| January/February 1976

  • 32 HP Reeves engine

  • 32 HP Reeves engine

54 Taylor Street, Frankfort, Indiana 46041

Over a span of years I was employed and connected to one D. A. Coulter Estate and heirs, namely Maude C. Cullom and Paul C. Cullom - both deceased. The duties which were performed required extensive travel. On two occasions, my travels took me near a Mr. Ed Peacock's place at Fulton, Missouri. He owned 32 HP simple Reeves #6660. I would like to know the whereabouts of this engine now and the present owner.

Another engine in focus is Reeves high wheel #7860 pictured on page 31 of March-April I. M. A. I have Reeves Parts Book #133 date May 1917 which states 16 HP high wheel began with #7894 and 20 HP high wheel began with #7891. There has been almost too much speculation when it comes to 'stories' of a given engine. I wrote Mr. Shellman about engine #7860,. He did not answer me. Reeves data is hard come by at best. Engine #7860 may be the correct number or may not. The Canadian registry would determine that.

Another point in focus, is the belief that Reeves E-B built the large Canadian Type engines up until the last. Not so, according to their own printed material, dated May 1918. The larger engines were built in U. S. Style only after that date.

My Uncle Fred Eggleston of Roundup, Montana was said to have bought the last 40 HP CC built and it was in the very early 8000's. This shows the production of Reeves engines was at a very slow pace. If #7904 was 1916 and #8091 was 1918, give or take a couple of months, you are left with some 45 engines per year. Reeves 32 HP simple was the latest 32 HP I have ever seen - #8091. And virtually all people who owned or operated Reeves engines preferred the 32 HP simple to the 40 HP CC. My Uncle Fred once said: 'Of the three Reeves we have, none of them ever had a drive belt on.' Of corse, in windy country, as he was in, I fully understand the problem of Reeves design. They used them for hauling and plowing and certainly paid for themselves at this task.


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