Gas Engine Fever


| September/October 1974


133 Maple Street, Greenbuss, Massachusetts 02040

Several months ago I caught the fever just from talking to a fellow who stopped to see my 1928 Reo 1-1/2 Ton Dump Truck, which was parked where I work. He was interested in gas engines and talked me into looking for one. Well, the next day I had one which was given to me (a 2 H.P. Monarch). It was well froze up and not knowing a thing about a Hit and Miss, I was really interested in seeing what made the thing work, being the antique nut I am. The engine came apart so easy I was surprised, even though it had sat outside for 20 years or so.

I got the pieces cleaned up, honed the cylinder wall, went down to the Auto Supply Store, and got some Piston Ring (1954 Chey Rings fit but I had to put two rings to each groove). I came back and ground the valves and started to reassemble it. I got it all back together and was ready to fire it up (this was all done on a Saturday), but I was stumped with the ignition. I turned the engine over a few times and found that the Push Rod for the exhaust valve made contact on the compression stroke at T.D.C. Well, I figured that, what I know now, is the Mag was missing, a Model T coil would work. I taped the rocker arm good, put on a brass plate with a wire to it and wired up a T coil to it. Every time the push rod hits the brass plate it fires the plug. I filled the gas tank and the hopper, hooked a G.V. Battery to the coil and after two or three hours of cranking I got her running. After three or four hours of watching the foolish thing jumping every time it fired, I just had to show it to everyone. The guy who gave it to me still does not believe it runs. There is no way to time it with my Model T Coil. I know now what that extra push rod is and the cast iron bracket where the spark plug is, is broken. The missing piece held the Magneto. Maybe someday I'll find one.

Since then I have been looking everywhere for old engines. I now have 16 of them plus the whereabouts of six or seven more. They are more fun than old cars (I have a 26 T Express wagon, 28 Reo Dump and a 1930 AA Platform).



Here is what I've collected;- The 2 H.P. Monarch Model U 1916 Evenrude-Water Pump 192? I.M. Trask

4-6 H.P., 850-900 RPM, Lobster Boat engine, looks like the Cushman pictured on page 33 of the Sept.-Oct. 1973 G.E.M.














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