Canadian-Built Engine Ahead of Its Time

This rare Goold, Shapley and Muir Canadian-built engine turns heads wherever it goes


| September 1998



Sam Curry, the owner of this Goold, Shapley & Muir 6 hp engine, said some of the early engines of this style were originally used in bakeries.

Sam Curry, the owner of this Goold, Shapley & Muir 6 hp engine, said some of the early engines of this style were originally used in bakeries.

Nothing in his collection of 10 antique engines prepared Sam Curry for a 6 hp tank-cooled Goold, Shapley & Muir engine dating to 1898. 

"It's a different deal than any engine I ever fooled with," Sam said. "But I got a lot of advice - and a lot of comments -when I took it to shows. In a way, it uses a pump to pump gas in; that controls the speed.

"In a sense, that's a kind of fuel injection," he said. "It's really hard to believe that they knew about such a thing 100 years ago."

The engine has a flyball governor that regulates the pump action.

"A lot of engines control the speed by ignition," Sam said. "They don't spark every time. But this engine sparks every stroke."

The engine is tank cooled. The water tank is arranged so that the exhaust pulls air through the water to cool it. "It's kind of unusual," he said, "kind of like a Rumely."