Flywheel Forum

Readers' Engine Questions

| March/April 2004

39/3/1: Watkins Engine Q: I bought this engine a few months ago. The nameplate is missing, but page 540 of C.H. Wendel's American Gas Engines Since 1872 shows a 'Toledo' marine engine made by Watkins Motor Co. The bore on my engine is approximately 2-1/2 inches and the stroke is 3 inches. It has a Kingston carburetor on it and a five-spoke flywheel 1-1/2 inches wide and 10 inches in diameter.

I would like to hear from anyone who has one of these engines or has information about them. Harry R. Coulter, 412 Shook Ave., Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

A: While there are similarities between your engine and the one shown in Wendel's book, most notably by the spoked flywheel, marine engines of this era often looked much the same. In the absence of a nameplate, accurate identification can be very difficult. If someone can verify that this actually is a Watkins engine, we'd love to hear from you, as would Harry.

39/3/2: Brownwall Engine I would like to know the paint color for 1 HP Brownwall engine. Gary Montgomery, 294 Carver St., Winslow, 1L 61089; (815) 367-3021.

39/3/3: Fairbanks-Morse 2 HP Dispan I have a Fairbanks-Morse 2 HP dishpan engine built in 1917 with a Fairbanks magneto. How can I slow that engine down? It jumps all over the floor. Any advice would be appreciated. I enjoy the magazine very much. Willard Meyer, 15324 Horseshoe Lake Road, Newton, WI 53063.

39/3/4: Associated Chore Boy Q: I recently purchased an air-cooled, 1-1/2 HP Associated Chore Boy in original looking shape. It's in nice condition, including the identification tag. I am told there is no 1-1/2 HP Chore Boy, and I'd bet parts for the 1-3/4 HP are the same. I'd like to know more about it, but there is no serial number stamped anywhere. Are there other Chore Boys so marked, or did mine just walk out the back door?