Hercules Engine News


| March/April 1998



20601 Old State Road Haubstadt, Indiana 47639

For the past few years articles have been coming your way about many of the interesting features in regard to the Hercules and related engines. During this time, interest has certainly picked up on these engines. A lot of letters and phone calls (812-867-5266) have been received that had requested-information or had information to furnish.

In 1999 there will be a special event that many Hercules, Economy, ARCO, Jaeger and Thermoil and related engine owners will want to be part of. On June 11, 12 and 13, 1999 these engines will be featured at a special event to recognize 85 years since the first engines were built by the Hercules Gas Engine Company of Evansville, Indiana. It will also recognize 90 years since the first Economy engines were built at the Holm Manufacturing Company of Sparta, Michigan. These latter engines were the Hercules forerunners.

This special event will be held at the Classic Iron Show at Evansville, Indiana, and hosted by Southern Indiana Antique Machine Club, Inc. (SIAM). Even though this event is well over a year away, it is time to start thinking about it and to make exhibit or spectator plans.

Questions continue to come up in regard to proper paint colors to use in the restoration of these engines. No authentic paint color information exists that I know of. From observation and experience, here are the paints and colors that I use. Most are readily available 'off the shelf paints.

For Hercules models D through N, use Rust-O-Leum Hunter Green.