The IDEAL Engine

Model D9G66A

Floyd Perleberg

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10275 Case Rd., Brooklyn, Mich. 49230

The accompanying photograph shows a 13 HP IDEAL engine which was built in Brantford, Ontario, Canada by the Goold Shapley & Muir Co., Ltd. It was used near Port Rowan, Ontario to pump water. It had set for many years on the bank of a stream and the man I purchased it from told me that it had been inundated by high water at least one time.

It had a 6-1/2 inch bore and a 13 inch stroke, is hit and miss firing, but does not hold the exhaust valve open during the off firing cycles. The flyball governor moves a cam follower in a direction parallel to the cam in such a way that it contacts the cam lobe and operates the fuel injection pump (shown in the picture) only during cycles when a power stroke is required. .

The fuel for the engine shown is gasoline, but the company also made similar engines which operated on natural gas. At the back stroke, the piston uncovers a port through which most of the exhaust gases pass. The remainder are expelled through the exhaust valve on the exhaust stroke. This is the exhaust arrangement described by John P. Wilcox in his article on the Callahan engine - GEM July-August 1966.

The small engine in the picture is a 1-1/2 HP Goold-Shapley & Muir which I use to crank the larger one.

Mr. Louis Forrest, Staples, Ontario has a 25 HP IDEAL engine which was built to run on natural gas, and weighs 7600 pounds. The 13 HP engine described above weighs 3200 pounds. Specifications of engines manufactured by Goold-Shapley & Muir Co., Ltd. are given in GEM - July-August  in an article by Carleton M. Mull.

This is a reproduction of one page of the Goold, Shapley & Muir Co., Ld. catalogue.

1974 Model D9G66A power shift model on rail car on route from Caterpillar Tractor Company, Peoria, Illinois to Cat Dealer in Vancouver, B.C. 88,000 lbs. shipping weight of machine. Used for logging in B.C. with a 9A 16ft. angle dozer and Cat. No. 9D ripper. Price $148,000.

The Goold-Shapley & Muir Co., Ltd. was established in 1892 by Messrs. E.L. Goold, W.H. Shapley, John Muir, and Henry Yeigh. Renowned for its windmills, the winning of the major prize in the windmill tests of the Royal Agricultural Society of London, England being one of the outstanding awards, its products won. Coupled with its windmills, however, it manufactured a complete line of pumps and pumping equipment, tractors and cement mixers. In addition to these products the company manufactured an extensive line of gasoline, kerosene and gas engines, concrete mixers, and a complete range of industrial wood tanks. The varied line of manufacture kept busy a staff of 150, and in addition to the plant and head offices in Brantford, the firm maintained branches in Montreal and principal cities of western Canada. Sometime after 1927 the Company was sold to the Ontario Wind Engine and Pump Co., Ltd. which later sold it to a Mr. Fellows who operated the business for a few years, probably manufacturing mostly the smaller models of engines which could be used for pumping water. By this time, the early thirties, there was little demand for the larger engines. When Mr. Fellows was ready to quit, some of the employees bought the company and managed to carry on the business for a few more years. The last of the company buildings in Brantford were demolished only a few months ago to make room for an apartment building.