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Old 02-03-2005, 06:14:25 PM
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Hi all, can someone please give me some imformation on an engine a friend has just purchased. It is a four cylinder universall made by oshcosh, Wis. This engine was used to run a picture theartre from what we were told. It has a priming cup for each cylinder,an unusual govenor set up and a pendulem type weight on the magneto advance and retard. Can you date this engine for us? thanks in advance David
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Here's the info that I have. I'm pretty sure it's the engine you are asking about.

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Old 02-04-2005, 09:59:14 AM
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These pictures are from a pack of sales brochures with price lists dated 1924.
Do you have the generator for this engine?
Do you have any photos?
The brochure also has photos of the governor and it looks like what you would see on a Ford N series tractor with a flyweight gov. running in oil with an arm to control the carb.
There is also a good history of Universal multicylinder engines at:
Many photos
I believe these engines were manufactured between 1914(or so) and into the 40's with all production in Oshkosh ending in 1961.
If this looks like your engine, and you can figure out the KW rating or post a picture, I would be happy to Email you scans of the 1924 catalog for this unit.
(the files from my scanner wind up to large for SmokStak)

If it was built in Oshkosh I'm interested if not knowledgeable.
Hope this helps
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