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The three on the left are B & S, FHs and WMB, but the one on
the right has me puzzled. It resembles a Model FH Briggs &
Stratton. It is 16' high. Base has filler plugs for gas and
oil. Bore 2'. It has an aluminum air shroud with #LVB 790 on
the inside of it. The engine itself has the #VB 2734 on a square
plate at the base of the engine. It has a Wico mag in the flywheel
with #011510 on the tag. Mag is type FGA. One of the filler plugs
for the gas tank has letters TB on it. The man I bought it from
said it was a Clinton. An engine fan said it was a Sattley that was
made for Montgomery Ward by Nelson Bros. It has an oil pump like a
FH Briggs. It also has two outside push rods.
Just a week ago I bought another engine much like it only it has
an outside gas tank and a Tillotson carburetor. The engine is #VSG
1304 with #2VB 190 on the outside of the cast aluminum engine
shroud. It also has outside pushrods and a 2' bore. It was
running in a couple of days but the governor is messed up and I
don't know how it connects to the carb. I will have to re-ring
this one because it smokes real bad and doesn't have much
compression. They both have a starting crank that lifts up on a
half moon ratchet on the left side. Any help or literature will be
My friend, Bill Sherwood, and I just spent eight days at the
Western Idaho Fair here in Boise and were able to display some of
our restored engines. We received free passes for our families and
were reiumbursed for our gas and oil. We displayed 13 engines and
equipment including his 5 HP Witte diesel, 1935? model which we
need information on and my Kinkade garden tractor (see picture). My
Kinkade is about a 1938 model S/N 309L 1724. We took these two
machines to Brooke, Oregon last July and got many good comments on
During the fair a man gave me a 1 HP Economy. He said, 'If
you can make it run and look as good as the rest you have restored,
it's yours.' It's in pretty sad shape but it will turn
over. A few parts are missing and broken, but I have high hopes for
it. Any information on the above will be greatly appreciated.
I want to thank all the guys who answered my questions in a
previous GEM. I wasn't able to answer them but
their information really helped.'
In closing, I wish for you all the very best and a friend sent
this following poem which has much wisdom and caring for those who
are to follow us. I'm sure you will enjoy it, and please think
about it. It comes from FLOYD MATHES, 4238 East Avenue, Livermore,
An old man traveling a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm vast, and deep, and wide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no terror for him.
But he turned when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
'Old man,' said a fellow pilgrim near,
'You're wasting your strength building here:
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way,
You've crossed the chasm deep and wide,
Why build a bridge to span the tide?'
The builder lifted his old gray head
'Good friend, in the path I have come,' he said,
'There follow eth after me today a youth
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm which has been as naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be:
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim,
Good friend, lam building this bridge for him.'
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