Pattin Bros. Engines

| April/May 1995

  • 8 HP Pattin Engine

  • 8 HP Pattin Engine

P.O. Box 2334 Rochester, Michigan 48308

Back in March 1990, and in October 1993, I had the privilege of sharing with you two nice gas engines: a Badger side shaft and an Ironwood. I would like to take this opportunity while I have nothing to do, as I am flying from Michigan to Fort Myers, Florida, for a Thanksgiving vacation, to thank my God for the many things I have to be thankful for.

The story I would like to share with you is about a two flywheel, 8 HP Pattin Brothers engine. It is a hot tube engine with upright flyball governors, manufactured in Marietta, Ohio, serial #2910. I have a gas engine friend who lives about 30 miles from Marietta. He has one of the largest gas engine and Yellow Dog collections I have ever seen. While looking over his collection one day, I spied an 8 HP Pattin Brothers engine over against the side wall of his pole barn, with two or three engines sitting in front of it. When I got back to the engine I could tell it needed a lot of 'TLC.' I told my friend I was looking for a winter project like this one. He let me know he does not sell engines, he only buys them. Those of you who know who I am talking about, you know what I mean. After a two or three hour discussion, four or five phone calls, six months later and a high price for the engine, I picked it up on my way home from a show in Sistersville, West Virginia.

At home I had an 8 HP combination Pattin Brothers with a lot of extra parts. After cleaning, working and machining it through the winter, I had it ready for painting in the spring. After painting and assembling, I had my first experience trying to start a hot tube engine. This engine could also be set up to run on a Wico P.R. mag with gasoline or propane. Mine is a hot tube and propane.

I showed the 8 HP Pattin Brothers twice this past summer; once at Seven Ponds, Dryden, Michigan, and I also had the privilege of showing it about 25 miles from where it was manufactured at the Sistersville Show in West Virginia. I always like going to the Sistersville Show.

Mr. Anderson and his co-workers always give you a friendly 'Glad to have you!' greeting. This last year, at the Sistersville Show, they had 189 exhibits and 13 states represented with over 500 engines, models and tractors. The show has acquired more land and can accommodate a larger show than in the past.