10907 Cleveland, Kansas City, Missouri 64137
In the beginning, all you wanted was a gas engine, any gas engine, that you could work on, get greasy on and be proud of. Then, as the 'Bug' bites deeper, you want more. Like maybe a real nice engine, or a real rare engine. And, if you are lucky, you might find a real nice rare engine. But to find two real nice rare engines in less than a year, is almost too much to even dream about.
Yes, that sounds like a dream, but it is exactly what has happened to my dad and I. The two engines are even brothers, both are Industrial Iron Works engines, built about the turn of the century. One is a 7 HP side shaft, with 49 inch flywheels, the other one is a 2? HP tank-cooled engine which is unfortunately not a side shaft, but I guess even a dream can't be perfect.
The 2? HP was owned by an old man in a little town near Kansas City and had been there for a long time. It took some doing but we finally talked him into selling it to us. The 7 HP was a little more fun because it was still in the Bush, so to speak. There dad was, driving down the road, when all of a sudden he thought he saw some flywheels off to the side of the road. So he made a quick U-turn and went back to check. The wheels he had seen turned out to be part of a sawmill, but when he turned around to go back to the road, there it was, setting right in the middle of a chicken yard.
It's not just an engine, but an engine on an original wooden saw rig, with a battery box that doubles as a seat and the original coil was still in the box.
Well, enough of this bragging; on with the reason for all this. We only know of four of these Industrial Iron Works engines, and all four of them are different. There is a 16 HP side shaft tank-cooled, a 5 HP side shaft hopper-cooled and our two engines. We would like to know if there are any more of these out there anywhere. We live in Kansas City, Missouri which is about 80 miles from Clinton, Missouri where they were built. We are pretty sure that there are no more around this area, at least not in the hands of any collectors. So, if any of you have or know of any Industrial Iron Works engines, we would sure like to know about it. Thank you.