Three Domestic STOVEPIPES


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Jr. 3430 Lower Glades Road York, Pennsylvania 17402

I have been around gas engines all of my life. My grandfather had two Flinchbaugh engines on the farm.

Before I was born, my parents bought the farm across the road from my grandparent's farm. I still live on that farm today.

When I was a boy, I helped start the small Flinchbaugh to pump water up to the house. I was amazed at how they ran and the noise they made.

There was a 1? HP United left in the tobacco shed by the previous owners. This engine was not in running condition. Sometime during the 1950s, Dad said he needed some room, so he took all of the brass off of the engine and junked what was remaining. I think he got $3.00 for the cast iron. I still have one of the oilers and the carburetor.

Domestic Stovepipe engines fascinate me because of the tin water hopper and the design of all of the moving parts. I bought my first stovepipe engine, the sideshaft, at an engine sale in upper New Jersey. I remember there were at least fifty engines sold that day.

This sale was in the late nineteen-eighties. The engine was complete, but the Lunkenheimer carburetor was broken, so I replaced it with another one.

I was aware that Domestic made a few push-rod stovepipes. Three years ago, at the Portland, Indiana, summer show, I found one for sale. When I bought the engine, it was already restored and running.

Since I now had the two stovepipes, I figured I might as well finish out the set with a stovepipe model. So, a model builder made me one over the winter. I keep two out of the three engines in the house.

My model is in the living room and the sideshaft is in the family room. The pushrod is close by, in the garage.