'Above: “Little York,” a hit-and-miss engine finished in 2002 from Richard Shelly plans. '
Left: “Dinky Dears – John Deere.” Mel built this engine in 2001 from Jerry Frisbie plans. Ignition is by a 6-volt car coil and 6-volt lantern battery in the base.
'Below: “Pioneer,” a non-compression engine built in 2007 from Rudy Kouhougt plans. Ignition on this and the Little York are the same as the John Deere, pictured above. '
'Above: “Beamer,” the hot air engine Mel finished in 2004 from Jerry Howell plans. '
Left: A Rider-Ericsson hot air engine finished in 2005. It is a 1/4-scale pumping engine from Myers Model Engine Works.
'Right: “Fire Eater,” a vacuum engine built in 1990 from Philip Duclas plans. '
'Right: A tin can hot air engine built from junk: a tin can, beer can, car shock and Mel’s first curved-spoke flywheel. '
'Above: “Miser,” a low-temperature hot air engine finished in 1999 from Jerry Howell plans. '
Below: Mel doing work with his 1941 South Bend lathe.
'Left: “Ervin,” a hit-and-miss gas engine finished in 1997 from Curt Schlueter plans. '
'Below: “Vickie,” a hot air engine finished in 2000 from Jerry Howell plans. '
'Above: “Little Angel,” built in 1995 from Bob Shares plans. Ignition is by an airplane coil and two 1-1/2-volt flashlight batteries. '
An oil pumper built between other projects is Mel’s own design.
Mel’s water pump from Tom Alexander plans.
Another tin can hot air engine Mel also built between other projects.