Rarity From The Keystone State

| February/March 1995

  • 6 HP Messinger gas engine
    This 6 HP Messinger gas engine, which was manufactured in Tatamy, Pennsylvania, is owned by Greg Rush, 544 School Road, Nazareth, PA 18064- For more on this rarity, look inside.

  • 6 HP Messinger gas engine

544 School Road, Nazareth, Pennsylvania 18064

The rare 6 HP Messinger gas engine shown on this month's cover, owned by Greg Rush, was manufactured by the Messinger Manufacturing Company, which is located in Tatamy, Pennsylvania, not far from Nazareth. Messinger manufactured farm machinery close to 100 years, but made few gas engines. These engines were sold locally.

One of the unique features on this engine is a drip oilier that was cast into the water hopper. It is of the headless variety with pack less valves. This style engine was manufactured in 3, 4, 6, 12, and 18 HP.

Greg did all the restorations, including making some of the parts for it. Dennis Peters of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, built the wagon, using all original parts of the iron hardware; the wagon was styled after the original cart.

Greg also owns a 2 HP hopper cooled fully restored Messinger, and a 9 HP hopper cooled Messinger that he is presently restoring. He also owns other pieces of Messinger items that include literature and farm equipment. He would like to hear from anyone who has any Messinger items.

His 6 HP engine was featured in the 1993 Tatamy Centennial Parade. The engine was on a trailer, and he had it running for the whole parade.


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