Gallery of Photos


| September/October 1974



1944 Chev. Car

R. F. Somerville

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.