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TAG : Richard Backus

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 ...

Coolspring Summer Expo and Sharing Your Engines

The summer show season will be just about over by the time you’re reading this. Chalk it up to too many irons in the fire and a general lack of time, but it’s frustrating to realize how many shows I missed this year. One show I didn’t miss was the 30th anniversary Coolspring Summer Expo, ...

Making Old Engine Connections and a Book Review

I’m constantly intrigued by how certain threads of thought and subject come together, with no apparent forethought. It seems to happen a lot in the vintage gas engine world, as some of the articles in this issue underscore.Some months back, I contacted collector and restorer Keith Kinney ...

Rare Engine Time Capsule

Last issue, I mentioned the pending publication of Wayne Grenning’s new book on the history of early flame-ignition internal combustion engines. As you can read in Woody Sins’ review, Wayne has completed his book, Flame Ignition: A Historical Account of Flame Ignition in the Internal ...

2015 Collectible Show Season

The 2015 show season is upon us, and for me that means deciding which shows to attend. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that my show habits are kind of like my eating habits; My eyes are almost always bigger than my stomach, as I seem to believe I can attend more shows than the reality of work ...

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