I am writing to request the help of GEM in researching information about the Evansville Gas Engine Works products. I have a 1- to 2-1/2 hp engine from this maker marked “Boy Scout.” The design of the crankcase suggests it was utilized in marine applications. C.H. Wendel’s book refers to this company and a 1929 date in the index of manufacturers. Stan Grayson also refers to this company in the 2nd edition of Old Marine Engines. Neither reference includes photos or company history.
The subject engine is 4-cycle, headless, sparkplug and coil ignition, with the camshaft used to drive the water pump, activate the exhaust valve and control ignition timing. I think it will be another valuable example of internal combustion history when restored. I’m looking for details like engine color, etc. I welcome any information or sources that might be of value.
6600 Marie Circle
Leeds, AL 35094
Jim, we’d suggest joining the Old Marine Engine Discussion board (www.oldmarineengine.com), where we found several posts on the Boy Scout engine and Evansville Gas Engine Works. As you no doubt appreciate, it is a fairly obscure engine and, as you’ve suggested, it was indeed designed for marine duty. GEM regular and Old Marine member Keith Kinney has posted several images of a 3 hp Boy Scout engine he owns online, along with an original Boy Scout pamphlet.
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