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Year: 1922
Horsepower: 1-3/4
Bore: 2-3/4-inch
Stroke: 4-inch
Flywheel diameter: 16 inches
Governing: hit-and-miss
Ignition: Webster magneto
Interesting fact: Smaller
models were originally painted yellow, thus deviating from the common reds, greens and blues of the period.

Owner: John Kreider
327-A E. Main
New Holland,
PA 17557

Bovaird and Seyfang

Year: circa 1915
Horsepower: 5
Serial number: 567
Weight: 900 pounds
Bore: 5-1/2-inch
Stroke: 8-inch
Flywheel width: 3-1/4 inches
Flywheel diameter: 27-1/2 inches
Governing: hit-and-miss Ignition: hot tube
Unique features: Once converted to electric ignition and the crankshaft was bent.
Interesting fact: The engine and its hot tube run on natural gas, which was piped direct from the oil well as free fuel. It is a small oil field engine, designed to run a small oil well pump or other oil field equipment.

Owner: Allan New
Country Road 900 S
Pendleton, IN 46064


Year: 1894
Horsepower: 3/4
Weight: 125 pounds
Bore: 2-3/4-inch
Stroke: 4-inch
Flywheel width: 1-3/4 inches
Flywheel diameter: 12 inches
Governing: pendulum type, hit-and-miss, flywheel mounted Ignition: jump spark, camshaft timed with governor cut-off.
Unique features: All engines used auxiliary exhaust porting, fan-cooling and air mixers with fuel, air and load controls.
All mixers were designed and built by Burgett of his own design, similar in design to the later automotive design of Stromberg.
Interesting fact: There are only eight known Burgett engines, mostly located in or near Schoharie County, N.Y.
Submitted by: Louis S.Brumaghim, 5678 state Route 10,
Cobleskill, NY 12043. Owner: Todd Rolfe

Borden & Selleck

Year: circa 1905
Weight: 600 pounds
Bore: 5-1/4-inch
Stroke: 6-inch
Flywheel width: 2-1/2 inches
Flywheel diameter: 24 inches
Governing: hit-and-miss
Ignition: spark plug
Unique features: gearless
Interesting fact: The Borden & Selleck Co. was a Chicago-based hardware company that also made scales, power pumps, elevators and conveying machines. This engine has a worm and star operating the valve mechanism and is the only one of its kind known to exist. It sat idle on a farm for years, where owner Gene DeCamp says he found a newspaper under the engine from 1910. It was called the Yeoman Newspaper and it was a union paper that even had color photos.
Owner: Gene DeCamp, 646 N. Ocotillo St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326-8006

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Mysteries Solved

While the case is not closed, we are one step closer to more information on the APLCO engine. Gary Pegelow writes: "I purchased this APLCO engine a number of years ago from?Bill Cooper of New York at the Coolspring Power Museum's June?show. It looks to be the same engine (no. 1H2 on the head, no. 14 on the block, three drilled and tapped holes on front of the water hopper) as the mystery engine in the April 2006 issue. It has a little brass carburetor for gasoline. There is also no sign of a nameplate or a place for one. All these years, I thought I?had a one of a kind and now it is one of two known."

Bore: 3-1/2-inch
Stroke: 4-inch
Ignition: spark plug, timer, coil and battery
Governing: hit-and-miss
Flywheel width: 1-7/8 inches
Flywheel diameter: 15-1/2 inches

Owner: Gary Pegelow
2121 Northview Road
Waukesha, WI 53188
(262) 547-3716