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Mike Jacomb
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 - 01:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Could someone please help with infomation pertaining to an engine I found in a very old Power House. The brass plate states, Standard Gas Engine Co , San Franisco Cal, No 6379 , Rev 360 , HP 16 . The unit is twin cylinder and water cooled runs on gasoline. It starts and runs well and is a most beautiful looking stationary engine. It was brought in 1924. Hope to hear some good news.
Kind regards, Michael Jacomb.
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andrew
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 - 09:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mike,

Wow... sounds like a wonderful engine.

If it is a two cylinder stationary, I assume they are upright (vertical) cylinders. Standard of San Francisco made primarily marine engines, but like many other marine engine builders, the also built a stationary engine using many of the same castings.

I have various copies of Standard drawings and catalog information. There was also a good article in the January 1996 issue of GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE titled The Standard Machine Works and The Union Gas Engine Company. I have scanned the article, but it is too large to attach. I can email it to you if you want it. You can buy a back issue from various vendors, or I can copy you the article and mail it.

Do you have any photos you could post here or email to me for me to post?

Regards,
Andrew Menkart
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Michael Jacomb
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2002 - 05:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Andrew,
Yes the engine is a vertical upright 2-cylinder type. I can well beleive the manufacturer did make this type of engine into an inboard boat drive unit.My engine was used to drive a DC generator via a large flat belt. To remove the engine it was necessary to take off the two large flywheels each side. Next week I will put the flywheels back on and the associated brass carbrettor and take a digital photo which I will post on this site, in the hope someone will regonise this most attractive engine. The engine is complete in every respect as is has only just been removed from where it was placed in 1924. I hope this information is of help and I hope to obtain more type of history from this engine and maybe obtain an operators manual. My email address is
mikej@powerhire.co.nz
Kind Regards to all
Mike Jacomb
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andrew
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2002 - 04:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mike,

Does it look something like this, but smaller and only 2 cylinders:
standard
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Michael Jacomb
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2002 - 06:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Andrew,
Yes my Standard does look similar, each flywheel has 6 spokes and measures 5ft 9in x4in , the 2 cylinders are feed from one only brass Carb marked
{Monarch Valve Co Brooklyn NY} it has a governor, the magneto is marked {McCoard Mfg Co } hope this all makes some sense. The engine is water cooled.
Regards,Mike Jacomb.
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Russell Ward
Posted on Monday, August 19, 2002 - 02:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is amazing! It just doesn't happen here in NZ that an engine can lay waiting for a new owner for so long. Usually they are smashed up for the cast iron and recycled for either WW1 or WW2 or just for reinforcing iron. Well done, Mike. Hope to see it one day soon!
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andrew
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2002 - 02:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mike sent in some wonderfull pictures of his Standard engine....

3
2
1

I was in an old powerhouse yesterday and made sure that I looked around in all the corners... but I was not as fortunate as Mike...

Thanks for sending the pics.

Regards,
Andrew

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