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“S-T” engines

| February 2008


Owner: Ben Hilton, 2579 Blackburn Bridge Road, Maiden, NC 28650


Freeport, Ill.

Year: 1925
Horsepower: 2
RPM: 500
Bore: 3-1/2-inch
Stroke: 4-inch
Flywheel width: 2 inches
Flywheel diameter: 15-1/2 inches
Governing: Hit-and-miss
Ignition: WICO EK with spark plug


Sandwich, Ill.

Model: Cub
Year: 1929
Horsepower: 1-1/4
Serial number: AA29479
Bore: 3-1/4-inch
Stroke: 5-inch
RPM: 575
Flywheel width: 1-9/16 inches
Flywheel diameter: 16-1/8 inches
Governing: Hit-and-miss
Ignition: WICO EK magneto
Unique features: On original trucks


Elgin, Ill.

Company: Taylor Engine Co., Elgin, Ill.
Model: Type C vacuum engine
Year: circa 1925-1928
Horsepower: 2
Weight: 240 pounds
Flywheel width: 1-5/8 inches
Flywheel diameter: 17 inches
Governing: Hit-and-miss
Ignition: WICO EK magneto with a Type 2 drive
Unique features: It's called a vacuum engine because it has a built-in vacuum pump and was used on farms to directly run cow milking machines. It has a single, two-stage piston, having a small diameter for the front half (for power), and a larger diameter for the back half (for vacuum). The engine is designed to run as an engine alone and the pump can still work without the engine running, by belting it up to the pulley.