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Old 07-31-2010, 10:35:02 AM
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Default Abenaque and Weber engine manufacture date

Can anyone help me out with the manufacture date of a 10 HP Abenaque engine? Serial number is 2192. Also, same question for two Weber engines, a 6 HP, shop number 6020, serial number 9844 and for a 5 HP, shop number 5607, serial number 9209. Is there a serial number list or anything available for either of these manufacturers? Thanks for your help.
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Default Re: Abenaque and Weber engine manufacture date

The Abenaque factory in Westminster Station VT. closed for business in 1916 or 1918 at which time the remaining parts and engines went to someone in Walpole NH. who assembled the remaining parts into engines as well as repaired and rebuilt the engines and I'm pretty sure they went out of business in the early twenties.
I would guess that you engine was one of the later ones as the wipe spark holes are plugged and it is fitted with a hopper instead of cooling tanks. It is really hard to date most of them because Abenaque seemed to use blocks of S/N's for specific engine sizes , as a example the 8hp engines seem to be in the 300-400 range and some of the 7hp engines are in the 4000 range. I doubt that they ever made that many engines but like other engine companies they used different SN groups to keep the competitors guessing about their actual production numbers.
You might want to contact the Westminster Historical Society as they at one time sold a couple of different booklets on the history of the Abenaque company.
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Thanks! This is a good starting point.
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Default Re: Abenaque and Weber engine manufacture date

Mike, I have a hand written list of some shipping dates for Abenaque...it's very limited. Give me a couple days to dig it out and see what is there for 10HP stuff. If I had to guess, that engine may have been restored by Walt Celly from Cabot VT. He painted that gray star on most of the Abs I have seen that he owned. I don't have his contact info but his number is listed. I am sure he could at least tell you where he got the engine. Good Luck, Chris
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