Gallery of Photos


| September/October 1974

  • 1944 Chev. Car

    R. F. Somerville
  • Charles E. Meyler

    Walt Townsend
  • Overland Car
    Courtesy of R. F. Somerville, 12498 232 St., Maple Ridge P.O., Haney, B.C., Canada
    R. F. Somerville
  • Wood Splitter
    Courtesy of R. F. Somerville, 12498 232 St., Maple Ridge P. O., Haney, B. C, Canada
    R. F. Somerville
  • Mogul H.P. 2-1/2

    Williard Hughes
  • Depue 4 Wheel Drive
    Courtesy of Fischbach's Museum, Kettlersville, Ohio 45336
    Fischbach's Museum
  • Mogul H.P. 2-1/2

    Williard Hughes
  • Otto Engine

    Bernard Martin
  • Mogul H.P. 2-1/2
    Courtesy of Williard Hughes, 385 Indian Road, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    Williard Hughes
  • Otto Engine
    Courtesy of Bernard Martin, Hamill, South Dakota 57534
    Bernard Martin
  • Caterpillar Fifty Gas Tractor
    Courtesy of Bernard Martin, Hamill, South Dakota 57534
    Bernard Martin
  • Jon and Ruth
    Courtesy of Walt Townsend, Box 53, McNabb, Illinois 61335
    Walt Townsend
  • Nebraska and Pennsylvania

    Robert Rogers
  • Pioneer Tractor
    Courtesy of Louis Althoff, 328 West Chestnut, Freeport, Illinois, 61032
    Louis Althoff
  • Jim Lilly and Gerald Mosbagh
    Courtesy of Robert Rogers - FARM MUSEUM -1-95 & Hwy 9, Dillon, S.C. 29536 Ph. 803-774-6111
    Robert Rogers
  • Avery Gas Tractor
    Courtesy of Emil F. Svanda, Davis Junction, Illinois 61020
    Emil F. Svanda
  • Plunket Engines

    Younkman & Sons
  • Fairbanks Morse
    Courtesy of Ray Butler, R.R. 1, Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada.
    Ray Butler
  • Don Stanley
    Courtesy of Donald Stanley, 750 Hwy., 99 S., Junction City, Oregon 97448
    Donald Stanley
  • Antique Gas Engine
    Courtesy of N. J. Hickok, Route 1, Amboy, Minnesota 56010
    N. J. Hickok
  • Steam Engine
    Courtesy of Younkman & Sons, P.O. Box 1, North Newton, Kansas, 67117
    Younkman & Sons
  • Nice Team of Clydes

    R. F. Somerville
  • 1-1/4 HP Monitor
    Courtesy of Walt Townsend, Box 53, McNabb, Illinois 61335
    Walt Townsend
  • 4 HP Chanticleer
    Courtesy of Walt Townsend, Box 53, McNabb, Illinois 61335
    Walt Townsend

  • 1944 Chev. Car
  • Charles E. Meyler
  • Overland Car
  • Wood Splitter
  • Mogul H.P. 2-1/2
  • Depue 4 Wheel Drive
  • Mogul H.P. 2-1/2
  • Otto Engine
  • Mogul H.P. 2-1/2
  • Otto Engine
  • Caterpillar Fifty Gas Tractor
  • Jon and Ruth
  • Nebraska and Pennsylvania
  • Pioneer Tractor
  • Jim Lilly and Gerald Mosbagh
  • Avery Gas Tractor
  • Plunket Engines
  • Fairbanks Morse
  • Don Stanley
  • Antique Gas Engine
  • Steam Engine
  • Nice Team of Clydes
  • 1-1/4 HP Monitor
  • 4 HP Chanticleer

Shown above is my 40 hp Superior made in Springfield, Ohio, Serial Number 40857, with 14 inch bore and 20 inch stroke. It came from the oilfields where it ran on natural gas. When I got it, it was sinking into the sandy soil of Western Michigan. Top picture shows us loading the engine in Michigan --1. to r. are Charles E. Meyler who worked for the oil company; Gordon Stroven of Coopersville, Mich, and his brother-in-law, Jim Sturtevant of Muskegon. To load the engine, we jacked the front of the engine out of the sand and slid the ramps under it. We then put pipe rollers between the ramps and base. Then with the aid of a hand winch and jacks on the flywheel spokes, she came right up on the trailer. In this picture the exhaust box, exhaust pipe, magneto, governor, pushrod and air breather are removed.

Bottom shot shows the engine a day later in Henry, Illinois. Pictured are my children, Jon and Ruth and myself. Note the 9 hole force feed oilier mounted on the block, also the small sliding door to the lower right of the oilier. There is one on each side to check the rod bearings.

My collection of Superiors also include a 20 HP, 25, 35 and a 50, besides this 40 HP. I am still looking for a really big engine, of any kind. The 20,25 and 35 hp engines are completely different from this one. They do not have counter weights, force feed oilers, enclosed crankcases or the top and bottom arrangement for the intake and exhaust boxes.

Shown are Plunket engines. Serial number on the engine is No. 27. The gent that invented this engine must have been a steam engine man. The engine runs if it gets the notion and the little wood pecker governor does right smart. These engines were built in Chicago about 1906.



Don Stanley holds a honeycomb found in the cylinder of an early day gas engine he is restoring. The engine is a 7 HP Economy, 1 cylinder that ran a buzz saw in the Crawfordville area. The 1915 engine belonged to the Carlson family of Brownsville before purchased by Stanley for restoring. Don is a member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assn. and displayed the engine in running condition along with others at this years Scandinavian Festival in August.

Don and his two sons, Gary and Ron started collecting and restoring small engines in October 1973. They now have twenty. The engines are on display at Don's show room for Travel Trailers.



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