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George West demonstrating the endless line oil well at Volcano, 1972


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Default George West demonstrating the endless line oil well at Volcano, 1972

Found this while looking around on YouTube. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-8DCtZZUsY
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Default Re: George West demonstrating the endless line oil well at Volcano, 1972

They usually show this video in the basement of the Mountwood Park office during Volcano Days.

It was a very unique system!
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Default Re: George West demonstrating the endless line oil well at Volcano, 1972

Very interesting. What engine is it? Bill Klein
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Default Re: George West demonstrating the endless line oil well at Volcano, 1972

What ever happened to it all? Would seem its pretty historic now.
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Default Re: George West demonstrating the endless line oil well at Volcano, 1972

There is not much left of it. If you happen upon the area of Volcano there are some residents that have some of the pulleys as yard ornaments and I believe there is a piece of the engine left but I have not seen it myself. It was supposedly called a Buckeye however I cannot verify what it was. There are also a few other reminders of the great oil field left but they are slowly rotting away to be forgotten as with much of the history of the area. The area largely died out during a great fire during which much of the area burnt down which at that time was called White Oak. If you are interested in learning more I would highly suggest reading Where it All Began by David McKain. Within the town of Cairo there is model within the old general store that shows how the endless cable system worked.
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Default Re: George West demonstrating the endless line oil well at Volcano, 1972

The engine in question was a 20 HP Oil Well Supply Old style single valve "Simplex"
the link to photo I Hope http://ebay.com/West-Oil-Co-Pumping-Station-Petroleum-WV-1973-Photo-/290471871577 The governor was changed to run a gas admission valve I was told, the engine still exists in a private collection. Thanks Greg and Rodger.
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Default Re: George West demonstrating the endless line oil well at Volcano, 1972

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The engine in question was a 20 HP Oil Well Supply "Simplex"
Very interesting, I have a 20 HP Simplex, I wonder...
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