Re: The Gray Lives!
I have no life.
I had a dream last night about you trying to start your Gray.
It was kind of a cross between starting an engine and trying
to set off cannon. Lots of sparks and fire. In the dream
you finally got it going.
I'm very ignorant about the history and workings of internal
combustion engines. That book sounds great. I'll have to see
if I can can find it in our system.
The Brooks show was my first exposure to those engines.
And what an exposure. I think I could have spent hours
watching just one of them, trying to figure out how they
do all the amazing things they do.
"Cummins figures the IC engine reached maturity by then, further
development has just been refinement!"
That was what I told one of my fellow oglers at the show.
All the basics are there, just been refinements.
Wish I could put that book in "My library" but at $50, might
have to stick with the public library version for a while.
Only other brush with old engines was an antique John Deere
crawler tractor I borrowed to clear an old burned out mobile
home on our propery. (Previous owner's mobile home. Burned right
after they moved, and the insurance ran out. Pretty exciting
About D-2 size. It had only flyweel start. The guy that owned
it was a log truck driver, and strong as an ox, but I was sore
for days ater having to start it. Starters are one of the
"Refinements" I appreciate.
I accidentally ran into Roger Fletcher in the parking lot of the
Molalla Sentry Market. He was taking his Brand New Double
Ender home from Ray's. I could tell right away it was a
"Ray's" boat. He can build beautiful boats and this one is
exceptionally beautiful. I waited for Roger to come out, and
we had a long talk about boats. I went home and started following
the links on his page, and I think it was through one of them
I found your big page. Small world.
My wife Kay is an expert bailer. We lost our drain plug in
our 20' Rienell cabin boat on Detroit, and when I looked back
there was a foot of water in the back of the cockpit. She
grabbed a 5 gallon bucket, and we did not sink, but it was
pretty much the end of the old Volvo.
(Wanta buy another boat cheap? Pics in background of
Rapid Robert shots.)
--- In MessaboutW@y..., jhkohnen@b... wrote:
the newer one from Devereux Books? I wonder if there's anydifference.
Grayson has written a two volume book about the history of marineengines
(of all sizes) that looks like a good read, too bad it's soexpensive. :o(
Lyle Cummins (of the Diesel Cumminses), printed by Carnot Press,Lake
Oswego, 1976 (there should be a copy at the Eugene Library). It's ahistory
of the IC engine from 1673 to 1900 (Cummins figures the IC enginereached
maturity by then, further development has just been refinement!).built
until just a few years ago, are essentially 1890s technology, noteven
refined, though the Gray's jump spark ignition is pretty modern for1906
(when it was first built). BTW, it looks like Devereux Books hasreissued
Internal Fire! And also some other books by Cummins, including abio of his
there walked me through the process of applying for a permit. I wasbe able
to store long lengths of wood on the beams. <g> The pitch of theroof is
low though, so I won't be able to pile too much stuff up there. I'mwinter, with
room to move around.water, just
so I'll have lots of hands to bail! <g>Stan
comes toGrayson, It's a very interseting read, a bit long-winded when it
mechanicsspecific histories of each company, and a bit thin on the actual
waiting to beof the engine, but nonetheless, a very interesting treatise on the
dream.used, no lines at Jerry's, no driving here and there. Ok so I