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Gas Engine Magazine August - September 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.

Pays:
United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
Fréquence:
Bimonthly
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2 min.
big engines

Southwest of Hooker, Oklahoma, a small town nestled high in the Oklahoma panhandle, an old natural gas pumping station sits quietly in an open field. A tall silo on the site is perhaps the first thing you might notice driving by. Shuttered in the 1990s, it appears to be untouched, and chances are the engines in the installation, including multiple double-acting tandem twin Worthington compressor engines, are still there. We first found out about the engines in the February/March 2019 issue, thanks to several photographs sent in by reader Bryan Cosby. This issue, Bryan sends in yet more photographs that show the enormity of the pumping station and the variety of engines that were once – and perhaps still – there. The idea that they might yet be there is beyond tantalizing,…

12 min.
flywheel forum

54/5/1: George B. Miller engine To tell the story of this engine, I have to first explain that my son-inlaw and I have been going to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, for the past seven years for the gas engine show. We would listen to the engines run and talk to the owners about how they found them, what to look for, and the big thing – how much they cost. There are a lot of engines out there, all sizes and shapes. This is something that amazed me, as we were looking at engines made at the turn of the century. Each manufacturer had their own design, with different castings, ignitions, flywheels and so on. Last year, I saw an engine at a show. We talked to the owner and found out it was…

12 min.
gas engine pioneer: sir dugald clerk

Does the above name ring a bell with you? Of course it does! He’s the gent who invented the Clerk Cycle of engine operation. And who was the major maker of that type of engine in America? Joseph Reid. So now it all comes together for you. But for this article, we are going to journey across the pond to Scotland, and see what we can learn about this most interesting individual. It will be a good story. Clerk was definitely a unique and gifted person. He was intelligent, diligent and thoughtful. Although his career developed into many different areas, he never forgot his love for the gas engine, and was always eager to learn more. His 1904 portrait is shown in Photo 1. Clerk was one of the very early pioneers…

8 min.
hometown favorites

Kelly Barnett of Plainfield, Iowa, wasn’t satisfied with collecting just the gas engines once built by Armstrong Mfg. Co., Charles City, Iowa. He also wanted to dig into the little-known company’s history. Kelly, who has Armstrong pieces produced as early as 1909, has done extensive research on the Armstrong company and its products. His passion for the engines and their history is rooted in the fact that the engine factory the Armstrong family built in 1914 was located in what is now Kelly’s hometown. “Because Charles City is the home of Hart-Parr and Oliver, there was always a hotbed of Hart-Parr and Oliver collectors here,” Kelly says. “As a kid, I attended area steam shows and was always fascinated with the steam engines and mechanical items.” Swap meet find As he got older, Kelly…

7 min.
goes and goes right

James Johnson got interested in gas engines when he made the 1,600-mile trip from his home in Chehalis, Washington, to the WMSTR (Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion) show in Rollag, Minnesota in 1980. Now 76, James had been there with his father in 1955, but that 1980 trip was different. “Since my dad had passed away, I spent a lot of time with my father’s brothers, and from that time until they passed on, my brother Jerry and I would go back and help them with their collection of engines at Rollag,” James says. Those experiences urged James to start his own engine collection, beginning with a 1920s 2-1/2hp Faultless, which he bought at one of the first shows he attended in the Northwest in 1982. “I still have that engine.…

3 min.
the brayton cycle engine

Gas Engine Patents of Note Students of gas-powered engines know that Nicolaus Otto (1832- 1891) is credited as the father of the 4-cycle engine that still serves us today, powering just about every kind of motorized machine imaginable. Introduced in 1876 as the Otto Silent engine, Otto’s engine was a revolution in the making, and its introduction heralded a new age in mechanical power. Lesser known, however, is the engine scheme designed by one George Bailey Brayton (1839-1892) of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1872. Writing in American Gasoline Engines Since 1872, engine historian C.H. Wendel claims that Brayton’s engine was the “first commercially successful engine of purely American design.” A 2-stroke engine, Brayton’s patented design hinged on the use of a charging cylinder to pull in and compress the fuel/air charge. The compressed charge…