WHAT IS IT?

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Courtesy of Dale Nickerson, Glasgow Road, Cassadaga, New York 14718.
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Courtesy of Dale Nickerson, Glasgow Road, Cassadaga, New York 14718
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Hot air engine.Courtesy of George S. Clark, 254 Pond Point Avenue, Milford, Connecticut 96460.

View of a very unusual engine. The flyball governor and side
shaft skew gear were missing, and I had to make those parts. All
part numbers have the prefix GE. Bore 4?’, stroke 5?’,
flywheel diameter 23′. Any more engines around like this one?
Started her up January 2, 1977. This engine will be at the Ellery
Center show in New York.

View of a very unusual engine. The flyball governor and side
shaft skew gear were missing, and I had to make those parts. All
part numbers have the prefix GE. Bore 4?’, stroke 5?’,
flywheel diameter 23′. Any more engines around like this one?
Started her up January 2, 1977. This engine will be at the Ellery
Center show in New York.

In the January-February issue of GEM there was a picture of a
hot air engine I sent in and incorrectly identified as a Heinricci.
I know now that it is not a Heinricci, but just exactly what make
it is still remains a mystery. This is a picture of the engine as I
now have it. Everything is original except, of course, the Magic
Faucet, which I added for display purposes. In the picture, the
engine is running, even though it doesn’t appear so, but the
rippled stream of water flowing out of the spigot shows that it is.
The lower piston is the displacement piston and is filled with 300
#16 mesh steel wire screen. These screens act as a heat sink or a
regenerator as it was called originally. The piston are 8′ in
diameter. I think this engine is nearly one-of-a-kind. It comes out
of a very large house located in Clinton, Connecticut. It was
located in the cellar, directly over the original well, and pumped
water into a 500 gallon copper-lined wooden tank situated in the
attic on the fourth floor. I have an idea it is of English
manufacture, but cannot prove it.

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