The busy side of the Samson, showing belt drive to the governor/mixer assembly, rocker arm for exhaust valve, and igniter and trip mechanism. These were volume-governed engines, the governor acting directly on the mixer.
Lester's 1- HP Samson Junior wears serial number N841 and likely dates from around 1904. The Samson Iron Works, Stockton, Calif., appears to have started operations around 1898. Production in Stockton continued until 1918, when General Motors bought the c
Two valves plumbed into the mixer/vaporizer allow Lester to run the Samson on propane. Check out the igniter assembly - hard to believe it's not original. A good view of the flyball governor/mixer/vaporizer assembly.
A good view of the flyball governor/mixer/vaporizer assembly.
The flyball governor viewed from behind. You can just barely see the mechanism on the igniter pushrod that advances and retards ignition timing.