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Gas Engine Magazine October - November 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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United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
Fréquence:
Bimonthly
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2 min.
the hits keep coming

Not long ago, a friend outside of the engine hobby asked me a seemingly simple question: “When did people start getting into collecting and restoring old engines?” My initial response was something like, “Oh, I don’t know, maybe 50 or 60 years ago?” This magazine, for example, was founded in 1966. But the magazine would never have been created if there wasn’t already an established community of old engine collectors and restorers, and thinking about it a little more, it struck me that likely as not, people have been collecting and restoring engines as long as there have been engines. By the late 1880s and 1890s, many of the earliest engines were being rotated out of service, replaced by more efficient, more reliable units, and in the first decades of the…

6 min.
colbert american boy, myrick eclipse hot tube and engine registries

51/6/1: Colbert American Boy I purchased this engine to be a 1914 Colbert 3 hp American Boy. The identification tag is missing, so I relied on the seller’s information. The engine is free and complete. The only information I can find is in C.H. Wendel’s American Gasoline Engines Since 1872 (Volume 1), which says that it was made by the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. I would like to talk to someone to verify that it is an American Boy engine. It is painted a shade of red. Is this the correct color? There is a number on the end of the crankshaft, 86228, but it is hard to make out. It has a 4-inch bore and a 6-inch stroke, with a long connecting rod. The igniter is an under trip. It runs…

8 min.
immersion

Some 20 years ago, vintage tractor, auto and engine collector Bob Engle got a call from a local auto shop after a young man, driving from Vermont and passing through Florida on his way to who knows where, had ended up at the shop on the end of a tow truck, his own truck broken and in need of repair. The young man didn’t have $750 to pay the shop bill, but he did have an old engine he’d trade. The shop owner wasn’t interested in the engine, he just wanted to be paid. Knowing of Bob’s interest in old iron, he called Bob, who paid the young man’s bill in exchange for the engine, a circa- 1910 Standard 25 hp 4-cylinder marine. Bob took the engine home, and started assessing…

3 min.
siam classic iron show

Speaking of time, this past June 10-12, 2016, was time for the Southern Indiana’s Antique & Machinery Club to present the Classic Iron Show, in Evansville, Indiana. The show again was blessed with a record turnout along with beautiful weather. This year’s event featured Case, Farmall and International tractors, and also the Lawn & Garden Tractor Extravaganza, which included some 400-plus-or-minus garden tractors, with folks attending from several states including Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, to name a few. Steam engines included Keck-Gonnerman and Huber engines, which were blowing smoke belted to our sawmill and Baker fan. Along with the feature Case, Farmall and International tractors we also had Ford, John Deere, Oliver and others to complete our 100 or so tractor exhibit. Charlie English and his…

9 min.
gas engines and brotherly love

Call it brotherly love, because when the Churchill brothers of Hager City, Wisconsin, were younger, they didn’t get along all that well, says younger brother Brad, 55. They grew up together on a dairy farm, and Mark, 63, says they both inherited their grandfather’s love of old iron. “My grandpa used to collect steam engines,” Mark says, “and about my junior year in high school, my uncle had a John Deere engine that I wanted to buy, but he didn’t want to sell it. He said I could take it to ag class and repair it, but I said I’d rather buy one and keep it.” This led to the first engine in Mark’s collection, a 2-1/2 hp Aerometer with a fluted hopper, which he bought in 1971. At that time, their…

3 min.
the thrill of the chase

Take a quick glance at the exhibitors and attendees at gas engine shows, and it’s easy to think that this is an older person’s hobby. But take a closer look and you’ll find a growing number of younger enthusiasts. You’ll meet them here in Young Iron. Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines? A: My father and I bought our fi rst fl ywheel engine, a 1908 Detroit vertical cylinder gas engine, when I was 7 years old. Q: What attracted you to the hobby? A: A combination of moving parts, loud noises, smoke, meeting interesting people, and the thrill of a wild goose chase looking for engines. Q: Who else in your family collects engines? A: Just my father and me. Q: How many engines do you have in your collection? Any rare or…