The Associated HP Pony Engine

| January/February 1994

461 Algonquin Place, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119

In the February 1990 issue of GEM my article on the Associated horse power engine appeared. There was a large response and owners had a lot of new information. I've sold my Pony and sent all of my files to the 'Reflector,' so I'm not a Pony fan anymore, but some, of what I've found is important.

Why Was The Pony Made? Before rural electrification, farms had the need for a small, light, power plant for washing machines, generators, etc. Many companies tried to provide an answer in the HP range. Maytag was an early winner with the Johnson Utilimotor, Nelson, Ideal, Sattley and many others taking their best shots. Briggs and Stratton probably outlasted most. The Associated Manufacturers Company of Waterloo, Iowa, had two entries: the 2-cycle Pony and the 4-cy-cle Type K Colt. Most Colts were re turned to the factory and destroyed. The Ponies were not very good engines, either. However, Associated claimed to 'lead the way in fractional horsepower engines.'

How Many Ponies Were Produced? Serial numbers from those responding to my first article ranged from 654 to 27,409. Distribution of numbers over this range was pretty even, with no large gaps. Therefore, it is reasonable to say that only about 28,000 Ponies were made. This is peanuts compared to some competitors like Maytag.

What Were The Ponies Used For? The 1927 through 1930 (at least) Montgomery-Ward catalogs show the Pony in a Wardway Gyrator washing machine. (See the February 1990 GEM article for a picture.) Many other mounting base types were reported as was a second washing machine brand, the 'Meadows.' If only 28,000 engines were made, a national retailer like Montgomery-Ward must have taken most of them.

What Is The Proper Color? Unlike most Associated's, which were red with a silver cylinder, Ponies seem to be either all black or a pea green. Possibly the green ones were sold to a different retailer? The Montgomery-Ward manual said the gas filler cap was painted red.


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