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Winch Engine

Winch Engine 

Winch Engine

Winch Engine 

 

Ron Cairns, author of Power Pioneers: The Art of the Engine, a collection of interesting engine patents he’s found over the years and reviewed in the December/January 2016 issue of GEM, sends in photos of a winch engine he found at the North Pacific Cannery Historic Fishing Village in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. The staff at the village did not have any information on the engine so Ron wrote in asking if anyone might be able to help with identification.

The engine Ron found is a throttle-governed Fairbanks, Morse & Co. Type Z, likely a 3 hp manufactured in the mid-1920s. Close examination shows a host of issues, including welding to the cylinder head and, more curious, a catastrophically bent connecting rod. What caused that? The gears for the winching mechanism look to be in very good shape, begging the question, how much use did this winching setup see before it was retired or quit? The engine wears a thick coat of paint, which has likely helped it survive the ravages of time and exposure to the salty sea air, although we’d expect the cylinder has filled with water thanks to the upturned exhaust pipe elbow. It appears to be surprisingly complete, right down to the spark plug and magneto. Fairbanks did a brisk trade in winching engines on the West Coast, selling them to many boating and mining companies. Large units featured flywheels that could be broken down to be packed into desolate mining areas by mule.


Contact Ron Cairns via email at sales@artoftheengine.ca

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Square-Cylinder Engine is a Mystery

square-head quijada

 Square-cylinder Quijada looks purpose built, but for what?

square-head quijada

square-head quijada

square-head quijada 

Al Matheson sends in photos of an engine he bought that features a square-shaped cylinder. The headless engine is clearly a 2-stroke design, the exhaust ported from the base of the cylinder and the mixer feeding the fuel/air through the crankcase. The gas tank is canted at about 20 degrees, offset to the right, and the mixer features a variable sleeve. It may have had a shroud over the flywheel and has a large metal mounting strap bolted to the crankshaft end of the engine. “Quijada” and “Los Angeles, California” are cast into the rim of the magneto flywheel. Al has examined several California business registries looking for information on the manufacturer, but has come up empty. The engine’s location when found – near the railroad town of Modena, Utah – could be a clue. If anyone knows anything about the engine or the company, Al and GEM would like to hear from you.


Contact Al Matheson via email at citabriair@yahoo.com

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An Original Lauson Engine?

Is this a Lauson

Is this a Lauson

Is this a Lauson

Is this a Lauson 

Reader Ron Stephens sends in photos of a little Lauson Model 55S engine that he’s had for some 30 years. Ron believes that, outside of a test run, the little Lauson has never been run, noting the original green paint on the rope starter and the muffler, the latter never having burned off. He says the inside of the cylinder is clean and notes the sparkplug has some soot, but no suggestion it ever ran long enough to burn off, again suggesting only a test run. He can’t explain the residue around the gas tank filler. Ron would be happy to hear from anyone who might help shed some light on the Lauson.


Contact Ron Stephens via email at rondaguy@msn.com

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Could Mystery Engine Be a Bourke Engine?

Engine or Compressor

 Engine or Compressor

In the June/July 2016 issue of GEM, Flywheel Forum featured an engine of unknown origin. Actually, the photos showed what appeared to be two engines; one a radial and the other an opposed twin that looked more like a compressor than an engine, yet had a carburetor/mixer attached to it. Reader Magic Bill wrote in for the August/September 2016 issue suggesting the engines in question might be experimental engines following a unique design patented in 1939 by Russell Bourke.

Since then, we’ve received correspondence from reader John Cadwalader of Fresno, California, who tells us the engine(s) once belonged to his father. “My father acquired this engine in the late 1960s from the inventor, who was a machinist with teeny weenie airlines [TWA] in South San Francisco. He told us it was his first attempt at a perpetual motion engine that he designed and built. It ran, however [it] ran so hot it seized. The mixer was used to set the engine in motion, but I cannot remember anything else about how it ran, as I was only about 8 years old.” John went on to tell us that he sold the engine at auction in 2007.

So who was the machinist? John doesn’t know, but in his 1939 patent, Russell Bourke listed his residence as Petaluma, California. An online search turned up an article at veteranstoday.com discussing the Bourke engine, saying that Bourke (referenced in the article as Robert) taught engine maintenance at the U.S. Air Service Field at Kelly Field, Texas. That line of work lines up with John’s memory of acquiring the engines from a machinist working with TWA.

A check with the stewards of all things Bourke engine at bourke-engine.com turned up little extra information about Bourke himself. In response to a query to bourke-engine.com, a contact there, David, said it was doubtful the engines in question are related to the Bourke design. He suggested the opposed twin might be a compressor unit, yet that doesn’t explain what clearly appears to be a mixer attached to the twin. So far, mystery unsolved. 


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INGECO/Worthington, Venn-Severin and Drag Saw/Log Saw Info Wanted

drag saw

I am a historian for INGECO/Worthington and Venn-Severin engines, and all drag saw/log saws brands. I have had a couple of articles in GEM about INGECOs and drag saw/log saws, and as I learn more, I will submit more. I’d like to write an article or two about Venn-Severin engines, as well as write more about drag saws as I learn more to help preserve the history. Reed Benton was previously the acting historian for INGECO engines, but due to age and health he passed along his information for me to work on at the beginning of this year.

engine

There are currently 190 engines on the INGECO/Worthington registry, 20 engines on the Venn-Severin registry and 132 saws on the drag saws/log saws registry. There’s no website currently, but I am compiling information and organizing it, and I will post the information on a devoted website  and smokstak.com, eventually. Collector names and contact information will be held strictly confidentially and will not be publicized. Here is the information I am looking for:

Serial Number: The number of the engine; if not legible, please state so
Year: Provide original sales records or confirmation if available
Model/type: If known
HP: If not known, please provide bore and stroke, plus flywheel diameter
Ignition: If magneto what brand and model, plus governing style
Engine type: Vertical or horizontal
Cooling: Hopper or tank
Sold by: If tagged by somebody other than the manufacturer
Notes: Anything else you would like to add
Pictures: Pictures are helpful for looking at differences over the years. Original paint, pinstriping, decals, etc., are all good things to see. If possible, name pictures being sent using the serial number of the engine.
Owner: Current owner's name
Location: City, state and country or province
Contact info: Phone, email and physical address

Please send to:
Chris Jerue
P.O. Box 1474
Bremerton, WA 98337
cjerue@hotmail.com


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Is This Really a Colbert American Boy Engine?

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 with a battery and coil ignition. The governor weights are in the flywheel and the flywheels are 22 inches outside diameter. The cooling tank is a two-piece tank bolted to the top of the cylinder. The bottom measures 7 inches wide and 10-1/2 inches long, the top is 9-1/4 inches wide and 13 inches long. It is 7-3/4 inches high. The top cover is bolted onto the tank with four screws and the fill hole in the top is 3-3/4 inches wide by 7 inches long.

I cannot find any casting marks on any of the parts. As you can see, I have not disassembled the engine, so they may be hidden where I cannot see them.

Any other information about this engine would be appreciated.

Lynn Tice, Bellefonte, Pa. ld369@centurylink.net

colbert


colbert

Lynn Tice's 3 hp American Boy, built by Waterloo Gas Engine Co. If the serial number is indeed 86228, it would have been built in 1913.


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Identification of a Drag Saw Engine

drag saw

In the April/May 2016 issue, we ran photos sent in by reader Ron Sindorf of an unmarked, unidentified, single-cylinder horizontal engine sitting on skids and equipped with a spring-loaded chain gear on the outside of its single flywheel.

Reader Mike Lundquist responded in the June/July issue, suggesting the engine might be a Eureka drag saw engine built by Hansen Machine Co., San Francisco, California, or a Ward, perhaps referring to Ward Sawyer drag saw engines sold by Montgomery Ward & Co., but made by Wolf Iron Works, Portland, Oregon.

Recently, we received a phone call from reader Marvin Marquardt, Eugene, Oregon, who says it’s definitely a drag saw engine, possibly a Ward, or perhaps a Wade or a Vaughn.

Wolf, R.M. Wade & Co., and Vaughn Motor Works all operated in Portland around the same time, building engines for the lucrative timber industry. Further, their engines all followed the same basic design: water-cooled, 2-stroke, single-cylinder, horizontal engines with a single flywheel and mounted on a long, twin-spar timber frame so the unit could be rested against felled trees for sawing duty.

According to Marvin, these relatively light, compact drag saw units were once common across the Pacific Northwest. Further, Marvin tells us that EDGE & TA Branch 15 in Brooks, Oregon, has acquired the entire Wolf Iron Work’s line shaft fabrication shop and is setting it up in a replica Wolf Iron Works building at Antique Powerland in nearby Salem. The shop is now functioning and will be a central feature at this year’s Great Oregon Steam-Up at Antique Powerland July 30-31 and Aug. 6-7. 

drag saw

drag saw


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