Courtesy of Andy Kruse, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
562 Torlage Drive Dayton, Ohio 45431
Perhaps the greatest and most lasting benefit to be gained by an active interest in the restoration of antique engines is the friendships established and the pleasant inner warmth experienced when a fellow 'spark plug' provides a missing part for a favorite project.
To this end, the Wiscona Pep Motor Club is being established. There is nothing special about the engine except its relative rarity, and the whole-hearted spirit of assistance offered by those few individuals who have one of these engines, in whole or in parts.
Picture is an unknown engine I rebuilt from incomplete engine parts I bought at a sale in Germantown, Wiconsin. May-June 1970 issue of GEM has pictures of what I started with under listing What Is It? I never heard from anyone who had seen an engine like it and would still like to know the make.
A twin cylinder Pierce engine built in Racine, Wisconsin. I restored this one
Model B #49 Hagan built in Winchester, Kentucky, which I restored.
This engine was originally manufactured by Termaat-Monahan Manufacturing Company, of Osh-kosh, Wisconsin. In 1921 the firm was sold to the Wiscona Pep Motor and Parts Company, of the same city, which continued production of the two models, 1-1/2 and 3 h.p., until late 1939. There is no information as to how many of each model were built, but the original firm (Termaat-Monahan) had an export department in New York City, and it is rumored that most of the engines were sold in Europe and Canada, and that those in the United States today were returned for one reason or another. This would certainly explain their relative rarity. Both models of the engine were equipped with Webster oscillating magnetos, manufactured by the Webster Electric Company of Racine, Wisconsin which is still in business but no longer makes magnetos or has the parts in stock.
The most distinguishing feature of the Pep Motor is the water hopper, which is concave on both sides, to facilitate the fitting of two fuel tanks -one for gasoline-one for kerosene. This engine was shown twice in the GEM, page 12 of Vol 4, No. 4, and on page 25 of Vol 5, No. 3. For those who may not have these issues available, the picture below illustrates the unusual water hopper configuration. Incidentally, this was my introduction to Pep Motors, and from what you see, I must accumulate and build many parts for restoration. More information on these engines is contained in Bulletin 107 of the International Cultivator Company. It gives parts lists and drawings, operating instructions, etc. However, my copy of the Bulletin has many poor pages, as it is probably the 5th or 6th copy of a copy.
The purpose of the Wiscona Pep Motor Club is twofold. First, to facilitate exchange of information and parts between those individuals having a complete engine or restoring one, and, second, to encourage discovery of additional Wiscona Pep Motors, and stimulate interest in their restoration. Membership is free, and open to anyone having a sincere interest in these engines, whether or not one is owned. I will serve as corresponding secretary, and publish a 'Newsletter' twice a year, in which information, available parts, etc., will be distributed. Currently, I know of five people having a Wiscona, and sketchy information on three others. So, please, if you have one of these engines, or know of someone who has a Wiscona or parts of one, or information about them, please write or telephone me at (513) 256-3105.
This is a Lawter Motor Plow built by Lawter Tractor Company of St. Marys, Ohio - 3 bottom. Note, it is a left hand plow, 4 cyl. motor 18-38 HP, 1915 model. It was demonstrated at the Coop Farm, a show place in Auglaize County, eight miles from where I live.
Pictured is Van Duzen gasoline engine tractor built at Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a one cycle, made in 1894. Note where they put the gas tank for safety
We saw this 25-45 HP Cross motor Case on the property of the owner, L.B. Ebersol, Leola RD1, Pa., and asked him for a picture with the unusual railroad crossing sign which serves as an ornamental mail box standard
The Case was built in 1921, Mfg. No. 35031, and sold that year to a Mr. Harnish in southern Lancaster County, Pa. It was used for threshing and baling until the combines took over.
After that it was used for feed grinding on the farm.
In late 1963 the tractor was purchased from Mr. Harnish by A.D. Mast. In about 1967 Ebersol bought it from Mast and restored it. He still has the original operator's manual and parts book.
Ebersol is an honorary lifetime member of the Rough and Tumble Engineers, receiving his gold membership card at the 1972 annual banquet. He has been at all the Rough and Tumble Reunions at Kinzers since it was organized. He has shown this machine there, and has charge of a few of the Corliss engines at the Reunions.
The RR crossing sign was obtained from the Pennsylvania Railroad, now Penn Central, when the old models were replaced by new types. It holds three mailboxes, and is a surprising sight to see along a quiet country road. Autoists look in vain for locomotives in the adjoining cornfield.
A Huber one cylinder tractor built by Huber Mfg. Co. of Marion, Ohio in 1898. They built lots of different models in their time. Note where the gas tank is for safety
These pictures are of an A-Frame we built to help us with the loading of our engines. It is made out of two by fours with saw horse brackets, it has a chain hoist that attaches to a roller which greatly simplifies the loading of heavy engines, as long as your wife can keep her fingers out of the chain while it is in motion, as it can draw a lot of blood, thus making for a very unhappy wife and a night in the garage with the engines.
My boy William unloaded the two cylinder vertical John Deere by himself. He weighs about 85 pounds and the John Deere probably weighs about 500 pounds.
Picture is of my son, Tony Lagree, with an engine belonging to Jerry Toevs of Goessell of Kansas. I believe this engine is called a Famous.
Here is a picture of my latest project; a badly rusted marine engine. The ornate cast brass name plate says: Truscott Boat Manuf. Co. St. Joseph, Mich. U.S.A. Serial No. 1347.
I need any and all information that your readers might have on this engine. No horse power rating is given but it's a two cycle, and the piston is 4.9 inches in dia. It seems to have the remains of both high and low tension ignition. It has a piston water pump driven by a cam on the crankshaft.
I am a newcomer to this hobby, and to GEM but I enjoy it very much and have learned a lot about these fascinating old engines from it.
These three pictures were taken by Sally Weber of Winchester
1922 Model N, 12-24 Waterloo Boy tractor owned by Hisle Lutes of Winchester, Ky. This picture was taken by Hisle. All pictures were taken at the 1973 Steam and Gas Engine Show held by the Central Kentucky Steam and Gas Engine Assn. at Paris, Kentucky at their reunion last July, 1973
Pictured is an old 'Clectrac', made by the Cleveland Tractor Company, with the Maple Tree that grew up through it. Pictured at the Barr Colony Museum in Lloydminster, Sask.