| September/October 1966

  • Galloway Engine
    Coutesy of Arch Daugherty, Alliance, Neb.
    Arch Daugherty
  • Foos Engine

  • Galloway Engine
  • Foos Engine

1616 First Street S. W., Huron, South Dakota 57350

Here is the picture of Dad's 15 H.P. FOOS Engine which I promised last winter to send. She was built in 1912 by the FOOS Gas Engine Company of Springfield, Ohio. She develops 15 H.P. and spins her 55 inch flywheels at '300 R.P.M. and is numbered Engine No. 40682.

The old FOOS, as she has become affectionately known, came to South Dakota during 1917 when John King-don built a new grain elevator in the small prairie town of Hitchcock in central South Dakota. Until the late 40's, the old FOOS powered the elevator's machinery until the switch was made to electric power. On a few occasions when electric power failed, the old engine would be called into service for short periods. For about the last ten years, 1954 to 1964, her exhaust was silent. During this time the elevator changed hands and some remodeling was done, making entrance to the engine room very difficult. A steep rickety stairway through the office floor or a small barn sash-size window provided the only entrance.

In the summer of 1964 Dad's brother Hans, of Wolsey. South Dakota, found the old engine and made a deal for it. Plans were then made to remove it from the elevator. By taking the engine apart completely and by using planks and a winch, all parts were removed and hauled to Dad's engine house (garage) in Huron. South Dakota, where over a period of two years it was reassembled with the following new parts: rings, fuel pump shaft, gas tank and gaskets where needed. The valves were ground and a cooling system built. She was cooled by an artesian well in the elevator. We also built a muffler, as can be seen in the picture, so as not to scare the neighbors. We were fortunate the piston was not stuck as is often the case when one finds an old engine.

It uses a low tension coil and rotary type ingiter. Two separate carburetors furinish metered gasoline or kerosene. All crankshaft and connecting rod bearings and wrist pin boxings are solid brass, with drip oilers on both mains, connecting rod and governor. As can be seen in the picture, two large cast iron counter balance disks are installed on the crankshaft throws. These are caulked on with lead and were not forged as part of the crankshaft. It is a throttling governor and is the smoothest engine you ever heard run. The exhaust is more like a chuff than a bang. The piston and connecting rod assembly weigh 116 pounds; quite a handful.

In constructing our truck, we departed from conventional engine trucks in that we built an automotive type front end, using a 15-30 McCormick Deering front axle and spindles onto which we grafted Case separator wheels. This allowed us to keep ground clearance and overall length to a minimum, plus a short turning radius. The rear axle was left long enough to use four wheels in dual fashion. The sills are eight inch channel iron.


Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.

Facebook YouTube