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Alamo Empire Runs and Looks Like New

Here are a few pictures of an engine that I recently restored and thought I would send you a before and after. I purchased the engine in August 2015, got it running, took it to a couple of shows, then tore it down, cleaned all the parts, and removed all the rust and old paint. It is an Empire ...

Unknown Engine or Compressor Might be a Bourke Engine

Concerning Flywheel Forum 51/4/6: Engine or Compressor? in the June/July 2016 issue, it’s hard to tell from just two photographs, but it appears that there is a radial engine coupled to what looks like a Bourke engine. Russell Bourke experimented with his engine in the 1920s and 1930s. It ...

Unknown Engine is an Alamo Engine

 I am writing in reference to Flywheel Forum 51/4/5: Unknown engine, in the June/July 2016 issue of GEM. These are pictures of our 9 hp Alamo. Sadly, the engine went through a fire hot enough to melt the babbit and oiler glass. The vertical flyball governor is at my brother Bob’s in South ...

Identification of a Drag Saw Engine

In the April/May 2016 issue, we ran photos sent in by reader Ron Sindorf of an unmarked, unidentified, single-cylinder horizontal engine sitting on skids and equipped with a spring-loaded chain gear on the outside of its single flywheel. Reader Mike Lundquist responded in the June/July issue, ...

Are There Any Exisiting Monovalve Diesel Engines?

 Reader Brain Barber in Benoni, South Africa, sent us a letter asking about a monovalve, sidevalve diesel engine he remembers once being made in the U.S. He didn’t have a name, and was curious if any of these engines had survived. The engine Brian is referring to is undoubtedly the American ...

Sawing Wood with a Pontiac

It looks to me like there is a small wheel that is being turned by friction on the car wheel that drives the flat belt to the buzz saw as shown in David Babcock's photo in Flywheel Forum, in the December/January 2016 issue.My grandfather used his cut-down Pontiac sedan to cut stove wood for ...

Unknown Lawn Mower Engine Identified

The engine on Page 6 of the February/March 2016 issue, “Unknown single-cylinder,” is a Fuller & Johnson lawn mower engine. This engine was used by Coldwell in the mid-1920s and Fuller & Johnson on their own mowers from the late teens on. These were NOT the same mower. There should ...

Unknown Coldwell Lawnmower Engine Identified

 I have an engine that is identical to the one shown in the February/March 2016 issue of GEM in Flywheel Forum. It was manufactured by Fuller & Johnson for the Coldwell Lawnmower of the mid-1920s. This engine was a single application engine that was manufactured for that mower only. I ...

2 hp Temple Inverted Pumping Engine

As promised a few issues back, regular contributor Stiles Bradley sent in photos of his most recent project, a 2 hp Temple Pace Maker inverted pumping engine of the type introduced in 1908 by The Temple Pump Co., Chicago, Illinois. The pumping engine came with a single flywheel while ...

Fairbanks-Morse Model Z

 This 1923 Fairbanks-Morse Model Z open crank 3 hp engine was on my grandmother’s farm for many years. It sat down on the creek and was used to pump water from the creek up to the cows. In 1989, I brought it to my place in Wichita and started restoring it. It was by this time just a pile of ...

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