Operation Engine Restoration!!

A reader devoted to engine restoration writes in to discuss an assortment of the machines that have received his attention.

Tractor collection

This picture shows the author's collection of tractors and restored engines. It consists of: Clinton,Gibson, J. I. Case, 18-36 Hart Parr and a 30-50 Rumely. Courtesy of Mr. Albert Fife, Ontario, Canada


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I am very interested in engine restoration—the preservation and operation of all different types of gas engines. I now have thirty-five (35) different types and sizes of gas engines, all the way from one (1) HP to twelve (12) HP. I have about thirty (30) of these engines in running condition and it is sure bedlam when I have six to ten of these engines running all at once in my shop. I have some pamphlets and magazines on these engines and if any of the members have any problems I would be glad to help them if they would send a S.A. envelope to me.

Here is a partial list of some of the engines that I have restored. 21 HP Air Cooled Model 'R' Ideals; 11 1/2 HP Gilson; 11 1/2 HP Cushman Cub; 1 1/2 HP Lundy; 1/2 HP The Lister 'H' Type; 12 1/2 HP London; 13 HP Ellis; 13 HP Fairbanks Morse; 13 HP The Lister 'A' Type; 13 HP Gilson; 13 1/2 HP Fuller & Johnston; 14 HP Cushman Cub; 15 HP McCormack Deering; 15 HP Ellis; 15 HP International; 26 HP Fairbanks Morse; 1/2 HP Renfrew; 33 to 6 HP Marine Engines; 31 to 6 HP Lighting Plant Engines.

These engines were used for all different types of work in this area, namely filling silo, slab saws, sawing machines, milking machines and coolers, wood saws, pump jacks, hay hoists, grain elevators, pumping, and numerous other jobs around the farm and sawmills etc. Most of these engines will operate under full load for five hours on one Imperial gallon of fuel.

I have collected five stationary engines of which three are completely restored. I have become so interested in engines that my other hobbies, which include wrench collecting, have kind of been pushed to the side.

I am enclosing a picture of a tractor my father (F.J. Jantz) built in 1912 near Hillsboro, Kansas. So far, all my efforts to locate this machine have been in vain. A picture and write up of this tractor appeared in the book The Modern Gas Tractor. This book, written by Victor W. Page, was the First Edition. It was Copyrighted in 1913 and published by the Normon W. Henley Publishing Company of New York.