The engine before restoration
1608 Ferrell Road Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
The engine is all original except for the muffler and the crankguardit even has a Detroit oiler.
My sons are relatively young. Ashley sells real estate, and Alan is a sophomore at North Carolina State University. Both enjoy this hobby. I collect mainly sideshafts (small), but do have a 1 HP R & V, a 1 HP Allis Chalmers Gilson with the original battery box and paint, and a few others.
In the summer of 1989, my sons, Ashley and Alan, and I were testing the waters with the hobby of gasoline engines. Our travels took us to parts of Ohio where we ended up at Ed Deis' Old Place. We purchased several engines, all in need of repair. As we were getting ready to leave, Ed pointed out another engine he said was 'different,' and for $500, it was ours. So what's another few dollars in this hobby, right? We loaded the engine up on the truck
Prior to this restoration, we dusted off the brass tag and found the following: Detroit Engine Works, Builders of Stationary Gasoline Engines, Detroit, Michigan USA 7886
For a couple of years, we asked around at engine shows about a hopper Detroit engine and were unable to obtain any information. Most people do not believe we have this engine, even when you show them the original brass tag-Some interesting facts about this engine: no spring on the push rod, but a double spring is on the exhaust valve; very large cam gear; very small hopper; unusual head very thin.
Due to the early castings, bearing oilers, and the unusual appearance of the engine, I have estimated the year of manufacture to be 1910 or earlier.
Additional information on this particular type of engine is solicited. All responses will be answered.