Gallant Galloway Engine

An immaculate Galloway engine keeps the old iron hobby alive.

| February/March 2016

  • Dana Kehoe (left) and Jim Faith with the finished Galloway engine.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • As found: Dana gets to work removing parts from the Galloway in preparation for its restoration.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • With the engine stripped, Dana checks the fit of the wrist pin and connecting rod with the piston.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • A closer view of the stripped engine before final machining and sanding for paint. The new cylinder liner has already been installed.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • Painted parts set up to dry before being installed on the engine.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • The trucks, repaired and ready for paint.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • Dana installing the crankshaft oilers after confirming proper fit and shimming of the crankshaft.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • The cart during mock-up.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • The trucks bolted to the plank.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • The battery box and engine bolted to the plank.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • A detail shot of the working end of the Galloway.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • The Galloway still has its original brass build plate.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • The Galloway still has its round gas tank.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith
  • The finished engine. A job nicely done.
    Photo courtesy Jim Faith

1908 2-1/4 hp Galloway
Manufacturer: WM Galloway Co., Waterloo, IA
Serial no.: 4181
Horsepower: 2-1/4 hp @ 450 rpm
Bore & stroke:  4-1/8in x 12in
Engine weight: 320lb
Flywheel: 17-3/4in x 1-3/4in
Ignition: Igniter with battery & coil
Governing: Hit-and-miss
Notable details: Engine still has the original factory round gas tank and the original factory Lunkenheimer oiler

As with anything, keeping a hobby alive is challenging – yet it can be accomplished in many ways. One of the most essential is to encourage younger folk to be involved. That is exactly what Jim Faith of Monticello, Wisconsin, is doing, wrangling some new blood into the old iron hobby. 

Engineered for success

Jim’s work getting younger enthusiasts into the hobby takes place at his business, Faith Engineering Inc. in Monticello, which specializes in taking a customer’s idea and turning it into something tangible. “It’s a turnkey automation company,” Jim says. “We do all of the machining, fabricating, building, design work, testing, assembly and support in-house for the food, dairy, automotive, biotech, medical and foundry industry. We’re in a lot of different industries with our automation; kind of a one-stop solution for industry. We do a lot of repair work and reverse engineering. We actually run production machining; all the different departments work together when we build a machine.”

That the shop’s bread-and-butter is the food and dairy industry is no coincidence given its Wisconsin location, which is well-known for its cheese and other dairy products. This is no mom and pop-type operation, however, with high-quality lathes and machinery for engine restoration and maintenance.    

Jim credits his father for getting him involved in the old iron hobby early on when he was just 8 years old. The pair restored a John Deere Model E together, which Jim is currently in the process of re-restoring for the second time. “Really what I’m doing now all started with gas engines and evolved into a company,” Jim says. The engine restoration bug continued to affect Jim in high school, when he started building a working half-scale 3 hp Fuller & Johnson Model N from scratch. He finished it in college, and it now sits in the entryway of his business.

His collection currently consists of a dozen engines, with Jim’s favorite being a 60 hp 1927 Fairbanks-Morse YVA 2-cycle diesel engine. Weighing in at a smidge less than 15,000 pounds, it’s no lightweight. Before it came to the Thresherman’s Park in Edgerton, Wisconsin, it was used in a cotton gin in Alabama. “It is a big investment that’s been a lot of work,” Jim says. “It is going into a museum project I’m currently working on; it will be a turn of the century working machine shop when it’s all done. That’s the engine that will power all of the line shafting there.” The Fairbanks starts with compressed air. A documentary and start-up of the 60 hp Fairbanks-Morse can be seen online on YouTube.


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