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Old 11-10-2009, 11:49:30 AM
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Starting a restoration project for a 35 hp De La Vergne. This engine was built in 1897 or 98 and is believed to have been in installed in a pumping station in Western PA at that time. The engine was purchased by Buckeye Pipeline and installed in a pumping station at Trail Run, OH in 1917 and was used to pump oil to the refinery at Sistersville WV. It was retired by Buckeye in 1952, then run one more time in 1955 to flush the lines. John Wilcox bought the engine in 1959 and ran it as a hobby in it's Trail Run location until the late 1970's. The shipping weight of the engine was advertised at 16500 lbs. Thanks to Mike Murphy's help, it only took two days to get it out of the Trail Run building and home. Here are a few pictures of it heading to it's new home in Newark, OH. Will add more photos as the project moves ahead.
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I want it, you lucky dog. hahaahaha
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:05:27 PM
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Sorry but this one is staying right where it's at. There are only 6 of this type know of, and this one is in real good shape. I'll keep posting photos as I get things done.
For the most part it will be mostly cosmetic, the hardest part is trying to make new paint look old, and thats going preaty good, its just a lot of work.... here are a few more photos.
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And I don't blame you for that at all. Super neat piece. Good luck with the restoration and please do keep us informed. Drew
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:39:54 PM
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I guess I should have started with these pictures. The first is the pumphouse where the engines were housed. The building has unique structure in that the pump room and engine room were seperated. In the center of the building you can see some louvers that was an air space between the two rooms; in case of a pipe breakage the fumes would not get into the engine room. Picture two shows the engine before I started to dismantle it. As you can see there were a lot of parts and pipes removed. Photo three shows a 10-1/2 HP Rushton-Hornsby that was also in the engine room. This engine was mainly responsible for running the line shafting in the pump room. It's job was to run a water pump which can be seen in the background, a small air compresser and a double acting National Transit suction pump. This engine was removed by me two years ago and reburbished. The last photo shows the National Transit triplex pump that pumped the oil to the Sistersville, WV refinery.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:01:03 PM
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Here is a photo of the Ruston after I spent the winter 07 & 08 cleaning it up, It is also an oil engine. Both engines had to be taken completely apart and cleaned due to a flood in Sep.of 95, there was over 4 feet of water in the engine room. Thanks to John Burns, Doug Thornhill and Linda (my wife) for the help in removing the Ruston...
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Yours looks very similar to the one at the NEWSM. it is the same vintage and was also used to run a pump.

The manual says a man and a small boy can start the engine. It was a little more difficult than that.

De La Vergne Oil Engine at the NEWSM
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What's the status of the National Transit triplex pump?
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Right now the pump is still in the building, but it will soon be removed as well and set back with the engine. Its in real good shape, and I have some NOS parts for it that will be going on as well....
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After spending two weeks on the tlr. so the engine could be cleaned of all the old oil and grease, and mud and any chipping paint be removed, to do this I used about 10 cans of ovencleaner and a steam cleaner, this works real good for removing almost everything including about 95% of the old paint from the flywheels,(witch was coming off anyway).
I used Dupont Industrial coating on all the bair cast iron parts. Then came the fun part getting engine back off the tlr. and moved into it's finel resting spot...
I got the flywheels repainted right a way, and by using the Dupont primer this made it real easy to give it the look of being old paint.(put a lot on and then before it dryes wip it back off in the spots where it would normaly be off) and because hard to find a flat paint,I went over the wheels with a scotch bright pad to take the shine off....
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Lookin good Dave. Are you going to have it up and running for your get together next year?
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Tom, O yes, if the weather holds out the way it been so far, I'll have up and running very soon, I'v also been spending a lot of time on the twin Kline, trying to get the crank rubed in..
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Looks like you have the De La Vergne sittin beside the Kline. Those two will look really nice sittin beside each other. Hopefully I'll be able to make your get together this coming year.
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Here are a few shots of the engines in the station.
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Thanks Criss, those are better photos then I have. I'v got some old one before I got this new camera, but I have no way of scaning them. Thanks again
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BuckeyeMan,

Great pictures and great engine. Congratulations on that one.
Wouldn't happen to know who has the other five would you?

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Got a little more work done this week, Governor apart and cleaned up, spent about 6 hours on the conecting rod cleaning and trying file the pipe wrinch marks out, being in the oilfield they are rough on things, and the huge name plate cleaned and ready to go on. The rod hooked to the crank ,that went well also.
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Here are a few more photos and a small walk around video, I also spent another 6 hours or so on the side shaft (that good old pipe wrench). A lot of the parts have just been stuck on, but on Friday night we started tighten things up in place.. Also got some paint on the rest of the places that where bare cast iron and trying to blend it in with the old it was quit a job... Thanks everyone for looking and thanks to Harry for providing a place to post this...
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BuckeyeMan,

Here you go gentlemen, this was done with the help of Greg Johnson in Southern California, Ed Vanke in Oregon, Dave Hawkins in Ohio and Ray Hooley in the U.K. Thanks to all of them. If anyone knows of more, please let me know and I'll add them to the data base.

1. Smithsonian
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2. Ed Vanke
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3. Bob Geyer
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4. Rollage
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5. Dave Hawkins
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6. Coolsprings Power Museum
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7. New England Museum of Wireless and Steam
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8. Rough and Tumble
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9. State Park Louisiana
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10.West Virginia
35 HP # 2921 ( SCRAPPED )

Bob
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bob, what state park in louisiana is the engine in. i live in miss. and my home town is bastorp, la.
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