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Gas Engine Magazine February - March 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
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
Fréquence:
Bimonthly
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2 min.
celebrating coolspring

2020 marks the 35th anniversary of the Coolspring Power Museum in Coolspring, Pennsylvania. Since its founding in 1985, the Coolspring Power Museum has gone from being a relatively small and obscure collection of pioneering engines to the largest and most important museum of early gas engine technology in the world. That’s not just hyperbole. The “museum” — it’s really more of a living trust — counts some 275 engines among its collection, with perhaps ¾ of those in running condition. Most of the engines are larger, industrial-type units, including giants like a 1925 175hp Otto, the largest single-cylinder, twin-flywheel engine ever made, featuring a massive 21-inch bore and 30-inch stroke. Thanks to an active staff of volunteers and officers, the not-for-profit museum has over the years continuously added to the collection, acquiring…

6 min.
period engine photos, pine tree milkers and a winching novo

55/2/1: 32hp Fairbanks-Morse and McVicker buzz saw rig Regular contributor David Babcock writes in again, sending vintage photos showing a large Fairbanks-Morse installed in a workshop and a screen-cooled McVicker engine powering a buzz saw on a cold winter day. David writes: “The large engine is probably a 32hp Fairbanks N, belted to a line shaft powering a shop in an unknown location. The photo is dated January 1910. The other photo shows men posing somewhere in Minnesota beside a large McVicker engine and buzz saw. Maybe circa 1915?” David Babcock Cass City, Michigan 55/2/2: Show etiquette Paging through a recent issue of GEM brought up a couple questions. Seeing the Kenny Wolf auction notice reminded me of a comment I heard at the Tri-State show in Portland, Indiana, last August. A fellow there said…

3 min.
callahan’s cam-stopper engine

From the beginning, engine manufacturers were faced with the issue of wear. By the dawn of the 4-stroke engine, machining capacity had reached almost artistic levels, yet metallurgy was, relatively speaking, still in its infancy. Unless constantly bathed in lubricating oil, cast iron parts, no matter how well machined, were prone to wear. This led to a number of interesting innovations, including the famous Callahan “Cam Stopper” engine. Awarded patent no. 579,789 on March 30, 1897, the design was the work of engineer Peter T. Coffield, who had hired on with W.P. Callahan & Co., Dayton, Ohio, following a stint at Springfield Gas Engine Co. in nearby Springfield, Ohio. According to Coffield’s patent description, a primary goal of the design was to “reduce the wear upon the essential parts by allowing…

10 min.
one of a kind

When Howard Fischer brought home a gas engine two years ago, it turned out to be the most unique of the “over 1,000” gas engines the 87-year-old from Kewascum, Wisconsin, had dealt with in the past 72 years. The 1913 2-1/2hp Hippe-Steiner gas engine he found is to date the only one known to exist. “I don’t know for sure that that’s true, but I’ve never seen or heard of another one,” Howard says. After the decades Howard’s spent actively trading and collecting engines, that statement carries some weight. A little history Howard grew up on a farm near Mequon, Wisconsin, and his uncle Ed started him off in old iron in 1949, giving him a Model T Ford. “After that, I just got interested in old engines,” Howard says. The next step…

6 min.
engine collection

Nov. 6, 2019, kicked off the first of two auctions of the Kenny and Wendy Wolf engine collection. Kenny and Wendy, as many readers know, have been buying, selling and collecting engines for some 50 years, with some of the rarest and most interesting engines ever made passing through their hands at one time or another. Aumann Auctions (www.aumannvintagepower.com) has scheduled the second auction for June 30, 2020, and with that in mind we thought readers might enjoy the following article written and photographed by Don Voelker and published in the June 2009 issue of sister magazine Farm Collector. – Editor It’s a quandary faced by every collector: What to keep, and what to sell? Career antique gas engine collectors Kenny and Wendy Wolf have adopted a practical approach that helps them…

8 min.
planting the seed

Fate has a funny way of bringing people together. Glen Sladek and Jason Peterson, for instance, might never have met. But when Glen got lost on trails near Markville, Minnesota, he stumbled onto Jason’s cabin. Jason was there that day and offered help. “In conversation, we started talking about what we do for a hobby, and we discovered that we were both into old engines,” Jason says. Glen had acquired an engine collection in an unusual way. “He had a friend who gave him his engines before he died. The man told Glen he could give the engines to people who were interested in the hobby and wanted to preserve it, but he didn’t want him to sell them and make a profit off them.” As the two men talked, Jason – a…