Small Flywheel Engines

DesJardin Call of the West (Stanley Jones)


Edwards Engine


Fairbanks Morse Z style 7 1/2 hp


Fairbanks Morse Railroad Engine

Fairmount Engine

Galloway 4 hp (round rod)

Grey Model L – 5 hp

IHC – M style collection


IHC Tom Thumb


Napoleon Collection


New Way Collection


Sattley – 5 hp (CDN McLeod Brothers tag)


Waterloo Boy (T Eaton tagged)

Published: 22. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Large Flywheel Engines

The Collection – Large Flywheel Engines – Over 10hp

Fairbanks Morse Y style Hot Bulb – To be picked up Summer 2009

Fairbanks Morse 15/20 hp (circa 1925) – Under restoration from Fall 2008 to Spring 2009

Ruston Hornsby CR Diesel (circa 1937) – Under restoration from Spring 2009 to Summer 2009

Stanley jones 12 hp (DesJardin built) – Under restoration from Fall 2009 to Summer 2010 – check back soon!

Published: 22. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Marine Engines

Barber Engine


Gideon Diesel Hot Tube Upright


Published: 22. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0


Leo’s Massey Harris M25 Styled Tractor

Massey Harris Tractor – Model 25 styled red with spoked wheels: Pictures below.
Robert Pripps, in his “Big Book of Massey Tractors”, states:

“The Massey – Harris Model 25 made its debut in late 1932 as an updated version of the Wallis 20/30. It was more powerfull due to an increase in engine RPM from 1050 to 1200, for a 26/41 hp rating. The model 25 engine was a vertical four… displacing 361 ci. Nominal fuel was kerosene or distillate. A three speed transmission was featured. Service brakes were provided, but were not individually useable for steering assistance. It weighed about 5000 pounds and produced a maximum drawbar pull of 3534 pounds in Nebraska test #219… Around 14 000 model 25s were sold between model years 1933 and 1938. A red styled version followed and was produced until 1946, although only 1000 were sold. Power features remained the same as for the unstyled Model 25.”

Currently the plan is to find it a suitable home for good financial return, however, should this not be evident in the coming months, we will begin a slow restoration process to shore up the ravages of time. Who knows, you may even see me at a tractor pull near you.

This unit was owned by one family from southern Alberta. It was running up until 15 years ago when it was parked. Due to the arid conditions of the location the paint is in very good condition for it’s age and the rust is minimal.

We began to get into the process of discovery.  We found that critters had gotten into the exhaust manifold but overall the insides were good with very little rust.  It is likely that the critter litter had stuck the piston head due to the acid.  We vacuumed out the head and added Diesel / Kerosene mix.  We will come back and pull the full head off in a week or so to check what the damage on the pistons are.  I would hope to have the engine unstuck shortly.  Below are some pictures of our work.


Some of the Tractors at Leslieville – 2006

Published: 22. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Engine Literature

Literature and Associated Documents

(Engines / Tractors, steam and belt driven machinery)

This is my engine related literature and euphemia collection. I have much more to be posted, but these are the items that I am quite proud of. Most of the pages are posted here, but I have to ask… Have You thought about donating? Remember that this site is a free service funded entirely by myself. Help me grow this site and the literature on it by sending along a good donation. This will allow me to bring you more programming and documents of better quality. Win, Win, really! Frankly you would pay less than a mediochre subscription to GEM. (Gas Engine Magazine)

Reprints of the brochures may also be made available depending on interest. All photos are watermarked. Please do not download and repost without permission!

Canadian Engine Advertising (circa 1912 – 1913)


Crossley Gas and Oil Engines size 1060 to 1075

This was an eBay purchase out of Australia.  What is interesting to note is that the inscription on the first two pages is that of C. Dixon.  Dixon was the name of my grandmothers side of my mothers family.  Wouldn’t it be fate if this book was once owned by my great, great, grandfather!


Fairbanks Morse Engines (Instructions for use & brochure)


IHC M Style Engines (Instructions for use)


Rumely Tractor Catalog (circa 1929)

Rumely OilPull – The greatest power in farming.  “The name Oil Pull has always stood for reliable power and plenty of it.  In the new line, as never before, it stands for super power.  Power to do anything you can ask of a tractor”

This is the first line of the catalog.  Given the following, quoted here from Wikipedia and likely cribbed from Wendel’s history of the A Chalmers company, this document is from 1929 as it makes reference to the Advance-Rumely company.

From Wiki:

Advance Thresher and M. Rumely

Meinrad Rumely emigrated from Germany in 1848, joining his brother John in the operation of a foundry in La Porte, Indiana. This basic operation gradually expanded by 1859 into the production of corn shellers and complete threshing machines powered by horses. Following success in this new field, Meinrad then bought out his brother’s portion of the business and incorporated it as the M. Rumely Company by 1887. Starting in 1895, the line expanded to include steam-powered traction engines. Meinrad himself died in 1904, but his sons continued to manage the business. Rumely’s most famous product, the kerosene-powered Rumely Oil Pull traction engine, was first developed in 1909 and began selling to the public by 1910.

Meanwhile, Advance Thresher Company was founded in 1881 with a factory in Battle Creek, Michigan. In addition to their namesake threshing machines, this company was also a prolific producer of steam traction engines.

Acquisitions and mergersFrom 1911-1912

M. Rumely Company began purchasing other firms in the agricultural equipment business. Both Advance Thresher Company and Gaar-Scott & Company were acquired during 1911.[2] Then, in 1912, Rumely expanded further with the purchase of Northwest Thresher Company (out of Stillwater, Minnesota) and the American-Abell Engine and Thresher Company (out of Toronto, Ontario).

All these companies were first reorganized in 1913 as two connected firms: the existing M. Rumely Co. Inc. (effectively the manufacturing side), and the new Rumely Products Co. (the sales and distribution side). A further reorganization brought about the final Advance-Rumely Company by 1915, a move which both streamlined the organization and highlighted its famous forebears. Advance-Rumely hadn’t quite finished its expansion goals, either: the Aultman-Taylor Company of Mansfield, Ohio was picked up in 1923.

Consolidation and takeover

Despite all of the history and diversity in engineering acquired along with all of their corporate assets during the 1910s, most of this was left by the wayside as Advance-Rumely sought to fold everything under its new brand name or that of Rumely. The general financial collapse of the Great Depression, beginning in 1929 and carrying on through the early 1930s, began to take its toll on Advance-Rumely.

As early as January 1930, the Rumely management began seeking a buyer for the company. Correspondence with Otto Falk, president of the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company, proved fruitful: A-C agreed to take over the firm and did so by May 1931.

Rumely had already discontinued its traction engine lines in favor of newer-style tractors, but Allis-Chalmers already had a line of those that was quite successful. Hence, the remaining Rumely-branded tractors were discontinued. A-C was more interested in Advance-Rumely’s line of threshing and harvesting machines (not to mention the sprawling plants that built them). Also of interest to Allis-Chalmers was Rumely’s extensive dealer network, which was instantly converted to the complete A-C product line. And the “La Porte plant”, as Advance-Rumely’s main headquarters was now called, became known as the “Harvester Capitol of the World” thanks to its eventual production of Allis-Chalmers’ successful All-Crop harvester line.

Allis-Chalmers itself would eventually succumb to bankruptcy and the dismantling of its vast business interests in 1985, but by that time Advance-Rumely was very much a memory.
Rumely Historic Building and information in Saskatoon.  This will take you to an interesting and obscure link for the Rumely sales building in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Click on this link to get to Chris and Rod Epping’s Rumely collection site.


Ruston and Hornsby Style Engines (Lincoln, England)


Waterloo Boy Tractor Catalog (circa 1915)

Thinking I was purchasing a catalog which contained both tractors and engines, this catalog is mostly the tractor.  It seems to have a history though, as the first two pages are missing and there are burn and scorch marks all over it.   None the less, this document is and interesting piece of history.  I believe this to be circa 1916.


Temple Pump Engine Literature (Webster and Workman Engines)


Published: 22. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0

Tools & Equipment

Belt Driven Machinery

This page is under construction:
Have you ever wondered what these old bits of iron were for? They were the industrial predecessors which allowed us to progress to the information age. These were chop, bone, and feed grinders… they were drill presses, mills, lathes, saws, and trip hammers. They are mostly gone but some survive. We must not forget as it may come to pass that we will need them again.

Published: 21. 01. 2014 | Comments: 0