What Is It?

| July/August 1971

These pictures are of an engine I dug out of a sand dune at Portage, Ind., last spring when the frost went out. She lay three quarters buried for 35 or 40 years according to some old time residents of the area.

Most of the nameplate is gone but what remains has the letters 'T' on the top row, PEA on the second row, and GO on the third. The number 162 appears in the lower left corner of the plate. This plate has been 3? x 2 3/8' high. The piston is 3 15/16' Dia. x 5 3/16 high, 3 3/8' wide rings, 5' stroke. Brass or bronze connecting rod with an adjustment screw and Gib or slipper for wrist pin take up. Crankshaft Journals -- Mains. 1 15/32 Dia. x 4 1/16' con. rod throw 1.305 dia. x 2' long. Total length of crankshaft 25 ?'. Pulley belt face 4' x 6' dia. flywheels, 5 spoke face 2? wide x 2 1/8' avg. thick 18' dia. governor side flywheel weighs 77 pounds, while pulley side is 83 pounds.

Ignition was evidently a make and break or hot plug as the brass fitting is just above the water jacket hand hole plate. It has Mica insulation and had a rod going through to the cyl. The piston has a hold drilled and tapped on top in center. Cylinder head has a dome of clearance into which a rod or stem of sorts could extend. Note 'lump' on top center of cylinder. The brass fitting is the protrusion just under the remains of the coil box bracket, which was also possibly an after thought by someone. The single weight governor quite simply choked her down by holding the intake valve shut. Traces of original red paint remain.

We have no real idea who built this engine, where or even when. The majority of opinion seems to favor Pease Engine Co., Goshen, Ind. Can anyone offer any information at all? Does anyone have clear pictures as they were originally built?

I would like to get rolling on it, as I have already taken it apart, and want to have it running for our Memorial Day weekend Gas up if possible.


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