An Original Mogul Kerosene Engine

The Mogul kerosene engine starts on gas and later switches over to kerosene.

| August/September 2001

3755 Mason Rd. Oneida, New York 13421-3512

A year or so ago I was made aware of a kerosene engine sitting locked up in a pump house owned by the state of New York not far from my home. I was in the area one day, and went to see if the rumors were true; sure enough, looking through holes in the building I could make out an engine. I was also told that others had tried to buy the engine from the state, without success. I made a few inquiries, and after many visits to the proper offices and some phone calls to Albany, I discovered that the engine indeed was not available. The state has a nice restored upright Novo in Utica, inside a meeting room that the employees use there; the state also has indefinite plans (apparently) to rescue and restore this engine as well.

So since the Mogul wasn't to be had, I sort of wrote it off mentally, but during the winter, I got to thinking, hey, even though it's not for sale per se, maybe they'd let me take photos of it for an article in GEM. I mean, I'm a photographer and all, so I thought, why not. Go for it!! So back to more phone calls, and visits to the right people, and lo and behold, permission was granted.

Two weeks ago Monday, I invited my friend Woody Sins along, and at 9:00 a.m. we met the man with the key to the pump house and were let in to take the accompanying photographs.

The engine is a 6 HP IHC Mogul sideshaft kerosene throttle-governed engine. It turns over okay. As you can see in the photos, it has a trip mag on the front of the engine, and an igniter in the head. It has two butterfly valves on top of the head, one to divert air down to the muffler to preheat the air before it's mixed with kerosene. The engine was to be started on gas, and later switched over to run on kerosene or distillate (and a bit of water as well, to help the kero/distillate burn properly).

The engine is in remarkably good condition, complete, original, and 'barn-fresh,' for lack of a better term. It has all its little parts and pieces intact. At my suggestion, Woody brought along some old rags and an oil-can and we spent some time lubing up the old girl with a protective coating. I dug out about a bushel of mouse nest material (50% nesting, 50% feces, yuck!) from the water hopper, and wished for a vacuum to do better. I placed a flat board over the hopper to keep future mice colonies out. We moved and lubed everything that we could, given the limited amount of time we had available.


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