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Gas Engine Magazine December 2014 - January 2015

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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2 min.
the unexpected

If there’s anything I’ve learned in my short experience with engines it’s that things seldom go as planned. Whether you’re restoring an engine or just fixing it when it breaks, you’ve probably learned to expect the unexpected. To the true enthusiast, this does nothing but add to the excitement. When I first became the assistant editor of Gas Engine Magazine and Farm Collector over a year ago, I expected the most exciting moments in my position would include finding a spelling error in a subhead or perhaps even publishing a few articles of my own. I never once suspected my new job would so enchantingly pull me into the immersive world of old iron. But full disclosure: the enchantment part took some time. Initially, the old iron obsession seemed a little…

2 min.
two equals four: the atkinson cycle engine

Gas Engine Patents of Note In the mechanical world, the past seems to have a habit of catching up with current and future needs. The Atkinson cycle engine is a perfect case in point. Invented by James Atkinson in England (first patented in 1886 and then refined through a second patent in 1887), the Atkinson cycle engine completed all four strokes of the Otto cycle engine in a single crankshaft revolution instead of the two required by the Otto. This was made possible by connecting the piston to the crankshaft through four connecting links instead of a single connecting rod. In Atkinson’s design the crankshaft was not on the same axial line as the cylinder. The piston rod (C) connected to an intermediate T-shaped crankshaft rod (E). The “T” rod connected to a…

6 min.
a job well done, junkyard find, not so dirty deere

50/1/1: A job well done Here are pictures of my John Deere E 1-1/2 HP engine. I paid $500 for the basket case. I took the pictures Sept. 28, 2014, at the Old Timers Reunion in Xenia, Ohio. I had to find the muffler, magneto, gas tank, many gaskets, igniter, gas line and square nuts. I found much help restoring the engine from an article in Gas Engine Magazine, September 1985, written by Stanley Bessent of Goldthwaite, Texas. A most informative article. Ken Butterworth, Lebanon, Ohio;kenbutterworth@yahoo.com 50/1/2: Junkyard find After sitting in an Iowa junkyard for 30 years and braving life under water each time the river flooded, this 1914 1-3/4 HP Chore Boy was rescued by Michael Standley. He has no intention of painting it. Well done Michael! 50/1/3: Not so dirty Deere I see…

2 min.
diesel ignition engines

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles by Andrew K. Mackey examining antique engine fuel and ignition system basics. Diesel engines Old diesel engines follow three basic designs. All use high compression and the heat generated by that high pressure to affect ignition of the fuel used. There is no throttle on the air intake on a true diesel. On all diesel engines, the basic principle is the same, but different means are used to ignite and supply fuel to the combustion chamber. First up is the HVID system, named after its inventor, Rasmus Martin Hvid. This system allows a fuel supply to be injected at low pressure into a pre-combustion cup within the combustion chamber. Then the engine is turned over, and high-compression pressure is introduced into it.…

12 min.
getting fired up : 1-1/4 hp baker monitor vj – part 1 of 4

A.S. Baker Company was based in Wisconsin and progressed from making rotary steam engines in the early 1870s, becoming The Baker Manufacturing Company in 1879. By the 1890s, large cylinder pumps, pine water tanks and rotary windmills were added to the production line. Monitor engines were first built around 1905 and within a few years an extensive range was offered, ranging from 1-1/4 HP pump engines to 15 HP horizontal engines. These Little Monitor pumping engines were first made in 1911 and were extensively used in the Midwest, with thousands being sold. As a result there are many of them in restoration, although they are few and far between across the Atlantic! Production of all pumper engines ceased by 1944. The serial number on this engine is 38,924 and it was probably…

11 min.
city of engines: myriad early engine companies born in lansing, michigan

Starting before the advent of the 20th century, Lansing, Michigan, became a center for the manufacture of gasoline engines. Thirty-two companies sprang up over time, for several obvious reasons. It’s 40 miles from Detroit, the center of automobile manufacture. Automobiles needed gasoline engines; so did farmers for their corn shelling or water pumping and other on-farm work. Tractors needed gas engines, too. Though these companies didn’t, for the most part, provide automobile or tractor engines, the area drew inventors, workers, and other people interested in gasoline engines. And people who were already there, working in other areas, people like E. F. Cooley, of Lansing Wagon Works, who moved on from the manufacture of wagons and buggies, to the bright new future of gas engines. Lansing, the capital of Michigan, also had stellar…