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Economy Engine Pin-striping


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Old 08-18-2019, 08:04:02 PM
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Default Economy Engine Pin-striping

I have a 1 1/2 Hp. Economy model E which seems to have original patina with some pin-striping on the base, and I am repainting a 2 1/2 Hp. Model E and can’t seem to figure out if these engines originally had pin-striping on them or not, please let me know!

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Default Re: Economy Engine Pin-striping

I have a 1921 Model E, 1 1/2 hp that has most of the original paint. It has remnants of the original black pin striping on the base.
Not sure about the 2 1/2 hp, but would guess that it did as well.
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Default Re: Economy Engine Pin-striping

I would say that the 2 1/2 HP and all the Economy engines would have definitely had pinstriping. I have seen an original engine or two, but I cannot lay my hands on the pictures at the moment. I've attached a couple of catalog scans that show the pinstriping of Hercules and Economy engines. These may not be totally accurate as they are artists renditions but they are awfully close.
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Default Re: Economy Engine Pin-striping

They were also painted and striped after assembly.
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Default Re: Economy Engine Pin-striping

The Economy engines were red with black pinstripes. The flywheel had a 1/4" wide stripe around the perimeter, about 1/4" from the inside of the thicher section of the rim. There was a 3/16 stripe around the sides of the hopper, about an inch from the curved sides. On the corner where the flywheel covered the hopper, the stripe was continued to meet the other sections about 1/2" AWAY from the outside of the flywheel rim. There was no striping on the rear of the hopper. Hercules painted the engines after their assembly, and did not put striping behind the flywheels. On some engines, there was a 3/16" stripe down the center of the flywheel spokes, from the pulley mount to the rim where it met the spokes, but not all engines had this. The front of the hopper was striped, again about 1" from the curved edges, with a 3/16 line. There was no striping on the head. There was no striping on top of the hopper, only on the sides and front. The green Hercules engines had the same paint scheme, only the striping was red
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