'How Your Hobby Started'
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Pictured is Charles Conklin, Canal Winchester, Ohio, and his
very unusual 1 hp. Mogul, Jr. There were several Moguls at the
Tri-State meet at Portland, Indiana, but none of them had a water
hopper like this one.
A number of engine combinations were offered for specialized
applications, such as a hand truck mounted type A hopper-cooled
unit. There was a Venturi carburetor to adapt the engines to burn
gas for fuel. A concrete mixer of somewhat unusual design mounted
on a long hand truck, and truck mounted orchard sprayer with the
Type A engines were available. A gear driven hoist with a 6A engine
all mounted on a cast iron sub-base made a compact unit for
contractors, as well as a high pressure piston pump and various
models of portable units on horsedrawn trucks. For the grain grower
there was a Champion Harvester with a Type A engine.
When the horseless carriage was being developed a horizontal
single cylinder lightweight engine was designed that developed 5
hp. at 500 R.P.M. that would propel the curved dash car at 20
m.p.h. These were built in large quantities for the Oldsmobile by
Henry M. Leland. Drodge Bros, built the transmissions. The
Oldsmobile was the first car built in this country to be driven
across the United States.
Ransom Olds had many 'irons in the fire.' In 1905
another patent No. 792,158 was issued to him which covered 'a
vaporizing device for explosive engines.' This was another
method or model of a carburetor. It was assigned to the Olds Motor
One of the most unusual engines at the Tri-State meet at
Portland, Indiana, was this 5 hp. Richmond Standard serial number
1667. I would hate to guess the weight of this engine.
Standing by his 1924 Ottawa 4 hp. log saw is Zane Prifogle,
Cannersville, Indiana. This is one of several engines that he
brought with him to Portland in August.
Here is a 6 hp. IHC Famous engine. It was laying on its side in
a pasture and is a little rough but all there. The man I bought it
from bought it second hand in 1921. The five muscle men who helped
me load it from left to right are: Jim Renander, Clarinda, Iowa;
Norman Mier, R. R., Clarinda, Iowa; Scotty Kurtz, Oregon, Missouri;
Mike Kurtz, Industrial Arts Teacher at Clarinda, Iowa, and Emmett
Kurtz, Oregon, Missouri.
Here is a picture of my six horse Novo which I have just
purchased and is yet to be restored. I am a junior collector and so
far I have seven engines. I enjoy your GEM very much. Keep up the
In the stationary engine catalogs collected by Roger Kriebler of
Mainland, Pennsylvania, and Tom Graves of Tigard, Oregon, much
helpful historical information on the Olds engines has been
obtained. Charles Bibler of Findlay, Ohio, has also contributed
much information in the preparation of this Olds story. From these
catalogs the following engine specifications of the Olds Motor
Works Type A are available:
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