'Can someone please identify what type ignition system my 2
HP Economy takes? (see photo in Wanted, page 65 of May-June
GEM). Also need help timing my Ottawa log saw. I
can't find timing marks on gears and I don't know if the
push rod adjustments are critical. This Ottawa has a strange extra
note in the exhaust, possibly overlap. I've spent hours and
can't make it run like a 4 cycle. Description of log saw in ad
also.' If you have the answers, please write RICHARD FENLEY,
110 F Street, Port Town-send, Washington 98368.
A. L. McBANE, Route 1, Box 225, Snow Camp, North Carolina 27349
writes us: 'I have recently acquired a piece of iron that I
haven't seen before and I need any information I can get. It is
a Centaur 2-G made by the Central Tractor Company, Greenwich, Ohio
USA, S/N 327288. This information is on gear box and also name is
on radiator. Chain drive from gear box to differential unit built
on left front drive wheel. Engine is a 2 cylinder Le-Roi S/N
61599,31/8' bore. No HP is listed. Picture shows the unit with
engine and radiator removed. It is badly worn and I have a way to
go to put it in operation but I'm working on it.'
(He'll be waiting for your replies.)
'I'm looking for information about an old marine engine
that I picked up a number of years ago. It is a Reid. It was built
at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, about 1896. It is definitely a marine
type engine. I have had discussions with several folks and know
that Reid engines were used for the oilfield pumping in western
Penna. and in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My question is really about Reid, of
Hamilton...I'd love to receive information (copies of
originals) about the Reid marine motors!' The above note comes
from RIGGS A. SMITH, Marine Historian, 346 Janice Street, Endicott,
New York 13760.
TERRY KING, R.R. 2, Box 229, Rising Sun, Indiana 47040 sends
this: 'I have a Delco water pump that I hope somebody can give
me information on. It has a Deming pump motor on it and was made in
1953, S/N 1-53, Model #A8170. There must be someone who has one
about the same. Would appreciate hearing from you.'
'Have engine, need information!' says NORMAN B. MYCES, 1
Buckingham Drive, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201. 717-263-4298.
'Railroad section car engine-Sheffield, 2 cylinder, 2 cycle
horizontal air-cooled. No name tag, only numbers other than casting
numbers are stamped into front of engine 19073. Originally the
wheels of the car acted as the flywheels of the engine. Since I was
only able to acquire one wheel, I had to adapt a set of flywheels
to the axle shaft in order to run the engine. Who built these
engines? How old is it? And are there many in existence?'
A man with a lot of questions is MARLIN DAVIS, Box 72, Salem,
South Dakota 57058: 'I enjoy your magazine very much. I've
been collecting engines long enough to know the garage isn't as
large as I thought.