Remember the Alamo: My Alamo Engine

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PHOTO: RICHARD N. CAMPBELL
The Alamo engine Richard N. Campbell purchased for $5 and restored to good working order.

I have an Alamo Blue Line Engine in running
order and completely restored to original. It is a 3 1/2 hp.,
400 rpm, serial No. 64537. The water bowl has large letters “M” on
each side, which stands for Moline. I learned recently that my Alamo
engine was manufactured for the Moline Plow Company in 1914. This
engine was handed down in the Garfield family, Susun Valley,
California. The engine was used for sawing wood twenty years
ago.

I spotted this engine from the road and bought it for $5.00. The
piston was frozen, so I hoisted the engine head up and poured
cyclohexene on the piston. After letting it soak for one week, I
poured hot water around the cylinder wall. I was then able to break
the piston loose. I thoroughly cleaned the piston and ground valves. Then
I made an exact replica of the original gas tank. The magneto is a
Wizard with hand-type action. On the magneto is inscribed
“Guaranteed if not tampered with.” I found this was true,
when I had the head off. I was able to clean and test the ignitor
points.

After engine assembly I replaced the governor springs and made
a crank from a 1 1/2-ft pipe. The engine readily started and still is
ready for service. This engine is a dry crankcase type. Everything
is lubricated by grease cups and is a hit-and-miss fired controlled
by the governor in the right flywheel.

I want to thank Mr. Edward A. Gay of Hillsdale,
Michigan for identifying the name of the engine. Also, Mr. Stan
Read of Gunnison, Colorado who helped me identify the engine’s
age.

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