| January/February 1979

  • 17 Ton Engine

  • 2 cycle,2 cylinder Oil Engine'

  • 17 Ton Engine
  • 2 cycle,2 cylinder Oil Engine'

6419 West Main, Turlock, California 95380

Greetings from the far West and the Central Valley of California. May we share with you a unified effort by a group of seven experienced old iron collectors to restore this large engine as pictured.

It is a 110 HP 2 cycle 2 cylinder hot head oil engine manufactured by the Continental Gin Company in Birmingham, Alabama around about 1920.

The Continental Gin Company was a large factory with impressive facilities to fabricate power plants for cotton gins and also for utility power companies.

Several years ago this engine was located in Yuma, Arizona, in a state of disrepair when a local cotton gin was dismantled. The period of service was from 1924 to 1949. It was located by Percy Goesch of Hughson, California while on a winter vacation in that area.

To transport a 17? ton engine to the Turlock and Modesto area was going to require lots of help with an ambitious effort to restore it back to running order. After considerable negotiations and planning, a group of seven members was formed to share the work and expense. 'Continental Seven One Ten' was the name chosen by members: PercyGoesch, Ivan Lowe, Harlan Segars, Jim Johnson, Duane Johnson, David Lyons and Gary Crow. The initial purchase was handled by Percy. The loan of a large diesel truck and lowboy trailer was promoted by Duane. So, during a long holiday weekend most of the group made the long trip and succeeded in loading up the heavy machinery to bring back home, a distance of 650 miles.


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