| March/April 1983


Greetings with the March-April issue of 1983 and I guess by now you are all settled into the New Year. And what about those resolutions? Did you make any? Did you keep any? Oh well, I think it's good we try sometimes we really do accomplish some of them.

With all the terrible weather conditions in some of the areas of U.S., we back here have so far had a very mild winter. To those in distress, remember Spring is closer than it was in September and I'm writing this in December you have to think on that one, but it's true. And by the way, we still have a lot of winter weather time to go through, so perhaps I shouldn't elaborate on this subject.

And now we'll get on with the letters and I'm happy to say we have a bit more this time. Keep the letters coming Friends!

This letter comes from GARY KAPPEDAL, Route 1, Box 163, Lengby, Minnesota 56651 and he needs help in identifying some items: 'I have three brand new sleeves and pistons with rings and wrist pins that I'd like to know their use. They have a 43/8' bore. Wet sleeves with a length of 9 3/16' which are stamped on top of the flange 29. The pistons are cast iron. Ink stamping on top of piston face C 1020. Casting number inside of piston skirt 1177. Piston height 5', wrist pin diameter 1 5/16' 3 compression rings 3/16' wide, one oil ring ' wide. I would assume they are for an old-time engine, being it has cast iron pistons. I was wondering if it could be for some Case tractor, being the ink stamping starts with a C, then the part number. Any help will be appreciated.'

MEL GRENVIK, 115-1st Avenue, N.E., Kenmore, North Dakota 58746 has this to say: 'It's been some time since I've written. I regret the absence of the unclassified photos section (cheer up, Mel, they will probably be in again) but in the Jan.-Feb. issue the big centerfold picture contributed by Gene Jones of Bedford, Iowa was an instant challenge to me for engine identification. I wonder how many readers have come up with it. It is an obscure, certainly little known make. I believe this engine is a very early O. S. Kelly, or Springfield engine. Either one would be correct since Mr. O. S. Kelly organized the Springfield Engine Co. early in his career. The engine is probably 10 HP.

'The wooden front wheels are not that unusual for an engine of that era. The one key distinguishing feature is the dual D handles visible on the driver hub apparently the mechanism for locking out the differential gear to get full traction on both of the drivers in an emergency situation. This lock-out feature was provided in one form or another on many other makes of engines including the Case.