A Brief Word

| May/June 1999

We have lots of ground to cover this month, so we'll not spend much time talking about various items. We do wish to pass along that we will be taking a group to the Great Dorset Steam Fair in England this Fall. The Dorset is a huge show and has lots of steam power, in addition to engines, tractors, and other things. Aside from this, it will be much like our Vintage Engines tour scheduled for June. If you would like a tour brochure, contact: C. H. Wendel, Dorset Tour, Box 257, Amana, IA 52203 or email us at

We will send you a brochure by return mail.

This means that we will miss attending the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa for the first time since 1960. In total, that will make three times we have missed it since 1954.

By the time this issue is in your hands we should have everything completed on our Standard Catalog of American Farm Tractors book. This one goes into the 1950s, and is by far the most complicated of any project we have ever tackled. It should be available by autumn from Krause Publications or your favorite bookseller.

Our first query this month is:

34/5/1 Fairbanks-Morse Problems Q. I have a Fairbanks-Morse 1? HP Type Z engine I chose as my first restoration project. I have some problems that perhaps someone can help me with: How do I determine the sizes of the bolts that attach the ignitor to the cylinder, the main bearing cap screws, and the connecting rod bolts? Were these high crown head? Heat treated? 2) I am having a problem finding the oil shield and the complete igniter trip rod. I have written to several GEM advertisers to no avail. Any help would be appreciated. Gary Ostby,4921 Beam Rd., Zillah, WA 98953.