Gas Engine Magazine

1869 12 HP Gibbs & Sterrett photo gallery

By Staff

Stan Ellerbeck of Excelsior Springs, Mo., took on quite a project in 2008, converting an 1869 Gibbs & Sterrett box bed steam engine into a 12 HP gas engine with a Bessemer cylinder. Stan started the project in November 2007 and finished it just in time to show it at the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Assn. show in Portland, Ind., in August 2008.

Over the course of those nine months, Stan took hundreds of photos to document the process from start to finish. Below, you’ll find links to eight different photo galleries featuring Stan’s photos as well as some by Gas Engine Magazine. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to read the full story behind this incredible engine. 

Photo Gallery 1: Finding the pieces and getting started

Photo Gallery 2: Making the patterns for the rear cylinder mount and rear seal housing

Photo Gallery 3: Machining the wrist-pin bearing and other parts of the crosshead assembly

Photo Gallery 4: Machining the piston rod and oilers

Photo Gallery 5: Making the patterns for the crosshead

Photo Gallery 6: Machining the casting for the rear seal housing

Photo Gallery 7: Putting the castings in place

Photo Gallery 8: The engine in late May 2008, nearly complete

  • Published on Jan 27, 2009
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