|Gray motor 2 cycle stationary
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 05:54 pm: ||
This is a picture of my gray 2-cycle stationary (S/N 04R3809). I would like to know any info on this style of gray. Did they try to get into the stationary motor market with these 2 cycle motors before they came up with the 4 cycle? They also had a manafactued base with a water jacket built in. I would like to get my hands on one of those. I have more pictures available upon request, please feel free to email me. If anybody has any info please let me know.
Post Number: 251
|Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 06:41 pm: ||
Lot's of history on Gray here, just do a search. Gray started out as a marine engine company, and your engine is a marine 2 cycle factory converted to stationary use. The gray 4 cycle farm engines were later, and many were not built by Gray, especially after their factory burned down. Please send me pictures of your engine, the higher the resolution the better, your engine is very nice, and I would like to have some pictures for my files. I will probably be bringing this engine to Mount Pleasant this year, Gray being the feature engine.
Post Number: 2051
|Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:11 am: ||
(S/N 04R3809) is a model "R" mfg'd 1913.
Post Number: 17
|Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 03:04 am: ||
FYI, near as I can tell, after quite a bit of poking around, it looks like Gray bought (probably from T&M) and marketed four cycle stationary engines in starting in 1912 for the farm market. They then started making their own four cycle engines in 1913 with the model G, which had a governor weights mounted on the cam gear. I have one of those.
In 1914 they revised the design (still called model G) and put the weights on the flywheel. They made a few other changes at the same time, such as simplifying the carb.
It appears that they had a factory fire around 1916, and their stationary line became an operation of marketing "bought" engines badged as Gray and eventually phased out the farm engines in favor of their marine roots.
I can't prove it off the cuff, but I'd be pretty sure that stationary 2 cycle engines were probably dropped in the 1913/1914 time frame.
It would be interesting to see when the latest ad for 2 cycle stationary Gray was published.
Please be aware that the above is a simplified version of a fairly complicated story.