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Reid engine, is it worth salvaging?


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Old 09-17-2016, 08:11:47 PM
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Default Reid engine, is it worth salvaging?

I have access to a Reid engine that is still in its original enclosure out in the woods. The owner said I'm free to take it if I can get it out of there.

There are a lot of parts missing though and I don't know if it would be worth hauling it out of there if I can't get parts to get it running.

It's missing the smaller piston and connecting rod and pretty much all other small parts that a person could easily unbolt and remove. I've done a little research and would love to take it on as a project but not sure if I could find some of those parts. It's in great shape for what's still there. I was able to pull the main piston and connecting rod today and brought it home. Everything came apart easy on that as its all still pretty caked in oil and grime which seems to have help preserve everything pretty good.

I looked it up a while back and I think it was a 30 hp model. I believe it was still in operation within the last 20 years or so and after that it had been retrofitted with an old johnndeere luc engine to turn the main engine to pump the well.

It has all since been replaced with a more modern pump jack.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Default Re: Reid engine, is it worth salvaging?

If you do go after it I would enjoy to follow along the journey. I guess if I was in your shoes, my first question would be, how accessible is this housing? I believe that goes a long way into the decision making.
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Default Re: Reid engine, is it worth salvaging?

There is a dirt road going back to the well. Its pretty muddy but accessible by pickup truck/tractor. Its maybe a 1/8 mile to the main road (still a gravel road). I had some pictures i took about a year ago but i cant seem to find them, i'll have to take some more next time i'm out there. My dad runs the pump jack to pump the well a couple times a year so i'm not out there too often. Unfortunately it looks like the smaller piston connecting rod might have been cut up and is being used as counterweight on the new pump jack. Its in SWPA, greene county.

If i decide to get it out that will obviously be the first challenge. It may not be feasible but i thought id see if it was worth going after before i put too much effort in to planning the extraction. I thought i could put some jacks under the cylinder and unbolt it and drop it to the ground and possibly winch it out, then unbolt the flywheels and take them and the main frame out one at a time. Just not sure if id be able to get each piece out and loaded on to a trailer.

I got the piston and connecting rod all apart tonight and everything came apart pretty easy, the wrist pin even came out in the field with a few whacks with an old piece of pipe. Other wise i don't think i could have lifted the whole thing in to the truck. The rings all came off pretty easy and seem to be in pretty good shape. I wired wheeled it all just to clean it up and put it all back together for now.
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Default Re: Reid engine, is it worth salvaging?

If it is a 30 hp the parts will be hard to find. Regardless what size it is, in my opinion you should retrieve it if only for the fact that the cylinder, flywheels and crankshaft may be needed by someone else someday & you will have the option of providing them.
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Default Re: Reid engine, is it worth salvaging?

I think now its a 25 HP, the piston measure just under 9.5". From reading some other posts i believe that makes it a 25. Are parts for 25's more common? I agree, id like to try to get it out either way, and see what i can do with it.
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:10:52 PM
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Default Re: Reid engine, is it worth salvaging?

You might try and get a hold of John Burns (of Burns & horner fame). he might be able to put you onto a parts source.
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