A Teen Engine Collector Seeks Help With Identifying a Gas Engine

Clark W. Colby, a teenage collector of 30 gas engines, is seeking help from Gas Engine Magazine readers to help with identifying a gas engine.

| November/December 1966

  • Waterloo Gasoline Engine
    This is a 2 H.P. Waterloo Boy made about 1910 by The Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, Waterloo, Iowa. Photo courtesy of John Miller, LaPorte City, Iowa.

  • Waterloo Gasoline Engine

Clark W. Colby asks Gas Engine Magazine readers for help identifying a gas engine. 

I have heard your request for more material so I will try to help out. I will send articles in occasionally as I get time. This time though, I have a question. Has anyone ever seen or heard of an engine as I am about to describe? I bought it from a man named Zeb who collects antiques and want help identifying a gas engine.

The engine was made by the Ottawa Manufacturing Company in Ottawa, Kansas. The engine is rated at 7 hp @ 600 rpm. From here it becomes unusual. It is a 2 cylinder engine, both cylinders in-line. Both pistons are on the same crank-throw. Since it is a "four-cycle" engine, it fires once every revolution. It has an open crankcase and pushrod operated intake and exhaust valves which are in the head. It has one Wico magneto which trips every revolution and has two high voltage outputs. It also has a throttling governor and a reed instead of a choke. The valve seats are square and water hopper is removable. I would appreciate any information which any reader could supply.

I am 17 years old and have 30 gas engines and an I.H.C. regular tractor. I would be happy to answer any questions on identification or repair of any gas engines that any of you readers might have. I don't have one of everything, but don't have too many duplicates either, so I'll help to the best of my ability.