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| July/August 1999

RONALD L. McVEY of Wilmington, Delaware, died Friday, March 26, 1999, at age 84. A WW II veteran, he served with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

For 25 years he was the proprietor of Delaware Engine Suppliers, a business that handled construction equipment and small gasoline engines as used in construction and industrial applications.

He was an avid collector of early and historically significant internal combustion engines.

His collection included many pre-turn-of-the-century engines. He was especially fond of English Crossley Brothers Otto Slide Valve engines. His collection included several engines that were designed and manufactured by Crossley. His well-known collection of finely restored and running engines was always available for viewing by visitors from here in the U. S. and Europe.

He had been associated with Rough and Tumble Engineers of Kinzers, Pennsylvania, and over the years supported many of their projects.

One of his early Crossley Brothers Slide Valve Otto engines, which was acquired at the first Henry Ford Museum sale, was restored to running condition and has since been on display at the Coolspring Power Museum. This 1879 engine was one of the first Otto Patent Design engines to be displayed as a running exhibit and is one of the oldest known operational four-stroke engines.


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