Oil Field Engine News

Bradford, Pennsylvania, Engine Manufacturers

Superior oil field engine

Phillip Sparks' 10 HP Superior oil field engine, complete with pumping power.

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A.C. Thomas - Two-stroke conversion cylinders. Acme Manufacturing Co. - Vertical, water-cooled combination engine and air compressors utilizing parallel, gear-driven crankshafts.

Blaisdell Machinery Co. - Succeeded by United States & Cuban Allied Works Engineering Corp. Four-stroke combination engine and compressors, two-stroke oil engines and four-stroke tandem, double-acting engines.

Bovaird & Co. - Four-stroke, horizontal sideshaft 'Superior clones,' two-stroke conversion cylinders, four-stroke, vertical air-and water-cooled and two-stroke vertical, water-cooled engines. Bovaird & Seyfang Manufacturing Co. - Four-stroke combination engines and compressors, four-stroke horizontals, two-stroke conversion cylinders, two-stroke gas and diesel horizontals and four-stroke air- and water-cooled verticals. Bradford Supply Co. - Two-stroke horizontals. Bradford later built A.C. Thomas two-stroke conversions.

'The Bradford Improved' trademark - Four-stroke combination engine and compressors, twin-cylinder and single-acting twin tandems, four-stroke horizontals.

Close & Caldwell - Built the early four-stroke horizontal engines designed by A.A. Lazier of Buffalo, N.Y. C.J. Lindberg - Small four-stroke, water-cooled verticals. Emery Machine Co. - Two-stroke combination engines and compressors and two-stroke, sideshaft horizontals. Edward Gray - Large four-stroke horizontals, single- and double-acting.

Fowler Machine Works - Four-stroke, water-cooled verticals.

Flickinger Iron Works - Succeeded by Combination Engine & Compressor Co., which in turn was bought by Petroleum Engineering Corp.

Holley Motor Co. - Four-stroke, water-cooled vertical singles for use in early automobiles, built by George Holley of carburetor fame. When Holley moved to Detroit, unused engines were sold by the Bradford Engine & Manufacturing Co.

Locke Machine Co. - Two-stroke conversion cylinders and fourstroke, water-cooled verticals.

M. Lytle and Son - Two-stroke conversion cylinders.

Oil Well Supply Co. - The Bradford plant built two-stroke conversion cylinders and sold them as 'Bradford' type.

Thomas and Jackson - Two-stroke conversion cylinders.

Notes from the Field

Spring is here - my favorite season! This is the time of year when my thoughts turn toward how many engine shows I can work into my schedule as I thumb through my copy of the 2004 Farm Collector Show Directory.

I'd like to thank all who have helped maintain the OFES Web site, which has proved to be a great resource for oil field engine enthusiasts. It's an online meeting place for sharing ideas or buying, selling and trading. Traffic to the site has grown steadily each month since it began, and I invite everyone with Internet access to give it a try at www.oilfieldengine.com

I've received several letters here at the OFES desk through 'snail' mail, which I'd like to share this month:

Michael Fuoco, 656 W. Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701, sent the only letter we have received so far responding to our request in an earlier issue for help gathering a list of engine manufacturers that mostly sold to the oil and gas industry. Michael writes:

'I understand you may be compiling a list of manufacturers of oil field engines. Enclosed is a list of internal combustion engines built in Bradford, Pa. With the possible exception of Acme, Close & Caldwell, C.J. Lindberg and Holley, the others were primarily used in the oil fields. Some of these companies also built other products.'

Michael compiled his list (displayed in the box at right) January 2004. Additions to this list are welcome.

Kenny Slotvick, 14 Georgesc Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, writes he will soon acquire a 12 HP Witte diesel engine, Model CDRBA-CD41113. The name-plate reads, 'Oil Well Supply, Division of United States Steel Co.' If anyone can offer any information regarding this Witte model, or if anyone owns a similar engine, I'm sure Kenny would like to hear from you.

Jim and Dana McCall, 3320 Ecton Road, Winchester, KY 40391, write to invite everyone to the Hillbilly Flywheelers show at Irvine, Ky., April 23-25. Estill County, Ky., was an early-day oil boom location. The show always has several fine exhibits of antique oil field engines.

Phillip Sparks, 525 Cedar Grove Road, Irvine, KY 40336, sent a photo of his 10 HP Superior oil field engine with direct-connected pumping power gearing. This engine was on display at the Hillbilly Flywheelers show last year. For more information about the show, contact Jim or Phillip at the addresses above.

Danny Shields, 479 Wonderful Lane, Owingsville, KY 40360, writes:

'There is a good show down here you should try to attend. It's the show at Paris, Ky., July 30-Aug. 1. Everyone would enjoy the tour through the Paris power plant, which is generally in operation during the show, with

Fairbanks-Morse engines from six to 12 cylinders along with opposed-piston models, all ranging from 1,000 HP to 2,800 HP.'

Contact the Oil Field Engine Society at: 1231 Banta's Creek Road, Eaton, OH 45320-9701, online at: www.oilfieldengine.com or: oilengine@voyager.net