Ohio Enthusiast’s 15 HP Myrick Eclipse from the Late Don “Red” Ball Collection
I took my 15 HP Myrick Eclipse gas engine to the Coolspring Power Museum Summer Exposition in Coolspring, Pa., on June 16, 2000, not knowing much about its history. Reason being, I had just purchased it six days earlier from an engine dealer, Kenny Wolf of Peru, Ind. Gas engine guru Mike Fuoco recognized the engine immediately as one from the late Don "Red" Ball collection. Red hailed from Wellsville, N.Y., and is responsible for the Myrick's restoration.
The Myrick Type O was initially located south of Allegheny, N.Y., at Carey Hollow, where it had pumped six oil wells. When Red located the engine in the mid-1980s, it had not been run for about 10 years, necessitating the restoration.
The engine is hopper-cooled with a bore of 8-1/2 inches and a stroke of 12 inches. It has a Wico OC high-tension magneto at present, but the original is believed to be an R1. The Myrick is volume governed and is equipped with a coaxial intake and exhaust valve assembly, similar to a Titusville Olin. The flywheels measure 48 inches in diameter with a 4-inch width. The crank-driven, 4-point McCord automatic force feed oiler is believed to be original equipment.
This is the only one of this model known to exist at the present time, and no serial or casting numbers are evident on the engine. The year of manufacture is also unknown. As it left the factory, this engine had a retail price of $650.
According to Mike, it seems the designers at Myrick Machine Co. of Olean, N.Y., were given an open book to try many different designs. For a small company to have this policy must have taxed the pattern makers, foundry men and machinists to the maximum.
A special thanks to Michael Fuoco and the late Don "Red" Ball, and all the others that helped in this project and passed on all the information and stories about this engine.
Contact engine enthusiast John Herman at: 703 Wilson Court, Tipp City, OH 45371; (937) 667-4124; firstname.lastname@example.org