Famous International Engine

Courtesy of Allan Hein, 8229 Bronco Lane San Antonio, Texas 78227.

Allan Hein

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8229 Bronco Lane, San Antonio, Texas 78227

I have been reading GEM for about 4 years and have decided that it is about time that I wrote a story of my own.

It all started the summer of 1967 when I was given a 1? HP Stover by my then future father-in-law. I worked most of the summer in my spare time painting and restoring it. This led to many miles of engine hunting in four surrounding states.

In August 1967 I went on a vacation to South Dakota where I found my second engine. It was a 3 HP verticle International. After getting it home I had about 5 days to get it running before the 2nd annual Cedar Valley Engine Show. I did get it running in time for the show.

At this time I was beginning my second year at Clinton Community College at Clinton, Iowa. I searched the surrounding area, but only bought 2 or 3 engines. I then transferred to Stout State University at Menomonie, Wisconsin. While in Wisconsin I bought several engines and tried to buy a lot more. The first engine I bought was a 1? HP Wolverine built by Field and Brundage.

One engine that I think is very rare is a Miami, built by Middletown Machine Co., Middletown, Ohio, which I bought near Menomonie. I originally thought it was a Woodpecker because of the picture of a woodpecker on page 13 of Nov.-Dec. 1968 issue of GEM. It is very similar to that engine except that the exhaust valve is placed on the side of the engine and operated directly by a push rod instead of using a rocker arm. There are a number of things that are unique about the engine. 1. The main and rod bearings are oiled instead of greased. 2. This engine has 5 spoked flywheels. 3. The carburetor is gravity fed and the gas tank is mounted on the water hopper above the carburetor.

A 6 Hp. Famous International Engine. 

The brass plate on the side reads:

Serial No. 6836 Type K Middletown Machine Company

There is no HP rating but I figure it to be about 5 HP

On each side of the Miami's water hopper was a decal. It was not very readable but I thought the letters were M--I--A--M--I. A few weeks later as I was paging through Reuben Michelson's reference pamphlet I happened to look under Miami and there was such an engine built by the Middletown Machine Co.

So it apparently is a Miami. Does anyone else have one I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has information on this engine or the company. This engine was in very good shape. It was running even before we unloaded it after we got it home.

The next couple of engines I bought were a 5 HP and 7 HP Economy. Both these engines were in great shape and just had to be cleaned and painted.. The 7 HP I brought home in March, 1970 in a U-Haul trailer. My wife and I started home for a weekend with the engine. We had just gotten started when it began to snow. By the time we had travelled 10 miles I could hardly see and with the trailer on behind the car, it wanted to slide which was a little treacherous on some of those Wisconsin hills. Anyway it got so bad that we gave up and went back to Menomonie until the next morning.

I had these two engines running at the Cedar Valley Engine Show September 5, 6, 7, 1970. I also have a 1? HP Economy that I am in the process of restoring.

Last January I acquired a 1? HP John Deere with a spark plug and buzz coil ignition. It was in bad shape, but with the help of Lyle Rasmussen of Riceville, Iowa, who had a few extra parts, I was able to get most of the missing parts. The only part I need is the contact point that is clamped to the push rod. I would appreciate it if anyone could help me with this.

The latest engine I have found is a 6 HP International Famous, cooperatively owned by my father-in-law, Eldon Hung-erford and Lawrence Schmidt both of Osage, Iowa and me. This engine was also found near Menonomie, Wis. Although it had set outside for quite a few years, it is in very good shape. It loaded very easily, but on the way home we got stranded in Dexter, Minnesota because of a snow storm.

The two top pictures are some of the engines of the collection of Hungerford, Schmidt and Hein. At bottom is the Miami Engine.

This engine will be running this year at the Cedar Valley Engine Show along with many others from the collection of Huneerford, Schmidt and Hein. The show grounds are located 7 miles west of Charles City or 16 miles south of Osage. Due to my present location in San Antonio, Texas as a member of United States Air Force, I do not know the exact dates of this year's show. I believe that the show will be on or around Labor Day weekend.

I graduated from college this past January and in February I enlisted in the Air Force. I am now stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. My home town is Osage, Iowa and that is where my collection is located. It is scattered between 3 places, my dad, Edwin Hein; my father-in-law, Eldon Hungerlord; and my good friend, Lawrence Schmidt.

I am in need of some parts for a 1? HP Hercules. I need a head assembly, rocker arm, magneto, ignitor and flywheels.

I also need a carburetor for a 3 HP vertical International.

I enjoy GEM very much, but I wish it would come more often. Keep up the good work.

Here is an engine which was given to me by a neighbor. The brass tag reads as follows: The Battery Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Engine No. 1001, 1 H.P. at 370 R.P.M. The bore of this engine is 3-?'.'.. On the gas tank in raised lettering is printed Associated Manufacturers, Waterloo, Iowa. The engine has many of the characteristics of the Associated line of engines. I was wondering if any other G.E.M. readers have similar engines, and could someone tell me more about it. I now have a Webster mag for it, but I need the trip lever which bolte onto the push rod.

A Gray Engine, 1 hp made by the Gray Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan. I purchased this engine from a man that brought it from the state of Connecticut. I had my eye on this engine for a long time, when he finally decided to give it up.

Pictured is a 2? hp Dempster engine. It is rather interesting as it is a left hand engine and has an auxiliary exhaust port. Both exhaust ports exhaust through the muffler. The connecting rod is oiled by a drip oiler.