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Gas Engine Magazine August - September 2017

Gas Engine Magazine is a bimonthly publication dedicated to the hobby of collecting antique stationary gas engines. Since 1966, collectors and restorers have turned to Gas Engine Magazine for information about specific models and companies, detailed restorations and event coverage, and to connect with other enthusiasts.

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United States
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English
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Ogden Publications, Inc.
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2 min.
hit-and-miss

I’m constantly amazed to discover just how much historical information concerning vintage engines and equipment is still out there waiting to be discovered and shared. A case in point is the Beetle tractor, a mini dozer manufactured by Western Gear Works in Seattle, Washington, from 1946- 1948. Designed for the U.S. Forest Service for building trails and general use, the Beetle was small enough to fit in the back of a pickup truck, but powerful enough to do real work thanks to its 61-cubic-inch Waukesha 4-cylinder engine. Until recently, I’d never heard of the Beetle, a not particularly surprising fact given its rarity and the small number built. My education began after receiving a phone call from Robert Janyk, an estate settler with a penchant for preserving old literature. Settling unclaimed estate…

6 min.
flywheel forum

52/5/1: Beetle tractors Last issue we mentioned some Beetle tractor literature and photos donated to us by Robert Janyk. Robert came across the materials during his work dealing with unclaimed estate property and contacted us, hoping we might find a suitable home for the materials, which included factory photographs and a complete mimeographed copy of a Beetle tractor owner’s manual. We received several replies to our report, including one from Farm Collector reader Allen Crooker, who learned of the Beetle materials through our weekly email newsletter, Old Iron News, which features stories and articles from both Gas Engine Magazine and sister publication Farm Collector. Allen writes: “I noted a report in the electronic newsletter of Beetle tractor materials. As a collector of the mini-crawlers and their literature, I would certainly provide a good…

3 min.
52/5/6: gem experts

Are you knowledgeable about a specific company or engine? You can help keep old engines running by sharing your knowledge with the rest of the old engine community. Send us an email at editor@gasenginemagazine.com to add your expertise and contact information to the list. The GEM Experts list is updated regularly. Find it as well as gas engine registries at: www.gasenginemagazine.com/GEM-experts • Air-cooled (Briggs & Stratton, Kohler, etc., valve and carb repair): Robert Blin, (319) 377-3339 bblin@bser.com • Alamo: Gary Calvin, (517) 368-5895 g.calvin@hotmail.com • Alma/McVicker: Roger Eldred, 10750 S. Vroman Rd., Shepherd, MI 48883 roaks35@aol.com • Associated/United igniters: Jim Albaitis, Ludington, MI (231) 843-4442 jim@gyhtech.com • Althaus & Ewing registry: Mark Shulaw, Bluffton, OH frappi@wcoil.com • Babbitt bearings/rebabbiting misc. engine machining: Larry Bunch wendyrocky2@gmail.com • Briggs & Stratton: Gene and Jessie Burmeister, Kewaunee, WI (920) 255-6193…

10 min.
mining for gold: a rare stover gets a makeover

Gold nuggets are attractive to most folk, as is silver ore. A lot of effort has been expended to find, grind and sell gold and silver. Precious metal mining in central New Mexico has a short but diverse history, stretching from the ghost town of Bland, New Mexico (including the better known Albemarle Mine), south to Los Cerrillos, on to Madrid (where coal was mined for heating nearby boilers for power) and farther south to San Pedro. The smaller San Pedro mountain chain south of Santa Fe was the site of many precious metal mining claims in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Many “one-lunger” engines, likely melted down for their steel once their work life was over, were employed in the day to power air compressors, mine hoists,…

6 min.
i call her “beautiful”

I’ve restored many engines over the last 12 years, so when I bought a 4 hp Monitor that was missing a water hopper and muffler, I knew it was going to be difficult, but I wanted a new challenge. You know the saying, “Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it”? I truly understand that saying now! The 4 hp Monitor is a relatively scarce engine, so I knew that parts for this engine would be hard to find. However, I already had a 4 hp Monitor in my collection that I would be able to use to make duplicate parts. It was time for me to take on a new skill – sand casting! Casting Sand casting is a process of making parts by duplicating the original parts,…

8 min.
one horse show: collector’s exhibit highlights different styles of 1 hp engines

A series of events led Mike Healy into the gasoline engine hobby. “I was a town boy, but my dad and uncles were raised on a farm, so we all attended the steam show in our little town of Fulton, Missouri, in the 1960s. I enjoyed steam, but I was intrigued by the gas engines early,” the 63-year-old collector says. In 1974, Mike bought a 1939 1-¼ hp Monitor engine at a farm sale. A local gentleman introduced himself, and invited Mike over. “Henry Matteson and I got to be good friends, and he mentored me early on. I bought a 1911 1 hp Monitor from his son after Henry’s passing. That was a turning point. I saw differences between my 1-¼ and 1 hp Monitors. For instance, increasing the horsepower…