Gas Engine Magazine Twenty-Five Years Ago

2 HP Arco

Jim Hickey

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A 2-1/2 HP Bohon belonging to 10-year-old Joe Richards II graced the cover of the May/June 1978 issue of GEM. At the time, Joe was said to be the youngest member ever of the Bluegrass Steam and Gas Engine Association of Kentucky.

Elsewhere in the issue was Rolland E. Maxwell's continuing history of tractor manufacturer Hart-Parr. Rolland's column, As I Saw It, was a regular feature in GEM where Rolland sorted out miscellaneous details and discussed the history of old-line engine and tractor manufacturers.

A photo sent in by reader Jim Hickey showed what looks to have been a 3 HP C.H. & E. made by C.H. & E. Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee, Wis. Jim wasn't sure what he had and was looking for information on the company and their engines.

New York engine fan Dale Nickerson sent in a photo of a very rare 4 HP Meverstop made by the Lazier Gas Engine Co., Buffalo, N.Y. A sideshaft horizontal, the Neverstop featured had a very unusual hopper-cooling arrangement with what looked to be a long, finned barrel riding on top of the hopper and in line with the engine.

A short article by Glenn Karch focused on the restoration of a 2 HP Arco he had acquired for the princely sum of $10. Glenn wrote that he spent some $100 to get it back into running form, noting, 'Add that to over 100 hours of labor and a $10 engine gets expensive.' Ahh, those were the days.