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Old 05-30-2015, 11:17:19 PM
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Today I picked up a Ames steam engine at an auction. It is serial number 374 and has a 7x8 bore and stroke which I believe makes it a 15 horse engine. It is a wonderfully intact and complete engine right down to its original shipping skid with labels still attached but unreadable and sub-base (pictures to come tomorrow) I was wondering of I could get some help narrowing it down to an aproximate year. From what I gather Ames started in 1854 and being that it's a pretty early serial number would that make it pre civil war??
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It sounds like you may have a vim automatic engine (governor in the flywheel), 7x8 is the smallest one build that I have listed it is rated between 16-18 hp, if it is a throttling type (steam governor mounted on the steam chest) then it is rated at 10hp, these engines do not have a reverse feature they were build to run over or under as desired by the purchaser, the serial number tag and location will be of interest to others owners on here, so do post a picture. These engines were more than likely starting to be built in the 1890's and are not as old as the company as they started transitioning out of agriculture equipment and more into commercial boilers, industrial and electrical generation

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Here are the photos. I did notice that there is a 15 stamped on top of the cylinder.
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I didn't see a serial number tag on it anywhere. Just a tag that's from general machinery out of Philadelphia.
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Cute little bugger and in nice shape, excellent purchase, not sure what the 15 means
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Thanks for that photo! That's good info! Is it still from the 1890's or is it possibly earlier than that?
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I have not found yet any serial number info, but with all the catalogs and information on this company that i have I would be confident I saying that the earliest that they may have made was around 1890 there is one catalog that I know of that reported to be from 1887, as I have not seen it yet I cannot be sure as the the exact date they were made, I know they were not shown in catalogs from 1885 and earlier
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I would agree with Glen , I have a 10x12 ames and I always considered it a later engine , teens to early twenties . Ames was located in Oswego N.Y, down near the lake .
The oiler on the left main bearing cap ,is that threaded into the cap or is there some type of putty there ? If possible could you take a picture of your serial number location , I can not find one on my engine anywhere .
nice engine though , I like the oiler stand for the eccentric , mine is missing so I wondered what the correct one would look like .
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Nice one! "Little" maybe, but still heavy. We'd be loading something and my Dad would say, "why don't you collect stamps?". I'm beginning to understand what he meant 45 years ago.....
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That oiler base is either just a press fit or threaded. My serial number is on the flywheel side of the crank.
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