4 HP Eclipse Engine

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R.D. #6, Box 6369 Stroudsburg, Pa., 18360

This picture was taken at the Blue Mountain Antique Gas and Steam Engine Show, Bangor, Pennsylvania, at the October, 1987 show. They hold a show in July and October every year.

I found this engine 200 miles from where I live, in Potter County, Pennsylvania. A friend of mine in Potter County, whom I had bought an engine from, said he knew a lady with an engine. Her husband had passed away, and maybe if I would go to see her she might want to sell the engine.

So I went to see her. She said she didn't know if she wanted to sell it or not as she was sentimental about it. But, she agreed to let me see it.

Well, I went out to her garage, back in a dark corner, covered up with junk was the engine. I had a flashlight with me but it was so dark I really couldn't tell what shape it was in. No decision was made and a year went by.

In the meantime, another friend of mine stopped in to see her and she told him to 'tell Mr. Haney when he comes up to stop and see me, I think maybe I'll sell him the engine'. Well, we got together on a price and I bought it.

When I got it outside, I found it was an Eclipse made by Mydrick Company of Olean, New York and it had a low serial number of 405, which made me happy. But, I also saw it had no carburetion system on it at all.

I had to start from scratch, with restoring it. I made three intake manifolds before I finally got it working right. It knocked so badly. So I had to tear it apart again. The rod is brass and it was worn egg-shaped.

I don't know what I would have done if it hadn't been for a good friend, George Sebring of Sebring's Power House in Stroudsburg, Pa., who runs a machine shop. He made me a new wrist pin and put a sleeve in it which was quite a job. I really appreciated it very much. Also the guys who worked with me at P.H., they're always ready to help me when they can, so I got it back together again and it runs like a charm.

I wanted to get it painted and ready for the October show, so I had to work right up to the night before the show. I had the clutch pulley to put on yet and I was having a lot of trouble getting it on. So I went to the house and asked my wife if she would come out and help hold it to get it started. She was holding it and I hit it using a block of wood and hammer. The second I hit the block of wood, it broke, and I smashed my wife's finger! I guess you know what she said about that time!

As you might know, the clutch pulley never was put on that night. Well, the next morning we headed for the show with my wife's finger bandaged up and what a ribbing I took from everyone that weekend!.

The Mydrick Company also made fan-cooled hot tube upright engines and I have one of them. They used them a lot on the oil wells in Western Pennsylvania. The fellows, who know engines better than I, tell me they have seen the fan cooled hot tube engines but this was the first water cooled one they had ever seen, and with such a low serial number (405). Maybe the company didn't make very many of them. I have no information at all on this engine and if there is anyone who has one I would appreciate hearing from them. As for the colors, I am really not sure. One place I saw it-it looked like a blue grey and there was a little red in the corners of the flywheels. So that's all I had to go by