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Gas Engine Magazine June - July 2018

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.
stewards of history

Whether by intention or necessity, collectors regularly find themselves funneling their old engine energy into historical research, becoming stewards of history in more ways than “simply” restoring and keeping their old engines running. The point comes up thanks to two articles in this issue, Charles Wise’s excellent piece on the Walls engine and Jim White’s examination of the production roster of John Deere’s kerosene EK engine line. In their respective articles, both Charles and Jim took on the role of researcher and historian, seeking out relevant documents for insight and information on their chosen subject. Charles, as you’ll read in his article “Rediscovering the Walls” (turn to Page 8), searched through old advertisements and newspaper clippings for any records that could help him understand the history and development of the Walls engine,…

9 min.
flywheel forum

53/4/1: Fairmont engine I have a Fairmont Type QM 6 hp engine that belonged to my late father. I’d like to get it running again, but I know very little about it. I am hoping that you can help me. I would like to know what gasoline to use (leaded, unleaded, and what octane?), what oil to mix (regular motor oil, 2-cycle oil?) and the ratio. I believe he used a ratio of 25:1. Also, could you tell me what voltage battery to use on the coil? I would like to find some literature and/or manuals, if they exist. I appreciate any help you can offer. Gene A. Trevail Catskill, New York owlsridge@hotmail.com Gene, in the April 1989 issue of GEM, regular contributor Andrew Mackey noted that his Fairmont manual called for a high 12:1…

9 min.
the walls

Fifteen years ago, Gas Engine Magazine editor Richard Backus penned the article “The Wonder of the Walls,” (April 2003) discussing the only known surviving Walls engine, which was owned by Rick Kaufman of Danvers, Illinois. Rick still owns the engine, and it is still the only known Walls engine. As I love a challenge, I decided to research the Decatur Gasoline Engine Co., maker of the Walls engine. Comparing notes with Rick, we have pieced together the following history on this short-lived engine company. Cicero Volney Walls was born in Edgar County, Illinois, in 1848. He and his brother Cyrus N. Walls started in the newspaper business right out of high school, both men owning and operating numerous newspapers in Illinois during their lives. In 1892, Cicero broke from his chosen…

9 min.
perkins with   a pedigree

Pedigree: derivation, origin, or history: The engines that can be traced from their original applications and owners to present day are in a distinct minority, but we recently pieced together an interesting story of an unusual little vertical sideshaft Perkins. Let me tell you the tale of a Perkins with a pedigree. This particular Perkins has a well-established pedigree, as shown by its known timeline: • Manufacture date (circa 1908) to approximately 1920: Owned by Dr. Samuel Murdock, Sabetha Kansas, founder of the present-day Sabetha Community Hospital, respected physician, surgeon, mayor and philanthropist. • 1920 to approximately 1970: Owned by the Osterhaus family, farmers/stockmen, Oneida, Kansas. • 1970 to 2017: Owned by Regis Becker, longtime engine collector, Seneca, Kansas. • 2017 to present: Owned by Larry Lucke, prominent collector/restorer of rare and desirable engines, Lincoln,…

1 min.
coolspring spotlight

This is the old-style design of the St. Marys engine, which pertains to the valve placement on the engine. It has a vertical governor, hot tube ignition, and an unusual cast iron exhaust port pipe. History This particular engine pumped oil at several locations in Duhring, Pennsylvania, for the Duhring Development Co., which was owned by Chesebrough Manufacturing Co. — manufacturers of Vaseline. None of the oil from the Duhring field was ever used in the making of Vaseline, but it stood by as a backup. An actual oil sample from the well that this engine ran can be seen on the shelf. A geared, walking-beam unit belt driven by this engine pumped one well, while at the same time, a rod-line connected to this geared unit pumped a second well some distance…

13 min.
3 hp type z   plugoscillator

Painting In addition to being the wrong color, the existing paint on the engine was beginning to show signs of rust spotting through. Rather than just lightly sanding the existing paint and repainting, this engine needed a complete strip down and the application of a good zinc-based primer. The old paint was removed using a combination of disc sander, wire brush and scrapers. Once down to the bare metal the majority of any rust was sanded off, leaving only some pitting. To protect the cylinder bore during the cleaning process, both ends were plugged with clean rags. To control and prevent further rust, the engine and its parts were given two coats of a high zinc cold galvanizing primer, which was thinned a little to give good, even coverage. The primer paint was very soft…