Readers' Engine Questions

| January/February 2003

  • Worthington Engine

  • Wilson Des Moines
    38/1/2A: Pulley side of Wilson Des Moines.
  • Picture 1
    38/1/2B: Front of Wilson. Does anyone have more information on this line of engines? We'd like to learn more.
  • D powers unknown planter
    38/1/4A: Fairbanks-Morse Z, D powers unknown planter.
  • Planter
    38/1/4B: Planter has positions for three.
  • Unknown two stroke Engine
    38/1/3: Unknown two-stroke engine.

  • Worthington Engine
  • Wilson Des Moines
  • Picture 1
  • D powers unknown planter
  • Planter
  • Unknown two stroke Engine

38/1/1: Worthington Engine Q. I have a Worthington 1-1/2 HP engine, serial number 45951. I would like to know where to get any information or manuals on this engine.

Did Worthington, or some other manufacturer make this engine? Can it be crossed over to some other engine? Ed Budich, 18 King St., Douglassville, PA 19518.

A: The Worthington line of engines was made by Worthington Pump & Machinery Corp., Cudahy, Wis. According to Wendel's American Gasoline Engines Since 1872, Worthington took over International Gas Engine Co., makers of the Ingeco line of engines, in 1917. Worthington continued making what were essentially Ingeco engines for some time, and in fact early Worthingtons wore the Ingeco name.

Further, there's evidence that Worthington made engines for Massey-Harris at some juncture, although we haven't been able to find out any particulars of that arrangement. It's interesting to note that at least some Worthingtons, as evidenced by the Worthington featured on page 13 of this issue, had nameplates listing Milwaukee as their place of manufacture.

38/1/2: Wilson Des Moines

I've sent these pictures to GEM for two reasons. First of all, to thank my good friend Leon Schalliol of Wyatt, Ind., for the incredible job he did restoring my Wilson Des Moines. Secondly, I wanted to send it in as a pictorial resource for GEM readers of a seldom-seen engine. Unfortunately, my photographic prowess is lacking and the pictures don't quite have the definition I had hoped for.

The engine is correct, with the exception of the oiler and muffler. This engine came with a pump jack, and the threaded hole on top of the water hopper is to hold the pivoting arm of the pump jack.

I would imagine there are very few of these left, and if anyone has any additional information on this engine it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you GEM for printing these pictures, and thank you Leon. Keith I. Healy, 12 S. Barrett, Niles, MI 49120, (269) 684-0657.

38/1/3: Unknown Two-Stroke

Can anyone out there identify this machine? On one end is a grindstone, and by swiveling the center section a fine tooth-cutting saw is on the other. The engine is a two-stroke and looks to be made for the machine. The base of the machine is identical to that of a bench-type drill press. I was told it maybe came off the railway and was made in Switzerland.

Bob Hamilton, R.R. 4, Woodstock, ONT Canada N4S 7V8, (519) 423-6371; (519) 424-3237 (shop).

38/1/4: Fair banks-Powered Planter

I found a farm implement (a planter?) and need help to restore it. This item is self-propelled by a 2 HP Fairbanks-Morse engine; the three operators face backward. The little paint I can see through the rust is green, with red wheels. Maybe readers can help me identify this implement and get some pictures or literature to what it looks like in original condition (restored or new). I have enjoyed your magazine for many years, and I have read lots of articles that have helped me restore other gas engines.

Frank J. Harkcom, 11801 Alpine Drive S.W., Port Orchard, WA 98367, (360) 876-2111, e-mail:

38/1/5: Iron Horse Engine Q. I recently purchased a four-stroke Iron Horse engine, model X-4C5, serial number 33602. The engine was built by Johnson Motor Co., Waukegan, Ill. I would like to know the correct color, and I also need to find a head gasket and some other parts. Any reference or copies of a parts book would help, and maybe you could tell me when the engine was built. I would like to correspond with anyone that knows about Iron Horse engines. Jay K. Markley, 4098 Columbia Ave., Columbia, PA 17512.

A: We don't know much about your engine, but with any luck one of our readers will be able to help you out. We do know that Johnson Motor Co. built a factory in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, around 1928 for the production of its small outboard engines. Johnson also built small engines very similar in appearance to the popular Maytag to power washing machines, one of which carried the model designation X-465. This engine was rated at 5/8 HP to 3/4 HP depending upon specifications, and indications are it was built from around 1935 to 1952. A 1936 merger of Johnson with Evinrude and Elto formed Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC).

C. H. Wendel is a noted authority on antique engines and tractors. His books constitute a vital reference resource for collectors and hobbyists. If you have a query for C.H. Wendel, send it along to Gas Engine Magazine, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265.


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