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Gas Engine Magazine December - January 2020

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
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English
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Ogden Publications, Inc.
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Bimonthly
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2 min.
past and present

The 2019 show season is effectively over, making this the time for me to put out my annual reminder to readers to send in photographs of the engines you displayed and the shows you attended in 2019. Although some areas of the country were plagued by rain (Portland doesn’t count; it rains there for the show every year!), by and large, it sounds like most of you got to spend more than a few weekends hanging out with like-minded old engine fans, sharing your engines and learning about engines you’ve rarely or never seen. That last point reminds me of a particular interest I have of late, namely, learning more about engines that were adapted by their makers – or a third party – to configurations never considered when they were…

8 min.
soo line spark plugs, fred hickerson and 2-cylinder engines

55/1/1: Soo Line spark plug Reader Bob Lundberg writes in looking for information on Soo Line spark plugs. Bob writes: “The 2hp Witte that I brought to Florida from Michigan had a Soo Line spark plug. I have tried to research it, but have not found any information. It’s a 1925 engine, and in its ‘running’ days that area was served by the DSS&A Railroad. Soo Line bought the DSS&A, but long after electricity put my engine out of work. Any information from readers would be great.” Bob Lundbergblundberg50@gmail.com It’s unclear what the connection was between Soo Line Railroad Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the spark plug brand, although at one time Soo Line Railroad used the same logo as shown on Bob’s spark plug, a clever combination of the letters “S” and “L”…

2 min.
the rare and the beautiful from the coolspring power museum

The partnership of George Edwin Turner and Harry C. Fricke saw many ventures before their own engine production. They created Keystone Engineering providing Marinette engines coupled to generators for electric lighting use. When Foos acquired Marinette, this venture ended, and they decided to produce their own engines in a new factory built in Sharon, Pennsylvania. The new company was formed in 1907 and ended in 1925 with the deaths of the partners. Features The engine they produced was a massive and sturdy machine of the “T” head design: the intake valves are on one side of the engine and the exhaust valves are on the other side. It was designed to run continuously. The alternator it drove is placed beside the engine. The two camshafts projected through the crankcase providing accessory drives…

10 min.
waterloo memories

After her father, Bryon Riese, died two years ago, Emma Riese landed on an unusual way to pay homage to him: restoring one of Bryon’s gas engines in his memory. She was 14 years old. And not just any engine, but a rare 1921 Waterloo Boy K 2hp water-cooled engine that Bryon bought to restore for his wife, Lynda, Emma’s mother. Emma did have something of a background in gas engines. “When I was young, I always went to shows with my dad, helping him load and unload the engines, fill them with oil and grease,” the now-16-year-old high school junior says. For the restoration, she had a willing helper: her father’s best friend, Jim Faith. The 1921 was in very poor condition, with broken pieces, Emma says, which meant getting needed parts from…

8 min.
atlas imperial

We have a very nice Atlas Imperial engine at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California. It is a 6-cylinder engine with an 11-1/2-inch bore and a 15-inch stroke. It weighs 33,100 pounds, has a displacement of 9,348 cubic inches and generates 300hp at 300rpm. Some pretty big numbers, but the most important thing is that it is a good spectator engine as all of the valve mechanism is fully exposed. That, and all of the air-start valving make it one of our best attractions. This is the story of how we got it. The beginning Looking back, it was such a big job that I doubt we would have started had we known what we were up against in advance. It required a complete overhaul of our compressed…

5 min.
the sandwich engine

Two artifacts of Sandwich Manufacturing Co. history that had not been together for 97 years were reunited on June 23, 2018, at the Sandwich Early Day Engine Club’s 47th annual show in Sandwich, Illinois. I was browsing eBay for Sandwich items one day, and I came across an invoice for a 1-1/2hp Sandwich engine, serial no. A19201. The dealer, Hal Osmanson of Morris, Illinois, paid $56 for this engine, F.O.B. Sandwich, Illinois. I was very intrigued by this because very few paper trails exist for Sandwich engines. This is because all the old shipping and production records were burned when New Idea operated the Sandwich factory in the 1940s (see Ray Forrer’s article in the May 2006 issue of Gas Engine Magazine). We get numerous requests from Sandwich owners all over…