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Default Keck Gonnerman Q & A

Since there has been some questions on Keck engines in another thread, I thought I would just start a KGC thread and anyone can comment, ask questions, give answers, post pictures, etc. re. KGC.
Chuck, here is the info you requested. Instead of e-mailing this to you I just posted here. Hope this turns out.
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OK, that worked. I forgot to say Chuck, that the 25 horse Keck engines were made for about 10 to 15 years from about 1905 to 1915. They only made few, less than a dozen. Some of these were stationary skid engines. The above specs. are from a 1915 catalog and they still list the 25 horse. At one time, Steve Dunn from OK was doing research on the whereabouts of any 25 horse Kecks. He came up empty handed. I have been seeking any 20 horse DSGs Kecks to no avail, as I fear they too are extinct.
If anyone has any info. on Keck Gonnerman equipment, re. serial numbers, pics., etc. please put it here on this post. Thanks.
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The thumbnail attachment is the late Al Johnson's 1930 19 H.P. Keck-Gonnerman 2-cylinder steam traction engine at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Inc. threshing show held at the fairgrounds in Bagley, Minnesota.
Al bought the Keck-Gonnerman from someone in Ohio in the early to mid-70's. Al said, it was the 3rd to the last steam traction engine Keck-Gonnerman built, and the last 2-cylinder.
A person from the Twin Cities was running the Keck-Gonnerman most of the time at the show, and had gotten the governor out of adjustment. The reason I remember that, every once in awhile I'd see Al, and he'd remind me how he was going to steam it up at home, and he wanted me to help him get it tuned in again. Unfortunately he never got around to it!
Al's son, Alan & I ran the Keck-Gonnerman through the tractor pull, then loaded it on a lowboy for it's journey home.
Al sold the Keck-Gonnerman to someone in Canada shortly before his death. I hope someone can add more to this story, as I can't remember it's Eng. No., who Al bought it from, or whom he sold it to?
This traction engine was in like new condition. For some reason it never seen much service since it was manufactured!
You probably seen the Keck-Gonnerman photos I posted earlier . . . memory . . . might be in the Wood Bros. thread?
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I scanned off a newspaper clipping I found in an old scrapbook of Al Johnson's Keck-Gonnerman at the show. That's Al with the poke-a-dot cap leaning against the water tank, and his son, Alan at the throttle.
The boiler had been laid up with oil inside of it, and even though it'd been washed out, it was priming badly at the show.
If I remember correctly, it had a round bottom firebox like the Baker, but only one handhole on the entire boiler?
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Kecks didn't come to Montana in any great numbers. I am submitting a picture of a double Chady Atteberry used to own, showing he and his daughter Beverly several years ago.
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This is one of my Grandfather's engines. a 22 double rear mount, serial number 1696. I don't know how common it is but there is a butt strap on the steam dome. The engine carries 150psi. and made a little over 100 horse on the brake! The keck engines are one of my favorite engines.
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This is a great thread. It is nice to learn more about the different brands of engines - this Forum at its best! The chart in the first post is especially helpful with all those stats. Just wondering, did Keck make any compound engines?
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Just wondering, did Keck make any compound engines?
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Not that I'm aware of. All Keck Gonnerman engines were simple singles or doubles as for as I know.
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Kecks didn't come to Montana in any great numbers.
Well there weren't great numbers of K-G made. I am constantly amazed at how far the engines made it from this rather small maker. I am from Mt.Vernon IN. A couple of sumeers ago I traveled to the Darke Co. Show in Greenville OH in hopes of seeing some Huber engines in operation since the show was only about 100mi from the home of Huber, Marion, OH. I didn't get to see any Hubers but there was a Keck and last year 2 Kecks!
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Here is a pic of 1584 belted to an KG Indiana Special Thresher. It is a 20HP DRG. Has a bad case of Keckitis right now. One neat feature is that we have the original oil can KG provided with the engine - stamped with the buyers name on it

On a side note regarding boilers - with all the boiler talk going on - one thing to consider is getting together with owners of the same make of engines. and devise a scheme to build new boilers for them. Just with any manufacturing the more you can build of a design, the cheaper to cost per unit in general. The initial design work is the killer - once you have that material is the cheap part. It seems with KG one design fit several models of engines
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