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1 1/2 H.P. Maynard Gas Engine

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Old 07-22-2015, 06:18:36 PM
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Default 1 1/2 H.P. Maynard Gas Engine

I just aquired a11/2 Maynard gas engine
serial #12046
THE TAG READS Charles William Store
New York City
New York
Need information
where it was made
Any Information appreciated
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:52:09 PM
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Default Re: 1 1/2 H.P. Maynard Gas Engine

Need a photo to determine if Nelson Bros. or Jacobson manufactured.
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Default Re: 1 1/2 H.P. Maynard Gas Engine

Is there any letters before the number that should also be on the r/h flywheel? What is the ignition source? Is the hopper sides vertical or tapered? There is no known records to reflect the year of manfacture if it is a Nelson Bros. which I believe it is. The ignition source could date it within a few years.

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If you can't post a picture then tell us what casting numbers or letters you see. The Nelson's had raised casting ID's in several spots like the the head, connecting rod, base, and flywheels. If it has a Webster mag the number off the bottom of the bracket could also help.

Here are pictures of my Nelson Brothers, does it look similar?

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This is my maynard made by nelson bros.

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Default Re: 1 1/2 H.P. Maynard Gas Engine

Very nearly all of the Nelson Brothers records were burned when it became apparent that there was not a demand for spare parts for the machines after having gone through a couple of owners.

Most of the surviving engines can be identified as a Nelson Brothers built engine by the shape of their flywheels and hopper, as the Nelson built engines have a rather distinct style with few variations across several different tags and brands of engine.

The first maynard picture is the older style Nelson built, which off the top of my head was common around 1915.

Blackbeard's Maynard is the later style, using a Wico type EK magneto that was popular around 1926.

I have a Little Jumbo built by Nelson Brothers that is very similar to Blackbeard's Maynard, but has the straight-walled hopper instead of the slanted wall hopper.

Best thing to do is post pictures of your engine, or better make a video overview of it showing what you have from several angles to post. Unless you happened on something really unusual, it'll almost certainly be identified quickly based on what the people here know about Maynard-badged engines.
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