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TAG : Hit and Miss

Learning by Chance

I’m constantly amazed to discover just how much historical information concerning vintage engines and equipment is still out there waiting to be discovered and shared. A case in point is the Beetle tractor, a mini dozer manufactured by Western Gear Works in Seattle, Washington, from ...

Piersen Engines and Shows

Well, I’m almost ashamed to report that I’ve yet to get my 1920 5 hp Piersen running. Worse, I can’t even say I’ve put much time into the effort since last issue, focused as I’ve been on helping my kids get their vintage motorcycles ready for the new riding season. Charlie, just ...

A 5 hp Piersen and Good Intentions

Last issue, I noted my ongoing motions toward finally getting my 1920 5 hp Piersen running. With the engine finally pulled out and occupying the middle of my shop, I was confident that I’d finally make some real headway on it – to the point I suggested I might even have it running by now. ...

Getting Started in 2017

In a bid to stick to my stated New Year’s goals of last issue, namely finally getting my 1921 1-1/2 hp IHC Model M and/or my 1920 5 hp Piersen running – or at least on the road to running – I recently pulled both engines out from under cover. Taking the coward’s way out, I’ve decided ...

Gearing Up for 2017

I know it’s early for New Year’s resolutions, but this being the December/January issue, it seems appropriate to set out some goals for the new year. Chief among them is to finally start working on the 1921 1-1/2 hp IHC Model M I picked up some years ago. I’ve had plenty of excuses for ...

Learning by Accident and the Monovalve Diesel Engine

I learn a lot by accident, although I think serendipity is a better word, the learning often the result of a chain of events sparked by a simple question or observation.This issue’s Patent Page, an examination of a unique single valve – or monovalve – 4-stroke diesel engine, underscores ...

Behind the Story of Restoring a 1912 Stover and a 1907 Gasser

Most of what we publish in Gas Engine Magazine comes to us by way of our readers. Historically, we’ve looked to engine enthusiasts themselves – that’d be you – for information, inspiration and restoration tales of mechanical daring do.This issue is a great example of that fact, amply ...

Gearing Up for the 2016 Show Season

It’s a bit early still to start trumpeting the coming of the new show season, but I can tell that folks are gearing up by the increased activity I’m seeing in online discussion forums and by the increasing numbers of letters we’re getting here at GEM. As ever, many of you have “new” ...

Inspiring the Next Generation

For as long as I’ve been around the engine crowd, I’ve listened to enthusiasts express concern over how to encourage younger people to join the old iron fold. As we get older, it’s only normal to wonder; who’s going to step in behind us?Our “hobby” (some people think it’s really ...

Celebrating 50 Years of Gas Engine Magazine and Other Old Engine Anniversaries

It seems 2015 was something of a banner year for books in the old engine category. New titles don’t come along all that often in our little corner of the world, but this year we’ve seen three books produced for old engine enthusiasts, all of them, notably, self-published.First up was Wayne ...

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