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Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.


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Old 11-14-2010, 01:36:10 PM
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Default Re: Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.

Did some quick cursory Googling last night, but quit, assuming by this AM it'd be ID'd...
There was (is?) an EFCO, Inc, originally founded 1895 as Erie Foundry Co in Erie, PA; per their site they've only built large ind'l presses for the "last 50 yrs" (eriepress.com)...
Oldmarineengine shows Auto Engine Works as the builder of a marine engine called the Capitol...
I'd guess the 1-9-29 was close to it's birthday; it's possible if there's a Brit connection with the "Lloyd" that the 16-11-28 could be the 16th day of Nov 1928, as they often used that form...
Didn't try to run down more info; are the nuts and bolts standard US sizes or oddball (possibly foreign)??
A 1917 ring catalog shows Speedway and Hall 8cyl 8" bores, and a Stirling 8cyl 81/4 bore, but there are probably a dozen more who could've produced it.
Will try to dig more today if time permits...
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Default Re: Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.

No i haven't tried turning it over, I figured i would wait until i could get some connections to help me decipher the mechanics of this beauty.

Marcel Peumans,

You know, come to think about it, you are absolutely right. That is an air start system! Forgot about that entirely !

BGunn,

Actually I would love to do that, i wonder if they could try to match the transformer that is mounted on the right side as well.

Bud Tierney

Thank you for your quick research, seems like progress anyway. As for the threading, i do not know if they are Standard or Oddball. I'm assuming they are oddball, and this is when the lathe may come in handy.
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Default Re: Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.

I think Roland is right, you can see clearly in the pic they are retainer springs. With the air distributor you don't need valves driven from the camshaft, but I think there are check valves installed where the pressure lines enter the cylinders.
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Default Re: Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.

Don't think this is an exact match, but there is a guy on youtube with a LARGE 8-cyl 4 carb 32 sparkplug engine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQPOL...eature=related
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Default Re: Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.

compression release
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Default Re: Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.

Don't know if this applies but some engines were made to run on more than one fuel and had extra valves to open up chambers to reduce the compression when on low grade fuel.

Nice old engine. Are you going to try to get it running?
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Default Re: Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.

I think with the redundancy in the ignition system it was originally a marine engine.
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Default Re: Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.

Back in the late 70s early 80s I worked on a similar engine made by a company called Climax. It had an air starter and ran off of natural gas and methane as it was in a sewage treatment plant. The plan stored methane in a huge steel ball. This engine had two spark plugs per cylinder. I still have a repair manual for it. This one was a straight six cylinder. Elegant as heck too. Cast aluminum valve covers, dual ignition systems, and inspection plates everywhere. Sure wish we could have saved these engines from the scrap yard. There were two at the sewage treatment plant.
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Don't think this is an exact match, but there is a guy on youtube with a LARGE 8-cyl 4 carb 32 sparkplug engine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQPOL...eature=related
I think that's a Sterling.
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Default Re: Help with large inline 8 cyldiner natural gas engine.

Well, that youtube video is the closest thing I have seen to this engine so far. I wonder if Sterling ever sub-contracted that Erie business for it's cranks, and used "Auto Engine Works" heads?

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Yeah, I would love to see this thing run. I need to figure out some time to do it first though. Somebody suggested putting Kroil in it, then when I get to working on it, it should be alright to break loose.
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