Serial number: 805
Year: circa 1916
Weight: 1,000 pounds
Flywheel width: 2-1/4 inches
Flywheel diameter: 24 inches
Governing: early throttle, variable speed, 1 to 4 HP
Ignition: spark plug with buzz coil
Unique features: The head and engine block on this engine are a completely different design than the serial no. 599, 4 HP Chase engine. This is the only Chase engine Roger has seen with original paint and logos.
Interesting fact: Company was in business from 1913 to 1916.
1792 W. 2nd St.
Model: Little Giant
Year: circa 1905
Weight: 225 pounds
Flywheel diameter: 6-1/8 inches
Governing: patent catch governor
Ignition: spark plug, buzz coil and battery
Unique features: The mixer is of unique design with a small shaft protruding from the top. To prime the engine, you spin the shaft until gasoline can be seen at the base of the mixer. The distal end of the shaft is a needle point that fits into the gas valve. Gasoline is supplied by gravity.
Interesting fact: C.H. Wendel's American Gasoline Engines Since 1872 shows the Little Giant using hot tube ignition.
Owner: Chuck Ostrander
10248 E. Calle Tejas Lane
Hereford, AZ 85615
Serial number: 135
Weight: 650 pounds
Flywheel diameter: 26 inches Governing: flyball governor, hit-and-miss
Ignition: make-and-break igniter with low-tension friction drive magneto
Unique features: dual fuel
system: natural gas and gasoline
Interesting fact: Believed to be the earliest Cook in existence and the only one known to use the company's earliest style of governor, patented in 1902.
Owner: Wayne Greening
4233 Cambria Wilson?Road
Lockport, NY 14094
Year: circa 1910
Serial number: 3690
Weight: 800-900 pounds
Flywheel width: 2-1/2 inches
Flywheel diameter: 26 inches
Ignition: spark plug with battery and high tension coil
Interesting fact: Challenge built other styles of engines besides the hourglass, and was a well-known maker of windmills.
Owner: Alan New
County Road 900 S.
Pendleton, IN 46064
The mystery continues regarding our APLCO engine, but some new information has come to light. Dan Dorece, contributor to Gas Engine Magazine, says the engine was either made by Termaat & Monahan or Gray because at one point the two companies made engines for each other. Or perhaps T&M made engines for Gray after a fire in the Gray factory in 1916? There are many stories floating around, but photos speak louder than words. The similarities between T&M and Gray and our APLCO engine are unquestionable. At the right is a photo of a T&M 1-1/2 HP engine from the back cover of our March 1997 issue. Despite obvious similarities - and differences for that matter - the real story is in the numbers. On the side of the T&M engine, under the logo, is: 14H29. Notice then on the APLCO engine: 14H29. Some Gray engines also had a 29 on the side of their engines. Thomas Green has a website about Gray engines and says these numbers mean 1 HP 4-cycle and the H29 would be the serial number. This doesn't totally add up since more than one engine we have seen has 14H29, but it could be a good start as to the meaning of the numbers.
Michael Miller writes: I also have in my possession one of the APLCO engines described on page 11 of the May 2006 issue. I purchased this engine near Pittsburgh, Pa., more than 25 years ago. It is in excellent condition and we know nothing about who built it.
If you look at page 9 of the January 1995 GEM, you will see an identical engine, only it has the name OshKosh cast in the sides of the hopper.
If anyone has any further information on this mystery, please contact GEM: firstname.lastname@example.org
Serial number: 3534
Flywheel diameter: 14-1/2 inches
Flywheel width: 1-7/8 inches
Ignition: buzz coil
Unique Features: Air-cooled and opposed valves.
Owner: Karl and Chad Schlifke
12890 Williston Road
East?Aurora, NY 14052