Comments on Gas Engine Magazine Questions

T. H. Kruger responds to a number of gas engine magazine questions and shares his thoughts on makes of gas engines he has owned.


| May/June 1967



10-20 Mogul and a 22-45 Grey

This is a picture of two of my engines, a 10-20 Mogul and a 22-45 Grey. (The Grey by the way was sold by the champion Grey seller in the world at Poleau, Saskatchewan, Canada). Photo courtesy of Andrew L. Michels, Plentywood, Montana.

PHOTO: ANDREW L. MICHELS

A reader supplies answers to Gas Engine Magazine questions. 

A few answers about Gas Engine Magazine questions. On page 32 of Mar-Apr. 1967 GEM, Fred Gertje is asking for identification of the 5 hp engine he has; also, asking if Fairbanks-Morse ever used red paint on their engines. I don't think F. M. painted many of their engines red. They do not state the color they are painted in the catalogs. A couple of my catalogs, 1909 and 1910, have a couple of lithographical illustrations, which show their vertical (about 4 hp and a 1 hp horizontal hopper-cooled, in red. The later catalogs (F.M.) show no colors.

I remember well, up on a farm near Beloit, Wisconsin, Dad was about to leave with his one-horse hitched to the light farm wagon, to get a type "H" 4 hp horizontal hopper-cooled gasoline engine to be used to rus the farm grinder, sheller and fodder-cutter; since he didn't want me to go along in getting the engine from the F.M. factory in Beloit, Wisconsin where it still is to this day — I asked Dad to get an engine painted red! That was about 1911-1912. I was all thrilled when I saw him coming up the road; but I soon saw the engine wasn't red, but green! I wasn't let down for long, because I sure was a happy boy, having that big, new engine on our farm. So, F.M. might have painted them red in 1909 an 1910. As far as I know, F.M. didn't build engines for other firms to be sold under different names. Of course, I stand to be corrected on this. Wherever I saw their engines built into machines, such as Hayes Sprayers, the F.M. engines had the F.M. regular tag.

Fred, I would ask, where did you get the 5 hp rating if there is no name-plate? Perhaps, that owner was set in his mind it was an F.M. and also a 5 hp. From most of your description, your engine is a Hercules and since it was red, more than likely Hercules built it for Sears who wanted the engines red, which Sears sold as "Economy" engine. Hercules (and Sears) sold lots of 5 hp. engines. The early Hercules (and Economy too) were battery ignition, M and B; then, later about 1914, Hercules attached a bracket on side of engine frame, like you related, attached with 2 cap screws and on this bracket was mounted a rotary magneto, low-tension Elkhart, sitting there between the pulley-flywheel and engine base, driven by bevel gears at twice engine speed, but timed to synchronize with the igniter tripping.

Ours is a fairly new settlement. The railroad came in in "13"; some rigs were drove in prior to that, mostly steam. The first was an undermounted Avery. I can't learn if it was a 30 or larger. Since I can't get real old ones, therefore I am collecting odd engines, the last being a Nilson.

I belong to The Northeast Montana Threshers & Antique Association at Culbertson, Montana. We put on the best show in the country. If anyone wants to argue about it, please come and see for yourself. We are a little short on steam but long on "gas".