Founders Engine House - Page 6

 
Neese

NEESE

This little engine is probably a Neese built in New York state.  Little information is available and it has characteristics that resemble California engines.  Note the uncooled intake and exhaust valve chests.  It has been restored to feature a surface carburetor for gasoline vaporization.  While operational, these carburetors certainly proved to be a fire hazard.  This engine has been displayed here by another collector since the 1990s.  These engines do not appear to be very successful and the museum is happy to display this one. 

Rumsey

RUMSEY

This engine was built in Friendship, NY and is of high quality although few were produced.  An earlier model was made in Ripley, NY.  It features a side shaft and crossed helical gears to drive the vertical governor head.  It would have been used for general farm work. It came to the museum about 2000. 

Connelley

CONNELLY

This engine was built in New York City about 1890 and originally featured a second cylinder for compound expansion of the power impulse.  Old literature shows it adapted to running small trolley cars. It was found in an oil field machine shop near Karns City, PA where it provided power to the machine tools.  It has been modified to run as a four-cycle engine and the second cylinder has been lost to time.   Records show that a similar engine was made in New Castle, PA.  It came to the museum in the early 1970s.  We are unsure of where this one was built.

Jones

S.M. JONES

This is a combination engine-air compressor used to make starting air for a large engine.  It was made in Toledo, Ohio and used to start a 70 hp type 7 Bessemer near Kane, PA.  It has no crank shaft but side rods coming from a center cross head to a shaft mounted on the engine head.  The compressor is on the opposite end of the frame.  It came to the museum in the mid-2000s.

 

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