Coolspring Spotlight

The rare and the beautiful from the Coolspring Power Museum


| October 2006


The Star

Manufacturer: Star Gas
Engine?Co., New York
Year: circa 1904
Horsepower: 5
Serial number: 950
Bore: 5-1/2-inch
Stroke: 10-inch
Cycle: 4-stroke

The Star Gas Engine?Co. was known as a high quality builder. Their engines had an East Coast look and lines similar to White & Middleton and Backus engines.

Star was one of the early engine builders using a shelf-mounted cylinder with high-pedestal bearing blocks. Early engines used a hot tube: This engine has an igniter to ignite the fuel charge and a vertical flyball governor.

This engine ran a machine shop in Barbertown, N.J., and was used to support World War II, producing parts for the government. Butch Johnson of Baptistown, N.J., removed it from service in 1974. This Star is on loan to the Coolspring Power Museum from the collection of Preston Foster.



What Wendel says:

"Star horizontal engines were built in several sizes ranging from 1 to 25 HP. As with the vertical style, production of each size probably never exceeded a few hundred units at best, although at least one Star horizontal engine is still known to exist.

"Star's horizontal series used either a flyball governor or a pendulum governor at various times, and employed an angular slot on the intake valve seat, thus giving it the dual role of gas valve and intake valve. By placing the hot tube on the cylinder itself, the cylinder head could be removed without disturbing any of the engine attachments.














SUBSCRIBE TO GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE TODAY!

Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.




Facebook YouTube

Classifieds


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265