604 East 8th, Lyndon, Kansas 66451.
This is a photo of my recently restored Standard Gas Engine.
This engine should provide a link between Standard Gas Engine
Company and the C.H. &. E. Manufacturing Company, both of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An interesting point is that these engines
are called left-handed; the starting crank, gears, push-rod, and
ignition are all on the opposite side from most engines.
This engine was purchased sight unseen from a GEM advertiser in
Canada (a foolhardy practice, I admit). From Canada, this engine
traveled to the Portland Show, where my friend, Joe, picked up the
engine and brought it to his home in Missouri, where I retrieved
it. (In Portland, Joe had to hide the engine in his truck, so
people would quit asking him to sell it.)
Upon close inspection, a six-inch long crack was found on the
outside of the block. After the head was removed, two large bronze
welds were found in the combustion area. This called for the engine
to be bored and sleeved. The piston could not be removed through
the head because of the welds. Consequently, someone in the past
years had taken a hack saw to the main bearing bosses, to widen the
frame, so the piston could be removed through the back. The piston
also had three holes filed in it that had to be welded.
The carburetor was also missing. On this engine, the carb does
not fit directly in the beginning intake air stream as most
engines, but rather in the intake valve pocket like an injector. I
used a carb for a Faultless engine that my friend, Wayne, had
After the major problems were overcome, the rest of the
restoration went pretty much as normal: new valves, new rings,
rebuilt ignition system, and paint. The paint scheme was copied
from an engine club member who has a C.H.&E.
I want to especially thank my friends, Edd, Wayne, Joe and Don
for providing much needed help.