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1929 6cyl 140HP Atlas Imperial Diesel

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Keith Tollett
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2003 - 03:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

HI all,
I have a yacht powered by a 1929, 6cyl, 140HP direct drive Atlas Imperial engine. It's either an 8&1/2 X 10 or 8 x 10 " engine. I'm looking for parts and info. I've already been in contact with Stewart from the Atlas page, and he is helping me all he can. Thought I'd put the word out and see what I can turn up. This is a slow speed engine 350-400rpm full tilt connected to a 4" shaft turning a 5' 3 blade prop.

Thanks

Keith
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George Coates
Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 - 09:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello,
I too have a 'yacht' powered by a 6cyl, 400 Hp Altas. It's really more like a tug, 70ft by 18ft. The engine is in great shape, and runs beautifully!! What type of help and what parts are you in search of? Stewart is certainly the best resource for Atlas answers, but maybe I can be of some assistance...

Pictures of my boat are here:

http://www.ghcoates.com/Tugboat.htm

I wish you all the luck,

George
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Keith Tollett
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 03:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

HI George,

I sent you an email and checked out your site. Great video of the Atlas running!!. Hope you got my email ok. If not let me know and I'll zip off another.

I'm looking to put together any spares I can for my engine to keep it going for another 74yrs!! So, spray valves, valve springs and any other engine parts I can get. I believe my motor is an 8 1/2 X 10. Stewart, the Atlas mechanic in Washington state. Thinks there are only 4 or 5 engines of my size in existance!!

So, if you have any parts or know of some available please let me know. I found a company call Stregal Enterprises in Wa that has parts for Atlas and many other early marine and locomotive engines.

Thanks again.

Keith
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curtis
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2003 - 01:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kieth show us a picture please
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Keith
Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2003 - 04:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If somebody will tell me how to post pics here I will gladly put one of the boat overall and one of the engine room. Oh, and the Atlas is a 8 1/2 by 12. From what I understand it is the only one in existance still in a boat!!
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andrew
Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2003 - 08:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Keith,

Click on the formatting link on the left, and read the section on posting images.

Your pictures must be under 50Kb each and should be no more than about 500 pixels wide. If you took pictures with a digital camera at the "hi-resolution" setting, you will have to reduce them in a photo editing program first.

Regards,
Andrew
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Ernie
Posted on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 08:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Keith,
Send me your pics and I will post them for you.
Have a good one
Ernie
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andrew
Posted on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Keith,
Take Ernie up on his offer...
I "think" the problem with your post of photos may have been that you included a "space" after the word "image" and be for the "{".
Regards,
Andrew
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Ernie
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here are Keith's pics

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Tim Mulvey
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 06:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is an Atlas twin we have on display at the Australian Heritage Fleet Museum Pyrmont Bay, Sydney Harbour in Australia.
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keith
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 04:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tim,
That is a great example of an early gasoline powered Atlas engine!! Beautiful restoration!!

Actually there are not many gas ( petrol ) Atlas's around as not many were made. Though there are a number of starting engines. a one cyl gas engine driving a single stage air compressor all in the same block.

Thanks for sharing the pic.

Keith
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Tim Mulvey
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 05:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Keith - all, I would be interested in some historical info on the manufaacturer, age and other specs as we now have it on display and I have to draft a new display sheet.
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Keith
Posted on Monday, May 10, 2004 - 07:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Update:

On May 2nd 2004 my 1929, 140HP, 6 cyl, direct reversing Atlas Imperial engine came to life after nearly a decade being comatose!! This is the result of a years worth of effort and the assistance of Louie Lagaz a 91 yr old former Atlas employee and ex engineer on fishing boats. He has forgotten more about Atlas engines than anyone alive knows!! Soon my old boat will be underway and cruising the Pacific coast. Keith
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George Coates
Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Congratulations Keith!!!!! It sure is a sweet sound isn't it. Your efforts will continue to be rewarded. Have fun and be safe, George Coates
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LaVern Beier
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 02:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Greetings,
I just happen to run into this site...thought I would attempt to contribute something...

I too own a tug powered with a 160 HP, 6 cyl, Atlas Imperial. My tug 'SULTANA' was built in 1937 by the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company for the fishing industry in Bristol Bay Alaska.
I do know a mechanic in Seattle who is very knowledgable about Atlas and other ancient heavy engines...It's possible to contact me at seabear@alaska.com

Cheers, LaVern Beier
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robert
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Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2004 - 02:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The TACONITE is still powered by 220hp Atlas engines, at least she is so described in "Antiques Afloat" by Peter Vassilopoulos. There's a photo of them on page 97 in all their gleaming glory. And here's one more:
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Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 - 04:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


This engine was what my dad used to power his rockcrusher years ago. I am trying to get it going again. I need a piston. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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johnbred
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Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 - 04:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


Here is a picture of the entire contraption.
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douglas
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Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 - 08:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Review of Pacific Motor Boat back issues indicates the sale of large numbers of Atlas gas (distillate) engines. Advertising of 1917 shows the firm offering Atlas gas engines 4.5-250 hp, Imperial gas engines 4.5-250 hp, Atlas-Imperial gas engines in several sizes, and Atlas-Imperial full diesels 80-1200 hp. These early Atlas-Imperial diesels were not the solid-injection common-rail type we're familiar with--those came out a few years later.
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robert
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Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 - 09:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a couple of pages of A-I literature showing a similar fully enclosed engine for marine use. I don't remember if it had a date or not, but I would say late 1930s. Vivian diesels were fully enclosed from 1933 on; though whether that was a factor in the A-I diesels also introducing very similar cast aluminum valve covers I don't know.

Old Tacoma Marine is the first stop for parts of course.

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