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Blair Goss
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Username: bgoss

Post Number: 104
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009 - 06:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is definitely one of the Detroit designs, but can we nail down which tag it should have?

Cast iron water pump, six-hole flywheel and a strengthening web between the bolt holes on the base mounting flanges.

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Thanks, Blair.
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Searcher
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Username: searcher

Post Number: 298
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009 - 08:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have an engine that appears identical to yours, not close, but identical. The only differences I see between them are the hex nut on top of the water pump, and the water pump strap. I think those two items may be repairs or replacments on your engine. Mine has a Detroit Engine Works tag. I bet the name tag from mine would screw right onto your engine without modification based on the screw holes and the faint shadow left where your tag was. The casting number on both exhausts is 5BC. Is the number on your cylinder 1b and on the crankcase 3B? The few Detroit Motor Car Supply Co. engines I have seen had 5BC1 on the water jackets but the other casting numbers are quite different from those on these DEW engines. I don't know if there is any consistency in casting numbers between these and any other members of the Detroit family.

Mine has what I believe to be the serial number stamped on top. Look in the area between the spark plug and the point where the water jacket bolts together with the exhaust jacket. Mine is stamped there with an 80 in fairly large numbers but I have to get it just right in the light to see it.
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RichardDurgee
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Post Number: 2048
Registered: 11-2001
Posted on Monday, April 06, 2009 - 04:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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When these engs came on the market in 1906 they were under the same companies umbrella (The Scherer/ Wadsworth Conglomerate), there were minor differences but the flywheel holes did sort of indicate the different brands ? I believe because of the narrow mounting flanges that this is a very early eng and my opinion only is that its chances of being a Columbia are the highest probability, although I have seen this 3 Large/3 small hole wheel on the Detroit. I have searched extensively to try to get a shot of an eng with the cast web brace but could not find it on a Detroit, Sandow,or Termaat Monahan- there was several off brands that were also from these same molds and I could not find a photo of a 1906-08 Columbia !! The Detroit, Columbia, Sandow and some others used the exact sized tag on the front of the eng in the same location ? As This large business entity got into financial and other difficulties I believe that the integration of parts became more commonplace.
Thats my 2cents or 18 cents worth when adjusted for inflation !

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John Davis
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Username: johnny

Post Number: 180
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Monday, April 06, 2009 - 10:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just finished updating the Detroit Engine Works & related companies history page on my website a few weeks back. New information all through out the page. Just thought some of you collectors might be interested.

http://www.antiquengines.com/Detroit_Engine_Works_Menu.htm
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miro forest
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Username: miro

Post Number: 371
Registered: 11-2001


Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 08:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

JOhn - I've seen parts of this before,
but this is a WOW !
You deserve a gold star for the work - well done.
Miro
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RichardDurgee
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Username: richarddurgee

Post Number: 2049
Registered: 11-2001
Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 09:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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John

Thanks for the post, your site is outstanding work on these engine mfgrs,it also looks like the more info thats brought out the more difficult it is to put an exact name to a tagless engine ?

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Ernie
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Post Number: 950
Registered: 01-2002


Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 09:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John,
I have refered to your site for years.
You keep making it better.
Many thanks
Ernie
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Searcher
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Username: searcher

Post Number: 299
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 11:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here are three photos of my Detroit Engine Works. It has the six hole flywheel and the webbed base. I can see no evidence that it has ever been altered other than the oil cups and primer cup having been replaced and the mixer removed. The tag was apparently polished so often the detail is hard to see unless the light is just so. I take the number stamped in the top as the serial number. It is 80 despite looking like a 30 in the photo.


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John Davis
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Post Number: 181
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the compliments everyone. It's a passion that I'm really hooked on. I think I got the basic history figured out for Detroit Engine Works and its related companies but I didn't do it all myself. A few other people have done a lot of research also and we shared our information. Now I just wish I could get a hold on figuring out the different Detroit engine castings and what manufacture made what. It appears they made so many different configurations and styles.

Who knows if we keep researching maybe some day we might learn the differences in the Detroit engines.
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Blair Goss
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Username: bgoss

Post Number: 107
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 09:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks to everyone for the help. Great website John.

Searcher, you're absolutely correct. Our engines must be nearly identical. Right down to the number stamped on the top of the block. Yes, ours has a large 80 stamped on top also...

Thanks again, Blair.
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John Davis
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Username: johnny

Post Number: 182
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2009 - 05:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anyone have any marine engine specs from an original DEW,DMCSC,CEC catalog or literature? I have the DEW stationary engine specs need marine specs for all the different horse power engines.
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Robert B. Price
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Post Number: 237
Registered: 11-2001


Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 09:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John - I have a 1911 full line Detroit catalog and a 1915 Installation and Instructions booklet in my collection.

Ping me or call 518.895.8954 if they would help.

RB
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Searcher
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Post Number: 300
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Blair,

Following your post, I have been pondering the 80 stamped on both our engines. I have come up with two possibilites. First, the engines may have been assembled in batchs that had identical configurations and each engine in the batch was stamped with the 80. The more plausible explanation is that the workman that morning, bleary eyed from carousing into the early morning hours, inadvertantly stamped the same serial number onto two adjacent engines. If that is the case, one of our engines should have been #79 or #81. Now, that is a pretty neat thought, that both both engines might still exist after 100 years.
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William Schaller
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Post Number: 252
Registered: 12-2003


Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 08:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

is the 80 below the paint, or above? if it was stamped after painting, than it could be a jobbers mark, a dealers mark, or a shipping mark, etc.
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Searcher
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Post Number: 301
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 09:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had to wind this 63 year old body into a contortionist's position in order to manuever a flashlight and hand lense where I could discern whether the stamp occurred before or after painting. Ain't no tellin' but I would guess before. However, once I got into that position with the hand lense, I could see that a couple of reflections off imperfections gave the impression that the number was 80. I now suspect it is in fact 30 rather than 80. Oh, the things we do for this old iron.
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John Davis
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Username: johnny

Post Number: 183
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have been trying to figure this out myself. My little 2.5hp DEW engine has a large number 7 stamped on the top of the cylinder. Also has small numbers 236 stamped on the face of the flywheel and in the end of the crankshaft. Which is the serial number or what is what?

I have five parts catalogs, four are for DEW stationary engines and one is for DMCSC (Sandow) stationary & Marine. All five catalogs state this:

"When sending in you order for repairs,state the number stamped on top of the cylinder, face of flywheel or on name plate"

Not sure why my engine has two sets of different numbers? Maybe someone switched out the cylinder from another parts engine? Who knows.

Robert I will be in touch with you about the catalogs. Thanks for the reply.
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Blair Goss
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Username: bgoss

Post Number: 108
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 06:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just took a look at ours. The '80' appears to be stamped under the little bit of paint that remains.

As I walked around the engine with my head half-cocked, I began to wonder...is there a chance that instead of '80', the stamp is '08' - as in 1908? Any thoughts?
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John Davis
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Username: johnny

Post Number: 184
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 - 07:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Blair,

I think your number is 80 or 30 because my Detroit marine engine has a number stamped in the same exact place as yours and is a single digit number 7. If looking at my engine just as your photo is oriented the 7 is upright. I do know that Detroit Engine Works loved to use number systems and code names for their engines. I will try to post a photo of my number here in the next day or so. I just noticed on the outer diameter of your output shaft of your engine there appears to be a 80 or 08 stamped. Am I correct or not? It may be a 08 who knows..
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Blair Goss
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Username: bgoss

Post Number: 117
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 08:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

John, I took another look at the output shaft. It is actually a cast number rather than stamped. Number is 9BC. Thanks again for your help.

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