A Brief Word
34/4/13 Walsh Garden Tractor Q. See the photos of a Walsh garden tractor, Number D-7000. It was manufactured by Walsh Tractor Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota. Can anyone provide information on the proper color scheme, and when this tractor was built? Is there a source for parts and manuals? Stewart R. Painter, 2402 Riverside Terrace, Manasquan, NJ 08736.
A. We know of no organized source for parts and/or manuals, but can suggest using a GEM advertisement to assist in locating what is needed.
34/4/14 Tractor Badges
We call them logos or logo plates or hood ornaments, but in the UK they call them tractor badges. Regardless, we have a letter from England for a company that makes reproductions for a variety of tractors, especially for Ford, Fordson, David Brown, and International Harvester. If interested, contact:
F. J. Williams Tractor Badges 22 Badgers Field Chipping Camden, Glos. GL55 6EL England Or e-mail: http://homepages.enterprise.net/tractorbadges.
34/4/15 Economy Engine? Q. See the photos of an engine with an Economy decal, but it sure looks like a Cushman. The nameplate reads: Engine No. 25-JK1814L, 775 rpm, 2?-3? JK. When was it made?
I also have a Cushman Cub, s/n A25 75 Model R14, 2 HP, and would like to know when it was made and the proper color scheme. Ted Balko, Box 237, Blackduck, MN 56630.
34/4/16 Information Needed Q. What is the year built for a John Deere engine, s/n 303373? What is the year built for a 1? HP Worthington engine, s/n 46623, and the proper color? Any information would be appreciated. William E. Greer, PO Box 1036, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538.
A. The John Deere engine was made in 1929. We have DuPont 74713 Dark Green or Sherwin-Williams 4811 Dark Green as a match for the Worthington stationary engines.
34/4/17 Replacement Gaskets Q. I am writing to see if any readers know of a source that specializes in making gaskets to fit any kind of parts. I am restoring a David Bradley tractor and the transmission gaskets are in bad shape. Any help would be appreciated. Paul H. Burkle, PO Box 1871, Waterloo, IA 50704.
A. It's always nice to find die-cut gaskets to replace old ones. However, ye olde Reflector has had fairly good success in simply making the new ones out of gasket material or even the pasteboard from an old cereal box. We just carefully tap out the design to mark it, and then with the aid of scissors, Xacto knife, and hollow punches, cut out the design. Punch all the holes first, because sometimes they come close to the edge. Punching them out later will likely tear the gasket and ruin your work. For head gaskets, if you are lucky enough to find some asbestos sheet packing, so much the better. Nowadays there is a 'non-hazardous' replacement for it, but we don't think it is as good. (I really wonder how many people have died from lung cancer sniffing those old asbestos head gaskets!) For those stubborn heads that like to blow out the gaskets, we have had good luck with the following:
Take two pieces of 1/32 sheet packing and one piece of metal window screen. Cut all this out carefully, and sandwich this all together, using some thick aluminum paint between the layers. Put it together, torque it up, and the screen provides extra reinforcement to keep those thin sections of the gasket from blowing out. For that matter, we have seen head gaskets tapped out of an old cereal box, with a layer of grease on each side, and then torqued into place.
If you don't want to go that route, check the advertisements at the back of this magazine--they're always a good source!
34/4/18 Witte Questions Q. I have a Witte headless engine, s/n 12293. When was it built, and where was it shipped originally? Did Witte ever make marine engines? Harold L. Mathieu, RR 2, Box 279, Chassell, MI 49916.
A.Your engine was built in 1914, but there is no indication where it was shipped. We believe that Witte may have built a few marine engines, but the effort was short lived.
34/4/19 Bantam Tractor? Q. See the photo of what we think is a Bantam tractor. Can anyone supply any information? We would like to restore the tractor to its original state, so any help would be appreciated. Walt Walraven, 174 Knott Rd SE, Adairsville, GA 30103.
34/4/20 Witte Information Q. What is the year built of a Witte engine, s/n 47128? E. Charles McDuffee, 752N. Georgetown Dr., Montgomery, AL 36109.
A. Your engine was built in December 1921.
34/4/21 Call of the West Engine
W. K. (Bill) Sherlock, Box 144, Maymont, SK S0M 1T0 Canada, sends along some interesting material, including a photocopy of the Call of the West engine. It surely looks like a Waterloo Boy, but note on the adjacent page that 'we cast and make our own engines in Canada.'
34/4/22 Eli and Field-Brundage Update
John Davidson, PO Box 4, Bristol, WI 53104 would like to upgrade his roster of Eli and Field-Brundage engines. If you have recently acquired one or have not contacted John previously, please send s/n and description of your engine.
John also sent us some very nice photocopies of tractors found on post cards or ancient photos in flea markets etc. We'll be using some of these in our upcoming Catalog of American Farm Tractors. Another interesting piece from John is a roster of diesel engine manufacturers for 1932. There are some surprises in the list, i.e., some companies we've never heard of before, and which we have never listed previously. Once again, it points out the fact that the internal combustion engine business is and was so big that it seems unlikely that anyone will ever bring ALL engines together into a single book, even with a lifetime of work.
As we close out this issue in early February, we are busily trying to also close out the work on our Catalog of American Farm Tractors. We'll tell you for sure that it far surpasses any project we've ever attempted! That's why the book goes only to the 1950s or slightly beyond. We've become nearly jaded by the sheer numbers of tractor manufacturers, and we've been surprised at the number of companies for which we have found information and/or photos. The new book will also include an extensive listing of garden tractors, and this will be of interest to a great many collectors. There will be lots of blank spots, but perhaps our readers will be able to supply information, catalog material, or photos that will be of help in subsequent editions of the Catalog.
We feel occasional pangs of conscience, since we have not done a single thing in our fairly decent darkroom ever since the photo scanner and the photo printer have come into our office! And this from someone who used to loathe electronic media!
Speaking of electronic media ... we understand now that some of the airlines are beginning to offer electronic check-in and electronic baggage checking on international flights. What they haven't done yet is to come up with a reasonable price to get to a major airport. For instance, our flight to England this summer leaves from Chicago. It is about 200 air miles from the Eastern Iowa Airport to O'Hare. The price ranges all the way from $ 133 to $530 for this flight, depending on which hoops one jumps through. We haven't sorted through all this yet, but our guess is that not too many people can qualify for the $133 flight.
A while back we visited an antique show and saw a fairly nice one gallon Rumely oil can with a phenomenal price tag. We honestly doubted anyone would ever buy it at the price shown, but a couple hours later we came by the same stand, and it was gone! It is interesting that so many areas of collectibles have come out of the engine and tractor business. Perhaps one of our most prized possessions is an IHC Titan tractor yardstick/tank measuring stick in mint condition. Another is a calendar from the New Era Gasoline Engine Company that was given to us many years ago by the late George Clark. If it weren't for gas engines, there wouldn't be much of a spark plug collectors group, would there?
The purpose of the Reflections column is to provide a forum for the exchange of all useful information among subscribers to GEM. Inquiries or responses should be addressed to: REFLECTIONS, Gas Engine Magazine, P.O. Box 328, Lancaster, PA 17608-0328.