month paint recommendations were made for the Hercules and related engines. Three of the
illustrations shown here were taken from a Hercules S model catalog dated 1926. All of the
color illustrations that I have seen always show red stripes on the Hercules brand
engines. The illustration at top left is of the l 3/4 HP model S engine. Note that the
upper hopper stripe is up on the rounded hopper edge to allow enough room for the decal.
Although the engine shown here has flywheel stripes, in reality very few had them.
The next illustration (bottom left) shows a
larger size engine which is most likely a 6 HP. The striping pattern is similar to that on
the smaller engines except the hopper stripes are now all on the flat surfaces. If you
will note carefully, there is a black stripe across the top and down the sides of the
head. In this color illustration, I believe the artist failed to make it red like the
Flywheel stripes are shown
They were more common on the larger size engines, hut not all had the
The next illustration (above right) is that
of the model UA Hercules oil engine. Except for the color, it is the same as the model UA
There was a stripe on the crankguard. It is
much like the shape of a written upside L (see the illustration below).
In the illustrations shown here, it would
appear that some engine parts were left unpainted. That is not the case. Everything was
painted the same color except for the magneto, spark plug and the oiler, which were