Oil Field Engines
[Home] - [HELP] - [Forums] - [Library] - [Photo Gallery] - [Groups] - [Classified Ads] - [Subscribe] - [Links] - [Books] - [Sponsors] -

Go Back   SmokStak > SmokStak® Antique Engine Community > Oil Field Engines & Related Equipment
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Notices

Oil Field Engines & Related Equipment OFES members otherwise known as "Oafs". If you like "BIG OLD GREASY RUSTY OIL FIELD ENGINES, you're in the right place. Founded by Russell Farmer.

Oil Field Engines & Related Equipment

Identify brand of oilfield engine


this thread has 6 replies and has been viewed 2001 times

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-22-2012, 12:35:18 PM
Allan Wright Allan Wright is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Weatherford, Texas
Posts: 251
Thanks: 4
Thanked 90 Times in 61 Posts
Default Identify brand of oilfield engine

A few weeks ago I went to Winkler County, Texas to look around at some of the oil leases that my dad pumped 40+ years ago. This is where I learned how to drive and work on oilfield engines.
These wells were drilled around 1926-1929. I was not sure if they were drilled with steam engines or maybe a Reid or Superior engine. On a couple of well sites I found some artifacts from the old engines that were used to drill the wells with. At least this is my opinion.
I need some help to try to identify what brand of engine that was possibly used.
I found two ring pieces. The first one is about 8 1/2" o.d. x 11/16" thick x 1/2" wide.
The second ring is 11 1/2" o.d. x 3/8" thick x 1/2" wide.
The other is a shim looking piece that may or may not have gone on an engine
The spark plug is a Liberty Spit Fire. Not enough threads left to tell if it is a 1/2" pipe thread. I also found a couple of Champion spark plugs and I could make out an X on one of them, but that was all.
I know this is not much to go on, but that is all that I have.
Thanks for your time.
Allan
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Hendrick engine parts.jpg
Views:	144
Size:	91.5 KB
ID:	126657   Click image for larger version

Name:	Hendricks engine parts A.jpg
Views:	115
Size:	95.5 KB
ID:	126658  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Allan Wright For This Post:
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 01-22-2012, 01:34:48 PM
Andrew Mackey Andrew Mackey is offline
Sponsor
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Rockaway, New Jersey USA
Posts: 13,344
Thanks: 1,870
Thanked 6,115 Times in 3,975 Posts
Exclamation Re: Identify brand of oilfield engine

Neat finds, but unfortunately, not much to go on. The Champion X is a 1/2" pipe thread plug.
Andrew
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-22-2012, 04:11:22 PM
Rod Fielder Rod Fielder is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Belpre, Ohio, USA
Posts: 2,179
Thanks: 2,056
Thanked 4,395 Times in 1,155 Posts
Default Re: Identify brand of oilfield engine

could it be a reid. 2 different size pistons!!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-22-2012, 11:54:50 PM
Allan Wright Allan Wright is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Weatherford, Texas
Posts: 251
Thanks: 4
Thanked 90 Times in 61 Posts
Default Re: Identify brand of oilfield engine

Rod, that was what I thought, but I had no idea what the ring sizes were for the Reids.
All of the cement foundations were the same. Unfortunately, I did not take any measurements or pictures.
Thanks for all of the replies.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-23-2012, 09:16:36 AM
Reed Engine's Avatar
Reed Engine Reed Engine is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Hominy, Oklahoma
Posts: 4,026
Thanks: 1,725
Thanked 4,423 Times in 1,718 Posts
Default Re: Identify brand of oilfield engine

It's kinda cool to find some old stuff of your dad's isn't it. I found some very old notes from 1955 and some old ball point pens that belonged to mine the other day. Had to set back and remember, sure do miss him.
__________________
Wake up and smell the Fool-Aid.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Reed Engine For This Post:
  #6  
Old 01-23-2012, 11:07:35 AM
Ray Ethridge Ray Ethridge is offline
Registered-III
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chappell Hill, TX USA
Posts: 680
Thanks: 1,644
Thanked 545 Times in 266 Posts
Default Re: Identify brand of oilfield engine

I did a little measuring and "bookin" this morning about this. The 8 1/2 inch one could be a 15 hp Bessemer or Reid. The 11 1/2 inch one is probably going to be off a 4 stroke though, the 30 HP Bessemer is what would have an 11 1/2 inch piston. My 25 hp Marion has a 12 inch bore and my 15 hp Evans has a 10 inch bore, so my guess is that it would be from a four stroke in the 20-25 hp range, maybe Superior? I was a little surprised, the charging cyl on my 20 hp Reid was actually pretty close to the size of the main cylinder, looked like the charge cylinder was maybe 1/4 inch larger.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-23-2012, 09:55:01 PM
Allan Wright Allan Wright is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Weatherford, Texas
Posts: 251
Thanks: 4
Thanked 90 Times in 61 Posts
Default Re: Identify brand of oilfield engine

Thanks Ray, I was hoping you would chime in here. About a mile from these wells was a Monsanto Company well that had a 2 cylinder Superior on it. It sure did sound good when it ran.

My dad also pumped another lease that we went to that had Fairbanks engines from 208 thru 739, one RC-19 Witte, one C-66 Climax and one 8 1/2" x 10" Ajax. Most of the wells are gone now and the ones left have electric motors. We still went by the old plugged wells and looked around. Found a lot of old spark plugs, a few head gaskets, broken rings and some rusty bolts.

The Fairbanks all used Stitt 17EX spark plugs. All of them were rusted up and eaten away except for one that we found stuck in some oily dirt. It still had threads on it. Got it home, cleaned it up, put it in my 503 Fairbanks and it fired right up. That was some special feeling right there knowing that either my dad or me threw that plug away between 40 and 45 years ago. Ed, I know exactly how you felt about going through some of your dad's things. What a fantastic two days I had looking at this stuff.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Allan Wright For This Post:
Reply

Bookmarks


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

F o r u m Jump

Similar Threads Chosen at Random
Thread Thread Starter F o r u m Replies Last Post
Help with oilfield engine Ben Zimmerer Oil Field Engines & Related Equipment 6 11-04-2010 12:50:15 PM
Oilfield engine value BFromm Oil Field Engines & Related Equipment 2 04-11-2008 09:48:05 PM
Superior oilfield engine Chuck Woycke Oil Field Engines & Related Equipment 9 10-08-2006 10:01:57 PM
superior engine oilfield Chuck Woycke Antique Gas Engine Discussion 2 10-06-2006 08:48:00 PM
JC oilfield engine ? holmesjsh Antique Engine Archives 6 04-12-2004 11:34:30 AM


Use "Ctrl" mouse wheel to change screen size.
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:29:02 AM.

Smokstak and Enginads site search!


All use is subject to our TERMS OF SERVICE
SMOKSTAK® is a Registered Trade Mark - A Community of Antique Engine Enthusiasts
Copyright © 2000 - 2016 by Harry Matthews P.O. Box 5612 - Sarasota, FL 34277