This 3 HP Domestic Gas Engine Is Bliss

Tray-cooled 3 HP Domestic gas engine saved from the shed.

| April/May 2012

  • 3 HP Domestic
    This 3 HP Domestic gas engine probably spent its life pumping water and doing other jobs around the farm.
  • Domestic Gas Engine
    The 3 HP Domestic uses tray-cooling with a circulating pump.
  • 3 HP Domestic Gas Engine
    This 3 HP Domestic gas engine required a little bit of work, but now it runs very nice.
  • Domestic Engine
    Domestic gas engines were manufactured in Shippensburg, Pa.

  • 3 HP Domestic
  • Domestic Gas Engine
  • 3 HP Domestic Gas Engine
  • Domestic Engine

Bill Winkler of St. Anna, Wis., is the proud owner of this unique 3 HP Domestic Gas Engine. “It’s got the tray-cooling with the circulating pump,” he says. “It’s very uncommon to have it set up like this.”

The Domestic probably spent its working life pumping water and doing other odd jobs around the farm. Bill got the engine from a collector in Pennsylvania. “He had it probably 30 years,” Bill says. “I don’t even think he ran it when he got it home. He just dragged it home and put it in his shed along with many others.”

There was some work involved for Bill though. “I put the new cooling pan in and got it to run. I had to do a little cylinder work because it didn’t have a lot of compression,” he says. “It runs very nice.”