Old Iron Questions


Is This a Daniel Best Engine?

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Photo by Jack Alexander.

Attached is a photo of my mother taken in July 1927, during her vacation at a Chico, California, dude ranch. Notice the engine in the background behind the pump. The second photo shows a 1891 Daniel Best engine, one of three images received from Greg Johnson and taken by Ransome Mathews of a 3hp Best engine that Ransome acquired for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles in the 1940s or 50s.

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Photo by Ransome Mathews.

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Photo by Ransome Mathews.

The engine is still in their collection. Ransom was curator of the museum’s mechanical/car collection for many years and was a founding member of the Horseless Carriage Club in 1938 (which started in Los Angeles). One of the Ransome images clearly shows “Daniel Best” on the cylinder. As to the engine in the 1927 photo of my mother, based on what I can see, it is an early Daniel Best. What do you think?

Jack Alexander
Gilroy, California


We’d have to agree, Jack. The engine frames look identical, as does the flywheel and the crankshaft main bearing caps. The pulleys are obviously different, the engine behind your mother featuring a homemade, wooden pulley. – Editor


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Help with Unidentified Air-Cooled Engine

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Unidentified air-cooled engine

Bore & stroke: 3-1/2in x 5in
Flywheels: 16in x 1-3/8in
Cooling: Six cooling fins on 1-inch centers, 1-inch deep
Ignition: Likely spark plug with battery and coil
Governing: Appears to be hit-and-miss, flywheel governor
Starting: Flip-out hand crank built into flywheel
Mounting: Cast base/legs designed for wood skids
Color: Believed to have been red, or close to that


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Flywheel Forum has always been an interesting read for me. I recently acquired an engine from Eastern Washington that I have not been able to identify. I have sent photos around to most everyone I know and no luck. Not even a guess. So, I am asking for help from your very knowledgeable readers. No name, part numbers or serial numbers have been found on the engine. It’s missing the rocker arm, pushrod and the holdout mechanism, if it had one.

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The piston and rings and connecting rod came out clean and serviceable, and the bore can be honed. The valves were rusted beyond salvage and drilled out. The babbitt bearings are in excellent condition and can be reused. I really want to get this engine running. Hopefully, a reader will know what this engine is and how it was put together. I’m including the engine’s known specifications. Thanks for any help.

David Wirth
Walla Walla, Washington
davebobbie@charter.net
(509) 876-6478


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Westinghouse Light Plant Wiring Diagrams

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Bob Mitchell's Westinghouse 32-volt, Type E, Model 60. (Photos courtesy of Bob Mitchell).

Reader Bob Mitchell writes in looking for information on a Westinghouse light plant he has. Bill writes: “I recently acquired a Westinghouse 32-volt light and power plant, Type E, Model 60. It is 1,500 watts, 1,200rpm. I would like any information, like wiring diagrams or anything else pertaining to this unit. It appears to be very complete and it is not stuck.” If you can help, please contact Bob.

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Bob Mitchell
(701) 526-8988
ihregular29@aol.com

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Replacement Springs for Sattley Engine

Reader Bill Gingerich is hoping someone can help him with a 7hp Sattley he has. Specifically, Bill is looking for replacement springs for the governor and valves, and for full specifications on the engine, which Bill says is missing its tag. If you can help Bill, write or call him at the contact below.

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Bill Gingerich's 7hp Sattley is likely a Montgomery Ward & Co. engine, but appears to have a Wico magneto instead of a Webster, as would be fitted originally. (Photos courtesy of Bill Gingerich).

Bill Gingerich
24491 Cemetery Rd.
Spartansburg, PA 16434
(814) 654-7254


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What Engine for Clutch Pulley?

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Photo by Ray Fisher

Reader Ray Fisher sends in photos of parts from a clutch pulley he’s come across, asking if anyone might know what engine it was designed to fit. Ray notes that it came in a box of parts accompanying a small Fairbanks-Morse engine. If anyone has information, please contact Ray and GEM.

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Photo by Ray Fisher

Ray Fisher
1340 Glenn St.
Tuscon, AZ 85705
hammerblow55@gmail.com


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Blueprints for an Ironwood Engine

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Photo by Bob Johnson

Reader Bob Johnson contacted us asking about acquiring drawings for or access to an Ironwood engine so he can make his own drawings of the engine. Ironwood engines were built as a course project by students at Roosevelt High School in Ironwood, Michigan, between approximately 1918 and 1930. The students drew the design, built the patterns, poured the castings, machined the pieces and assembled the engines. These were small hopper-cooled, hit-and-miss engines of around 1/2 hp to 3/4 hp. According to an article by John Preston in the October 1992 issue of GEM, approximately 200 of these engines were made, with 10 accounted for at that time. The December/January 2007 issue of GEM featured an Ironwood engine belonging to Dean Suhr of Tucson, Arizona. At the time, Dean said that he had a full set of blueprints for the engine. Perhaps Dean still has the blueprints and can help Bob?

Bob Johnson
rcj3141@twc.com


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Looking for an Ohlsson & Rice Tiny Tiger Generator Part

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Photo by Tyler Daniels

Reader Tyler Daniels writes in asking for help sourcing a carburetor diaphragm for his Model 300 Ohlsson & Rice Tiny Tiger generator. “It would run fine if it had a new carburetor diaphragm,” Tyler writes. “I’m requesting information on this engine, and any place or person that still makes parts for these old machines. Thank you!”

Tyler Daniels
jamestoys8008@gmail.com

Tyler, there is a surprisingly active online forum for Ohlsson & Rice products, and while we can't say if anyone there has the parts you need, it's where we'd start our search. You can find the forum at myoldmachine.com/forum/74-ohlsson-and-ric – GEM


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