readers ever seen one of these engines? Do any still exist? What sort of problems were experienced with these engines?
See also the illustration of the Sheppard Diesel as it was announced in the October 1940 issue of Diesel Progress. As shown here, the Sheppard was set up for mobile applications, with the fuel tank, radiator, and batteries included, but not shown in the illustration. This engine could also be furnished as a stationary unit with a mounting base and other accessories. We think the Sheppard engines represent a unique chapter in diesel engine development, and we hope to present more chapters in the Sheppard story. If anyone has information on the Sheppard line that they would care to share with us, anything would be welcome! Our files on Sheppard are virtually bare!
This month we begin our queries with:
34/4/1 Novo Engine Q. I have an orchard sprayer powered by a Novo TU engine, s/n TU18942. It is driving a three-cylinder inverted pump. Can you provide any information? Joe Widmann, United Pattern Co., 902 Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428.
A. Your engine was built in 1930 and was originally equipped with a pump from Field Force Pump Co., Elmira, New York.
34/4/2 Unidentified Engine Q. See the photos of an unidentified engine; it has no nameplate. Can anyone identify it for me? Frank Pellizzari, 627-6th Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066.
34/4/3 Etching Primer James Potee, 2303 E. Evans, Valparaiso, IN 46383 writes: In the past I have read in your magazine about people painting their tractors and the type of paint they put on them. Nothing has been said about what they put on under this paint. I hope they are using an etching primer. I have been doing body and paint work for 40+ years and we use an etching primer by DuPont; Sherwin-Williams also makes an excellent primer. I'm sure a local body shop would sell small amounts. It is a 2-part catalyzed product. It will make their paint jobs last longer.
34/4/4 Help Needed Q. I need a lot of help with a Lauson air-cooled engine, No 4916, 'Type RAE-800, ? horsepower. I hope someone might have a parts or instruction book, or any help so I can get this engine running.
Also, I have a Roto-Ette Home Gardener made by Rototiller at Troy, New York. It is a single wheel rototiller and is powered by a Briggs & Stratton Model NP engine. Any information on this unit would be appreciated. Don Pachesney, PO Box 214, Manistee, MI 49660.
34/4/5 Unidentified Engine Q. See the photos of an unidentified engine. There are no markings on it at all. It stands about 12 inches high, is of two-cycle design and has two grease cups at the main bearings. It runs in either direction. I suspect it may have been a prototype. Any information would be appreciated. Chris Siegle, RR 4, Box 4947, Birdsboro, PA 19508-9804.
34/4/6 Racine-Sattley Q. Kevin Grover, 405 Fulton St., Berne, IN 46011 has a 5 HP Racine-Sattley, and needs to know the correct color, and when it was built.
34/4/7 Palmer Marine Engine Q. Can anyone provide information on ANY Palmer inboard marine engine? Please send any information to Art DeKalb, 51 Van Alstyne Dr., Pulaski, NY 13142.
(Art also has a very few reproduction parts for 4 HP Lockwood and Nadler and for a 4 HP Caille inboard engine.)
34/4/8 McCormick-Deering 10A Harvester Q. I am writing in regard to a 1942 McCormick-Deering 10 A harvester. It has been in a shop for a number of years and I was told by my father that it was in working order when put away. It saw heavy use in the '40s, '50s, and '60s, and was one of two issued to this area of Utah by the government. We still have the owners manual, and the McCormick-Deering logo is still legible on the reel. I would very much like to get any information concerning possible collectors of antique farm equipment or possibly placing an advertisement to sell this machine. Please direct any inquiries to: James F. Wankier, PO Box 387, Levan, UT 84639.
34/4/9 Shingle Mill Q. See the photo of a shingle mill. I would like to know the make and when it was built. It is in excellent condition. Donald 'Red' Goodburn, 1803 Candi Lane, North Mankato, MN 56003.
34/4/10 Stover CT Engine Q. See the photo of the crankcase cover on a Stover CT-4 engine. There are traces of yellow block lettering on the cover. Does anyone know what is says? Bill Tomczyk, 50520 Bayside Circle, Rush City, MN 55069.
34/4/11 Twin City Tractor Q. Can anyone direct me to an operator's manual for a 1936 Twin City with the air cleaner in front of the radiator? The s/n is after JT551763. Any information would be appreciated. Roy Pickett, 6154 Battle Creek Rd., Betievue, MI 49021.
34/4/12 Galloway Engine Q. See photo of the 7 HP Galloway engine I am restoring. It has s/n 45317, and I would like to know when it was built. James H. Lequire, 4909 Wildwood Rd., Maryville, TN 37804.
A. The oval top on the water hopper was introduced about 1916. Production of this engine continued for a number of years, finally coming to an end in the 1930s. We can't tell you specifically when your engine was built