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Gas Engine Magazine December 2016 - January 2017

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.
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Bimonthly
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2 min.
hit-and-miss

Gearing up I know it’s early for New Year’s resolutions, but this being the December/January issue, it seems appropriate to set out some goals for the new year. Chief among them is to finally start working on the 1921 1-1/2 hp IHC Model M I picked up some years ago. I’ve had plenty of excuses for not getting around to it. Regular work limits play time, as does real life, what with kids in school, leaky roofs to replace and old cars to keep on the road. Yet much as I like to procrastinate, I’m running out of excuses: The kids are out of school, with daughter Madeline graduated from college and son Charlie from woodworking school; the roof’s been replaced; and while the old cars continue to play up, they’re running OK.…

6 min.
flywheel forum

Square-head Quijada, little Lauson, winch engine in Canada 52/1/1: Square-cylinder Quijada Al Matheson sends in photos of an engine he bought that features a square-shaped cylinder. The headless engine is clearly a 2-stroke design, the exhaust ported from the base of the cylinder and the mixer feeding the fuel/air through the crankcase. The gas tank is canted at about 20 degrees, offset to the right, and the mixer features a variable sleeve. It may have had a shroud over the flywheel and has a large metal mounting strap bolted to the crankshaft end of the engine. “Quijada” and “Los Angeles, California” are cast into the rim of the magneto flywheel. Al has examined several California business registries looking for information on the manufacturer, but has come up empty. The engine’s location when…

3 min.
diesel oddities

In American Gasoline Engines since 1872, C.H. Wendell says “although the Model 45 engines appear to be a very desirable item for today’s engine collectors, virtually none of them have surfaced.” The Model 45 is a single-cylinder, 3-1/8-inch bore by 4-inch stroke, 5-1/4 hp vertical diesel engine. The engine was made in the 1950s for a variety of applications. I have ended up acquiring two of them. The first, which I found at an estate auction of a friend in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, is in its working clothes. The man had told me he had a little diesel engine, but I had not seen it until the auction. It had been buried in the back of a shed until the family uncovered it preparing for the auction. I was the lucky…

3 min.
circa-1890 olds 6 hp

As an avid collector of old stationary engines, imagine my excitement when two years ago a friend pulled into my driveway with a large engine on his trailer that I did not recognize. On closer inspection I noticed an “Olds” tag and realized immediately that this was a very special and rare piece. The engine belonged to his cousin, and I asked if it might be for sale. Alas, it was not. This was a collector’s dream, and it appeared it was going to remain just that until last fall when his cousin paid me a visit to look at my collection of engines. He told me he remembered starting the Olds for his grandfather over 50 years ago to cut firewood and that it had sat in the barn ever…

4 min.
one for the ages

Family treasures are seldom found at the bottom of a silt-filled ditch. But that’s exactly where Tim Barrett and his family discovered an early gas engine – an 8 hp Nelson – that has quickly become a treasured heirloom. “It was manufactured in Harlan, Iowa, by Nelson Gas Engine & Automobile Co.,” Tim says. “My grandfather purchased the engine new somewhere around 1905 and used it to power various implements around the farm. I know it powered the cup elevator used to fill the corncrib. When electricity came to his area in the 1950s, Grandpa had no use for the engine. His solution was to toss it into a ditch.” As far as the family knows, Tim’s grandfather unbolted the Nelson from its original cart and pushed the engine into a ditch…

2 min.
a short history of nelson gas engines

Thomas K. Nelson, inventor of the Nelson stationary gas engine, was born in Denmark. He came to America with his parents in 1872. The family lived on a farm in Shelby County, Iowa. In Past and Present of Shelby County, Iowa (1915), author Edward S. White described Nelson’s early years and career: “Here (Shelby County) he went to school and spent his early years working on the farm. Even in boyhood, however, Mr. Nelson was mechanically inclined and, following this inclination, he moved to Harlan and secured employment with Cass & McArthur, who were engaged in manufacturing plows, cultivators, buggies, wagons, sleds, scoop boards, etc. He remained with this firm about six years and mastered practically every branch of the business.” Eager to establish his own business, Nelson purchased a half-interest in…