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Gas Engine Magazine April - May 2019

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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forward motion

One of the best–if not the best–aspects of collecting old engines is the people. When I was first introduced to the vintage engine hobby, I was completely out of my element. I had a solid background in car and motorcycle engines, but hit-and-miss engines? Not so much. Yet as soon as I was introduced to the old engine crowd, I discovered what an incredible resource of people of passion and capacity it contained, and I’m constantly reminded of my fortune in being a part of the community. It’s likely that most of you know little about our parent company, Ogden Publications. In addition to Gas Engine Magazine, we produce a number of enthusiast publications, covering subjects ranging from vintage farm engines to vintage farm tractors, classic motorcycles, self-sufficient living and homesteading,…

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daniel best 3hp, fairbanks-morse 5hp nz restoration, unidentified air-cooled engine

54/3/1: Daniel Best engine? Attached is a photo of my mother taken in July 1927, during her vacation at a Chico, California, dude ranch. Notice the engine in the background behind the pump. The second photo shows a 1891 Daniel Best engine, one of three images received from Greg Johnson and taken by Ransome Mathews of a 3hp Best engine that Ransome acquired for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles in the 1940s or 50s. The engine is still in their collection. Ransom was curator of the museum’s mechanical/car collection for many years and was a founding member of the Horseless Carriage Club in 1938 (which started in Los Angeles). One of the Ransome images clearly shows “Daniel Best”on the cylinder. As to the engine in the 1927 photo of…

4 min.
hit-and-miss a unique briggs & stratton conversion

People express themselves in a wide variety of ways. Some paint pictures, some compose music, others build houses, while yet others craft fine jewelry. A few, like Gary Richardson, retrofit old engines, converting them into hit-or-miss engines. The speed of many small, 4-cycle engines is governed by the throttle opening. Weights are mounted within the flywheel, and as the flywheel rotates, centrifugal force moves the weights outwards, in turn working the butterfly valve in the carburetor to maintain the desired speed of the engine. In earlier hit-and-miss engines, an external flyball governor connects to the exhaust valve via linkage. When the speed of the engine is below a given level, the exhaust valve operates as normal, staying closed on the intake stroke as the piston draws down, creating a vacuum that…

1 min.
the briggs & stratton model fh and a little briggs & stratton history

Briggs & Stratton Corp. started as a partnership between Stephen Foster Briggs and Harold M. Stratton in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1909. Initially, the pair focused on supplying parts to the young and booming automotive industry, producing components including igniters and switches. The company formally incorporated in 1910, and continued making parts for the auto industry. In 1919, Briggs & Stratton bought the rights to the A.O. Smith Motor Wheel and started building it as a power source for bicycles and small carts. This was the first in what would become a long line of Briggs & Stratton engines. Briggs & Stratton’s first inhouse engine was the flathead P series, introduced in 1920. Small, reliable and easily adapted to a variety of household duties from powering washers to small mowers, the P…

2 min.
coolspring spotlight

Evan Evans first started a brass foundry in Chicora, Pennsylvania, in the 1880s. To profit from the recent discovery of oil in the surrounding area, he moved to nearby Butler, Pennsylvania, in 1894, and formed the Evans Manufacturing Co. Evans was building gas engines as early as 1898, and by 1903 advertised gas, gasoline and steam engines, as well as clutches, oil well supplies and general mechanical repairs. The company ceased trading about 1940. Evans built several models of gas engines in single- and twin-cylinder versions. Sizes ranged from about 3 to 100 horsepower. Most were destined for oil-field use and were of a rugged, simple, 4-stroke design, utilizing either hot tube or spark plug ignition, manually adjusted volume governing, and a pushrod-operated exhaust valve. Features This engine model is thought to be…

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a concrete addition

If you’re a regular visitor to the annual Old Threshers Reunion, held every Labor Day weekend at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, since 1950, you’ve probably watched Steve Alt give a demonstration or seen one of his engines–even if you didn’t know it. A dedicated engine man and ardent supporter of the Old Threshers show, Steve, who hails from West Liberty, Iowa, has a particular love for Stickney engines, a fact we documented in the October/November 2017 issue of GEM when we showed off his 1910 3hp Stickney. Steve bought that engine in 2011, and the next year, in 2012, he set up a special Stickney display at Mt. Pleasant for that year’s “Gathering of the Sticks”recreating a scene from a 1912 photo of a Stickney engine dealer. Setting up that display was really…