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ernie
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Username: ernie

Post Number: 531
Registered: 01-2002


Posted on Monday, July 25, 2005 - 04:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is a request for info from Don Dekidos


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I have an Enterprise 9 hp marine engine,in excellent cond,and restored. I have info. on the start up of the Enterprise foundry in san Francisco,which was destroyed during the great Earthquake, and later relocated to South San Francisco. I have not been able to locate another engine, or anyone that has seen one. This engine is similar to a Hicks,using the cam type rocker arms to control compression release and intake valve opening. I have pictures and would appreciate any info. I cannot under stand why there is not more info. available, as the Enterprise Company was an important part of San Francisco's history. The Enterprise Co. started out making equip. for the gold mines. If anyone is interested or has additional info feel free to contact me.
Don



[mailto:traktrmn@volcano.net]
By the way Don, nice looking engine!

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richarddurgee
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Username: richarddurgee

Post Number: 804
Registered: 11-2001


Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Don
Engines Afloat Volumes I and II have some information on Enterprise.

http://www.devereuxbooks.com/engines.htm

My notes

Enterprise Foundry Co.of California was Established in 1886, they made many of the engine castings for the engine mfgrs of the area.

By 1917 tha name was Enterprise Engine Co.and they made their first gas engines.

1920 made their first diesel marine engine, it used the HVID fuel system.

1921 address was Southern Pacific Building, Los Angeles California.

Enterprise bought the unfinished Monovalve diesel engines from Charles Winslow (Designed the monovavle diesel eng and the full flow oil filter)
at the time winslow was building these engs in the Standard Gas Engine Co.facilities where he was plant manager.

1924 enterprise merged with the Western Machinery Co. of Los Angeles and formed "Western-Enterprise Co.

Nice looking engine, it does look very much like the early hicks, wonder if enterprise made the castings for Hicks ?

E

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