The Oil Field Engine Society

| July/August 2001

  • Goodwin 20 HP Reid Engine
    Goodwin 20 HP Reid.
  • Steam Threshers
    Darke County Steam Threshers.

  • Goodwin 20 HP Reid Engine
  • Steam Threshers

1231 Banta's Creek Road Eaton, Ohio 45320 email: oilengine@voyager

The thing that I think I enjoy the most about the Old Iron hobby is the great fellowship we have with the many great folks that like old engines. In my opinion, they are some of the best people I have ever known. I hope that the experience that you have had is the same. This month we have an article written for the News by Mr. Charles Gray, 9620 Ravenna Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024 Mr. Gray shares with us his experiences setting up oilfield engines. He didn't send any photos, so I'll throw some in the pot this month. The first is a 20 HP Reid owned and restored by Leroy & Nancy Goodwin of Leipsic, Ohio. The next is a scene from the oilfield engine area at the Darke County Steam Threshers show last July.

Lastly, as always, if you have anything you would like to share in the News let me know. Also for free membership in the OFES, call or send an S.A.S.E. Please visit the oilfield engine society website at

Yours Fraternally, Russell Farmer.

Setting Up Your Oil Field Engine

Acquiring an oil field engine can be an exciting event in our lives, regardless of whether it's the first or the fourth. There is a certain beauty in that old engine that takes a special person to appreciate. Those of us who collect engines can see beyond the rust and grease to behold what is certainly one of mankind's greatest inventions. The 'bark' that an oil field engine makes while running is music to our ears; but only 'so much noise' to the uninformed. However, that beauty can become a beast when you are trying to get it to run for the first time.

This article will offer some advice regarding your oil field engine and is directed more towards the less experienced person. It will offer tips and techniques that have been found to be successful. Keep in mind that there are also many other methods of successful operation, and it is hoped that this article will encourage others to write about their experiences.


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