Hit and miss

Courtesy of Bob Hartwig, 1442 Lincoln Drive, Flint, Michigan 48503

Bob Hartwig

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This is a picture of my engine I found after two years of hunting. I could not ask too many questions around or some other collector would pick it up. It was bought new in 1917 from Winnipeg. It was never off the farm till I removed it in 1966. It had been pushed aside for many years so a rubber tired tractor could do it's work.

It sure was nice to hear it come to life after all those years.

Could someone identify it? Some say it is a Stover. I have fifteen small gas engines, many small steam. I also have 35 respectable cars (1903, teens, 20's, 30's & up).

Would appreciate any information to identify this engine. The name and model is not known. Owned by Gordon.

No name on it. Hit and miss. Battery and low tension coil. Igniter right on end of the head. Intake and exhaust valves on the bottom of the head. Push rod that activates the exhaust valve and igniter passes from under the connecting rod, through the case or frame and under the cylinder. Engine belongs to a friend of mine, Bill Mechem.

A 5 Hp. two cylinder Edwards engine made by the Edwards Motor Co. of Springfield, Ohio and belonging to Ross Pino of Covington, Pa. This engine came from a junk yard and is now beautifully restored and runs like new. This engine was shown at the 1968 Reunion of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association and at the Tioga Early Days Reunion at Whitneyville, Pa.

Shown is a 4 Hp. Bull Dog engine made by the Fairbanks Co. and owned by John Pino of Covington, Pa. This is a Type BD engine. It is in wonderful shape and was shown at the 1968 Reunion of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association and at the Tioga Early Days Reunion.


Courtesy of Chandler H. Mason, 58 Fairfield St., Middleville, New York 13406

In the November-December 1968 GEM, page 20, John Doggett, you asked for more information on your engine.

I had two like it - sold one recently and will keep the other. Both are Domestics, 3 Hp. and are in excellent condition. They look similar to yours. Both are original, with make and break igniter. A low tension coil and battery are required and are contained in a box behind the flywheels. Both of mine are factory built with a piston type water pump attached. In fact, the one I now have, was in use until last fall on the south shore of Fourth Lake (Old Forge, N.Y.) at a resort hotel; used to pump water (high pressure, low volume). 120' up the hill is a water tank, for a gravity-feed water system to supply the resort. It still works perfectly.

To start mine, I push the governor lever to the right as far as possible, which allows the exhaust valve to remain open (In the 'miss', not 'hit' position). Then, with gas in it, the switch closed and everything set, start her rolling over faster and faster - (easy with no compression!). When I get momentum up, I simply move the governor lever to the left and set it for the desired speed. It will run unbelieveably slow and very quietly.

Mine has two drip oilers. One thing I find necessary is to keep the points clean. Sandpaper works very well.

Incidentally, I also have some 61 other motors of all sizes and kinds, representing some 40 different makes. So, if I can help anyone further, feel free to write.