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Old 01-02-2005, 11:03:17 PM
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Hi, My son Joseph had posted an ad last year asking for information on this engine. He is wondering who the maker of this engine was. It was sold by the Waterloo Cement Machinery Co. It is a 2 1/2 hp No. 40239. This engine was in a building that burned down . Do you think it would be safe to restore and run? Thank you. Joseph
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if the engine cooled slowly and had no water sprayed on it it should be allright to run. i know of a ih lb running that was in a building that burnt. if it were mine my only concern would be the spoked flywheels being heat cracked you could have them magna fluxed to be sure
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Hi Kevin, The engine looks like a Sandow. Made by the waterloo gas engine co. Greg.
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Old 01-03-2005, 08:11:44 PM
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I'm pretty sure Wonder engines were built by Associated. Looks like a goods project. LOL Fred
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I think I read somewhere that the earlier Wonder engines were a Waterloo product and the later ones were Associated models.

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Here's my wife's 3 HP Wonder at the top of this page.
http://ats-inc.net/bajajet/oldengine.htm
I believe it is from Waterloo Gas Engine Co. and not Associated.
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Old 01-06-2005, 05:54:20 PM
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I have a 1 3/4 HP Sandow (Sandy McManus by Waterloo)
Yours certainly looks like a Sandow engine to me. The ignitor trip and the combination rocker arm post/head stud nut is very waterloo looking, as is the back of the cylinder behind the water hopper. Is that the tag on top of the hopper? My Sandow tag is on the other side on the base somewhat in line with the oiler. I have been trying to buy a 3 HP Sandow on a cement mixer. Maybe these two are brothers? I bet you can restore it. Sometimes heat like that makes things come apart real easy. Let us know how you are doing with it and what we can do to help. Where are you located? Kevin
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This is a Wonder cement mixer engine. Serial #414161. It was made in Waterloo, Iowa. There is a Associated expert on this site that also has this picture saying Wonder rated this engine @ 5 H.P. when it really is a 4 H.P. Associated.
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:09:41 PM
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i read some where that the wonder co. built cement mixers, not engines,they put whatever was available at the time on their mixers.i have seen many types of engines on wonder cement mixers.
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Old 01-09-2005, 12:31:00 PM
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This is the tag that goes with the engine. The green color is supposed to be the correct color used by the Waterloo Equipment Corp. also if you look at the base of the engine you can see a double humped boss. I don't know what that is used for. Lot's of luck and have fun. Fred Van Hook
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Fred~

That double humped boss is where a fuel pump is mounted for stationary use with a large external tank. A long arm ran off the cam to actuate the pump. The ca 1916 instruction manual that I sell tells/shows how this set up was done. I have never seen an engine with pump installed other than in the book. It also required a different mixer.

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This is the tag. Thanks for the information.
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