The IDEAL Engine

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Courtesy of Ralph Donaldson, 10275 Case Road, Brooklyn, Michigan 49230
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Courtesy of Floyd Perleberg, 1306 So. First St., Route 3, Willmar, . Minnesota 56201
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10275 Case Rd., Brooklyn, Mich. 49230

The accompanying photograph shows a 13 HP IDEAL engine which was
built in Brantford, Ontario, Canada by the Goold Shapley & Muir
Co., Ltd. It was used near Port Rowan, Ontario to pump water. It
had set for many years on the bank of a stream and the man I
purchased it from told me that it had been inundated by high water
at least one time.

It had a 6-1/2 inch bore and a 13 inch stroke, is hit and miss
firing, but does not hold the exhaust valve open during the off
firing cycles. The flyball governor moves a cam follower in a
direction parallel to the cam in such a way that it contacts the
cam lobe and operates the fuel injection pump (shown in the
picture) only during cycles when a power stroke is required. .

The fuel for the engine shown is gasoline, but the company also
made similar engines which operated on natural gas. At the back
stroke, the piston uncovers a port through which most of the
exhaust gases pass. The remainder are expelled through the exhaust
valve on the exhaust stroke. This is the exhaust arrangement
described by John P. Wilcox in his article on the Callahan engine –
GEM July-August 1966.

The small engine in the picture is a 1-1/2 HP Goold-Shapley
& Muir which I use to crank the larger one.

Mr. Louis Forrest, Staples, Ontario has a 25 HP IDEAL engine
which was built to run on natural gas, and weighs 7600 pounds. The
13 HP engine described above weighs 3200 pounds. Specifications of
engines manufactured by Goold-Shapley & Muir Co., Ltd. are
given in GEM – July-August  in an article by Carleton M.
Mull.

This is a reproduction of one page of the Goold, Shapley &
Muir Co., Ld. catalogue.

1974 Model D9G66A power shift model on rail car on route from
Caterpillar Tractor Company, Peoria, Illinois to Cat Dealer in
Vancouver, B.C. 88,000 lbs. shipping weight of machine. Used for
logging in B.C. with a 9A 16ft. angle dozer and Cat. No. 9D ripper.
Price $148,000.

The Goold-Shapley & Muir Co., Ltd. was established in 1892
by Messrs. E.L. Goold, W.H. Shapley, John Muir, and Henry Yeigh.
Renowned for its windmills, the winning of the major prize in the
windmill tests of the Royal Agricultural Society of London, England
being one of the outstanding awards, its products won. Coupled with
its windmills, however, it manufactured a complete line of pumps
and pumping equipment, tractors and cement mixers. In addition to
these products the company manufactured an extensive line of
gasoline, kerosene and gas engines, concrete mixers, and a complete
range of industrial wood tanks. The varied line of manufacture kept
busy a staff of 150, and in addition to the plant and head offices
in Brantford, the firm maintained branches in Montreal and
principal cities of western Canada. Sometime after 1927 the Company
was sold to the Ontario Wind Engine and Pump Co., Ltd. which later
sold it to a Mr. Fellows who operated the business for a few years,
probably manufacturing mostly the smaller models of engines which
could be used for pumping water. By this time, the early thirties,
there was little demand for the larger engines. When Mr. Fellows
was ready to quit, some of the employees bought the company and
managed to carry on the business for a few more years. The last of
the company buildings in Brantford were demolished only a few
months ago to make room for an apartment building.

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