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Default Elgin Wheel & Engine Co., Elgin, Illinois.

Anyone here have pictures of their "BABY" engine built by The Elgin Wheel & Engine Co., Elgin Illinois? Elgin more than likely built their "BABY" from 1913 to 1916, prior to Maytag taking control of the Elgin Wheel and Engine Co.

I would like to submit these pictures of a Quebec built engine that looks a lot like an Elgin but since I do not have an Elgin to look at I can't compare the 2 engines.

Here are pictures of a "BEBE" built by The A. Bernard Industrial Co.: http://buzzcoil.brinkster.net/bernard/page102.html





May I ask the moderator(s) to restrain themselves from moving this post elsewhere too soon. I'd really like to find an answer to my question and my post will have more visibility here. Thanks! Denis Rouleau
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Default Re: Elgin Wheel & Engine Co., Elgin, Illinois.

here is 1/4, 1/2 , and 1hp elgin engines.
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I think you will see some pics from Mike Shaffer soon!
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Default Re: Elgin Wheel & Engine Co., Elgin, Illinois.

Denis,
Here is a picture of My 1/4 HP Elgin Redi Motor / Baby / Maytag Multi Motor, and the earlier style 1/4hp Elgin Baby or Comet. The earlier style is more well known as the "Baby". Your ad is the first I have seen to list the later style as the Baby. Later, Elgin reffered to that style engine as the Redi Motor and later yet, the exact same engines were sold as Maytag Multi Motor's "Pygmy Giant".

At any rate, the Bebe in the pictures is more like an Elgin Redi Motor or Maytag MultiMotor than the Baby. It looks like it uses an Elgin governor and a Maytag Muffler. If it were ever in loose hands I'd love a chance at it!


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Default Re: Elgin Wheel & Engine Co., Elgin, Illinois.

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Denis,
Here is a picture of My 1/4 HP Elgin Redi Motor / Baby / Maytag Multi Motor, and the earlier style 1/4hp Elgin Baby or Comet. The earlier style is more well known as the "Baby". Your ad is the first I have seen to list the later style as the Baby. Later, Elgin reffered to that style engine as the Redi Motor and later yet, the exact same engines were sold as Maytag Multi Motor's "Pygmy Giant".
Tom, do you have a close up picture of your Elgin's carburator to see how it compares to the carb on the "BEBE" made by the A. Bernard Industrial Co.?

Also I would like to make one observation here: it seems to me that the different names used (Baby, Bebe, Redemotors, Multi Motors etc...) were not directly linked to a specific model BUT rather to a corresponding time frame. In other words the names and or models did not change at the same time.

Attached are 2 more Elgin ads to support this last point.

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