I enjoyed the SmokStak column in the December 2001 issue of Gas Engine Magazine where readers discussed the different ways they employ their engines. I have only been involved with antique engines for one year, and I knew a working engine would get more attention than an engine just running, so I put together a working engine doing several things. I have two different trailer setups. On one, I have a 2 HP hit-and-miss engine pulling a 4-gallon Dazey butter churn, a pair of Maytag engines (one single-cylinder and one two-cylinder engine) complete with 8-foot exhaust pipes.
The other is a bit more involved, but everything is labeled for shows, with explanations of what each piece was designed to do.
The main attraction on the trailer at right is Billy's 1915 Hercules Model E pulling a 4-gallon Dazey butter churn. The trailer also features a single-cylinder Maytag Model 92 and a two-cylinder Maytag Model 72. Billy has a great time with these trailers, and he says they draw a lot of attention at shows.
Billy standing alongside his other trailer. The centerpiece of this trailer is Billy's 1925 Hercules-built 2 HP Jaeger, mounted on a railroad baggage cart dating from 1941. The Jaeger powers, among other things, a woman churning, two men sawing with a crosscut saw and an air compressor for blowing up balloons for kids. Exhaust from the engine pushes a tin can seven feet up a pole where it rings a bell, while the exhaust from one of the Maytag engines 'fires' 74 shots a minute from the rifle.
Contact engine enthusiast Billy M. Eller at: 285 Tuck Road, Snead, AL 35952, (205) 466-7273.