Gas Engine Magazine

Original Worthington Engine Found

By Staff

On the back cover of the September 1994 issue of GEM, I had a
picture of my first Worthington engine, a 1-1/2 HP, serial number
40768. In that article I wrote about the original condition of the
paint and my feelings about leaving it as found. I have since come
across another in almost the same original condition, and like that
first Worthington I will also leave this one as found.

The pulleys and mufflers on the two engines are different, but
they may not be original. The governors and carburetors are also
different -the governor and c on this engine are the same as on a
2-1/2 HP Worthington I have (serial number 39000), which I also
mentioned in the September 1994 article.

I feel very fortunate to have these Worthingtons in this
condition  ‘Original is Beautiful.’

Igniter side of Gary’s Worthington. Available information
suggests the 1-1/2 HP was the only engine Worthington made with
hit-and-miss governing. All others featured throttle-governing. The
Worthington engine line was created when Worthington Pump &
Machinery Corp. absorbed International Gas Engine Co., better known
as Ingeco, in 1917.

Contact engine enthusiast Gary Pegelow at: 2121 North view
Road, Waukesha, Wl 53188.

Worthington Nameplate: “Worthington Gasoline Engine Worthington
Pump and Machinery Company Gas Engine Works Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A.
1-1/2 HP, rpm 600, s/n 46865.”

  • Published on Jan 1, 2003
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