Lost Engine

| March/April 2000

13326 CR 3104, Gladewater, Texas 75647

Although I have been subscribing to GEM for many years, this is the first time I have written to you.

My name is B. J. Benton, and I live in Gladewater, Texas. In the late '60s and early 70s when I was growing up in Liberty, New York, my father and I collected several old gasoline engines ranging from 1? to 14 horsepower. When I moved to Texas to go to college, these engines were sold to Mr. Emory Campbell in Livingston Manor, New York. The 14 HP engine, a Consolidated hit 'n miss, somehow never made it into my picture record of the collection. The engine was in perfect, unrestored condition when it was sold, and if at all possible, I would like to locate it just to get some pictures of it, or even to find out what happened to it.

The engine was hopper cooled with battery/coil/ignitor ignition, 6 inch x 9 inch bore and stroke, oil reservoirs on the main bearings, a round connecting rod with brass bearing boxes and grease cup on the big end, pressure recirculating type carburetor with a rotary choke and a pushrod driven fuel pump. The governor was dual weight, flywheel mounted, speed adjustable, hit and miss, operating on the exhaust pushrod. It also had a 22 inch x 12 inch clutch belt pulley mounted on one of the 54 inch x 3 inch, 6 spoke flywheels. The engine was painted green with red flywheels, black head pulley and accents. It looks almost identical to the picture in the old hardbound copy of American Gas Engines Since 1872, page 106, top right corner. Unfortunately, I don't have the numbers from the engine, and the only pictures I have of it are on an old reel of 8mm film that my father took of it while I was running it.

I have been going to engine shows and reading GEM for quite a while, and I have never seen an engine like this one since I lost it.

Maybe one of the subscribers to GEM has seen this engine, or possibly even owns it. If so, I definitely would like to hear from them. My e-mail address is big3com@GTE.net.


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