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Gas engines that are a 100 years old or older


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Old 10-16-2007, 02:14:30 PM
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I have been around gas engines all of my life. The first tractor I drove was an eagle Anywho I got to thinking that lot of the engine are 100 years old or just about a 100 years old and I have not seen to much about these old girls, and I think we should make a list to ,should I say honnor these old engines and owners because it is alot of work to keep these old engines running And maybe alittle history about these engines, like what they did where did thay come from. Over the years as I've seen this hobbie grow and the history and the storys sometime gets lost and or forgotten, and it would be nice to hear some of them before they are all lost.

I will tell how my dad aquired his 25 hp foos that was built around 1904. He was just got back from veitam and was station out at coloaro getting ready to leave the army and he was talking to some old timers in the area and they said they knew were there was an old engine in the mountians. He got directions and found the trail he then found the engine. It was abondon it ran an air compressor for minning. He said it was way back in there. He talk to the head of the army at the base. He thought it would be a great training exersize. Dad said that the whole time up there you could here the rattle snakes rattling so they brought the equement out and disassmently it and put it in a u-haul and dad brought it home PS don't tell u-haul how much the engine weighs He brought the old girl home and the truck was ridding right on the axles all the way home max out and than some. Anyway it wasn't easy for him but he said he wouldn't trade that for anything and everytime someone say wow look at that engine he says he rembers the first time he saw that engine sitting there up there in the mountians.

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Old 10-16-2007, 08:51:40 PM
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I have an IHC 8hp Famous engine that turned 100 years old this year. See the june/july issue of Gas Engine Magazine. It runs like it did new and has no cracks, breaks or welded places and that is not often seen on engines much newer than this one. It is 99% original right down to the decal on the battery box.
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:11:34 AM
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Here is a 1890 B.C. Van Duzen built in 1890. They sold out to Huber in 1898. Oldest engine I have seen. It originally had a hot tube.

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Old 10-17-2007, 09:51:05 AM
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Near as I can tell, this 2 horse Fairbanks-Morse Jack of All Trades was made in 1897 (could be 1898). I am the second owner. That would make it a ripe old age of 109 or 110.

You can see more of it at my webpage. Click on the photo of the 'Jack'.

http://www.oldengine.org/members/durand/

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Old 10-17-2007, 09:57:14 AM
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I like the cooling system Elden I got about 5 years to wait before any of my engines turn 100. I do have a Shur-Bet steam engine that could be, but with no date or any others existing that I know of, I dont think I'll ever know.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:32:45 PM
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Five years close enght Lets hear about them and or the steam sence that is were gas engine got there start. I love here the history on that old stuff
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:15:49 PM
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This mighty Fuller & Johnson 6hp Oil Cooled engine of mine is 103 and runs as good as the day it left the factory.

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Old 10-18-2007, 10:17:55 PM
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what about 8 cycle aermotors would they be close to 100?

is there a way to date them, we have 3 of them and not one has a number
on it.

all are the dog bone govenor type.

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turned 100 years old this year.
I almost ed Gene!!!!!!!

I thought you said YOU turned 100!!!!!!....... ....... .......
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:34:47 AM
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its not a engine , but i'v made parts for hit and miss engines (still do) on a 1903 hendey lathe, still threads ,no taper, and tight tolerences! i wonder if these mazaks and dawoo's will make parts 104 years from now?
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Craig, i am getting there but may not make the 100 year mark. Proves one thing engines were made to last but not many make the 100 years.





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Howdy, I have two Mietz&Weiss engines that are over 100 years old. The 1hp is a 1902 and a 6hp I have does not have a serial No.. The patent dates are from 1897 and older. Still researching. I am over the half way mark to 100 myself, but look 35 and act 18.
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I don't have an engine that is 100 years old or even close to it, but about 1975 I was driving down a highway and spotted a 6 HP Upright Stover. (ca 1920). It was sitting right against a house. I stopped, the lady of the house came out and said that the man wasn't there. I asked if maybe he would sell the engine. She said, "Oh no, he wouldn't take anything for it. It has been in his family for at least 100 and probably closer to 200 years".
As I went on down the road I laughed to myself because someone had built a gas engine in the 1700's and then had to wait 100 years for them to invent gasoline to run it on.
Within 6 months that house burned and burned engine and all.
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I have a Olds 4 1/2 hp made in 1905, two Great Westrens from around 1905, and a 1908 IHC autobuggy that will be 100 next year.
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hi

i have which i be told a 1908 detroit 2cycle that could celebrate 100 in a couple months,not original as it was badly neglected but runs well.

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Not quite there, but getting close. I have a 6hp Bull's Eye built in 1914. No CBW's, original pinstriping still visible on engine and timbers. It runs all day at the shows with no problem.
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I've got a 1910 Associated Choreboy and a 1911 Farmhand. We are close but not quite. They both run better than I do.
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i have a 6 hp vertical monitor that will soon be 100, it was made in 1908
i have been driveing past this engine for 20 + years and did not know it was there, only 8 miles from my house. my son stoped in there one day to talk with the guy , then told me about it i worked out a deal with the owner and now it is my favorite engine. it also runs all day long at shows
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Our SM Jones was built in 1905, it runs as good as new.
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My 1905 Reid.

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