Auto et Moto
Gas Engine Magazine

Gas Engine Magazine Febrary - March 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.

United States
Ogden Publications, Inc.
Lire plus
6,05 €(TVA Incluse)
28,73 €(TVA Incluse)
6 Numéros

dans ce numéro

2 min.
engine evolution

I find myself increasingly fascinated by patent drawings concerning early gas engines, as they afford us a window into the evolution of engine design. Pioneer engine designers were keen on divining new and unique methods of engine operation, and their approach to a problem was often driven by the necessity to overcome existing patents that could limit their aspirations. For example, Nikolaus Otto’s 1877 U.S. patent for the 4-stroke internal combustion engine included the two-to-one camshaft/crankshaft gears to time valve opening and closing. This presented a significant obstacle to independent innovation, but inventive engineers designed “gearless” engines that used eccentrics rather than gears to control valve timing. As the industry matured, engine designs continued to evolve. Governors to control engine speed are an example. There were simple designs, such as applied to…

5 min.
flywheel forum

54/2/1: Around the corner – a 1926 6hp IHC M I must say that I work for the greatest men in the world! As a part of my job, I often do demolition. Recently, I did a demo job in Michigan and there were several buildings on this project, including a collapsing boathouse. As usual, I always search for good things left behind. And as fate would have it, around the corner under the steps in this boathouse sat a 1926 McCormick-Deering engine. My boss, being generous and knowing my affinity for International Harvester, gave it to me. This will be my barn find story of the year. Amazingly, it looked complete and in fairly good condition. I assumed after sitting so long it would be stuck, but it wasn’t. What a…

7 min.
old world charm

Engine enthusiast Rudy Adrian had been keen on getting a Czechoslovakian-made Lorenz engine for years. Why? For starters, his wife, Xenia, is of Czechoslovakian heritage; her grandfather emigrated from Czechoslovakia and settled in Ohio. Plus, he just liked how they looked. “Years ago at the Baraboo, Wisconsin, show, a fellow had a Lorenz engine,” Rudy says. “I liked the way it looked. It still had the factory cart on it, and the wheels were neat-looking. It was very European in appearance.” But finding one in the U.S. took a bit. Finding a Lorenz For many years, simply wanting a Lorenz was as far as Rudy’s aspirations went. But then one day he was talking to a customer at his magneto and igniter repair shop, Adrian’s Magneto Service (magnetorepair1@gmail.com). “We were just chatting…

9 min.
california rarity

Frisco Standard stationary gas engines are a rare sight. Manufactured by the Standard Gas Engine Co., San Francisco, California, Standard engines – particularly their marine engines – were popular on the West Coast, but it seems that very few made it over the Sierra Nevada mountains to the central or eastern parts of the U.S. The company was established around 1900 as the Standard Machine Works, and in 1901 built its first engine, a single-cylinder marine engine similar to the engine featured here. Rapid growth led to reorganization and a reincorporation as Standard Gas Engine Co., in 1902. Initial offerings were single-cylinder marine engines available in 3hp to 9hp sizes. Designed by former Union Gas Engine Co. machinist Peter Morhdieck, the vertical sideshaft engines featured mechanically actuated intake and exhaust valves, and…

4 min.
a horse tale or how i acquired a dan patch engine

A couple months ago, I made my first engine trade – a Galloway Handy Andy for a Northwestern Dan Patch. Do you want to know how a Peter Wright anvil set me off on an engine quest? When you have a love for engines and history, and dreams of building a blacksmith shop! This spring, Gas Engine Magazine ran a small ad for me to find a Dan Patch engine. That ad led to a call from Howard, an engine collector, in Duluth, Minnesota. Howard said he had some Patch engines, but he wasn’t sure if there was a Northwestern Dan Patch – he thought they were all Nelson Brothers – and he wasn’t interested in selling any; he just liked to talk about engines. Although I was somewhat disappointed, Howard and…

1 min.
dan patch engines

As Barney Kedrowski suggests in his article, the 5hp Dan Patch engine was almost certainly manufactured by Northwestern Steel & Iron Works, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, for M.W. Savage Factories Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota. In common with many so-called “factories” at the time, Savage did not build engines, but contracted with established manufacturers, in this case Northwestern, which manufactured cement mixer engines, among other items. According to an article in the Dec. 31, 1911, edition of the Eau Claire (Wisconsin) Leader-Telegram, Northwestern Steel & Iron Works signed a contract with M.W. Savage to manufacture “at least $50,000 worth of gasoline engines” in 1912. That suggests 1912 as the first year for the Northwestern-built Dan Patch. It’s believed, but not certain, that Northwestern continued to build the Dan Patch through 1917. Dan Patch-badged engines –…