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20/6/18 Q. What is the proper color for the
Bean vertical engine as is illustrated on page 50 American Gasoline
Engines? Harry Kokx, RR 2, Box 336, Hart, MI 49420.
20/6/19 Q. We have a Middleditch engine built
in Detroit, Michigan and need information relative to the color,
horsepower, type and make of carburetor, etc. Wayne Falan, 619 Paw
Paw Ave., Paw Paw, MI 49079.
20/6/20 Q. What is the approximate age, color
scheme, etc. for a Regal two-cylinder engine? It is similar to the
one-cylinder model illustrated on page 414 of American Gas Engines.
The engine has a lot of brass on it, and we would like to know a
good way to clean it. Brian Bass, Rt. 2, Box 388, Henagar, AL
A. While we aren't sure of the proper
colors for this engine, we suggest starting on the brass with
Brasso or a similar brass cleaner. This will get off a lot of the
tarnish and other stains that have been acquired over the years.
Bronze castings can be nicely cleaned up with a FINE bristled wire
wheel. After this stage, cloth buffing wheels available at many
hardware stores will be of great help. Usually, small sticks of
buffing compound are also available, and the combination works
nicely to bring up a nice finish. Be careful not to push too hard,
especially on thin materials, or lettering, etc. Also, be very
careful in using a buffing wheel. Even a small one can rip the
object out of your hands in an instant. We lay down a couple
thicknesses of old carpeting under the buffer. Should we
accidentally lose an item this way, impact with the floor isn't
such a problem, and if the piece is small, it is much easier to
20/6/21 Q. Robert Yoder, 1704 Amity Road,
Galloway, OH 43119 needs the proper color and striping for a
Hercules 6 HP Model S engine as illustrated on page 228 of American
A. We believe this engine to be a dark green
color, comparable to DuPont 7498. We have seen these engines
striped in red, and some with black, but believe red to be the
proper color for the striping.
20/6/22 Q. Harry Cruchelow, 15035 S.E.
Gladstone St., Portland, OR 97236 inquires whether a 10-20
McCormick-Deering tractor engine will fit the 10-20 Trac-TracTor of
similar vintage. Likewise will any of the tractor accessories fit
this crawler model?, and what was the original color for the
A. We believe that if these two engines are not
exactly alike, they were at least very similar. Probably the best
way to determine this would be to compare the parts book for each,
but an easier way would be to hear from someone who has the answer.
Mr. Cruchelow kindly forwarded an extensive listing of Oliver and
Cletrac production dates which will be published in the near
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