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Year of my Acme?


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Old 08-26-2009, 02:46:06 PM
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Can anyone tell me the approx. year of manufacture of my Acme Sucker Rod. This engine is a 16 HP bearing Serial number 386. Any help and information would be much appreciated. Thanks, Drew
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Based on the information I have, operations of the Acme Sucker Rod company began in 1892/93. Some of the first engines were built in the 1894/95 time frame. I'd estimate that your engine could have been built around late 1896 or 1897. This is just an estimate on my part. Post a few pictures if you can. And by the way, the company name was changed to S M Jones in 1903.
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When the name changed to S.M.Jones, did the serial number sequence continue from the last Acme number? If so, about what serial number did that change occur? I have a 16hp without a tag, #17**, that I always assumed was a Jones engine.

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I beleive that the engine numbering started over with the name change. If there is any evidence of a tag on your engine - the Acme tags were located on top of the cylinder, where as the Jones tags are on the operating side of the bedplate. There are also differences in the design of the head as well.
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Also, if I remember correctly, the Acme engine paint scheme was a deep maroon red and parts such as the crank, head, governor, etc. are a gunmetal blue. My acme has much of the original paint and I matched it. I haven't painted my engine yet (and may not), but I did match the colors and have accurate chip examples.

Also, the Jones engine was just the opposite. The engine was gunmetal blue and various parts are maroon red. Between myself and two of my friends, we have 5 Jones and Acme engines. Most with all original colors.

My 16HP is #256 and we figured the year to be 1896.
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Thanks for the help guys. I will indeed post pictures hopefully by this weekend. I'll get the wife to take some pictures for you guys. Great running engine. Thanks again, Drew
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My 16HP is #256 and we figured the year to be 1896.
I would estimate your engine to be earlier than that, based on some of the information I have gathered. Based on the years that the Acme engines were built before 1903 when they became S.M. Jones total production seems to be somewhere between 1000-1200 total engines from 1893-1903. This is just an educated guess on my part for what it is worth. Drew
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The tag on mine was on the valve side of the cylinder about 45° from the top. The entire engine was originally maroon and is identical to a tagged Jones that was/is at Coolspring.

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Okay, I'm a numbers kinda guy. I took a wild guess and said that Acme produced 25 engines thier first year in 1893. At a rate of 25% increase each year for the next 10 years, the serial number outcome would look like this based on a linear:

1893 0 - 25
1894 26 - 56
1895 57 - 96
1896 97 - 146
1897 147 - 208
1898 209 - 285
1899 286 - 382
1900 383 - 502
1901 503 - 652
1902 653 - 839
1903 840 - 1073

However, my guess is that the production of these engines would be more inverse exponential. And would look a little more like this:

1893 0 - 25
1894 26 - 69
1895 70 - 135
1896 136 - 218
1897 219 - 318
1898 319 - 437
1899 438 - 568
1900 569 - 705
1901 706 - 850
1902 851 - 994
1903 995 - 1138

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wow, you are a numbers guy. Sounds like a good idea of a date to me. BTW, if I did this correctly here are some pics of the old ACME as requested.
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