Still Collecting Engines

Long-time collector checks in with his latest engine finds, including a Faultless engine.


| August/September 2014



Faultless Engine

Charles Hargreaves’ Faultless engine. Faultless, based in Kansas City, Mo., built engines in the 3, 5, 7, 10, 12 and 15 HP sizes. Its engines bore a striking resemblance to Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. engines.

Photo by Charles Hargreaves

Here we go again. (Still collecting engines.)

At a show in August 2012 at Blanchard, Michigan, I was riding around with my Standard Twin garden tractor with a sulky when I went by a fellow who thought my setup was neat. As we visited we got on the subject of engines and I told him I had traded my Avery tractor for four engines. He told me he had a Faultless engine and he was willing to sell. Of course I was interested as I hadn’t seen a Faultless and thought that might be nice to have for my collection.

So then back in February 2013 my son and I dropped off an engine with Gary Calvin so he could get it going. As close as we can tell that engine is an air-cooled Bluffton. A picture on the lower left corner of page 60 of American Gasoline Engines Since 1872 Vol. 1 by C.H. Wendel shows a Bluffton Cream Separator Co., Bluffton, Ohio, engine, which looks identical to mine.

On the way home we stopped to look at the Faultless and to my surprise it looked as the pictures showed. I also looked at what the fellow said was a Casey Jones railroad engine (more on that in a minute). He told me a price for the two engines and said he would come to my place to see what I had to trade toward them.

After I thought it over I called and told him the engines got to me and I would somehow get them. He got a chuckle out of that and said he would put my name on them. On April 11, 2013, he and his wife came and he picked out some things I had and we did some dealings, so now I have the engines. He also said he had another engine that he would put my name on. It is different as it is an inboard boat motor.

On April 28, my son delivered the stuff and we picked up the engines and then went down to Scotts Old Tyme Power and Equipment Assn. Plow Days and Swap Meet at Scotts, Michigan, to show them off. My oldest son showed up and he asked if the engine would run and I said it should. There was a little gas in the tank, so he choked it and it started up. I said, “I’ve only had it about 2 or 2-1/2 hours and already have it running.”