A Mother of a Show

Don't Forget Pawnee, Okla., for Some Springtime Gas Engine Goodness

| August/September 2004

The Monitor engines

A 1919 English-made 'Victory' Petter engine owned by John Burgoyne. Notice the Monitor engines in the background owned by Bill Keen.

International Representation

John Burgoyne, who immigrated from England in 1965, brought a beautiful British-made 4 HP 1919 Petter Jr. The engine runs at 400 rpm, John says, and is from the first production batch following World War I. Because of this, 'Victory' is cast in the cylinder, making it a very special and unique model.

Now a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, John says this year's show was his third visit to Pawnee and is the biggest show he travels to each year.

John also brought a 1/3-scale Monitor vertical built from plans furnished by Pacific Model Designs of Bend, Ore. As a mechanical engineer, John has plenty of access to his own CNC machinery, which he uses to create computer-exact scale models based on kits. This little Monitor looked about as sturdy as any scale model can be; no doubt it's the result of a great model builder and some quality machinery.

The Monitor's plans came courtesy of John's buddy Bill Keen, who brought his own fleet of full-sized Monitor engines to Pawnee. Bill and John (and three or four others at the Pawnee event) are members of the Granbury Flywheelers, located in Granbury, Texas.

Another treasure in John's trove is his 4 HP Reeves Pulley Co. gas engine. Most known for its huge prairie-breaking steam-traction engines, the firm concentrated on the pulley business but also produced farm-type stationary engines from about 1910 to 1916. Today, these farm engines are very rare to come by, but John and Bill both own some great examples of the short-lived but quality Reeves Co. engines.

John says his Reeves engine was damaged when he got it, and it required some 'innovative thinking' to repair it. The cylinder was completely broken off from the base, so he shaved off the bottom of the cylinder and attached a flange that now is attached to the base. Luckily, that damage occurred early in the engine's life, and other than a minor problem with the cylinder head, the Reeves was in great condition when John purchased it.