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Gas Engine Magazine December - January 2019

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.
new collectors

One of the biggest issues facing the future of the old iron hobby is the simple question, “Who is going to carry the torch?” In the earliest days of the hobby, almost everyone came from a rural or farm background. Further, almost everyone had a direct, personal connection to the machinery they collected and restored. Whether it was because they’d personally run that old Stover to power a grinder, or their dad had or their granddad had, they had a direct and intimate connection with the old iron they collected. It meant something because it was familiar, a comfortable connection to the past. Those first collectors, the old guard, if you will, have mostly passed away, or are nearing that time of life. Fortunately, just as many of the old guard…

8 min.
17 hp fairbanks-morse z, unidentified 2-stroke and ironwood engine drawings

54/1/1: Did Fairbanks-Morse ever make a 17 hp Z? Reader Cristy Miller, Nappanee, Indiana, has come into possession of a very interesting 17 hp Fairbanks-Morse Z, and he’s hoping to learn more about it as it’s not an engine Fairbanks-Morse ever cataloged, nor does it appear in any available literature. Cristy purchased the engine from a man who inherited from his father, who had recently passed away. According to Cristy, the man and his father had collected a number of engines over the years, including this 17 hp Z. “The gentleman I bought it from said the year was right around 1920,” Cristy says. A little more looking uncovered the serial number 689137 stamped at the rear of the cylinder. That number dates the engine to 1927. Cristy doesn’t have much information…

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

The Westinghouse Machine Co., one of several related Westinghouse companies, produced single-acting high-speed steam engines beginning in the 1880s. A line of high-quality heavy duty 2- and 3-cylinder vertical engines was introduced in about 1896. Sizes eventually ranged from 10 hp to 1,500 hp. Features Based on patents by Edwin Ruud (inventor of the automatic domestic water heater), the 2-cylinder design embodies a transverse overhead intake camshaft, sensitive mixer, flyball governor, and a totally encased splash-lubricating crankcase. This latter feature enabled the Westinghouse engine to operate for long periods of time, making it the engine of choice for electric power generation. History This particular engine, with its direct-connected 32-kilowatt, 250-volt DC generator, furnished electric power for Wheeling Mould and Foundry in Warwood, West Virginia. It was donated by Blaw-Knox Rolls Inc. and brought to…

8 min.
the engines of mt. pleasant

It had been a few years since I’d taken in the Old Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, so I was glad for the opportunity to attend 2018’s 69th annual reunion, held as always over the Labor Day weekend. In addition to the expected horde of steam traction engines (at least 40 by my count and certainly more) and tractors – I didn’t bother to count; there were hundreds – was the expected gathering of vintage engines. Spread out over a large area on the north end of the grounds, the engines ranged from the rare to the expected, such as Jim Patton’s 1910 20 hp 4-cylinder Lamb, which originally powered a Mississippi River ferry boat, and the Tuller family’s 1914 1-1/2 hp Waterloo Boy. This year’s feature engine was the…

13 min.
half-scale gardner: building a half-scale gardner model 0 engine, part 1 of 2

Gardner background In 1868, Lawrence Gardner founded a business working out of the common basement of four row houses in the Stretford area of Manchester, England. The business started trading as Machinists and General Engineers, but before long started to develop a range of products including sewing machines, coffee roasters and dentists’ chairs. On Lawrence’s death in 1890, his sons took over the business and formed L. Gardner & Sons. The firm moved to larger premises, and started building A.E. & H. Robinson hot air engines under license until around 1914. The experience gained with these engines prompted the design and building of an internal combustion engine. The first engine, called No. 1, was built in May 1894. When coupled with a small generator it was used to light a room at…

9 min.
the 2-stroke cycle a look at the development of the 2-stroke engine

We all know what a 2-cycle engine is, right? It’s that little buzzy-sounding engine powering your weed eater or chain saw! They have been around as long as we can remember, and we don’t give them much thought. Just mix some oil into the gas and they do the job. We take for granted that they are called 2-cycle, because actually, the term should be “2-stroke cycle,” meaning there are two strokes of the piston, one up and one down, to complete a power cycle, with power created on every revolution of the crankshaft. The diagram in Photo 1 shows this quite well. One might ask then, what is the 4-cycle engine? Again, the correct term should be “4-stroke cycle,” as there are four strokes of the piston to complete one…