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Old 06-05-2007, 10:24:04 PM
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Looking for information on a 15 HP Oil City Boiler Works engine.
I would like to find out the year for s/n 8638.
Can I get a copy of a manual?

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Old 06-06-2007, 09:25:18 PM
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Here is the side view with the pendulum governor.

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Old 06-08-2007, 12:44:54 AM
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Yours is a 4 cycle design. I am more familiar with the 2 stroke - bessemer type design. Nice looking outfit!
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:49:04 AM
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Hey Joe,
I just know I've seen that engine somewhere, just can't remember where !!
I'll check the serial # on mine, they might be related.
Have fun at Coolspring !
Dwight

PS - I've looked for info. on these engines for several years, with no luck.
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:20:28 PM
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Joe,
You have a very rare Oil City indeed. The 4 cycles were built in the early 1900's. I have a 20 and know of a 25 a few 15's and a few smaller versions. They are not a common engine at all. As far as information on them all I have found in many years was a single advertisment dated 1906. CPM has one on display and R&T also has one. As far as I know these are the only ones in operating condition that are in museums. I see that yours is set up to run on gasoline and a mag. They were built to be run on natural gas and/or gasoline. They also could be had with hot tube, ignitor or magneto ignition. They were very well built and are one of the best examples of the pendulum governing systems one can find. They are ported exhaust engines that miss on full compression. It's a keeper, enjoy.

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Old 06-15-2007, 11:23:35 PM
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Make sure that the engine is on a good firm base, that does not rock as the engine is running, otherwise the pendulum governor will set up a rocking couple with the engine, and the engine will not govern properly. pendulum governors are very sensative to movement.
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Here is a picture I took this week of the Oil City Boiler Works at Coolsprings.
Nice chimney for the hot tube!
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