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Bessemer, OC/SP, and Reid oilfield engines found this week


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Old 01-30-2012, 09:22:56 PM
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Hey everyone,
Thought I'd share some pics of three more old engines I've found this week.

The first is an old Bessemer that appears to have had a hard life. The engine house has fallen in on it and most of the parts have been taken. Take a look at how someone had rigged a pulley on the flywheel, using an old truck rim.

There was also an old power unit that had been use on the well at one time, along with a whole pile of wooden sucker rods.
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This is the KRW power unit that was on the well site. I may be wrong, but I think it had a Ford engine on it.
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These are the wooden sucker rods on the Bessemer well location. These aren't real easy to find any more.
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This is the Oil City / South Penn half breed. This engine is about 100 yards beyond my property line. The engine house has fallen in on it also. The engine has one narrower square hub flywheel that I assume is the steam engine flywheel, and a wider, heavier flywheel that was probably installed with the gas cylinder. Most of the parts have been stolen off this engine also. The gas cylinder serial number is 1981. Is there a way to date these serial numbers? I know this engine is pretty old. The entire engine house is built with square cut nails, and may have been built while it was still a steam engine.
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These are photos of what is left of the OC/SP engine house, wooden cooling tank, and the square cut nails that the engine house is built with.
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The Reid is about 50 to 75 yards beyond the OC/SP. Both of them are well within a quarter mile of my house.

As you can see, the Reid engine house is perched on the side of the hill, just like the OC/SP was. Not too many ways to build a good flat location back then, other than by hand. This one is sort of unusual as it has been built up with a stone foundation.

Most of the small parts have been taken, as usual. The serial number is odd as it has been stamped over and one number different from the crank serial number. The number stamped on the bed plate and the cylinder are both 7985. It appears that the number was originally 7925, but in both, the 2 was changed to an 8. The number on the crank is one number lower, 7984. Wonder what the deal is with that? Can someone date the engine by the serial number for me?
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These are pics of the serial numbers on the cylinder, base, and crank.
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I'd like to Rod. The only one that I may be able to get is the Bessemer. I haven't heard back from the owner yet. The other two are owned by an oil and gas company that will not sell any of them. You see the condition they are in, but they will not sell!

I can find them by the dozens, just can't get any of them. Within a 5 mile area of my house, I can take you to probably 50+ engines. problems is the two oil companies that own 90% of them, will not sell. So, I photograph and document them, I guess just for history's sake.
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Great finds Jeff. The Reid is a 1913 regardless of which serial number is correct.
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