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Gas Engine Magazine June - July 2016

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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Ogden Publications, Inc.
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2 min.
making them run

Most of what we publish in Gas Engine Magazine comes to us by way of our readers. Historically, we’ve looked to engine enthusiasts themselves – that’d be you – for information, inspiration and restoration tales of mechanical daring do. This issue is a great example of that fact, amply illustrated by two stories in particular: Ike Lockridge’s short tale of the discovery and restoration of his 1912 Stover 4 hp Type YB vertical and Dave Irey’s much longer examination of his restoration of a circa-1907 Grasser 2-stroke marine engine. Ike’s engine, as you’ll see when you turn to Page 6, was a woebegone wreck when he rescued it from the weeds. Broken and abandoned, it was the kind of engine most would consider good for parts only. Problem was, it didn’t really…

5 min.
flywheel forum

51/4/1: Monovalve diesel engine Reader Brain Barber in Benoni, South Africa, sent us a letter asking about a monovalve, sidevalve diesel engine he remembers once being made in the U.S. He didn’t have a name, and was curious if any of these engines had survived. The engine Brian is referring to is undoubtedly the American Monovalve Diesel Engine designed by Charles A. Winslow in 1931 and manufactured for several years by the American Diesel Engine Co., Oakland, California. Warwick Bryce wrote about the engine way back in the October/November 1994 issue of GEM, and we’ve recently been in contact with California engine and tractor historian Jack Alexander who, not surprisingly, has not only researched Winslow and his monovalve design, but also has available a reprint service manual for the monovalve engine…

3 min.

We have all heard that old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, I’m convinced that it takes the whole gas engine community to restore these old gas engines we collect. The Internet is certainly an awesome tool, but it is the people in this hobby that make things work – so many good people who help each other! This story is about a 1912 Stover 4 hp Type YB vertical, serial number 43866, that I recently got running. Thanks to Stover enthusiast Joe Maurer, who keeps the Stover registry (www.GasEngineMagazine.com/Stover-Registry), I know this engine was originally shipped to Walter Tips and Co. in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 24, 1912. I purchased this engine from longtime collector and restorer Wayne Walker in Kansas. It was sitting in the…

6 min.
an engine named gus

I first met Gus back in 1971, when my wife and I were vacationing in Maine. Driving through the village of North Windham, I spotted a likely place where I might find old engines and wheeled around. There, we met a friendly gentleman who had several engines, including Gus. He had painted a few, but had no interest in running them. After chatting a while, he agreed to a deal and Gus was mine. We returned a few months later with the old International pickup and loaded him up. We got back home not only with Gus, but also with a 5 hp Otto and a 2 hp Buffalo marine engine in the truck bed! The Otto now powers a triplex pump in the Pump House, and the Buffalo is…

10 min.
grasser marine

In 1995, an acquaintance of mine acquired a 1-cylinder, 2-cycle Grasser marine engine made about 1907 by Grasser Motor Co. in Toledo, Ohio. Very little is known about the company; even C.H. Wendel’s American Gasoline Engines Since 1872 shows Grasser in the index only. I acquired the engine in 2014 and decided to get it running again, but not cosmetically restore it. It’s not rusty or scruffy, and has very good paint on it, possibly the original, and a very heavy-duty looking clutch. Missing parts The piston and connecting rod were missing, but I thought I could find a piston from a small engine that would fit. However, it seems very few engines used a 3-1/16-inch piston, and one I did find, the piston was no longer available. A decision was made…

5 min.
big bore: 1907 1,100 hp snow

One hundred years ago, huge engines like this 1,100 hp twin tandem double-acting Snow dotted the country. Many of them, like this one, were set up in remote stations, powering massive compressors to deliver natural gas to municipalities large and small. With reliability paramount, engines like this Snow were built to last; as recently as 2013, Columbia Gas in West Virginia was still using 1914 and 1917 C & G Cooper twin tandem double-acting engines to pump natural gas, almost 100 years after they were built. The Snow Most of those engines are long gone, cut up and recycled in favor of more efficient natural gas turbines, but a few remain, every now and then coming to light. But discovery doesn’t mean preservation. Despite significant attempts to save them, the Bessie 7,…