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TAG : Flywheel Forum

Seeking Information on Winch Engine

Ron Cairns, author of Power Pioneers: The Art of the Engine, a collection of interesting engine patents he’s found over the years and reviewed in the December/January 2016 issue of GEM, sends in photos of a winch engine he found at the North Pacific Cannery Historic Fishing Village in Prince ...

Square-Cylinder Engine is a Mystery

 Square-cylinder Quijada looks purpose built, but for what?  Al Matheson sends in photos of an engine he bought that features a square-shaped cylinder. The headless engine is clearly a 2-stroke design, the exhaust ported from the base of the cylinder and the mixer feeding the fuel/air through ...

An Original Lauson Engine?

 Reader Ron Stephens sends in photos of a little Lauson Model 55S engine that he’s had for some 30 years. Ron believes that, outside of a test run, the little Lauson has never been run, noting the original green paint on the rope starter and the muffler, the latter never having burned off. ...

Fairbanks-Morse Display Cabinet

   Mitch Malcolm at Lightning Magneto sent in some pics of a neat old Fairbanks-Morse service cabinet he picked up and has been displaying at swap meets. According to Mitch, it was a factory-supplied dealer’s repair parts display cabinet. “Judging from the parts in it, it’s for the ...

Could Mystery Engine Be a Bourke Engine?

 In the June/July 2016 issue of GEM, Flywheel Forum featured an engine of unknown origin. Actually, the photos showed what appeared to be two engines; one a radial and the other an opposed twin that looked more like a compressor than an engine, yet had a carburetor/mixer attached to it. Reader ...

INGECO/Worthington, Venn-Severin and Drag Saw/Log Saw Info Wanted

I am a historian for INGECO/Worthington and Venn-Severin engines, and all drag saw/log saws brands. I have had a couple of articles in GEM about INGECOs and drag saw/log saws, and as I learn more, I will submit more. I’d like to write an article or two about Venn-Severin engines, as well as ...

Is This Really a Colbert American Boy Engine?

I purchased this engine to be a 1914 Colbert 3 hp American Boy. The identification tag is missing, so I relied on the seller’s information. The engine is free and complete. The only information I can find is in C.H. Wendel’s American Gasoline Engines Since 1872 (Volume 1), which says that ...

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 ...

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