A Beautiful Abenaque Engine

| August/September 2000

  • 5 HP Abenaque Engine

  • 5 HP Abenaque Engine

Cricket Hill Farm, PO Box 1032, Dublin, New Hampshire 03444-1032

Some years ago, Ozzie Sweet took this photograph to be used in a calendar. Since the calendar company decided not to use it, Ozzie has given me permission to use it-specifically to GEM.

The 5 HP Abenaque engine was built about 1909 by the Abenaque Machine Works of Westminster Station, Vermont. The trucks and saw rig were also made by this company.

The sideshaft drives the governor, the fuel pump, and the cam which operates the valves. A revolving 'star' wheel contacts a steel wire providing make-and-break ignition. Fuel mixing is accomplished by air passing over a flat dish of gasoline. Cooling is by thermo-siphon action utilizing the characteristic Abenaque water tanks.

I restored this engine in the early 1980s and it is now owned by Robert and Stephen Upham of Whately, Massachusetts. (See another of Stephen Upham's engines on this month's cover.)