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Howdy! And Happy Holidays! Most of the engine shows are over and we are moving into winter and the engine restoration season. It was a great summer for the Oil Field Engine Society. In September we took on several new members at the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival, and we all had a great time.

While at the Oil and Gas Festival in Sistersville, several of our group had occasion to visit Harry Horner and see his collection in Pennsboro. He was very kind to allow us to take some photos for use in the article, and this month I thought I'd show you his externally ported Pattin Bros, engine of maybe 15 or 20 horsepower (see photo #1). The charge of fuel and air on this two-cycle engine is passed from the rear of the cylinder to in front of the piston by means of an external pipe on the bottom of the block, which on this one is broken. It's an engine design which I thought was unusual.

In photo #2 we have Mr. Jack Williams with his 12 HP Pattin Bros. Economy oil field engine (and yes, it is spelled with a 'K' on the top of the engine kind of unusual). It's a Pattin you don't see nearly as often as some of the other types they built.

Lastly, we have illustrations of the Simplex engine sold by Oil Well Supply Company. Mr. Chester Bills was very nice to send us several copies of oil field engine related material which we will work into the article from time to time.

Hope you enjoyed the photos this month. If you want to talk oil field engines or get a free membership in the Oil Field Engine Society, drop me a line or a letter.