Restored Kelly Engine


| January/February 1986


1401 E, First St., Redfield, SD 57469

My Kelly engine has a cast iron name plate which says, 'O. S. Kelly Western Mfg. Co., Iowa City, Iowa.' The numbers '1034' are stamped into the block with 'D82' moulded into the base and it also has 'D16' cast into the side plate, which carries one end of the crank shaft. The flywheels measure 2 7/16 x 22' diameter, the belt pulley is 8' x 8'.

This upright engine has a 41/8' bore and 5 stroke. It is rated at 2 HP. It has a splash oil system with an auxiliary drip oiler for the cylinder. It is water cooled. (Originally there was a large galvanized tank for the water. I have replaced this with a stainless steel small tank.) The cast-iron base forms the gas tank. It has a battery and coil make and break ignition system.

My father bought this engine new in Coon Rapids, Iowa about 1909 or 1910. It was used to drive a line-shaft from which a cream separator was run.

In 1927 we moved to Montana in an immigrant car and took the Kelly with us. It was used there to pump water for a time but was finally abandoned and stood idle for many years.

It was after my brother, who owned the farm, passed away that my other three brothers and I discovered the old engine under some straw bales. It had been partly dismantled and parts were scattered about in the weeds.






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