I LOVE Old Engines!


| August/September 1999

  • David Cox Collections
    My whole collection.
  • Beatty Bros
    Beatty Bros. pump I got for the Ac Duro.
  • Tire pump
    A tire pump I found at a local junkyard. I could only do a cosmetic restoration (for now). It is made by the Gorman Rupp Pump Co.
  • Iron Horse
    An Iron Horse 5/8 HP.
  • Stover AC Duro  HP
    Stover AC Duro HP with Wico mag.
  • Briggs & Stratton 5S
    My first engine, a Briggs & Stratton 5S.
  • Maytag Model
    Maytag Model 92.
  • Fairbanks-Morse Eclipse 1A
    Fairbanks-Morse Eclipse 1A.
  • IHC 1 HP model M
    IHC 1 HP model M (kerosene).
  • Massey-Harris
    2 HP model 1 Massey-Harris.
  • Lawn mower engine
    Ideal lawn mower engine.
  • Monitor pumping engine
    1 HP Monitor pumping engine.

  • David Cox Collections
  • Beatty Bros
  • Tire pump
  • Iron Horse
  • Stover AC Duro  HP
  • Briggs & Stratton 5S
  • Maytag Model
  • Fairbanks-Morse Eclipse 1A
  • IHC 1 HP model M
  • Massey-Harris
  • Lawn mower engine
  • Monitor pumping engine

Cox, 268 Tunis Street, Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada N5C 1W7

My whole collection.

My name is David Cox, and I love old engines. I've always been fascinated with machines. I can remember watching loaders and other construction equipment. When I was five, my older brothers had gas-powered go-carts. My brother Brian had a neat sounding engine on a go-cart which I later got. It was a 5S Briggs & Stratton engine. It had a 6' or 7' straight exhaust pipe which gave the engine a neat popping sound.

I first saw hit and miss engines when I went to a local farm show in the fall of 1979 called 'The International Plowing Match,' near Woodstock, Ontario. At first I didn't know what to think, they were so loud. The water in the hoppers was rusty and looked strange. I couldn't understand how the engine ran as fast as it did and only exhausted once in a while. I actually I thought the engine ran 'normal' (like a throttle governed engine), feeding the exhaust into the hopper (cylinder), compressing it until it overcame a pressure relief valve, and exhausted. I was ten years old. Later, I found out better. If I can remember correctly, I think the first one I saw was an upright Ideal or Novo with a square hopper. I was also fascinated with the OilPull Rumely tractors.

When I was 12, my brother gave me the 5S Briggs & Stratton engine. I played with it from time to time. I thought of restoring it but I didn't know where to find decals for it, and I didn't want to touch it until I could find decals.



In 1995 I met some people at a local show in my hometown of lngersoll, Ontario, called 'Threshing Days,' and I got some decals and fixed up the 5S engine. It only needed cosmetic work.

The next year my dad found me an engine, an Iron Horse 5/8 HP, in the spring cleanup. It was in great shape and only needed cosmetic restoration.