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Gas Engine Magazine June - July 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.

Pays:
United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
Fréquence:
Bimonthly
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sentimental motives

Why seek community with fellow enthusiasts? To connect with like-minded people. To discover inspiration. To share knowledge. To discover others who are overcoming similar challenges and reaching their restoration goal — finding ways to replace the irreplaceable or getting engines to run that were seemingly unrepairable. Gas Engine Magazine is shared victories. It’s historical and technical, as well as wistful and hopeful. It’s telling stories that convey it is possible to hold on to a piece of that happiness from a former place and time, and restore it for generations to come to discover and love. It’s a way to go back to a simpler time, to an irrecoverable mindset that lives on only in memories. Dictionary.com defines nostalgia as “a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place of…

6 min.
spark plug cleaning, alcohol controversy response, and a marshall county farm find

55/4/1: Modification for cleaning small spark plugs I build, collect, repair and display model gas engines. One of my pet peeves is spark plugs, the very small ones are over $30 each, plus shipping. I had a small Bull Durham spark plug cleaner left over from my auto shop days. However, the top hole where the spark plug goes is way too big. The top where the spark plug goes comes off with four machine screws. I had a gasket package from my local hardware store, Jerry’s Do It Best Hardware, and a piece of thick rubber gasket was in the kit. I cut out a piece the same outer diameter as the old one with a small center hole. The grit for this type of cleaner is available in three…

2 min.
in memoriam

Lee Pedersen March 7, 1951 to March 8, 2020 Lifetime engine enthusiast, vendor and GEM advertiser Lee Pedersen was killed in his home on March 8. Lee was 69 years old. Many of you have a personal connection with Lee who has attended many gas engine shows across the U.S. throughout the years. “The first time I met Lee was at the Jacktown summer show, about 46 years ago. It was a casual business meet — I bought some parts from him. He had to move his van, and the battery was dead. I offered him a jump, and drove my 1950 IHC L-120 next to his van and got out the cables. He said, ‘You can’t do that, my van is 12-volt.’ ‘So is my truck’ I told him. He looked under…

2 min.
it’s alive

Enthusiast Forrest Spaulding and three friends planned to attend the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine & Tractor Show, but mobility was an issue for some of them. The answer: this buggy, pieced together using recycled and custom fabricated parts, much like Frankenstein’s monster. This is how his fascinating homemade utility vehicle came to be. It’s made up from two Cub Cadet 100 grills welded together, a 7000 Kohler 3hp engine, and a 90-degree gearbox from a different brand riding tractor. The transaxle came from a Cub Cadet along with the steering column and seats. The rear seat is from an old Bronco. The front axle is homemade. The rear axle was extended out to accept Ford model wheels. The shifter is from an Allis-Chalmers WD and is hooked to the transmission by…

2 min.
auction block

Kenny and Wendy Wolf Collection Second installment preview conducted by Aumann Auctions, Inc. Online only auction takes place June 30, auctions begin closing at 6pm. An open house will be held June 25 thru 27 at the 30th Annual Hoosier Flywheeler show in Peru, Indiana — 3474 West 200 North Peru, Indiana, 46970. The auction will feature over 100 gas engines, antiques, parts and more. Brands for sale include Otto, Cook, Lambert, Brown and Cochran, Buckeye, Crossley, Hornsby, Domestic, Fairbanks, International, New Way, and others. Pick up purchases on July 10 and 11 from 9am to 4pm. The Gemmer engine Built in Marion, Indiana, these horizontal style engines were built from 4hp to 35hp sizes. This rare engine is in exceptional original condition and is complete with a friction driven generator. 5hp Otto The engine design seen here…

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gearless weber inverted vertical

Although best known for its line of high-quality horizontal singles, Weber Gas Engine Co., Kansas City, Missouri, got its start with a unique and somewhat complex inverted vertical engine. Designed by company founder George Weber, the engine, which apparently went into production about 1890, was awarded patent no. 444,031 in 1891. Perhaps hoping to skirt any infringement of Otto’s patent, which included half-time cam gear valve actuation, Weber concocted a novel valve actuation system that used a double screw on the crankshaft to toggle a rocker arm to affect valve opening and closing. Visible in Fig. II of the patent drawings, the double screw featured two grooves that converged to a single point, from which they then diverged halfway around the screw, then back again. As the crankshaft spun, the rocker arm,…