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Old 10-09-2009, 10:48:49 AM
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Can enyone help use find out about this hit and miss
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Old 10-09-2009, 01:40:43 PM
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Wendy: Check out our site for Detroit info. Antiquengines.com
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Hello Wendy,

There is not a whole lot of information available on your engine. I will tell you what I know from some original literature that I have. Your engine appears to be a 4-1/2 horse power 4 cycle water cooled hit & Miss engine and was probably manufactured some time between 1915 to 1920 time period. These engines are said to be manufactured by the Nelson Brothers Company out of Saginaw Michigan for Detroit Engine Works. Nelson Brothers manufactured many engines for lot of companies and businesses. However out of all the different companies that the Nelson Brothers made engines for I do not know of any that actually had their company name cast into the water hoppers like Detroit Engine Works did. Detroit Engine Works had their own foundry and manufactured their own two cycle engines for about 15 years so it would have been easy for them to manufacture these four cycles engines also. The engine design is definitely Nelson Brothers. Who manufactured the engines? could have been Nelson Brothers or Detroit Engine Works no one knows for sure. Your engine appears to be all original down to the muffler, wood skids, etc..The only thing I do not see is the fuel tank. It set up front by the head and mixer between the 2 x 4's. This engine would probably be a good one to leave as is no repainting just clean it up and oil it down real good. Hard to come by a engine that still has most of it's original parts and paint.

Specifications

Bore of cylinder = 4-1/2 in.
Stroke of piston = 8 in.
Diameter of crankshaft = 1-3/4 in.
Diameter of flywheel = 26 in.
Weight of flywheel = 150 lbs.
Capacity of fuel tank = 2-1/2 gal.
Capacity of water hopper = 6 gal.
Standard pulley = 12 x 6 in.
Fuel feed = suction
Governor = Hit & Miss
Ignition = Make & Break
Average fuel consumption per hour = 4.3 pints
Speed = 300 to 350 RPM
Length over all = 45 in.
Height over all = 27 in.
Floor space = 26 in. by 45 in.
Weight of engine = 650 lbs.
Shipping weight = 725 lbs.
Price engine complete = $66.50

Wendy, when you go to me and my Dad's website look in the menu for Nelson Bros 4 cycle engines with DEW tags. There you will find photo's and some literature for your engine. If you have any more question please email me and I will try to help. Have fun..

http://www.antiquengines.com/Detroit...Works_Menu.htm

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Old 10-13-2009, 02:52:37 PM
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Bump..bump..
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:50:26 PM
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Here are two 1916 ads for the Detroit Engine Works. These are 4 cycle horizontal farm engines. In one ad it is mentionned "Wadsworth Mfg. Co. - Successors". Not sure what to make out of that remark?

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Denis,

If you get a chance go to me and my Dad's website and read the history page for Detroit Engine Works. This is information that I have gathered over the past 10 years or so from literature, engine ad's, Detroit News paper, City directory, Etc... Click on the link below. I think you will find it interesting.

http://www.antiquengines.com/Detroit...Works_Menu.htm

Have you ever seen the tractor that Wadsworth Mfg. Co. built? It was basically a tractor with a Detroit Engine Works two cylinder stationary engine mounted on to it.


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Oh, one other thing I do not believe there are any of these Wadsworth tractors in existence. At least I have never seen one. I'm hopping one day one might show up but I'm not holding my breath.

Denis, I go to your website off and on lot's of good information ,photo's, etc..thanks for taking the time to create such a good site.
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