Reeves Gasoline Engines


| August/September 1988



Reeves Gasoline Engines

I have recently acquired a 40-page booklet on Reeves Gasoline Engines, printed about 1912, entitled 'The Reeves'.

1448 Franklin St., Columbus, Indiana 47201

In 1888 Marshall T. Reeves, Girnie L. Reeves and Milton O. Reeves incorporated the 'Reeves Pulley Company', beginning the manufacture of wood split pulleys. Later they earned a world wide reputation for the manufacture of variable speed transmissions, machinery and appliances. As early as 1903 they began the manufacture of automobile engines. Later appreciating the broader and more promising field for stationary engines they diverted this development into farm engines, which the refinement and accuracy of manufacture is not found in the ordinary gasoline engines.

With the Reeves speed changing device the speed of the engine may be reduced when only little power is required and high speed is unnecessary, and the speed can be changed while the engine is running.

The Reeves gasoline engine was built in several sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12 HP (at first they built an experimental 1? HP and then at a later date they built a 16HP).

The Reeves 1 and 2 HP size is the same in general design and construction as all other sizes differing in only four respects as indicated below.

Cylinder and water hopper are cast with base. Cylinder head is removable, but is not water jacketed, the air cooled fins keep it cool. Connecting rod bushing at wrist pin are poured instead of die cast babbitt. Flywheel hubs are cast solid and keyed to shaft.