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Old 05-09-2005, 12:30:42 PM
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I have a very old horizontal piston, single cylinder gas engine that has no identification on it except for the radiator that sits on top of it from Modine Mfg Corp in Racine. It is a small HP engine and would like to find out more about it.
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Old 05-09-2005, 03:52:55 PM
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By what you describe (esp. the Modine radiator) I suspect you have a Coldwell Lawn mower engine from about 1934.
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Old 05-09-2005, 04:02:42 PM
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Coldwell was one of the leading lawnmower manufacturers in the US from (I believe) the 1850's to the 1950's. They were in Newberg NY.
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Old 05-10-2005, 07:34:23 AM
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Your picture didn't show up yesterday. Yes your engine is a Coldwell for sure.
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Old 05-11-2005, 07:40:15 PM
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I have a very old horizontal piston, single cylinder gas engine that has no identification on it except for the radiator that sits on top of it from Modine Mfg Corp in Racine. It is a small HP engine and would like to find out more about it.
I have one of these engines in my project waiting zone. Did you get the little bear oil plug with yours? There a lot of these in peoples engine collections but I haven't been able to collect much information on them. When I can I'll see what I can put together.

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Old 05-11-2005, 08:07:00 PM
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I have a 2 cylinder and the reel mower that is on the waiting list. Yep, got the bear too
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Old 05-11-2005, 11:58:12 PM
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Hang on to the bear - guard it with your life The 1 cylender engine was called the CUB, and it had the bear on it. The twins did not come with a bear. People pay more for the bear than for the entire engine! I caught a guy trying to steal the one I have on my all original single, at a show. 4 years ago, a gent bought a Coldwell single at the Hudson Valley Auction. He and another bidder ran that engine up to $170. After the gavel went down, the man asked the auctioneer to re-sell the engine. The auctioneer asked 'Why?" The man stated "I only wanted the bear!" The engine was all there, and had good spark. It was immediately re-sold. The selling price you ask? A paltry $35.00 (the engine was complete - minus the bear, with about 95% all original paint, and its original leather fan flat belt still servicable!)
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Old 05-12-2005, 07:36:23 AM
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My engine (single cylinder) has both original plugs (oil & water), and neither are the bear. Both of them are matching with sort of butterfly wings. Nice running engines, not well balanced though so they need to be bolted to that big mower to calm them down. Even after sitting cannibalized with the crankcase open to the weather out in the woods for decades it starts on the first pull.
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What is so special about the bear?

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What is so special about the bear?

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Yeah we want pictures of the Bear. I have a Coldwell mower with the Fuller and Johnson upright water cooled engine. They must have been a Bear to run all day.
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Here's a picture of the bear. Not a very good one, but should give you and idea what it looks like.

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Chances are the bear plug was replaced. They were only sold as OEM. if it was lost or broken, the wing nut was the replacement.
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Old 05-17-2005, 06:54:31 AM
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Looks like those could be recast easy enough.
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Looks like those could be recast easy enough.
I've seen them recast in brass a couple of years ago at a Fla Flywheelers show. Not all the engines came with the bear.
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Just seen one of these mowers this weekend at the Lake Itasca MN threshing show.
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Can anyone comment on this large Coldwell engine?
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Can anyone comment on this large Coldwell engine?
YEAH! I WANT it!

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Old 08-23-2005, 01:01:27 PM
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Ditto Here! :d
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Coldwell used Red Wing and possibly Lackawanna engines on some early riding mowers. Maybe one of those?
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Old 08-23-2005, 11:00:08 PM
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i'll bet if i mowed my lawn with a riding mower powered with one of these babies, i would have the neighbors attention.
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