Learning the Ropes with Galloway Engines

Join Dana Kehoe as he discusses his experience restoring a 1910 1-3/4 hp Air Cooled Galloway and how he discovered a love for restoring old gas engines.

| October/November 2019

Dana Kehoe and his recently restored 1910 1-3/4hp air-cooled Galloway. Behind him is the 1908 2-1/4hp hopper-cooled Galloway he restored in 2015.

1910 1-3/4hp air-cooled Galloway

Manufacturer: William Galloway Co., Waterloo, IA
Year: 1910
Serial No.: 12103
Horsepower: 1-3/4
Bore & Stroke: 3-7/8in x 5in
Flywheels: 17-3/4in x 1-3/4in
Belt Pulley: 12in x 12in
Ignition: Igniter with battery and coil
Fuel: Gasoline
Cooling: Air

Dana Kehoe has accomplished a great deal with gasoline engines in his young life. “I began working with engines when I was about 6 years old,” says the 20-year-old student attending the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). “Mostly I’d help my dad, John Kehoe, with his 800hp 1970 Chevy Nova race car, rebuilding it after races. My family has always been into engines, so I’ve been around it for a long time,” Dana says. “Those vivid memories are what motivated me to go to UNOH.” Dana is earning his Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive/High Performance Technology.

At Christmas when Dana was 14 his family members began talking about gas engines. “They’re all part of the Thresherman’s club at Edgerton, Wisconsin,” Dana says, “and we got on the subject because my cousin was restoring a Fairbanks air-compressor for a large Y-type engine. So I asked my uncle, Jim Faith, how I could find an engine and get started on restoring it. He told me to come by his shop the next weekend and we would figure things out.”

Figuring it out meant a circa-1923 John Deere E 1-1/2hp gas engine for Dana to work on, and in seventh grade he reworked his first hit-and-miss engine. “The John Deere E had been sitting for the better part of 30 years. It was ratty and needed to be freshened up. The piston was free, but the gas pickup inside was broken,” Dan recalls.

Dana conducted basic measuring with a simple micrometer and took the entire engine apart. “Uncle Jim helped me with it. We put an oversized aluminum piston in it, and he showed me how to run an air drill with a four-finger stone hone, so I honed the engine and went through it and did all the crosshatching with a berry hone, and sized the piston to the final bore size. It kind of took off from there. It was pretty much a winter weekend thing to do over at Jim’s shop to help out with sandblasting and other work.”


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