Founders Engine House - Page 7



The Harvard was built by the Chas. A. Stickney Co. of St. Paul, Minnesota about 1902.  As all Stickney products, it was very complicated.  It is a vertical four-cycle engine but uses four valves, a high spindly governor head and a huge water cooling tank mounted on the frame.  The red tank on top is for the gasoline fuel and it has electric as well as hot tube ignition.  It was sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co, as a farm engine and must have been a nightmare for a farmer to use.  It came from the collection of the late Andy Kruse.



This engine built by the Toronto Gas Engine Co. of Toronto, Canada is identical to the Gearless Olds engine of the USA.  Its unusual feature is the belt drive cooling water pump on top of the cylinder.  It is not known if there was any agreement to build such a similar engine.  From the Andy Kruse collection.

Struthers Wells


This inverted engine is probably the first model that Struthers Wells of Warren, PA built and dates to 1898.  Although “upside-down,” it is a four-cycle gas engine with power operated intake and exhaust valves, hot tube ignition and a pendulum governor.  One other is know to exist.  It powered a small oil field machine shop near Derrick City, PA driving a central line shaft to operate the tools.  It is interesting to note that the original gasometer still exists and is functional.  It is proudly displayed by Mike Fuoco. 

Klein Model 2


The model 2 was an early design of John Klein and built by National Transit of Oil City, PA abut 1898.  As all early Transit engines, it is extremely heavy and well built for its 10 hp.  An unusual feature is the belt driven mechanical oiler.  It pumped crude oil at National Transit’s Tiona, PA station and delivered it to the refinery in Warren, PA.  It was brought to the museum in 1968 and was one of the first engines hauled on the museum's 1946 Reo truck.


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