| November/December 1989

26425 S. E. 39th, Issaquah, WA 98027

Having enjoyed accumulating, restoring, and showing engines for several years, I decided a year and a half ago to start this project. I wanted to put the Carlisle and Finch engine to work because it always ran so well. Furthermore, with a three year old son as a helper, keeping the display small scale seemed appropriate. So, Marshall and I have worked together on much of the project.

I started by cutting the steel tubing and welding the frame for this building together. The finished structure is 36 inches wide, 96 inches long, and 46 inches high. For decking tongue and groove 1x4 inch offered a secure floor to which I could bolt machinery. I cut a shallow slot in each board making the floor planking look narrower.

To accomplish convenient speed options and power in opposite directions, I mounted two overhead line shafts. The shafts are ? inch cold rolled steel and each hangs on five pillow blocks. Surprisingly, finding vintage flat belt and round belt pulleys so small to match pulleys on the machines required some searching. Fortunately, I found approximately the sizes I needed but, of course, I settled for speeds that might be a little too slow on some of the machines. I even found the old idler pulley with a cast iron bracket. This wheel hangs against the drive belt from the engine and serves as a clutch.

As I mentioned the engine is a Carlisle and Finch (see C. H. Wendel's American Gas Engines, p. 83). This engine has an ignitor and is hit and miss. With a 2? inch bore and a 2? inch stroke, it develops ? HP. The 8 inch flywheels have 1? inch faces. When I bought the engine, the Modine radiator was attached. I built and elevated the brass fuel tank which supplies the ? inch Lunkenheimer mixer on the engine. A No.000 Lunkenheimer Royal oiler lubricates the cylinder and wrist pin.

On the same side of the building and to the right of the engine, the first tool is a grinding stone mounted on a steel frame that I riveted together.


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