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Edward Smalley
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - 06:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looking for any information on Smalley engines.
Established in 1870. Built boats and inboard motors. Changed names in early 1800 hundreds to Smalley motor co. they were located in Bay City Michigan. I have an early advertisement from the company.
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esmalley
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - 07:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

e-mail esmalley@gowebco.com
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richarddurgee
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - 09:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ed, This 1903 ad says 33 yrs mnfging engines.
Also says new factory being built, my notes say 1907 they went into receivership and then reorganized as the General Machinery Co.
Motor trade name remained Smalley or Smalley-General.
1910 or so they like some others were working with aluminum to lighten their engs.
Smalley -General Eng Co. is listed in 1913 index of marine eng makers.


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Richard Day
Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2003 - 08:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a very nice Smalley and the thing that impressed me about the design is it has cast iron a water heated intake manifold on this very early engine.
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Scott Peters
Posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2003 - 08:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ed, here is what I have found to date, which follows very well with what Richard Day and Richard Durgee have already submitted:

Smalley Motor Company, Ltd.

Originating as Smalley Brothers & Company, Ltd., Smalley Motor Company, Ltd. was one of the earlier successful manufacturers of marine engines, as well as general founders and machinists in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan. The company was located at 205-211 Saginaw in 1903. It was incorporated on June 26, 1903 with a capital of $80,000.

James H. Pierce, later of Pierce, Nye & Budd, designed the engine and first served as the plant superintendent. Initially William Smalley was chairman of the firm, with M. B. Smalley as secretary and J. B. Smalley as treasurer. By 1906 the management of the company was taken over by the Eddy family interests. The Eddy family had a long background in the lumber business. The new officers consisted of Newell A. Eddy, chairman; James B. Smalley, treasurer and general manager; and Newell A. Eddy, Jr. as secretary. During the course of the following two years, the Smalley company either closed, was sold or otherwise renamed General Machinery Company.

The 205-211 Saginaw plant was subsequently taken over by Pierce, Nye & Budd, marine engine manufacturers.

By 1906 the company was located at the corner of N. Water and Trumbull Streets in Bay City. This plant was subsequently the home of the General Machinery Company.

They made a point in their catalog of serving Bay Cityís growing knock-down or kit boat industry, helping purchasers of these boats match Smalley engines to their home-made craft.
Two-Cycle Marine Engines
Trade Name Model No. of cylinders Bore Stroke R.P.M. H.P. Weight Years Produced Notes
Smalley M-A 1 2-3 c.1905- 3 port
Smalley M-B 1 4-6 c.1905- 3 port
Smalley M-C 1 6-8 c.1905- 3 port
Smalley M-BB 2 8-12 c.1905- 3 port
Smalley M-CC 2 12-16 c.1905- 3 port
Smalley M-3B 3 15-20 c.1905- 3 port
Smalley M-3C 3 20-25 c.1905- 3 port
Smalley M-4C 4 28-35 c.1905- 3 port

Sources:

Polk, R. L. & Co. Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1903-1904 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1903.) p. 302.

Smalley Motor Company, Ltd. Smalley Marine Gas Engines, Catalog No. 17, c.1905. Library of Michigan, Rare Book Collection.

Polk, R. L. & Co. R. L. Polk & Co.ís Bay City Directory, Year Ending November 1st, 1907 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1906.) pp. 51, 733.

Polk, R. L. & Co. R. L. Polk & Co.ís Bay City Directory, 1909 (Detroit, MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1909.) pp. 49, 314, 315, 323, 376.

Homfeld, Max F. 753 Manufacturers of Inboard Marine Engines (St. Michaels, MD: Max F. Homfeld, 1991.) p. 12.


Smalley-General Company

Bay City, Michigan
Trade Name Model No. of cylinders Bore Stroke R.P.M. H.P. Weight Years Produced Notes
Smalley






Sources:

Homfeld, Max F. 753 Manufacturers of Inboard Marine Engines (St. Michaels, MD: Max F. Homfeld, 1991.) p. 12. Cites 1912 catalog; Motor Boating, April 1925, p. 87.
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Richard Day
Posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2003 - 11:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pierce, Nye and Budd went on to great fame in racing engine circles with their early three cylinder two strok "BRASS BOUND BASTARD" which was an impressive engine for the period. I believe the St. Michaels Marine museum has/had one in very good condition. For reason I don't know Nye seemed to drop out of the company in later years.
Pierce was a famous engine designer in later years. The earliest reference to mixing oil in two stroke fuel I am aware of is on page 179 of the April 1909 Power Boating magazine which gives credit to Mssrs. Pierce, Nye and Budd as the originators of this "daring innovation" Whether they were or were not at least they are the earliest recognized in boating circles at that time. Palmer Bros. picked up the idea and ran with it big time. By 1910 their two stroke engines carried a tag warning to well mix one pint of cylinder oil to five gallons of gasoline. Their two stroke engines of that and later years all shed their festoons of lubricators and drip oilers. It is curious that J. W. Lathrop never did believe in the mixing of oil in the gasoline for two stroke lubrication. His customers did as who wants to have to mess with drip oilers etc. on a routine basis? The Smalley I have has drip oilers on it so it must date prior to the 1909/10 time frame. It is a well built engine but a little overweight for the probable horsepower in my opinion.
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richarddurgee
Posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2003 - 01:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dick
this is the Pierce, Bud, Nye Racing eng in the
St michaels Museum. It's in a plexiglass case and
I couldn't get a shot of the other side of it with falling over the second story balcony railing.


pierce


Pierce
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Richard Day
Posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2003 - 06:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dick, Thats the engine I was talking about. A good friend who ran that engine as a kid died back in the 1960s. He arranged for me to pick up the engine and when we got to the garage it was stored in it was gone. The widow of the owner then remembered she had given it to the St Michaels museum some years before. Sorry I missed it. Bill said they won a lot of races about 1910 with that engine. Glad it is still around. Thanks for the update. Shows you I have not been to St. Michaels since Max Homfeld died. Thanks to his efforts their engine collection was saved from falling apart with neglect.
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Hi, I am looking for service manual for a two-stroke three-cylinder Volvo Outboard Marine engine, could you please help.

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