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| September/October 1974



Headless Engine

Courtesy of Russell C. Cooper, 408 South Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21801

Russell C. Cooper

I hope you can help me identify this engine. It has make and break battery ignition with hit and miss type governor. Also, this headless engine, with Serial No. 114306, has 20' flywheels, 3-1/4' bore and a 4-l/2'stroke. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A combination tractor built by Chalmers Tractor Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1916, Model 8-16 HP pulling 3-bottom plow. It is steered by a team of horses. When they get in a tough spot, instead of shifting gears, they could poke up the horses and had the extra power when needed.

Pictured is a Waterloo Gasoline Tractor built by Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Co., Waterloo, Iowa. 1892 Model, 20 HP.

My 1925 Row Crop Fordson when new. It was on steel, but is on rubber now and in my museum. The ditcher is a No. 1 Buckeye 1908 Model. When new it had a C.C gasoline engine for power. When it gave out, it was replaced with a 6 cyl. Chevrolet car motor, a Fordson tractor radiator and a Fordson gas tank - as picture shows on my farm in 1959.

This picture is of an engine which had gotten as far as the scrap yard before being rescued. It is in excellent condition, even the birator coil is good. I is headless, with valves removed through plugs on top of the cylinder. The cooling fan is belt driven from one flywheel, and crankcase is semi-enclosed with drip oilier and grease cups. Spark plug is 1/2 inch. There is no name or serial no. on the engine, could it be an Ideal? I would appreciate hearing from someone with a similar engine.

Here is a picture of an old engine I purchased last summer at the estate sale of Mr. Theo Beck of Enon, Missouri. It was made by Tanners Machine Shop of Jefferson City, Missouri. The cast brass nameplate simply stated - Tanners, Jefferson City, Missouri - no serial number, speed or horsepower.