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1 HP upright Maytag information and photos

Tom S

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This thread is to disperse some information and photos of the 1 hp series of upright Elgin and Maytag engines.

Along with the most common 1/2hp model upright engines made by Elgin and then by Maytag, 1/4hp and 1hp models were also produced. The 1/4hp size was discontinued shortly after Maytag started building their engines. The 1hp size continued in production into the early to mid 1920's.

It is unclear how many 1hp engines were made. They were sold for farm and industrial use and were never used for Maytag's Multi Motor washing machines. Because of their light weight, and cantankerous two stroke design, the 1hp Maytag was likely considered a "throw away" engine in its day. They were at least 20 years old during the scrap drives of WWII and no doubt countless 1hp Maytags were turned into bombs and airplanes for the Allies cause. It is clear that today very few have survived and they are now a very scarce and highly sought after part of Maytag engine history.

The Elgin Rede Motor and the first Maytag Multi Motors were indentical. This picture shows the set of the first style engines, the 1/4hp, 1/2hp, and the 1hp Elgin or early Maytag.


The first Maytag advancement in the 1hp engine was with the improved "G" carburetor, followed by the "C" and "D" carburetors which were very similar to those found on the 1/2HP enignes. These are almost unheard of today. Another obscure version of the 1HP feautured a liquid cooled cylinder.

The 1hp Maytag engines retained many Elgin characteristics later than the 1/2hp Maytags did. It is likely Maytag was using up old parts inventory. Here are two early Maytag 1hp uprights. They both use early "E" carburetors with fixed jets. They have Elgin style tanks and crank cases, but have Maytag flywheels. The earlier one has the flywheel counterweight bolted to the flywheel. These engines are in the 16000-19000 serail number range. Incidentally, all Maytag engines are numbered in sequence regardless of size or type.

 

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At some point the stove leg base was introduced to be used on general purpose engines to rise them up off the ground. This engine is the earliest stove leg I have seen. It has the carburetor on the main bearing and it has many unusual early features. The hand crank, original muffler, battery holding strap below the base, and coil are usually missing when you are fortunate enough to find a 1hp upright engine. This engine is in the late 20,000 serial number range.


Later, when the carburetor mounting was moved to the crank case housing, Maytag used up their old main bearing parts supply by plating off the flange where the carb had previously mounted. This style is common to 1hp engines made in the 40,000 serial number range.


Later yet, in the 75,000 to 100,000 serial number range the 1hp engines main bearing had no provision for a carburetor mounting.
 

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There was a magneto version of the 1hp uprigh available. I have only seen or heard of one left. I don't have a real good picture but here it was sitting in the middle of my dining room one night several years ago amongst a bunch of other 1hp engines.


A late version of the fuel tank base was cast aluminum. This is one example that also has a type "F" carburetor.


A good contrast to show the size difference between a late 1hp aluminum tank engine and a standard 1/2hp engine is shown here.
 

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There are at least 3 slightly different styles of stove leg bases on the 1hp engines. The 3 base styles are pictured the oldest first. The second style is likely to be found on the engines in the 40,000 serial number range. The third style is common to the later engines.




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Thanks Frank! Like all the other styles of Maytag engines, the 1hp uprights have a lot of variation which makes collecting fun. :wave:
 

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Tom, had a curiousity about your blue aluminum tank 1 HP engine with the brass nipple and cap in the back of the tank top. Is this your engine, or was it? Or is it a friend of yours and do they still have it? Do you know what the serial number is? Reason I am asking is because my aluminum tank has a brass nipple and cap in the same spot! Was this something that Maytag did? Or is maybe that engine is sitting in my house now?

My Portland Spy took pictures at the swap meet this spring. Now I finally got a picture of my 1HP stoveleg (picture two), but have not got it yet because I am having issues with my legs and could not go to pick it up at the Evansville IN show this weekend. On his way home from the Evansville show my spy Jeff stopped at my house with his digital camera and my brother downloaded it's picture (the stoveleg) and others from his memory card. This picture was taken when the Elgin carb was still on it! It has been converted back to the original Maytag E carb.

The third picture is the same engine in picture 1. It is shown doing what most Maytags won't do! Burn gas and run!!:rotfl: Seriously it has the serial number 80289. I am just curious if it may be the same engine?

Since I am typing this in for my brother! He He He I (Danny J) added the comment about them not running! My brother is to far away to hit me with his cane!
 

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Tom on post #4 the second picture of the orange engine. Is that rod looking gizmo sticking out some type of adjustable timing arm? If so do you have more pictures of it?

Thanks!
 

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Marc, The 1 hp in the picture is mine and I think the brass nipple was for some kind of vent or something?? Mr. Shulaw, do you have any ideas? The serial number is in the 93,000 range. I am sure it is something Maytag did as I have seen a few this way including one stove leg 1HP.

Nice engines M Pavlik, thanks for sharing the pictures!
 
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Wow you guys have some AWESOME engines. My collection is new but I already can tell I NEED and upright soon!!
 

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Hi, The uprights are great fun to collect but keep in mind when you go to buy one that unlike the later engines 92s and 72s There is no such thing as a cheap part for an upright. Any part other then carb parts, rings commutator and so forth, basically any part that can be relatively easily made today is not too bad. BUT be wary of broken and missing iron parts, they will cost ya, IF you can even find them. Good flywheels are amongst the hardest part to find and a critical part to have in good condition. Don't be afraid to call on the group to ask questions if you are in a position to do so. Mark
 

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I am with you on that tube I've seen several but no real idea why they are there. Just some guesses. After all theres enough room for venting around the carb tube washer. But maybe, well no, theres no reason to wildly speculate. Just don't know what its really for. Maytag must have just decided once that they needed a vent.Or else some buyer specked the vent for their application. Till we learn different thats my story and I'm Sticking to it! I must say though that a couple of the tubes I seen were different then whats on your engine. Just a brass tube sticking up. Hey Just heard Michael Jackson died at UCLA Med Center of cardiac arrest. The stars die in threes, Ed McMan, Farah Fawcett and Mikey, all in two days.

Marc, The 1 hp in the picture is mine and I think the brass nipple was for some kind of vent or something?? Mr. Shulaw, do you have any ideas?
 

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Mark,
I talked with a collector in TN, yes you know him. He thinks that many were sold on (1HP) mowers, and that the tube, while probably not originally brass (I agree) were to vent. He is not positive, this is just his guess as well.

IT'S A MAYTAG THING!! most people wouldn't understand.

As far as the famous people passing away, I will dearly miss Ed McMahon. To bad about Farrah and it's a sure bet that Mikey is finally off the pampers patch.
 
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On the vent tube issue of the 1 HP engines, my recollection of the ones I have seen was of a tube about 3 to 4" tall, about 1/8"? pipe, with male threads on the tank side and female threads on top with a 1/8"? pipe plug. I was thinking the tube was brass but after talking with Bob his two are steel or maluable iron. I may be remembering a restored dressed up engine that has had a brass pipe put in. I never though to ask him if the plug on his is vented. Matter of fact I am not certain if those I have seen are a vented cap. If they are not the vent idea is a bust. Now every body go look at the pictures of the engine Tom just bought, go to the view looking straight down on the engine and in the area where a Vent? Tube could be it looks like a piece of metal has been peened into place plugging a hole. I noticed it before but never thought much about it till Bob K mentioned that his engine with the same base has the tube then I remembered that odd spot and went back to look again.
While we are on the subject of 1 hp engines anyone got a spare cylinder? Mark
 
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[Quote/]I talked with a collector in TN, yes you know him. He thinks that many were sold on (1HP) mowers, and that the tube, while probably not originally brass (I agree) were to vent.
Marc,
That might make some sense. On a mower they would see some josling about and the area around the fuel tube might tend to splash and leak fuel. And that said I have seen one or two times a rubber washer like thingy with a spring on it on the carb fuel tube that seems to be acting like a seal. Then the tube replaces the vent area around the carb. Mark
 

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[Quote/]I talked with a collector in TN, yes you know him. He thinks that many were sold on (1HP) mowers, and that the tube, while probably not originally brass (I agree) were to vent.
Marc,
That might make some sense. On a mower they would see some josling about and the area around the fuel tube might tend to splash and leak fuel. And that said I have seen one or two times a rubber washer like thingy with a spring on it on the carb fuel tube that seems to be acting like a seal. Then the tube replaces the vent area around the carb. Mark
The ones I have seen have been brass. I have never seen a vent on one, only a brass cap. strange!
 

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Tom S;421821 The ones I have seen have been brass. I have never seen a vent on one said:
I guess thats something else to keep an eye out for. I have got to get better at note and picture taking of things like this on the uprights. Mark
 

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Well I finally got my 1HP stoveleg home. Rocky and Karen came to the Brandenburg, KY show and dropped it off to me, I gave him a fat wad of cash in exchange. Needless to say we had peoples attention, including some of the organizers and members of other clubs, one guy literally begged me to show at their show. Rocky showed up with 4 upright 1/2's, he ran the city gas one on propane, three 1/4 HP Elgins his fruitjar, his cutaway twin and loads of cans and other Maytag items and a Sears Water Witch engine. I took 14 1/2's and had two 1HP's, two twins, my cutaway twin (it wouldn't start it got flooded in the rain--:rotfl:), a butter churn and a slew of oil cans.

Here are some pics of the one horse stoveleg, the 6s Briggs is my brothers, he has had this engine since he was 12 years old. The other pic is just one I thought Tom and Mark might get a kick out of, it is heavy steel porcilain coated (Elgin watches? engines?.)

By the way Tom, in your curio cabinet in your dining room I can see your straight spout mixing can, I need one do you have an extra for sale?
 

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