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Gas Engine Magazine June - July 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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English
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Ogden Publications, Inc.
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2 min.
taking after dad

Q How long have you been collecting gas engines? A I started collecting gas engines in 2007. Q What attracted you to the hobby? A I was raised into the hobby, because of my father’s interest in engines. Q Who else in your family collects engines? A My dad and grandpa collect engines. I’m a third generation collector. Q How many engines do you have in your collection? Any rare or unusual ones? A We have seven engines in the collection, and they are: A model Bessemer; a model Reid; a 12 HP Bessemer; a 1-1/2 HP John Deere E; a 3 HP Jaeger; a 10 HP H.M. Spence; and a 3-1/2 HP H.M. Spence/Hercules Reliable Junior. Q What is your favorite in your collection? A My favorite engine in the collection is the 12 HP Bessemer, because it…

2 min.
time capsule

Last issue, I mentioned the pending publication of Wayne Grenning’s new book on the history of early flame-ignition internal combustion engines. As you can read in Woody Sins’ review on page 4, Wayne has completed his book, Flame Ignition: A Historical Account of Flame Ignition in the Internal Combustion Engine, and it will debut at the 30th anniversary of the Coolspring Power Museum (www.coolspringpowermuseum.org) in Coolspring, Pennsylvania, on June 18-20, 2015. The anniversary celebration coincides with the museum’s annual Engine Expo, this year celebrating, appropriately enough, flame-ignition engines. Wayne’s new book will be just one of the star attractions at the June event, the others being the rare engines preserved and run by the museum, plus the special engines collectors will bring to help celebrate the museum’s anniversary. Among those will…

13 min.
getting fired up

Battery box It is still possible to purchase original battery boxes, but most have no lid and require some degree of restoration. There was no chance of finding one locally and to have one shipped would be expensive, so one would be made to original dimensions. Inquiries on smokstak.com resulted in details of the measurements of a battery box 10 inches wide, 6.5 inches deep and 8 inches tall. Looking at some photos on the Internet, the thickness of wood used would be 1-inch at the rear for bolting it to the engine; the other sidepieces would be 0.375-inch and the base 1-inch. 1-1/4 HP Baker Monitor VJ Manufacturer Baker Mfg. Co. Year 1928/1929 Serial number 38,924 Horsepower 1-1/4 HP Bore & stroke 3-1/2in x 4in Weight 375lb (total) Ignition High-tension buzz coil Governing Hit-and-miss The lid would just fit on top…

9 min.
making models

Many gas engine collectors begin their careers with small, common engines of one or two horsepower, and might in the future turn to model gas engines for some variety – but not Allan Severson of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. “I actually started with the models,” the 62-yearold machinist says. Allan grew up on a farm, where his dad had a repair shop, so he’d been working on different machines, including tractors, since he was 6 years old. “I’ve always had an interest in old iron,” he says. After his dad bought a Breisch casting kit of an Olds engine in the mid-1970s, one of those interests became model gas engines. “My dad only had a lathe with a milling attachment to do the milling, so I did all the work on a milling…

7 min.
coolspring power museum the early days

This June marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of Coolspring Power Museum (CPM), and features our biggest show ever. During those 30 years, the museum has enjoyed steady growth; and its appearance has slowly changed. Many engines, displays and buildings have been added; and new property has been acquired. CPM now proudly displays over 20 buildings containing about 250 engines, all spread across 40 acres in a quiet, rural valley. We will have a grand event this June! While helping with the planning of our big event, my mind wandered back to the early days, to where it all began. It was so long ago, I had almost forgotten how it appeared then, so I searched in some old photo albums and will share what I found. That was a good…

14 min.
the “butcher block” miami

Editor’s note: Awhile back, I came across photos we took in 2009 at the Portland Tri-State Gas Engine Show of Tommy Turner’s amazing 5 HP Miami engine. Built by Middletown Machine Co., Middletown, Ohio, around the turn of the century, it’s a beautiful engine, and I couldn’t believe we hadn’t shared it with GEM readers. I contacted Tommy to get the back story on the Miami. What follows is his amazing tale of its restoration, shared with me over a series of letters. – Richard Backus When I bought the engine, about 4 inches of the cylinder had been chopped off to allow the piston to extend out the end of the cylinder. A wedge had been brazed to the end of the piston for splitting wood! I assume there was…