Pair of Simplicitys

| April/May 1999

  • Jim Keats' show
    Two Simplicity engines in a photo taken at Jim Keats' show near East Troy, Wisconsin. by John Davidson.

  • Jim Keats' show

PO Box 4, Bristol, Wisconsin 53104

These tank cooled engines were made in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by the Western Malleable & Grey Iron Manufacturing Company, before they moved to Port Washington in 1909.

The small one is a 2? HP with a bore and stroke of 4? x 5 and very heavy 20' flywheels. This tag says, 'The Simplicity,' no serial number or horsepower. A boss on the side of the cylinder is stamped C 81.

The larger engine is on a Bettendorf truck and I believe it is a 10 HP. The tag on this one says, 'The Simplicity Built By The Western Malleable & Grey Iron Mfg. Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA,' also with no horsepower or serial number. A boss on the top of the base is stamped H405. It has a bore and stroke of 7? x 11 with 46' flywheels.

Both engines are hit-n-miss with make-n-break ignition. I have owned the 2? since 1971 and got the 10 in 1998. The 2? is a very good running engine but I am still learning how to run the 10 HP at this time.

I would like to find out more about the early Milwaukee-built Simplicitys. I would like to know what the letter in front of the number means. All I have seen have a letter and a number. Is it the size, year, or what? I would like to start a roster of these engines and with enough response the puzzle can be solved. All those who respond will get a copy of the roster. Send serial number and description.