Tactor has an 'F' head valve arrangement

Roger L. Eshelman

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A Waterloo Boy, early John Deere tractor, is shown in this first color cover of Gas Engine Magazine. We thank Will McCracken, of Product Publicity, Deere & Company, Moline, Illinois, for his cooperation in making the color transparency available. The company sells colored pictures of its historic and classic tractors.

My 6 HP Sampson engine built at Stockton, California.

A rare C.O.D. tractor owned and restored by Dale Lindstrum, Lawrens, Iowa and shown at the Albert City Threshermen & Collectors Show. Picture by Colon Johnson.

Pictured is a 20-40 HP Rumely Oil Pull back on the farm at Sibley, Iowa. Owned by P.F.L. Timmermann, my father.

Pictured above is an English Fordson, #787927. Notice the patch on the engine block. This tractor runs well and is still used by the owner to pull logs. Notice the odd rear wheels.

The first engine is a two stroke double flywheel with four round holes in each flywheel with crank handle fitted in one, engine runs opposite way, anticlockwise. Throttle is hand operated and there is no provision for any type of governor, magneto is gear driven.

I have two engines which cannot be identified by my fellow collectors in Victoria. The second engine weighs about ? of a ton, with double flywheels measuring 30' by 3?' face, bore and stroke 5?' x 9.' Balance crankshafts with grease cups on all bearings.

Atmospheric inlet valve, exhaust valve is operated by a long rocker arm. Hit and miss governor is gear driven vertical triple weights, flyball type.The hole visible on the side is believed to be an ignitor hole as this passage is open to the combustion chamber. I do not have an ignitor, nor do I know what type of magneto would have been used. Was the spark plug in the center of the head originally. The casting is raised and machined as to suggest it was. This is a beautiful engine and I would like to get it running. It appears to have been painted a reddish color. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Pictured is a  view of a 1910, 45 HP 6 cylinder, Sterling Marine Engine, made in Buffalo, New York.

Pictured is a  view of a 1910, 45 HP 6 cylinder, Sterling Marine Engine, made in Buffalo, New York.

This engine was installed in 1911 on an estate here as power for an auxiliary fire pump, and only ran occasionally to keep it in shape, till 30 years ago. After disassembling to remove it from the pump house, a whole winter was spent rewiring, cleaning the engine, and polishing the brass of which all external piping, manifold and attachments are made. It has 5? inch bore and 6 inch stroke, is equipped with a Mandel mechanical drip feed oiler, Bosch Dual Coil Ignition, and rotary gear cooling pump. Note starting bar on floor. It idles beautifully with a very pleasant exhaust tone.

A 'J' MM-Twin City operated by Norman Mier and Richard Rope of Clarinda, Iowa. Norm is a senior at South Dakota State University, and Rich is a freshman at Iowa Western JC at Clarinda, Iowa. This tractor has an 'F' head valve arrangement. Courtesy of Roger L. Eshelman, Box 36, College Springs, Iowa 51637

Old Flour Mill patented May 24,1896. The engine is a Frost King - 1? HP.


I need help identifying the piece of machinery in the photos. Believe it to be a roller for old clay tennis courts. No name or decals on it anywhere. The name tag says Serial No. 11213, 600 RPM and 1-? XK HP. The carburetor has a number 1165 cast into the body. I believe it was originally maroon in color. Hope some of the readers can give me information as to the make of the motor and manufacturer of the roller.