| January/February 1971

Easy Washer

Courtesy of Chandler H. Mason,58 Fairfield Street, Middleville, New York 13406

Chandler H. Mason

58 Fairfield Street, Middleville, N. Y. 13406

I've been procrastinating long enough . . . now it's time to sit down and write this article on how I got started collecting gas engines. You see, I'm an insurance salesman who calls on people -- including farmers -- all over the central part of New York State. About three or four years ago, while calling on a junkyard owner, I saw this odd looking thing off to one side. Upon inquiring, I was told that it was a real, honest-to-goodness old gasoline engine. A 'one-lunger,' the man said. I said that I thought that it was certainly an oddity. He asked 'You wanna buy it?' I said I didn't know what I would ever do with the tiling, but how much did he want for it. He said eight dollars, and I said okay, provided he would help me get it into my trunk (it turned out to be a 3 hp. Fairbanks-Morse Z engine, I learned later). And that is how I got started.

A few weeks later, after I had tinkered around with it enough to get it running more or less, I chanced upon another engine. This one sat forlornly in a clump of weeds. I asked the farmer what he did with it, and he said 'Nothing.' So I asked him if he'd druther have five bucks than have it cluttering up the yard, and he said he would. That Saturday I came back to pick it up with my dad's pick-up truck. Soon as I started to move it, something went buzzing angrily around my head, and I let out a screech and did a real quick disappearing act straight through the lilacs, around a corner, and into a barn. The farmer went the other way just as fast, with those wasps right behind. After we treated our stings, I cooked up a real good scheme to get rid of the wasps, who we carefully observed had built a snug little fortress in the water hopper of my engine. I went to his gas tank and got a quarter-cupful of hi-test gasoline, and a good match. I tip-toed gingerly, and tossed the gasoline and a lighted match into the hopper, in very quick succession. There was a bright 'WHOOOOSH!!' a few flames inside for about ten seconds, and the wasps were no more. After a rather uneventful trip home, we found it to be a 3 hp. Associated throttled-governed kerosene engine. (Anybody else have one like it???) Now it has been restored (more or less) and runs very smooth and nice.

'Easy' washer with four cycle engine.

Very unusual 1 hp. Jacobsen with auxiliary exhaust and real odd 6-lobe cam wheel.

From then on, I began asking people about engines, and within a couple of years had collected almost a hundred. I sold some privately, and had an auction May 1969, at which I sold fifty. Since then, I have gotten about twenty more. Maybe I'll have to have another auction! I do have a few nice ones, and some scarce ones. I have a dandy 10 hp. Pohl 'Advance' model, screen-cooled. To start it, you have to 'cock it,' like cocking a rifle. Then you open the petcock, slurp in some gas, close the petcock, and yarn 'er back against compression -- then pull the trigger, and she's off with a whoof-CHUFFF!! We had it in a parade last year . . . since it has no water pump on it, we rigged up a cute little 1? hp. F-M to a water pump to circulate water in the Pohl. We would start the F-M (which is a hit-and-miss) to get the water circulating, then start the big Pohl (which is throttled-governed). It sure sounded good! Like the Pohl going 'CHUFF-CHUFF-CHUFF-CHUFF' and the little F-M going 'BANG-hah-hah-hah-BANG-hah-hah-hah', all on the same trailer.