This Wonderful Running Side Shaft Domestic

| May/June 1992

  • 1920 2 HP side shaft Domestic gas engine

  • The Engine

  • The engine was used to pump waterg

  • 1920 2 HP side shaft Domestic gas engine
  • The Engine
  • The engine was used to pump waterg

901 Birch Drive Colorado Springs, Colorado 80911

This is a 1920 2 HP side shaft Domestic Gas Engine with a diaphragm pump, on hand truck, all made by Domestic Manufacturing Company. It is a spark plug engine, runs on magneto or battery.

I always wanted a side shaft gas engine and it was sort of a funny way how I found this one. I was in the hospital and another man was in the same room. We had been talking and he said he was from Cripple Creek, Colorado. In our conversation, I told him I was retired and that I had a hobby-rebuilding old gas engines. I belong to the Front Range Antique Power Association. I asked him if he knew of any old gas engines in that part of the country. He said his uncle had one on his ranch that would be real nice to fix up since it had a pump on it. I asked him what make it was and he said it was a Domestic. I asked if it was a hit miss and side shaft; he knew it was side shaft, but he wasn't sure if it was a hit miss.

Boy, my eyes were getting bigger and my ears were listening louder. I was so excited, I even got to feeling better. I guess I am crazy about this old iron. I asked if he thought his uncle would sell it. He said he thought that might be possible, since he didn't think his uncle would ever fix it up. He said he would talk to the uncle when he got home and let me know if it was for sale or not. 

It went on for about a month, which seemed like a year! I wanted that side shaft so bad. Anyway, I finally heard from my former hospital roommate, and he said it was for sale and had made arrangements for me to meet his uncle.

I was so excited, I couldn't get up to Cripple Creek fast enough. I met the uncle at his ranch and I saw the engine. It was the most beautiful old iron I had ever seen. He told me what he would take for it and I paid him. We both were happy. This engine was very different from any I had ever seen before. He said he bought it with some scrap iron from the Rainbow Valley Club several years before and thought he might fix it up sometime, but never did.


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