28-30 Hp. Keck Gonnerman

| November/December 1971

  • Keck-Gonnerman engine
    G. L. Potter engine - Keck-Gonnerman 28-30 hp. new in 1923 and sold to Irwin Moore at Otterbein, Indiana. 7'' x 12'' bore and stroke. Photo submitted by Mrs. Wm. Sonson, 1208 Bell St., Lafayette, Indiana, daughter of Mr. Moore.)
    Mrs. Wm. Sonson

  • Keck-Gonnerman engine

A while back at Mt. Pleasant Reunion my friend Leonard Mann of Otterbein, Indiana, Route 2, took quite a ribbing because he was telling some friends he had seen and worked with a large Keck-Gonnerman engine. Some of these fellows also gave yours truly a hard time (over that same engine). Now here is proof positive Keck-Gonnerman built early 20's Bore 7 - Stroke 12', boiler pressure 180 psi. They were like all experimental engines. The company who built them disowned them readily and emphatically. No less authority than Frank Keck himself denied any part of the above engine. The plain truth is - there were 6 of these built of which the one above was the last. The Keck people did not believe in heavy crankshafts for their double engines; consequently, the engine above was troubled by this type of mounting, one bearing to each cylinder. She broke her crankshaft twice in about 10 years. Incidentally, Keck-Gonnerman did not furnish repairs for her. They had to be ordered from New York. It is noteworthy that two of these were sold within 20 miles of the other which left only 4 to be seen elsewhere.

Therefore, isn't it unlikely the Reeves No. 8091 was any relation to the above engine at all? Like a Shetland pony to percheron stallion - these engines were Keck-Gonnerman's flair at the Canadian Market. It would be fitting if someone would do an article on unusual engines. Don't you think?


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