French Find

Canadian engine sparks an enthusiast’s restoration interests

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While in Arizona, I looked up a man I met previously who had some engines for sale. He showed me everything he had and I chose an engine I had never heard of. The only identification on it was a large plate on the side of the water hopper that read, “Mfg. Par La Founderie de Robertsonville,” which sounded like French to me – French Canadian. There’s nothing to indicate horsepower or serial number, but judging from the physical size of the engine, my guess is that it is a 3 or 4 HP.

Excerpted from the October/November 2006 issue of Gas Engine Magazine. Subscribe today to read the full article and more!