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TAG : Old Iron Questions

Sears Economy Engine Questions

 Reader Carl Davis sends in pictures of a Sears Economy branded engine built by Briggs & Stratton, asking for any information on the type and when it may have been built. Not being Briggs & Stratton specialists we can’t be 100 percent, but it looks to be a rope-start version of the ...

What Was This Hercules/John Deere Engine Used For?

Shawn Burns’ only connection to the old engine hobby was through his father, who recently passed away. While going through some of his father’s belongings, Shawn came across this skid-mounted, water-cooled engine. Owing to the John Deere radiator, Shawn originally thought it was a John ...

More Vincent Engine Information

A few months back (Flywheel Forum, October/November 2015) I sent you some information about a Vincent “sailboat” engine (see photo, top). In addition, I had a few questions about a 2 hp Witte hit-and-miss. The Witte is now running and will soon be mounted on a cart. The Vincent turns out to ...

Who Made This Marine Engine?

I would appreciate any suggestions readers may have about the possible manufacturer of this 2-cylinder, 2-cycle marine engine that I have loosely reassembled for purposes of identification. Family recollection has it that it was used to power a commuter launch in the early decades of the last ...

Help Herstmonceux Museum Identify a Generator Engine

 We recently received a query from Terry Valeriano at the Herstmonceux Museum in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, England, about an engine that is believed to have been located there more than 100 years ago. Although the engine is long gone, for historical purposes the museum is eager to identify ...

Help Identify This Ice Cutting Machine

 I have enclosed an interesting photo of an early ice cutting machine. It has a 4-cylinder engine that powered the unit. I have never seen one like it. It does not have a valve cover on the engine.David Kolzow615 E. Union St.Earlville, IL 60518Sleepyhollow5@frontier.comIt appears to have a ...

Bridge Engine Identified as a Double Efficiency

Longtime reader and vintage car and engine enthusiast David Kolzow sent in this very interesting period photograph of a bridge under construction near La Moille, Illinois, likely sometime in the 1905-1915 era. A belt can just be seen running from the rear of the engine, perhaps driving a mud ...

Getting a Bessemer Gas Engine to Original Specs

Reader Bill Gingerich writes in about a Bessemer he recently bought. He didn’t send a photo, but did supply the following information from the engine’s tag, which reads: The Bessemer Gas Engine Co., Grove City, PA, Gaso Kero Type, No. A626 R.P.M.650 H.P.2. “I bought this engine in ...

Search for a Renfrew Engine Manual

A Stover Type Y showing Stover green.I have just inherited a gas engine that has a tag from the Renfrew Machinery Co. It is 2 hp A with a speed of 500 rpm and a serial number of Y114917. This engine was running prior to it going in storage so it is complete. Is there someplace I can obtain a ...

Seeking More Hummer Gas Engine Information

Paul Luckman's Hummer gas engine follows conventional layout, with hit-and-miss governing, a spark plug and buzz coil, atmospheric intake valve and a single cast cylinder and water hopper. Photos by Paul Luckman.I am hoping someone can come up with some information on Hummer engines. My engine ...

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