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Courtesy of Howard W. Taylor, Route I, Box 115, Grayling, Michigan 49738.
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Courtesy of Powell Smith, Route 4, Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160.
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Ben Markley's heat engine. Courtesy of Charlie Harrison, R.D.I, Butler, Ohio 44822.
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Courtesy of Edward J. Jansen, Box 602, Teutopolis, III. 62467.
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Courtesy of Mrs. Arthur Kosted, 3832 N. W. 18th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma73107.

This engine was completely taken apart, cleaned and checked and
found to be in excellent condition. A rotary two cylinder engine,
fuel injected into chamber by air pressure. Gas and oil mixed as in
two cycle. The two pistons are opposed of each other, firing occurs
every cycle. To start, air had to be pumped in by hand pump, then
two small air pumps operating from engine were to keep pressure up.
The ignition was put on as a test, to see if it would run. It was
found without ignition on it. I did get a few explosions out of it.
For practical use, didn’t seem to have been too much of a
success. One thing for sure, the American or German in genuity is
sure found in it. The workmanship of long ago is amazing. This is
what I think the man or men had in mind building this engine. A
small rotary engine, yet simple, just how far they succeeded,
anybody can guess. As far as name or patent or the like, I found
none. It was a great experience for me and enjoyed every bit of it.
Hope all of you enjoy this bit of yesteryear.

A picture of my 1939 F-30 Farmall and myself. The poem about it
was written by a friend of mine. I would like to hear from other
F-30 owners.

I am a relative newcomer to the gas engine game, having been at
it only a little over a year, consequently I am not familiar with
some of the even more popular kinds of engines.

I was fortunate however, to find this engine very close to home
and would like very much to know what kind it is. It has a 5?’
bore and 12′ stroke. The fly wheels are 36 inches in diameter
with a 3 inch face. It had an igniter at one time, but has been
converted to run with a spark plug. If anyone has the parts, I
would like to replace the ignition system to its original form.

I have a couple of crumb-crunchers, ages 6 and 8 who are
co-owners of this engine with me.

7 HP Monitor gas engine owned by Pete Rose, Garber, Oklahoma and
Ar thur Kosted, Oklahoma City at the Waukomis Oklahoma Threshing
Show.

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