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1 HP upright Maytag information and photos


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Default 1 HP upright Maytag information and photos

This thread is to disperse some information and photos of the 1 hp series of upright Elgin and Maytag engines.

Along with the most common 1/2hp model upright engines made by Elgin and then by Maytag, 1/4hp and 1hp models were also produced. The 1/4hp size was discontinued shortly after Maytag started building their engines. The 1hp size continued in production into the early to mid 1920's.

It is unclear how many 1hp engines were made. They were sold for farm and industrial use and were never used for Maytag's Multi Motor washing machines. Because of their light weight, and cantankerous two stroke design, the 1hp Maytag was likely considered a "throw away" engine in its day. They were at least 20 years old during the scrap drives of WWII and no doubt countless 1hp Maytags were turned into bombs and airplanes for the Allies cause. It is clear that today very few have survived and they are now a very scarce and highly sought after part of Maytag engine history.

The Elgin Rede Motor and the first Maytag Multi Motors were indentical. This picture shows the set of the first style engines, the 1/4hp, 1/2hp, and the 1hp Elgin or early Maytag.


The first Maytag advancement in the 1hp engine was with the improved "G" carburetor, followed by the "C" and "D" carburetors which were very similar to those found on the 1/2HP enignes. These are almost unheard of today. Another obscure version of the 1HP feautured a liquid cooled cylinder.

The 1hp Maytag engines retained many Elgin characteristics later than the 1/2hp Maytags did. It is likely Maytag was using up old parts inventory. Here are two early Maytag 1hp uprights. They both use early "E" carburetors with fixed jets. They have Elgin style tanks and crank cases, but have Maytag flywheels. The earlier one has the flywheel counterweight bolted to the flywheel. These engines are in the 16000-19000 serail number range. Incidentally, all Maytag engines are numbered in sequence regardless of size or type.

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At some point the stove leg base was introduced to be used on general purpose engines to rise them up off the ground. This engine is the earliest stove leg I have seen. It has the carburetor on the main bearing and it has many unusual early features. The hand crank, original muffler, battery holding strap below the base, and coil are usually missing when you are fortunate enough to find a 1hp upright engine. This engine is in the late 20,000 serial number range.


Later, when the carburetor mounting was moved to the crank case housing, Maytag used up their old main bearing parts supply by plating off the flange where the carb had previously mounted. This style is common to 1hp engines made in the 40,000 serial number range.


Later yet, in the 75,000 to 100,000 serial number range the 1hp engines main bearing had no provision for a carburetor mounting.
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There was a magneto version of the 1hp uprigh available. I have only seen or heard of one left. I don't have a real good picture but here it was sitting in the middle of my dining room one night several years ago amongst a bunch of other 1hp engines.


A late version of the fuel tank base was cast aluminum. This is one example that also has a type "F" carburetor.


A good contrast to show the size difference between a late 1hp aluminum tank engine and a standard 1/2hp engine is shown here.
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There are at least 3 slightly different styles of stove leg bases on the 1hp engines. The 3 base styles are pictured the oldest first. The second style is likely to be found on the engines in the 40,000 serial number range. The third style is common to the later engines.




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Great info Tom!!!
Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks Frank! Like all the other styles of Maytag engines, the 1hp uprights have a lot of variation which makes collecting fun.
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Tom, had a curiousity about your blue aluminum tank 1 HP engine with the brass nipple and cap in the back of the tank top. Is this your engine, or was it? Or is it a friend of yours and do they still have it? Do you know what the serial number is? Reason I am asking is because my aluminum tank has a brass nipple and cap in the same spot! Was this something that Maytag did? Or is maybe that engine is sitting in my house now?

My Portland Spy took pictures at the swap meet this spring. Now I finally got a picture of my 1HP stoveleg (picture two), but have not got it yet because I am having issues with my legs and could not go to pick it up at the Evansville IN show this weekend. On his way home from the Evansville show my spy Jeff stopped at my house with his digital camera and my brother downloaded it's picture (the stoveleg) and others from his memory card. This picture was taken when the Elgin carb was still on it! It has been converted back to the original Maytag E carb.

The third picture is the same engine in picture 1. It is shown doing what most Maytags won't do! Burn gas and run!! Seriously it has the serial number 80289. I am just curious if it may be the same engine?

Since I am typing this in for my brother! He He He I (Danny J) added the comment about them not running! My brother is to far away to hit me with his cane!
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Default Re: 1 HP upright Maytag information and photos

Tom on post #4 the second picture of the orange engine. Is that rod looking gizmo sticking out some type of adjustable timing arm? If so do you have more pictures of it?

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Marc, The 1 hp in the picture is mine and I think the brass nipple was for some kind of vent or something?? Mr. Shulaw, do you have any ideas? The serial number is in the 93,000 range. I am sure it is something Maytag did as I have seen a few this way including one stove leg 1HP.

Nice engines M Pavlik, thanks for sharing the pictures!
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Wow you guys have some AWESOME engines. My collection is new but I already can tell I NEED and upright soon!!
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