Gas Engine Fever

John & Fred Schneider Team

Courtesy: Bernard A. Hines 7197 Mississippi St., Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Bernard A. Hines

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133 Maple Street, Greenbuss, Massachusetts 02040

Several months ago I caught the fever just from talking to a fellow who stopped to see my 1928 Reo 1-1/2 Ton Dump Truck, which was parked where I work. He was interested in gas engines and talked me into looking for one. Well, the next day I had one which was given to me (a 2 H.P. Monarch). It was well froze up and not knowing a thing about a Hit and Miss, I was really interested in seeing what made the thing work, being the antique nut I am. The engine came apart so easy I was surprised, even though it had sat outside for 20 years or so.

I got the pieces cleaned up, honed the cylinder wall, went down to the Auto Supply Store, and got some Piston Ring (1954 Chey Rings fit but I had to put two rings to each groove). I came back and ground the valves and started to reassemble it. I got it all back together and was ready to fire it up (this was all done on a Saturday), but I was stumped with the ignition. I turned the engine over a few times and found that the Push Rod for the exhaust valve made contact on the compression stroke at T.D.C. Well, I figured that, what I know now, is the Mag was missing, a Model T coil would work. I taped the rocker arm good, put on a brass plate with a wire to it and wired up a T coil to it. Every time the push rod hits the brass plate it fires the plug. I filled the gas tank and the hopper, hooked a G.V. Battery to the coil and after two or three hours of cranking I got her running. After three or four hours of watching the foolish thing jumping every time it fired, I just had to show it to everyone. The guy who gave it to me still does not believe it runs. There is no way to time it with my Model T Coil. I know now what that extra push rod is and the cast iron bracket where the spark plug is, is broken. The missing piece held the Magneto. Maybe someday I'll find one.

Since then I have been looking everywhere for old engines. I now have 16 of them plus the whereabouts of six or seven more. They are more fun than old cars (I have a 26 T Express wagon, 28 Reo Dump and a 1930 AA Platform).

Here is what I've collected;- The 2 H.P. Monarch Model U 1916 Evenrude-Water Pump 192? I.M. Trask

4-6 H.P., 850-900 RPM, Lobster Boat engine, looks like the Cushman pictured on page 33 of the Sept.-Oct. 1973 G.E.M.

John Schneider, nearest the camera, is ready to line up his 40-60 2-cylinder Hart-Parr tractor for the parade at the 1973 Pontiac, Illinois Show on Labor-Day week-end. John 1/2 of the John & Fred Schneider team at this show. These brothers are without a doubt, the most amiable pair we have ever met. They enjoy exhibiting their equipment and they have excellent items of interest.

If John opens the compression release on the engine while it is throttled up a little, you might lose your poise and jump straight up when it gives out a healthy boom.

192? Johnson Outboard

1928 Briggs & Stratton Garden Tractor

192? Unknown

This one looks homemade except for the cast iron. The machine parts are Model T. It is a 2 cylinder, one cyl. the engine, the other an air compressor. The crank and cam shaft are Model T cut in half. Valves, rods, engine, piston, carb and timing cover are Model T. I would like more information on this one.

1923 Jacobsen lawn mower

190? Mianos 2 cycle Make & Break Boat Engine

189? steam engine, double acting about 5' tall

191? 2-1/4 Hired Hand, needs connecting rod and piston

193? 2 cyl. Novo, model number RV3-l/4x5, parts engine for anyone interested.

Half of a 7E H.P. Hercules Engine 103741 needs the flywheels, crank shaft, gas tank, engine base and a rocker arm to make it run.

1917-18 2 H.P. Fairbanks-Morse

192? Taylor Vacuum Engine

192? Witte

The best one I have is 'The New England', built by the New England Gas Engine Company, Boston, Massachusetts.

It has a place for an engine on the cast brass plate but was never stamped. I'll take a guess this was built at the turn of the century. It weighs around 1500 lbs. I'd say it is a 5 H.P. It has an upright Flyball governor at the front of the engine. Connecting rod and crank shaft were machined from square stock and not cast like the rest I've seen. There is a valve on each side of the engine and the rocker arm is underneath the cylinder. The plug, in the center of the heads, is a Make and Break unlike no other I've seen or heard about. I found this one at an antique shop for $50. I brought it home the next week and had it running. The only pat. dates I can find on it are on the grease cups-1893 and 1894. Any help on this one would be greatly appreciated.

This hobby has really turned into something interesting.