Heritage Collection of Rare Gasoline Engines

Virginia enthusiast’s collection of unique and rare gas engines built on family roots

| December 2012/January 2013

  • Jeff Wahl and Rare 1904 9 HP Flour City Engine
    Jeff Wahl leans against his family's rare circa 1904 9 HP Flour City gasoline engine at the Butterfield (Minn.) Threshing Show. 
    Photo By Bill Vossler
  • Head View of Flour City Engine
    Cylinder head view of the Flour City engine, with the structure of the heavy-duty engine cart frame. The muffler hangs straight down. 
    Photo By Bill Vossler
  • Harvey Wahl Family Gas Engine Collection
    The engines on display are dedicated to patriarch Harvey Wahl. 
    Photo By Bill Vossler
  • 1913 Abenaque 6 HP Engine
    A side view of the 1913 Abenaque 6 HP engine, serial no. 4073. 
    Photo By Nikki Rajala
  • Sideshaft 6 HP Root & VanDervoort
    Jeff's short sideshaft 6 HP Root & VanDervoort. 
    Photo By Bill Vossler
  • Heritage Collection
    The sideshaft mechanism is shown, and ignition is provided by a "star-wheel" igniter. The igniter utilizes a small insulated wire that "rubs" a wheel resembling a star. When the point of the star rubs off the wire, a hefty spark is produced. The heavy red governor weights on the sideshaft are also visible
    Photo By Bill Vossler
  • Unique Cooling Tanks
    This photo shows the Abenaque's unique cooling tanks, which consist of two long, thin tanks mounted on opposite sides of the cylinder, just inside the flywheels. 
    Photo By Nikki Rajala
  • Wolverine Engine
    Cylinder head view of the Wolverine engine. 
    Photo By Nikki Rajala
  • Wolverine's Webster Magneto
    In this photo the Wolverine's Webster magneto is mounted on a Webster igniter bracket for providing low-tension ignition. 
    Photo By Nikki Rajala
  • Lennox Engine
    This rear view of the Lennox engine shows the cooling tower with Lennox lettering, and the fuel tank mounted above the cooling tower. You can see how tall and skinny the Lennox flywheels are, as well as the Lennox trademark heavy governor weights on the outside of the flywheel. 
    Photo By Nikki Rajala
  • Cylinder Head of Lennox Engine
    Cylinder head view of the Lennox engine, showing raised lettering on the base. The exhaust valve chest and muffler are the square box to the right of the cylinder, while the intake valve chest is cast into the front of the cylinder head. There should be a hot tube chimney on top, but the Lennox is fitted with a spark plug for ignition with a battery and Model T buzz coil. 
    Photo By Nikki Rajala
  • Three Generations
    Three generations of Wahls worked on this 7 HP Stickney, which was brought home in August 1999. Tom, Jeff and Harvey worked on it together until Harvey passed in the spring of 2000. 
    Photo Courtesy Jeff Wahl
  • Grandpa Harvey Wahl with Grandson Jeff Wahl
    This photo shows Grandpa Harvey Wahl giving Grandson Jeff Wahl his first gas engine, a 1-3/4  HP Associated Chore Boy when Jeff was 3 years old. 
    Photo Courtesy Jeff Wahl

  • Jeff Wahl and Rare 1904 9 HP Flour City Engine
  • Head View of Flour City Engine
  • Harvey Wahl Family Gas Engine Collection
  • 1913 Abenaque 6 HP Engine
  • Sideshaft 6 HP Root & VanDervoort
  • Heritage Collection
  • Unique Cooling Tanks
  • Wolverine Engine
  • Wolverine's Webster Magneto
  • Lennox Engine
  • Cylinder Head of Lennox Engine
  • Three Generations
  • Grandpa Harvey Wahl with Grandson Jeff Wahl

Jeff Wahl’s love of old iron was bred into him early. When he was 3 years old, he already owned a gasoline engine, courtesy of his grandpa Harvey Wahl, a 1-3/4 HP Associated Chore Boy that he still owns today.

Jeff’s father, Tom Wahl, had moved the family to Fairfax Station, Va., but the family returned to Grandpa’s Minnesota farm for a week or two each summer, around the time of the Butterfield (Minn.) Threshing Bee. “So I’d get to see my grandparents and the rest of the family that lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area,” Jeff says. “We would all attend the Butterfield show to help Grandpa show his antique farm equipment, camp out and have a family reunion of sorts.

“For me, going out to the farm, as we did every summer, was a completely different world from northern Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.” Jeff says. “I enjoyed being on the farm, riding Grandpa’s farm machinery, helping to mow the lawn and pick veggies from the garden. And best of all, I got to see all my aunts, uncles and cousins.

“When we were young, we would jump off the hay wagons into the piles of threshed hay and get dirty and filthy,” he laughs. Additionally, he remembers riding in the parade on the back of an Aultman-Taylor 30-60 tractor that Grandpa operated for the elderly owner at the Butterfield Threshing Bee, “getting a ride, sitting on back with my legs hanging off. My parents say I used to spin my arms in a circle like a flywheel going around and made the sounds of an engine, shoo shoo shoo put,” he says. “It was a fun experience.”



Rare gasoline engines 

The Wahl family has a series of rare gasoline engines about which little is known:

1904 9 HP Flour City 

Harvey Wahl bought this rare item Sept. 14, 1974, at an estate auction in Valley Springs, S.D. “The engine was complete, including the original water tank, but it had been completely taken apart because it was in the process of being restored,” Jeff says.



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