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Gas Engine Magazine April - May 2015

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
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
Fréquence:
Bimonthly
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2 min.
show time

The 2015 show season is upon us, and for me that means deciding which shows to attend. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that my show habits are kind of like my eating habits; My eyes are almost always bigger than my stomach, as I seem to believe I can attend more shows than the reality of work and family actually affords. That’s not exactly a bad problem, because it underscores the vitality of the old iron community and the insatiable appetite for sharing vintage engines and tractors. The release of the 41st Annual Farm Collector Show Directory has me looking through the offerings, and there are two shows in particular that jump out at me this year. The first one is the Summer Expo and Flea Market at the Coolspring Power Museum in Coolspring,…

7 min.
famous help, mystery diesels and great vintage moments

50/3/1: Famous help I need a book on the reassembly of a 4 HP IHC Famous hopper-cooled with all the extras on it from the factory. I’ve had it apart for 14 years. I don’t have a computer; I just need a book to go by. Any help will be appreciated. Jerry Ellison, 549 Ray Ellison Rd., Vilas, NC 28692. Starbolt Engine Supplies has many parts for IHC Famous engines and also lists the Famous Operators Guide. You can contact them by phone at (301) 874-2821 or write them at P.O. Box 11, 3403 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710. Let us know how you make out, and send us a photo of your Famous! 50/3/3: Unknown diesel I received the engine in the attached photo from a friend. I can find no identification and…

7 min.
oilfield oddity

Such was the case when Wayne went to pick up a couple of engines in Minneapolis. “A friend heard of a guy who wanted to get rid of a couple of engines, a 3 HP Fairbanks Z and a 5 HP Jumbo,” Wayne recalls. “When I went down there with my brother, we found that the engines were in various parts in three different places, five miles apart. The owner knew where everything was. A few were in his apartment, but he didn’t have much room there, so some were where he worked. We had to use a freight elevator to go up and get the cylinder and flywheels for the Jumbo and bring them down. The rest were in a storage building. Everything was there except for the valve…

7 min.
the cooper-stover junior range

I first became interested in old stationary engines around 1998, when I was given what turned out to be a 1920 3 HP Cooper tankcooled Type W. It was built by Stover Mfg. & Engine Co., Freeport, Illinois, and supplied to Chicago Flexible Shaft Co., Chicago, Illinois, for export to Cooper Engineering Co., Sydney, Australia. It is from the Stover Junior Range of horizontal, open crank engines produced from 1910 to 1923, and it is found in Australia as either a hopper- or tank-cooled engine What made me look more closely at this engine was an email in July 2012 from Joe Maurer in regard to tank-cooled Type Ws in the Stover ledger records. He mentioned this in his column in the August/September 2011 Gas Engine Magazine, in which he said…

12 min.
getting fired up

A catalog picture showed a Monitor on a metal-framed cart, and photographs of a similar cart were found on Smokstak (smokstak.com). With the help of a couple of dimensions, the pictures were scaled to produce a plan. Cart frame basics The axles for this cart would be made from 1.25-inch nominal pipe, in this case a true diameter of 1.66 inches. Some 0.25-inch thick, 2-inch by 2-inch angle iron was recovered from the scrap bin at the local railway society, and after straightening it there was just enough to make the cart. Two long pieces were trimmed to a length of 25 inches before drilling with 0.375-inch holes for the bolts to hold the cross-piece and axle mounting brackets. The front angle iron cross member supports the pivot, with the rear axle…

2 min.
passing it on

Q How long have you been collecting gas engines? A I’ve been collecting them for 17 years. Q What attracted you to the hobby? A One of my friends invited me to go to the annual Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, when I was 14. I watched the old engines running, some running machinery. With the moving parts, I thought they were very interesting. I have been interested and intrigued by engines ever since that first show I attended. Q Who else in your family collects engines? A Currently, just my dad. I hope to one day pass my enthusiasm/hobby along to my children, and I hope they have as much fun with them as I do. Q How many engines do you have in your collection? Any rare or unusual ones? A Right now…