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Gas Engine Magazine April - May 2016

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
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Ogden Publications, Inc.
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Bimonthly
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2 min.
show season

It’s a bit early still to start trumpeting the coming of the new show season, but I can tell that folks are gearing up by the increased activity I’m seeing in online discussion forums and by the increasing numbers of letters we’re getting here at GEM. As ever, many of you have “new” engines you’ve found or rescued and are now restoring, and we hope to share them here in the pages of Gas Engine Magazine. One of those engines is the circa-1902 6 hp Goold, Shapely & Muir belonging to Canadian reader Alan Hough. Rare and beautiful, it’s been lovingly restored by Alan’s good friend Brad McBride. Abandoned and broken, it sat for decades before Alan happened across it. It took many years for the engine to finally emerge whole…

6 min.
flywheel forum

51/3/1: Empire Engine I’m new to collecting. I have purchased a 1 hp Empire engine, serial number 52576. It has studs on the back side of the water hopper. I have looked at other Empire and Alamo engines [Alamo made engines for Empire – Ed.] and have yet to see another one with theses studs. Do any GEM readers know what was mounted to these studs? Don Quistorff/via email quistorff01@northfieldwifi.com 51/3/2: Big engines In reference to your article "Big Engines" by Bill Vossler in the December/January 2016 issue of Gas Engine Magazine, there is a discussion on pages 11 and 12 of J.G. engines, built by the Titusville Iron Company (TICO) of Titusville, Pennsylvania. I have not seen Mr. Kabele’s J.G. engine and do not dispute his identification. This could be the first reference to…

3 min.
homegrown collector

Tyler Whiteneck Age: 16 Location: Hamburg, PA Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines? A: I’ve been collecting for about three years, starting with a 1-1/2 hp McCormick engine. Q: What attracted you to the hobby? A: My dad has been collecting engines and tractors for a long time. I grew up around engines and tractors. My dad sold all of the engines and tractors when I was young. Now I am starting to get interested, after seeing pictures and hearing about all the stuff we had. I’m starting to get a lot of the engines back, but I’m still a long way from the original collection size. Q: Who else in your family collects engines? A: My father collects engines with me. My grandfather collected a lot of engines for a long time. Q: How many…

9 min.
the mighty 175

Of all the wonderful engines displayed at the Coolspring Power Museum, my favorite will always be the 175 hp Otto and the Worthington water pump, which were originally located at the Brookville, Pennsylvania, waterworks. Brookville, only 10 miles from Coolspring, seemed such an unlikely place to find one of the largest single-cylinder gas engines in the world. Amazingly, Otto only built five of these monsters: one going to an ink factory in Brooklyn, New York; three going to China; and one going to Brookville! I can still recall the summer evening in 1968 when John Wilcox and I drove to Brookville to peep into the waterworks, not knowing what we would find. He seemed to go berserk after looking in through a window, and soon was running around to all…

14 min.
john smyth 4-1/2 hp restoration

Muffler There appear to be many different muffler styles for this engine; a plain ball muffler, a ball muffler with a ridge around the gap and a “tin hat” style. Most photographs examined showed a ball muffler for this size of engine and a comment noted during the research said that the plain muffler was used on the early engines to around 1915. The diameter for a 4-1/2 hp engine was 7 inches, but mufflers this size are nonexistent in the U.K. Indeed, there was already a 5-inch ball muffler sitting in our son’s garage in Houston, Texas, waiting for someone with spare weight allowance to bring over to the U.K.! Thoughts then turned to making a replica muffler, the difficulty being to make the walls thick enough so it would sound like…

9 min.
goold, shapely & muir

Canadian engine manufacturer Goold, Shapely & Muir (GSM) was based in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, just 90 miles northwest of Buffalo, New York, and 170 northeast of Detroit, Michigan. Yet even with that close proximity, GSM engines are a surprising rarity in the States. Marketed as Brantford “Ideal” engines, they were made in a number of styles and horsepower ranges, including tank-cooled horizontal singles and opposed twins, and later hopper-cooled vertical and horizontal singles. The company was formed in 1892, and engine production is believed to have started in 1899 (a surviving photograph dated to 1899 shows a horizontal 6 hp Ideal powering a line shaft in a bakery) with a line of tank-cooled horizontal singles fueled by manufactured gas or gasoline, with the gasoline engines employing a unique fuel injection…