Gas Engine Magazine

Oil Field Engine News

By Staff

The subject this month is bailing rigs. The bailing rig, as I
understand it, was used to pull a long, skinny tube (or a sort of
bucket) that fit in an oil well in order to remove (bail out)
water. The winch apparatus, which was mounted on a common set of
trucks with the engine, was used to lift this ‘bailer’ up
the tower and out of the well. I’d like to hear from anybody
out there who may have used one of these rigs, as your first-hand
experiences would be interesting to me as well as our readers. I
had an opportunity a couple of years ago to photograph a 2-cycle
Spang bailing rig (see photo) owned by Harry Horner of Pennsboro,

Dixie Davis, 3389 Hwy. 72, Clinton, SC 29325; (864) 833-4964;, writes in need of a flywheel for his 10 HP
Bessemer. The dimensions are 52-inch diameter with a
31/2-inch face and
31/2-inch crankshaft bore. Anyone who may
have a flywheel that will help get this engine running please
contact Dixie Davis.

And Bud Meal, 1101 S. 104th St., Edwardsville, KS 66111, writes
that he wants to correspond with anyone who can offer literature,
parts or advice on the McCord make of mechanical oilers commonly
used on oil field engines. Contact Bud Neal if you can help.

Please visit the Oil Field Engine Society web site at Membership in the society is free, so if
interested please contact me at the address below.

Contact Russell L. Farmer, Oil Field Engine Society, at: 1231
Banta’s Creek Rd., Eaton, OH 45320-9701, or e-mail:

  • Published on Feb 1, 2002
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