Hit-and-Miss

By Staff
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Original paint on the battery box of Gene Fisher’s 1907, 8 HP Famous still has a certain luster.

IHC engines

As an unapologetic lover of all things IHC, from little LBs to
big Moguls and even IHC trucks (I’ve owned at least five over the
years, my favorite being the 1952 L112 that I never should have
sold), I’m happy to have the chance to feature a pair of special
IHC engines.

At any engine show, you’re sure to find a good sampling of IHC’s
legendary products. But the big engines, especially the early ones,
are a rare site, and for good reason: They didn’t make that many of
them to begin with.

Gene Fisher owns the older of our two featured IHC engines, a
spectacularly original 1907, 8 HP tank-cooled Famous. We were lucky
to catch up with Gene and his engine at the National IH Collectors
Winter Convention here in Topeka this past March, and his engine
just took our breath away.

With the exception of faded paint, new wiring and new piston
rings, this engine is as it was when it left IHC’s Milwaukee
factory 100 years ago. From the cooling tank to the battery box and
rare Motsinger generator, Gene’s engine is complete and original,
and lucky for us, Gene’s going to keep it that way.

Father and son team Rod and Chris Epping own our other featured
IHC engine, a beautifully restored 1915, 15 HP screen-cooled Mogul.
Built at IHC’s plant in Chicago, the Epping’s Mogul had a rather
harder life than Gene’s Famous, a fact that became painfully
obvious as Rod and Chris brought it back to running condition.

But bring it back they did, in all its sideshaft glory and
complete with its big 30-inch clutch pulley and original battery
box.

Individually, either engine is a rare treat. Together, they’re
heaven for IHC fans.

Richard Backus
Editor
rbackus@ogdenpubs.com
www.GasEngineMagazine.com

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