Letters and Miscellanies

Flint and Walling/Hoosier update


| October 2006



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Right and below right: Details of an original Flint & Walling decal.

Regarding Flint & Walling, Gas Engine Magazine August/September 2006.

Here are more names found on nameplates that could be hiding an Alamo engine: Blue Line, Dairy King, Duplex Mfg. Co., Duplex-Superior, G.F. Avery & Sons, Hoosier, Lunt Moss Co., Magnolia, Monarch Gas Engine Co., Moody, R.M. Wade & Co., Royal and Victor.

I found this on a website (www.angelfire.com/ny/buzzcoil/page21.html) about Alamo engines. Notice the Hoosier is listed as an approved agent. These serial numbers would indicate that Flint & Walling used them until 1913.

Jim Zook's engine (page 12) is marked "Hoosier/Flint & Walling" and has serial no. 12523-1.

According to the Alamo Mfg. Co., pre "Alamo Blue Line" 1 to 120 HP engines made from 1900 to 1913 have serial no. 1 to serial no. 13,769. Many engines of this period were vertical engines.

In regard to nametags and serial numbers, all Alamo engines left the Alamo Engine Co. foundry with a serial number stamped on the front of the water hopper for the smaller size engines, or stamped on the cylinder head for the larger size engines. These serial numbers were awarded consecutively from no. 1 on the first engine to no. 116,000 (plus or minus) on the last Alamo engine built, and this independently of the engine's horsepower rating or of the destined approved agent. It was the agent's responsibility to put the brass nameplate on the engine. This nametag would show the agent's company name, the engine's rated horsepower and RPM and also the serial number that would simply duplicate the serial number already present on the engine.