It's A What?

| August/September 1991

763 Tunk Hill Road Foster, RI 02825

About a year ago, I became the owner of a small vertical gas engine. The engine had been outside for some time, but was in fairly good condition, or so I thought. The interesting thing about this engine, and what drew my attention to it, was that it appeared to be a stationary engine that had been manufactured by a marine engine company. It has a cast base and a pulley cast into one of its flywheels, a brass water pump operated by a brass connecting rod from an eccentric on the crankshaft, and a Schebler carburetor. It is a two stroke engine with a check valve built into the cover that mounts the carburetor on the lower end of the crankcase. The governor consists of two L-shaped arms on the inside of the flywheel that move another eccentric that controls, through an odd-shaped rod, a throttle valve located in the transfer port on the opposite side of the engine from the carburetor. The ignition is low tension with an igniter that gets its snap from a rod that is operated by the same eccentric that operates the water pump.

All these things are quite intriguing, but the icing on this engine is the brass cover on the cylinder head that has a six-pointed star pattern drilled in it. The cover appears to be machined from a solid piece of brass and is about a quarter of an inch thick. It is shaped like a jar lid and fits into a groove milled around the top of the head. It is held down by the primer cup that extends from the center of the head and it has a hole in it for a water pipe that exits the decoration.

And decorative it is! The first thing I did was to polish the brass cover. Some Never-Dull and elbow grease exposed a piece that must have been the pride of the person who made it.

The question: who did make it? No plate, in fact no casting numbers. None anywhere. No problem-a check in the 'bible' ( Wendel's American Gasoline Engines Since 1872) is sure to reveal something.

At this time I would like to compliment Crestline Publishing Co., and the people who bind their books. Maybe they can use this as a testimonial because, after looking through the book at least ten thousand times, it is still together. Unfortunately, no clue to the origin of this engine was found.


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