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Anyone heard of this engine....reputed to use a model T piston and rod...any pics, could not find in BYB Thanks for any help! thanks Harry!
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Eric,
A nice original with Mayer & a Model T Ford carb, breather, hopper cover, pump, sold at Bernardston, photo attached. In the New England area most of these engines are known as Pontiacs, Lee/Pontiacs or just Lees. I was told by another collector that there was a light assembly plant located in Lee, NH that assembled engines using parts shipped from Pontiac, Michigan. I have not been able to confirm this after talking with several sources in and around Lee, NH(I’m about 60 miles away in Maine). More recently several people have told me that a company named Lee, location unknown, did the assembly work.

The Lee/Pontiacs I have seen have following features:

Earlier version:

-throttle governed
-Mayer(Buffalo, NY) brass carburetor
-babbitt bearing mains
-crankcase cover held on with flat iron strap & set bolts)
-slotted left side flywheel
-flywheels 2” wide x 14” dia.
-stamped steel exhaust valve push rod left side
-cylindrical gas tank mounted on right side of hopper(often missing)
-Ford buzz coil ignition
-internal pipe in hopper with external bosses(sometimes plugged)
-cast hopper opening cover(usually missing)
-no tag
-Model T Ford piston & rod 3 ¾” bore x 4” stroke

Later version:

-throttle governed
-Mayer(Buffalo, NY) brass carburetor
-roller bearing mains
-enclosed crankcase(cover bolted on) with breather(often missing or home-made)
-slotted left side flywheel
-flywheels 2 ½” wide x 14” dia.
-stamped steel exhaust valve push rod left side
-cylindrical gas tank mounted on right side of hopper(often missing)
-Ford buzz coil ignition
-internal pipe in hopper with external bosses(sometimes plugged)
-cast hopper opening cover(usually missing)
-large cast aluminum tag on hopper right side
-Model T Ford piston & rod 3 ¾” bore x 4” stroke


The other version of this engine which may have been actually built in Pontiac, Mich. or just an earlier model has following features(I’ve only seen photos of these engines):
-hit & miss
-babbitt main bearings
-unsure if crankcase is enclosed or just has a cast cover with open sides
-slotted left side flywheel
-overhead camshaft chain driven from crankshaft on left side
-unknown gas tank
-two unknown mixers – one may be from Model T Ford
-Ford buzz coil ignition
-no internal piping or external bosses
-unknown piston & rod and bore x stroke but probably 3 ¾” x 4” Model T Ford


I have two, a babbitt(maroon) & a roller main bearing(green) engine and one high pressure sprayer pump. Tag on roller main engine:

“FROST INSECTICIDE CO
ARLINGTON, MASS
TYPE X.L. 1930
MODEL A NO.1071”

A neat engine with very little information about them available. If anyone has more info please post or email me. I'm also looking for the hit & miss,chain-driven overhead cam version of this engine.
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