Blackstone oil engine startup
1909 10HP Blackstone oil engine was used for pumping water from a river to
a market garden. The engine was sabotaged in the 1920s by someone blowing
up the cylinder with explosives. A new cylinder was installed and the
engine was returned to service for a number of years when it eventually
fell into disuse. A number of river floodings submerged the engine and it
was eventually partially buried in silt. It was recovered in the 1990s and
in 1997 it was dismantled, cleaned and started again after many years of
neglect. The starting procedure requires heating of the hot bulb with a
blow lamp in order to vaporise the fuel ( kerosene ) and to preheat the
internal combustion chamber to allow fuel ignition.
Giant 22+ TON Engine (START UP) (circa 1920)
I originally thought this was a "hit and miss" type engine because of the
flywheel configuration, but after some research learned it is a 2 stroke
Story of this massive engine.
This is a 110 HP 2 cycle 2 cylinder hot head oil engine manufactured by
the Continental Gin Company in Birmingham, Alabama.
this engine was located in Yuma, Arizona, and was in use at a cotton gin
from 1924 to 1949. SInce this engine has no load on it, it is pretty
quiet, but folks said when it was in service and under load, it could
be heard for over 12 miles.
It is started using compressed air and both of the hot heads are heated
using torches, though I did not notice that when they started this.
The weight of this beast is over 22 tons.
Each flywheel weighs 4260 lbs.
Bore is 14"
Stroke is 20"
It runs on a mixture of oil and diesel.
This was at the Antique Farm Equipment Show in Tulare, CA. I will be
posting more old tractor and truck footage the next week or so.