Gas Engine Magazine Readers Help Identify Photos of Gas Engines

The question for gas engine enthusiasts is, what is it? Gas Engine Magazine readers are asked to help identify photos of gas engines.


Photo courtesy of Mr. Henry Abels, Clay Center, Kansas.


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A Gas Engine Magazine reader asks other magazine readers to help identify photos of gas engines. 

What is it?? I am calling on readers to help me to identify photos of gas engines. Open crank gas engine original equipment on John Beam Sprayer Co. "Magic No. 10" sprayer, last patent date Aug. 9, 1904. Spark coil ignition, flyball governor. Extra frame bolted in top of hopper. 3-3/4 foot bore, 5 foot stroke, 16 foot dia. flywheels, 32 feet long, 16 feet wide (excluding gearing). Guess about 1 1/2 to 2 hp. Original dark green paint. Owned by Al New, R. R. 2, Pendleton, Indiana.

What horsepower and year please? Here is a picture of my Aermotor which has unusual crimped galvanized water hopper. A 4 3/16 foot bore and 6 foot stroke. I would like to have someone tell me the horsepower and the year this was built. Also any other information they might have.

Enclosed is a picture of an engine that I am unable to identify. I was told it was a Waterloo Roy by the fellow I bought it from but it doesn't look like any I've ever seen. Also I have been told it was a Weld engine.

I thought it looked a lot like the Little Jumbo in the last issue of the Gas Engine Magazine. Gould you help me out?

I am missing the ignitor mechanism as you can see by the picture and the rocker arm is broken. The engine is not stuck but in pretty rough shape. P. S. The bore of the engine is 31/2 feet and the stroke is 5 feet.

On January 8th I received a letter from Mr. Arthur L. Heiland, Anna, Ohio, requesting information concerning an Aire Motor gas engine, Arthur knows a man that claims Aire Motors built an engine with 8 cycles and would like to know if such an engine is possible. I have done a little research on the matter and have come up with the following.

Taken from the book Farm Machinery and Farm Motors by Davidson and Chase printed by Orange Judd Go. in 1912, page 403, paragraph 555.

As stated before, practically all the engines used today are designed to follow the Otto Cycle. However, they are divided into two distinct types four cycle engines and two cycle engines.

This taken from Audels Gas Engine Mannuel Copyrighted 1907-1908, page 54, paragraph 66.

Six-Cycle or Scavenging Engine. Another type of internal combustion engine not included in the primary classification, is the so-called six-cycle engine. It never attained much practical importance, and is mentioned herein merely to satisfy the curious. It is of the four-cycle type, but in addition to the operations taking place in the latter, a third revolution of the crank shaft or two strokes of the piston are employed to admit a charge of pure air, into the cylinder immediately after the exhaust of the burnt gases, and subsequently expel it. By thus scavenging the combustion space the designers expected to obtain a greater economy of fuel consumption but these expectations were never realized and the construction of the type was quickly abandoned.

This is what I have been able to find on cycles above 4, perhaps some of our readers have something to add to this, to answer Mr. Heiland's question, if you care to comment on this subject please send all information to WHAT IS IT? in care of Ray Geisinger, 1Kutz-town, Penna. and I will see that it gets into the next edition.

When was This Gas Engine Built?

This is my Edwards, 2 cylinder, 3 to 6 HP. It has ignitors which are tripped by a spur on the piston head and it runs on one or both cylinders equally well. It is started by wrapping strap a-round pulley. It has a speed of 650 to 1100 R. P. M. I would like to know when this engine was built. I think it was somewhere between 1917 and 1925, perhaps later. The later ones used high tension mag. and spark plugs.

Obituary of Harry Schoff

We are very saddened to report the death of Harry Schoff, Honeoye Falls, New York, on Dec. 29, 1965. At the time of his death, he was supervising the removal of St. Joseph's Cemetary, Syracuse, N. Y. to a new location. He had lead a very full and interesting life. Among his many interests were blacksmithing, archaeology, American Indian culture, and collecting antique gas engines and tractors. He owned the Mendon Pioneer Museum, Honeoye Falls. He was one of the originators of the New York Steam Engine Association, and the first reunion was held at his place. He started the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, and the meetings and reunions were held on his property. At the time of his death, he held the office of Vice-President. He was born in Hilton, N. Y. He leaves his wife Dorothy, a daughter, Mrs. Helen Hanggi of Naples, two grandchildren, and a sister. He will be greatly missed by his many friends.