Engines in Finland

| February/March 1993

Waterloo engines

Sirkkalankatu 10 A 3 SF 20500 Turku, Finland

My name is Juha Kaitanen. I am actually an antique car enthusiast, but I have been helping some friends of mine who are spending their spare time with old stationary engines.

I would like to get some information on Waterloo gasoline engines manufactured by Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in Waterloo, Iowa. I would also like to get information on Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company.

My father used to work, when retired, for the museum of local history and culture in Vehmaa, the place where I was born. He conducted the restoration of two genuine Waterloo engines-2 HP and 7 HP.

The restored engines owned by the museum are both K-engines, a 7 HP, serial number 215757, 360 r.p.m., and a 2 HP, serial number 222845, 575 r.p.m. The magnetos, both Wizard type 60 magnetos manufactured by Hercules Electric Co., Minneapolis, Indiana, are Model 12, No. 315913, and Model 20, No. 336126 respectively.

The museum also had engines #215758 and #215472, both 7 HP, 360 r.p.m., which were basically parts engines. The cooling tank opening in engine No. 215758 is rectangular. In the other engines it is more or less round. These were sold a few weeks ago to one stationary engine enthusiast. Another one is sandblasted and painted and the man is starting to assemble it. He would like to get information on how to restore the ignitor, the mechanical spark plug.