The Engine That Finally Came (Almost) Back Home

| March/April 1983

  • Frisco Standard engine

  • Frisco Standard engine

National President,Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Inc.,3935 Cooley Drive, NE, Salem, Oregon 97305

In 1914 Wells Fargo Company installed in their Redding, California office a 10 HP, 2 cylinder, vertical sideshaft Frisco Standard engine. It was used as standby power for many years before finally being removed. As it was setup for standby, it does not have any wear on it. At the present time I know of only two other 2 cylinder Friscos. One here in Oregon and one in northern California.

This engine changed hands several times before being acquired by the present owner. Several years ago Jim Everest of Weaverville, California owned it, keeping it for some time and then traded it to Ed Edwards of Big Bend, California. Ed kept it for awhile, then traded it to Marvin Maitre, Des Moines, Iowa. Marvin had it for a couple of years then traded it to the present owner. You will notice that I have mentioned the word trade. To my knowledge no one actually paid for the engine. It was traded for every time. (The great American barter system!)

Going to the National Meet of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association last year I stopped by Marvin's and picked up my new acquisition. Then went to the National in Minnesota. While at the National we decided that it should be run. Okay let's start it up. Took both ignitors out and cleaned them, hooked up the ignition, primed it and pulled it through. The third time over and it was running. Gee, this engine sure runs quiet, then pop, out comes a tennis ball from the muffler- someone put it in there to keep out the vermits.

At present it sits by the shop door (inside). Very enjoyable to start it up and listen to it run while working on some other project. The only sad thing about this engine is that the generator did not follow it through with the other owners.

jim walsh_1
4/20/2009 6:30:26 PM

any one know any thing about the two horse frisco standard no.3254 550rpm 2hp


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