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Gas Engine Magazine June - July 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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United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
Fréquence:
Bimonthly
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preserving history

It never ceases to amaze me how information on the old engines we collect and preserve continues to come forward. The world around us is evolving and changing at a dizzying pace, especially as it relates to information. New digital technologies continue to promise new and better ways to gather, store and share information. But in our little corner of the world, it’s often word-of-mouth and personal experience handed down over time that brings to light new information on engine companies long gone from the landscape, their history slowly illuminated as engine enthusiasts share what they’ve learned. Proof of this comes in the form of a letter from reader Harold Keller, who writes in with personal knowledge about ACME/S.M. Jones engines built by ACME Sucker Rod Co. and its successor, S.M.…

6 min.
flywheel forum

54/4/1: ACME/S.M. Jones I read with much interest the article on the ACME/S.M. Jones gas engines (Gas Engine Magazine, December/January 2018). There are several of these engines running. These are 10hp geared units and are used to pump wells, generally two wells at a time. These 10hp engines are 601 cubic inches in displacement. I have made head gaskets and have measured the cylinder diameter and length of the stroke. These engines are very durable, as some that we operate are close to 100 years old. They will run in either direction on account of the unusual valve setup. However, if they are run backwards, they tend to loosen the bolts that hold the clutch shaft to the flywheel and can break off these bolts. I took several pictures of a very dirty…

7 min.
what is an oil field engine?

Just what IS an oil field engine? The simplest answer is, any engine used in the oil fields. Makes sense, of course, and when we talk about oil field engines, I think a certain picture comes to mind; something a bit crude and rugged, and of course covered with oil. In this article, I would like to take you on a photo journey of my thoughts on the subject. Before we start, I would like to narrow our focus to gas engines. So how do we usually classify them? “Oil field” is certainly one class. Then there are industrial engines, farm engines, electric generating engines, machine shop engines and many other types. How does the oil field engine differ? Defining the oil field engine As I’ve suggested, the oil field engine is usually somewhat…

8 min.
a conundrum: a circa-1926 14hp hercules economy s engine

Seventy-two-year-old Bill Kruize of Donnelly, Minnesota, doesn’t really search for odd experiences, but he does seem to find them. Once, he bought eight gasoline engines for the price of a couple of tanks of gas for your car. Another time, he and his brotherin-law, Larry Smith, dragged an old engine home 5 miles from where they bought it — using just the trucks. And he found a gasoline engine that appears to never have been cataloged. Getting Started Bill’s interest in gas engines began with an old stuck engine he worked on when he was growing up on the family farm. “I got that going, and then I bought eight engines from a neighbor for $5 each. That was back in the late 1960s.” That included a Cushman, an air-cooled New Way, and…

2 min.
coolspring spotlight

Star gas and gasoline engines were manufactured starting in the early 1890s in New York City by Jackson A. and Eugene Homan. Horizontal engines were built in eight sizes from 1 to 25 horsepower, and a vertical design was offered in 2 horsepower. Early engines were hot tube ignition with pendulum governing. Very little information has come to surface on the history of the company. The Star engine, with its high base and low mounted cylinder followed by high vertical main bearings, bear similarity to other East Coast builders such as White & Middleton and Backus. The Star wasn’t as successful as engines from those two builders, though, as production ended in the mid-1910s. Features This Star engine features a large make-and-break igniter on top of the cylinder, which is operated by…

9 min.
starting from the ground up

When he got interested in antique stationary engines, Emil Knish started at the bottom – a pile of scrap at his dad’s scrapyard. There, he found a mud-covered mass. It turned out to be a Type 92 Maytag gas engine. The engine had been buried in the mud for 50 years. “I didn’t know what it was,” Emil says. “When I got it out, a neighbor identified it for me.” Then 23, Emil took the engine apart and restored it. “I couldn’t believe it when it ran,” he says. “I’ve been hooked ever since. That first one is special, and I still have it.” Thirty-some years later, the Montgomery, Minnesota, carpenter is knee-deep in antique engines. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. “You guys are nuts” Emil’s first engine purchase was a…