Dumpster Treasures

History of Case stationary engine endeavor almost lost

| May 2006


The 60 HP engine.

J.I. Case Co. of Racine, Wis., is well-known for their steam engines, tractors and farm machinery. But, they also made an attempt at the stationary engine market in 1913. Wendel's American Gasoline Engines Since 1872 touches briefly on this endeavor. In my collections, I have some factory photos, also dated in 1913, showing more of these engines. These photos and more than 100 others were collected from dumpsters at the Case factory years ago.

Wendel's book shows the off-side of the 6 HP engine. At first glance, it is very heavy, complicated and looks expensive to build. It appears to be a hit-and-miss engine with the governor weight clamped on one spoke and the mixer on the off-side. It is igniter fired, has an automatic intake valve and speed control. It had a closed crankcase with an access cover. They used a dry head, but what is the use of the inner circle and the pipe plug?

Looking closely at the hopper, you can see where a Case eagle on the globe decal had been blocked out. Also notice all the pinstriping. You cannot see the gas tank, but it could be put in the open space under the cylinder. This seems to be their own design and they copied no other engine. While the trend was to make more simple and cheaper engines, this they did not do, and you can see why this project was abandoned. Would have been nice to be there when this engine was thrown in the scrap pile!

While the 60 HP is not a small engine, it is an attempt at putting a production engine into stationary use. I have seven different views of the 2-cylinder 60 HP engine taken in October 1913. It is the engine used in the 30-60 tractor with a stationary base. The tractor came out in 1912, so it was just a matter of using the engine and making a base for it.

In the center is one of two photos I have of the 40 HP engine for stationary use. This is the same engine used in the 20-40 tractor that came out in 1912. This photo is also dated October 1913.

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